Post # 1
hi all, I’m planning on making my own silk flower bridal bouquet (and other bouquets) using ivory roses and hot pink gerberas. I also want to make it quirky by adding in some teal beadwork and some miniature.clothes pegs (this relates to our engagement). ive uploaded a couple of pics. one is the general shape.and.arrangement, the other is.more close up, but shows what i mean by the teal beads. I would really appreciate your comments or suggestions so I can improve it. I haven’t properly put it together yet, just been practising. thank you in advance!
Post # 2
I like the elements!! They look nice together. But I wouldn’t organize the flowers in a circle like you did in the close up, I feel bouquets are nicer when they have a ‘random’ feel, not symmetrically aligned, if that makes sense.
Post # 3
I think it looks lovely….I enjoyed making mine…and I now have it proudly displayed in my house…. ….so i think it looks perfect!
Post # 4
babybel: I tend to like the smaller boquets when they’re silk. I’ve found that close up, larger silk boquets truly look fake but the smaller ones look “less fake” (if that makes any sense?)
as far as the pops of teal beads- maybe do something in the ribbon you wrap it with? Were doing a very rustic wedding so I found this burlap looking ribbon with gold thread running through it.
This is mine below I just made for my engagement photos next month:
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I like the second pic better the way you have them arranged and without the teal beads. They look off.
Post # 6
Thanks for comments, bees.
Gabrielle, I have some teal ribbon ready to bind the stems together, but may use some twine too, as we are having jars and centrepieces elsewhere with twine wrapped tops.
Yes the arrangement with the teal beads is too circley… I don’t think I realised that as i was doing it, but it’s more obvious in the picture. I much prefer it in the second pic, where the pink flowers are more spaced out… but when I showed my parents my mum thought the arrangement was still too regular.
This pic (if it appears) was my inspiration… but it really bugs me the way there’s 3/4 gerberas very close together, and then a group of 4 roses all together, without either of the opposite colours to break it up a bit.
I’m not particularly OCD… but when it comes to flowers I don’t think I’m a fan of ‘random’ if it makes it look off balance, or too assymetrical. Argh… this is harder than I thought, lol.
Post # 7
Maybe try to aim for something more like this?
Post # 8
jenilynevette: That’s nice too. I might do some trials handtying them together more erratically. ideally i want it somewhere in between completely random and very uniform
Post # 9
With flower arrangements you’re supposed to have an odd number of flowers. I don’t remember where I originally heard that but it seems to work for me.
I don’t mind the little teal balls but I would just have one ball instead of the group of them.
I personally prefer your inspiration picture best, the one where you don’t like how the colors are clupmed together. I think when you try to hard to separate the daisies from the roses, it looks to “done” if that makes sense.
Post # 10
SunnierDaysAhead: I think you’re right, thank u Although I like the uniform posy shape, I don’t want it to look too perfect arrangement-wise. I will continue throwing them together until I get an arrangment that I’m happy with, but that isn’t too artificial looking. I guess thats the beauty with silk flowers, I can keep playing until I’m happy.
Post # 11
I just made my bouquet! And I also had an issue with having the same colors touch each other lol but i noticed that it made it look too clean and put together! I just started randomly placing the flowers and moving it around until i thought it looked perfect!
Post # 12
I agree with PPs, a more random feel will make it look much better. Also, I like the teal, but not in the clumps, maybe just a single bead mixed in here and there?
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would get another white flower and more greenery and try it that way- I think having an additional smaller flower to work with would make it easier to arrange in a way that isn’t so contrived
Post # 14
Noelliemar: That looks gorgeous! I love what you’ve done with the ribbon on the stems!
I’ve re-attempted mine using a more random approach (but not too random…. just let contrived looking)
However… if I’m honest, I’m feeling a bit defeated.
My fiance wants a say on everything wedding related (which he’s entitled to of course…. it’s OUR day) but he (and my mother) are dead against artificial flowers, to the point that there have been some remarks that are leaving me feeling pretty crappy about my intentions to use them. I dont want to feel like it’s a case of ‘I told u so’…e.g. when we get the wedding photos “Oh yeah theyre great pics… but they would have looked better with real flowers”.<br /><br />My mum feels that my bouquet is the most important floral arrangement of the day, and so if any of the flowers are real, it should be my bouquet.<br /><br />I’m wondering if it’ll cause less angst to just give in, have real flowers, and throw money at the wedding in a way I never wanted to (I wanted to make my bouquet to make it more personal)….. This wedding planning malarky isn’t really what I dreamed 🙁
Post # 15
Back in the day…my mom carried a real bouquet, but also had a silk one made identical so that she could keep it. It still sits on her dresser under a glass dome with their wedding photo.
I think real flowers are beautiful, but maybe you should have both!