(Closed) what am i doing wrong with these bouquets?

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
44 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

aww i think those look pretty!

Post # 5
16 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

Overall you have the basic idea. I think the flowers just need to be arranged a little different.I will attach a picture of a really basic one I did a while back and if you are wanting a really full bridal bouquet it can take up to 30-40 flowers. Michael’s craft store has small bouquets with a variety of flowers. Get one of the bouquets that match your colors and use it as a base. Weave your purchased flowers throughout the silk flowers and put them on the exterior to mask the silk stems.I used silk flowers as my base. Up close you can’t see a thing and from far away it just looks like you spent a ton of money on flowers :)Message me if you have any other questions.You are deff on the right track though!

can’t figure this photo thing out try this link


Post # 6
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t really have a suggestion because I never did a flower bouquet. I just had to say that if that is your Fiance holding the bouquet.. he must really love you! My guy would laugh in my face haha

Post # 7
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I think you have too many types of flowers and too many colors.

The daisies and carnations are really full, the roses are really compact, and the snapdragons are really tall (and look droopy).

For initial DIYs I would suggest keeping it simple.  You’ve got too many types of flowers and too many different colors.

Choose the flower you like most or is easiest to work with (I vote for roses).

Arrange them in a vase the way you want, then scoop them up all at once and adjust heights as necessary.

If you look at other bouquets, the tops of the flowers are all really even or only slightly higher or lower that others- you have roses that are several inches higher or lower- I think that’s also part of the problem.

Once you have the rose only bouquet done, add in a second type of flower.  I would suggest the statice (the little purple flowers).  Nestle them in between the roses only very slightly sticking above the height of the roses.

I think the varying heights of the flowers is part of the problem. If you keep them more even, they will push each other out and make the bouquet fuller.

Also- get yourself some floral wire.  Wrap it tightly around a single rose stem a couple of times as an anchor.  Then add the rose back to the bunch and wrap the wire tightly around the entire bouquet-down its entire length leaving an inch at the bottom not wrapped.  Then use your ribbon to cover all the wire.  You can secure the ribbon with some pearl pins.

Try out some of the suggestions and repost pictures so we can see how you make out!

Good luck!

Post # 8
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Did you know that if you purchase your flowers from AC Moore they will arrange them for free? Just a thought!

Post # 9
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Like other posters have said, you have the basic idea- you need MORE FLOWERS.  For my bouquet I used about 25 roses and 18 calla lilies (and it still wasn’t a huge bouquet- just nice and full)

Post # 10
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree, having them all at the same height makes a big difference as well as using MORE flowers!  I think putting both of those ideas to use will improve the look of a DIY bouquet by 150%.  Good luck!

Post # 11
1205 posts
Bumble bee

I may be way off with this, but a friend of mine used this to create hers. She was able to put the flowers exactly where she wanted and still have the look she was going for. It saved her sanity.

She ordered them from this place:



Post # 12
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Yup, it’s the height. It’s a great start though! Post the after pictures! 🙂

Post # 13
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

agree that it may be too maybe different "shapes" of flowers to be working with, esp for a beginner.

i’ve checked out a few tutorials and basically they always advocate starting with a central flower, then build it up like, north, south, east, west of the center one. 

it may also help if you tape together say, 3 roses first, then work in these bunches of 3, so you can ‘shape’ the bouquet more easily.

hope that helps!

Post # 14
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

All the other ladies have some great advice, so not much to add.

 But I did want to say that it’s awesome that your Fiance (I assume) posed for these photos!!!

Post # 15
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You could look into a flower holder (like Querida suggested). I found some online for only a couple dollars. They hold water, too, so they’ll help keep your flowers fresher as well as helping keep the shape.

Here are a few tutorials I found on making your own boquet (using a holder):

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<p class=”MsoNormal”>http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/make-your-own-wedding-bouquet.html (tutorial on how to make your own bouquet) <p class=”MsoNormal”>http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/make-your-own-bridal-bouquets.html (another tutorial) <p class=”MsoNormal”>http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/design-a-bridal-bouquet.html (another tutorial – cascading green)  


Post # 16
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree, looks like you need more  flowers or fillers to achieve a nice shape, stick to one or two, or if you have three, one or  two should be dominant, also the heights look uneven, if you see bouquets they have a nice little dome shaped head, or ball shaped. The ribbon clashes a little with all the virbrant colors.


good luck, looks like you’re on the right track, pretty flowers

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