How to Make a Bridal Bouquet on a Bouquet Holder

By Prev Info - January 22, 2023

Make your own bridal bouquet for your wedding.

A wedding bouquet is an important part of the bridal outfit and your wedding may be the only time that you carry one. The bouquet will also be a part of most of the wedding photos and the center of attention when it is later tossed toward your bridesmaids. Hence, it is important to have a bridal bouquet that you like. Give your wedding a personal touch and your own creativity by making your own bridal bouquet, using a plastic or wrapped stem holder. Try this method to make a bridal bouquet on a bouquet holder.

Things You'll Need

  •     30 to 50 flower stems
  •     Leaves and other foliage
  •     Bucket or sink
  •     Knife
  •     Stem-stripper
  •     Scissors
  •     Gardening shears
  •     Green floral tape
  •     Mirror
  •     Ribbon
  •     Pearl-tipped pins


  1. Choose flowers that are durable so that the petals do not fall off as you hold it. Hardier flowers such as roses are also easier to arrange and last longer without wilting. Your wedding bouquet can be approximately 8 to 10 inches in diameter, though you can try variations in size, if you desire. Most bouquets are round or tear-drop shaped.

  2. Remove any excess leaves and foliage as well as damaged or dry petals from the flowers, using your hands or a gardening stem-stripper. Fill a bucket or sink with cool water. Hold the stems underwater. Cut the stems to an equal length of approximately 8 to 10 inches, using a knife or gardening shears. Leave the flowers in the water.

  3. Arrange four flowers in a diamond shape. Tape them together at the middle of the stems. Add six to eight more flowers around the middle flowers to form a circle. Attach these to the bunch by wrapping floral tape around them at the middle of the stems, approximately 4 inches below the flower heads. 
  4. Intersperse the flowers with leaves and other foliage if you desire. Continue adding layers of flowers in a circular fashion and securing each level with green floral tape to create a tight bunch.    

  5. Wrap the stems of the finished bouquet with floral tape. Keep the stems at a comfortable length that you can comfortably grip in your hands. Cover all the stems completely with tape. Cut off the excess stems about 2 inches below the tape.  

  6. Wrap the taped stems with white or colored ribbon. Use pearl-tipped pins to affix the ribbon to the stems. You can use the bound stems as a bouquet holder. Alternatively attach the bouquet to a plastic holder by inserting the stems into the hole and trimming off the excess.

Tips & Warnings

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and hold your unfinished bouquet in front of you to see how it looks. Continue adding flowers as needed. You will likely require 30 to 40 flowers, though this can vary according to your taste.

  2. Wrap the bouquet in tissue paper and store it in the fridge until you leave for the wedding ceremony. If possible also keep the bare stems in water as long as possible.

  3. The bouquet can also contain a combination of flowers and foliage, but it should complement or match your wedding gown and the decor and theme of the wedding. The groom can also match his tie or bow-tie to your bridal bouquet for a flowing color theme.

  4. The stems can be trimmed again after your bouquet is made; it is best to keep them longer than needed to avoid cutting them too short.

  5. It is best to make the bouquet on the morning of the wedding, so that it will stay fresh all day. Make a practice bouquet several days before the wedding so that you can see the finished product.



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