This is a classic bridal bouquet — and you can learn how to make it yourself using roses, or whatever flowers you like.
This bouquet can be made for around $20 if you can locate an inexpensive source for roses, usually as close as the local supermarket where they sell for as little as $10 a dozen. The hand-tied or clutch bouquet is a bit challenging to master as it may seem like you don’t have enough hands! Though it looks like the bouquet is just a bunch of roses, the rounded shape is dependent upon creating a spiral or tepee with the stems so the flowers won’t be squashed together. You will need roses that are at least half open or there will be space in between the roses which might need small flowers such as miniature carnations to fill in. Finish the handle with braided ribbon trim, raffia, tulle, or a ribbon tied in a bow.
To make this bouquet you will need:
1 dozen roses, about half way open, leaves and thorns removed
green floral tape
2 1/2 yards of 6 inches wide tulle cut into 22-inch pieces
1 1/2 yards of 1” satin ribbon for the handle
Add the remaining roses, keeping them apart with your fingers so you have a tepee shape with the stems pointing out at the bottom. Don’t worry that it looks funny. You will bind the stems to hold them in place later on. If you are using filler flowers such as waxflower, miniature carnations, or baby’s breath, add it in as you build the bouquet.
Wrap around the binding point several times with floral tape, stretching and pressing so it adheres. Squeeze the stems together and wrap tape around the center portion of the handle for a few inches. Press the tape tightly at the end. Trim the stems to an even length.
Leave the flowers in water until just before you need to use the bouquet. Dry the stems with a towel, then apply your ribbons.
Pull the ribbon around to the front, cross one side over the other, then pull it back to the back keeping the ribbon snug.Wrap to the front and cross again, and so on up to the binding point where it will be tied into a knot.
It looks kind of complicated when it’s finished, but it really isn’t. Just remember to cut a long strip of ribbon because you don’t want to run out before the wrapping is finished. Tie tulle strips around the handle and into several puffy bows, filling in beneath the roses forming a collar. Your local craft or fabric store should have tulle on a spool which can be cut into 22-inch strips. Just tie them into little bows and push the bows together until they fill in all around the base of the bouquet.
If you don’t want to add a tulle collar, consider using a fluffy filler flower such as baby’s breath, waxflowers, or lady’s mantle around the edges of the bouquet to cover the under side of the roses. Just add these stems in around the edges and bind with floral tape, then bind the handle with ribbons, raffia, or whatever you like.
More information about making your own wedding bouquets:
Here is a source for buying flowers for your wedding: