Wedding Flower Bouquet Choices For the Modern Bride

Uncategorized - 28 May 2019, By admin

Flowers that are worn should be placed on the left shoulder, wrist or lapel. Pin the flowers from the back of the lapel to hide the pin. Pushing the boutonniere through the buttonhole on the lapel will not hold the flower upright and will create a “lumpy” effect.

Corsages are also worn on the left shoulder or may be worn on the left wrist, if the formal attire will not support the weight of a corsage. Some women prefer to pin a corsage to their handbag.

To construct flowers to be worn, each flower needs to be wired and taped individually. This removes the bulk of the stems while allowing you a little “bend” room in the construction of your piece. The most common sizes of wire used are #22, #24, #26 and #28 depending on the size of the flowers being used. Chrysanthemums, dendrobium orchids and lilacs are examples of flowers needing a size #22 wire. Many flowers need a #24 wire including: carnations, daisies, lilies, roses and tulips. Smaller, lighter weight flowers such as, alstroemeria, gypsophila (baby’s breath), freesia, and statice need a #26 wire. A #28 wire is used for the most delicate flowers and fillers.

Four basic wiring techniques:

  • Pierce Method-for flowers with a thick calyx beneath the flower head. Cut the stem to one inch then pierce the calyx clear through with the wire then bend wire down and tape with floral tape from flower down covering the calyx and wire, Roses, carnations.
  • Hook Method-for flowers with a hard disc-like center. Cut the stem to one inch then push the wire up the stem and out the middle of the flower. Form a 1/2-3/4 inch hook then gently pull the hook back down through until the end of the hook emerges from the base of the flower (do not pull clear through), tape, Daisies, mums
  • Wrap-Around Method-for small clusters of filler flowers. Cut the stems to 1-1 ½ inches then wrap a light wire around the stems multiple times, tape. statice, gypsophila (baby’s breath)
  • Hairpin Method-for multi-stemmed flowers and foliage. Bend the wire into a hairpin shape and place around the stem. Wrap one wire around the stem and the other wire, tape. ferns, leatherleaf.

To tape the wired flower simply place floral tape at the calyx and twirl the flower while gently pulling and twisting the tape downward, around the calyx, shorten stem and wire. Tear off at the bottom and wrap the end around the stem.

Continue adding flowers, leaves and filler, one at a time, each time cutting off one stem to remove bulk. To finish off the last stem wrap the tape under the end of the stem and back up a short ways to cover all the wires and stems at the bottom. A bow may be added to a corsage. To finish the boutonniere with a flare spiral the end of the stem by wrapping it around a pencil a time or two.

Keep in mind the “odd” rule used in flower designing. Using an odd number of flowers is more pleasing to the eye then even numbers which create a boxy, square look.

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