Flowers provide a wonderful visual accent to any room, be it in your own home or for a more formal occasion. Sometimes a casual arrangement fits the brief but often knowing some simple techniques for putting together a bouquet can help to elevate the design and overall impact.
What Flowers to Buy
The first thing to consider is that flowers can actually be really expensive, as any trip to the florists will confirm! To minimize the damage to your wallet, why not check out your local supermarket or grocery store where you may be surprised to find a really good selection of seasonal flowers at a very competitive price. As with all things design, it’s often not the cost of something that determines the quality of the finished look, but the way something is put together that really makes the difference. With this in mind, aim to give your flowers a look of sophistication and chic by remembering less is more. First decide whether you are going for a color theme or a particular variety of flower. If you want to be flower specific, be smart and choose those that are in season and thus more readily available to you at a good price. A bouquet generally requires some structure although it doesn’t necessarily have to follow a rigid format of construction. What is most important is that it is pleasing to the eye and fits the occasion or the brief if you’re doing this for someone else.
When you’ve chosen your blossoms, either by color or varieties, find a good working area where you can lay the flowers out and assemble with ease. Being close to water to fill your vases is useful as is something to collect your leftover flora and accessories. A good pair of scissors will make trimming easy and having florists’ tape and wire with some attractive ribbon to cover these are all the extras you will need. If you’re trying bouquets for the first time, it’s a good idea to work with more hardy varieties of flowers such as roses which can withstand a little man handling and are typically available year-round in lots of color choices.
Assemble the Bouquet
If you’re working with one variety, simply add one flower at a time, each one at a slight angle to the last, so that the stems cross one another and allow the heads to sit tightly. Continue in this fashion until the bouquet reaches the correct size and secure initially with florists’ tape just below the heads. For a more secure result, cover the tape with some florist wire which will be flexible and add structure to the arrangement. If the bouquet is to be held as for a wedding, then similarly secure just above the bottom of the stems so they can then be trimmed. To complete the look, cover the wire at the top with decorative ribbon and allow it to fall a few inches then cover the remaining stems too. With mixed varieties it helps to choose a central flower and then work around this with other varieties to create interest and a less uniform look. Allow the different height to add the interest and become a feature of the design rather than trying to make everything match up. This more eclectic approach can result in a beautifully natural, organic feeling of the design. Remember there are no hard and fast rules, so have fun and take the plunge!