How to Create Your Own Bouquets
By Jennifer Edwards Milam
When creating your own wedding bouquet, make sure it reflects you and your personality. Find inspiration for your wedding bouquet with help from a professional event stylist in this video on wedding bouquets.View Transcript
Hi I'm Jennifer Edwards Milam with Reveal Event Style and today we're going to be talking about how to create your own wedding bouquet. First of all you're going to want to find inspiration for your bouquet. It's the most important element of the day that you will be spending the most time with so it should reflect you and your personality. You can consider of course your gown, take note of the details in your gown, take note of the shape of your gown. If you have lots of beading in the bodice, you're not going to want to hide that so consider that also in the style that you choose. Take note of magazines and pull those items out and when you do that and you are ready to go to your local florist or wholesaler take those with you because they will be able to guide you on considering the time of year that you are getting married especially what is going to be locally available. The other items you would need are tools such as your snips, scissors, wrapped wire, and ribbon and other fun details and of course this could be whatever would work with your bouquet. Now we're going to start speaking about the more specific flower selections for your season for your wedding and for more specifically your bouquet. Let's start just with Spring. Spring is a great time of year because everything is in new life and there is so many colorful selections to be had and some of them more interesting such as your bulb plants, your tulips, your narcissus and amaryllises. The trend is color so mix it up, have so much fun and everything goes together which is one question that is often asked, does it go together, of course it does. It grows in nature next to each other and then in the Summer things are still flourishing and usually at their prime and things seem to grow bigger and more lavish so often times you can even choose elements such as peonies which are enormous and you can carry those, just one as a statement. Then of course moving to Fall we have the most wonderful time of year I think for bouquets because you get so much texture and it's not just flowers. It can be dried materials, it can be pods. That time of year everything living is, all our plant life is in different stages and that is so reflected in the design for Fall so you can use berries, either fresh or dried state, they're beautiful, mushrooms, leaves of any kind, bark from trees, it's endless and then when you mix those with the soft textures of roses and lilies and hydrangeas you get the most lovely effect. When discussing your bouquet with your floral professional a few things they should be aware of and make sure that they are obviously the availability, your time of year, the different options available and how to get them, how to get something maybe that's not particularly in season, make sure that they have good connections with different growers so that there is a variety of options for them to go to and also that they are educated not just in flowers and how pretty they are but also the biology of the flowers so that they can offer the proper care and handling details to you as you take them from their space to yours and those are the basics on how to get started in creating your own wedding bouquet.
About the Expert
Jennifer Edwards Milam brings more than 12 years of unique experience in all areas of entertaining, celebrations and lifestyle together in the form of Reveal Event Style. Her experience has afforded her to design for clients all over the world, including film, television and appearances in various publications. She has guided events from intimate garden weddings to weeklong fetes. Her background is rich in the study of art, design, architecture, professional commentary and especially floriculture. She has participated in competitions and was awarded for her bridal-themed designs in affiliation with the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). She has conducted design programs for American Institute of Floral Designer members, as well as for flower societies and bridal shows in Los Angeles and Nashville.
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