- Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA
I made my own silk bouquets too, and it was pretty simple. It takes a LONG time (I think for me it took 4+ hours), so just be patient and don’t rush yourself. Remember you can put them down and come back to them if you get frustrated, and rememeber they’re not “alive”, so you can be pretty rough with them. If a head pops off, you can pop it back on.
I started by cutting all of the stem greenery off of mine. What you want is a long, bare stem with just the flower head on top. Other greenery is going to get in the way.
Then I just started assembling. There’s no secret to it, just pick up what you think will look good and stuff it in. Remember that silk flowers have wires through their stems, so if you need your flower to face a certain way, just bend the stem and it will stay there.
My #1 tip is to look at it in the mirror periodically. I don’t know why, but holding your bouquet and looking at it in the mirror gives you a completely different, more realistic perspective than looking at it in your hand does. I think you get kind of “tunnel vision” when putting it together, so looking at it in the mirror lets you see the whole thing. Doing this helped me a ton, because I could tell when mine weren’t a symmetrical shape, when there were too many of one flower/color in one area, etc.
If you have your bouquet all assembled but you see 2 flowers that you want “switched”, just grab their two heads and twist them around each other so that they’re switched. You don’t need to disassemble your whole bouquet just for that. Similarly, if you see that you have a “low” spot, grab the flower(s) in that area by the stem just below their heads and gently pull up until they’re even; if they’re too high, gently press them down until they’re even. No need to take the whole thing apart just to fix that.
I didn’t use floral tape at all…I used zip tipes. I think each bouquet has about 4 zip ties on it, which looks ugly, until you cover it with the ribbon/stem wrap. You can’t see the zip ties at all, and the bouquets are very secure.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂
ETA: Here’s a picture: