When it's time to plan a wedding, the costs and details pile up quickly. One of the most significant expenses in any wedding budget usually comes from the florist. If you're do-it-yourself royalty, you've undoubtedly seen a few opinions here and there while researching faux flowers, with some strong views on whether or not you should use them for a wedding. Some insist faux florals are tacky, and you should never use them in your wedding, but we're here to challenge that idea! Our passion is creating authentic, detailed, lifelike flowers with the same magic and beauty natural blooms and plants have but with all the benefits of faux flowers.
Are you considering creating your wedding bouquet? Are you looking for something stunning on your big day that you can do yourself? Don't worry; we've got everything you need to create a breathtaking bouquet of faux flowers you and every guest will remember for years to come!
Where To Start
First things first! To help inspire and make it as easy as possible to create your wedding bouquet, check out this fantastic instructional video by Nectar + Bloom with Afloral flowers.
Love what you see? Do you wish there was one convenient place to get the recipe for this beautiful bouquet? You know we're always here for you. Click here for the entire Afloral Nectar + Bloom recipe.
If you've got something distinct in mind, no worries. Afloral is here to ignite your creativity and imagination! But first, let's ensure you have all the necessary supplies before creating your one-of-a-kind wedding bouquet.
• As an aspiring florist, it's crucial to have a good set of wire cutters. Excellent for floral wire, flower stems, and other things that scissors just won't cut. For really thick stems, a pair of bolt cutters might be needed.
• Fabric scissors for your ribbon or any fabric you might use to tie the bouquet with.
• Floral tape to help you hold your flowers together and in the desired arrangement.
• Ribbon or fabric of choice to wrap around the bouquet when finished, to tuck away the floral tape.
The Next Step
Now that you have all the supplies, it's time to begin! If you loved the neutral, romantic palette we arranged with Nectar + Bloom above, then all the buds and greenery you need are in our above link. If you have ideas or want different faux florals for your bouquet, here are some of our experts' favorites to consider!
Pink Cream Artificial Lilac Flower
Lilacs are charming, delicate flowers, and our Pink Cream Artificial Lilac Flower is always in full bloom. Lilacs are an ideal floral for a mid-spring wedding bouquet, as they are one of the flowers that bloom naturally during that time. They're one of our favorite, underrated florals to use. While many may be familiar with their signature purplish-blue flowers, lilacs come in a delightful range of purples, pinks, and even white. We combined the subtle shade of a first blush with the stately elegance of white with our Pink Cream lilacs, creating a wonderful flower for a wedding bouquet.
Classic or Eye-Catching Roses or Both!
Two types of timeless and enchanting roses could work for those who love color or the little details. First, our captivating Real Touch Rose in Cream Peach is a fantastic choice that will never disappoint. These silky-soft, realistic roses with trembling, muted cream petals are so full and lovely you'd think you could smell their perfume. They're an exquisite touch to a bride's wedding bouquet and have just enough dimension in color to draw the eye while not overwhelming.
However, if you do long for a pop of sweet color, you could replace or pair the Real Touch Dutchess Roses in Blush with our Blush Real Touch Peony
for that burst of soft feminine pink. Pink roses are also known to express joy and gratitude, and what better day for flowers to represent those emotions than on your wedding day? Adding our Real Touch Dutchess Rose or our Blush Real Touch Peony makes for a lovely choice for your wedding and is perfect for any season.
Lavender Real Touch Dutchess Rose & Real Touch Blush Peony
Continuing on a theme of blushing love and gorgeous roses comes our Lavender Real Touch Dutchess Rose. We chose this spectacular rose not only for its beautiful silhouette and that it pairs perfectly with any of the above flowers—but because the rose and peony combo is the most popular wedding flower combination. Best of all, our roses and peonies are in season all year round and made to last. Both roses and peonies in a wedding bouquet are flowers that never go out of style!
It's hard to find a more versatile greenery as flawless for a wedding as Green Grey Artificial Spiral Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus will make the flowers in your bouquet shine, giving it a bountiful foundation while adding contrast, texture, rhythm, and shape to your arrangement. For a more whimsical look, try using Italian Ruscus for Preserved Plumosus.
Putting It All Together – Making the Bouquet
With your supplies ready and you've picked the flowers for your bouquet, it's time to put it all together!
1. Gather a few of the chosen roses or a peony or two. We'll be using these as the base of your bouquet. If you've selected a rose with color, consider pairing a few of those together as the base, then secure them with floral tape.
2. Now, surround the colorful roses or peonies with other blooms in clusters. Play with different bloom shapes to create an exciting texture. The great thing about making the bouquet yourself is that you can rearrange the flowers until they look right to you without rushing, as there's no need to worry about wilting.
3. Begin adding greenery around the perimeter of your bouquet. Like the flowers, play with their position. Let them cross over each other, have the stems support one another, and play with different lengths and amounts to get the look you love.
4. Once your bouquet comes together, and you love where everything is, secure the last stems with floral tape and trim the stems down to a uniform but comfortable length. You'll want to leave the stems long enough to make them easy to hold, so we recommend leaving them around 8 inches.
5. For the final elegant touch, a silky ribbon in white or a shade that is a complementary color to your flowers. Wrap it around the outside of your floral tape to hide it, then tie it into an adorable bow, and that's it! You've made your wedding bouquet with faux florals!
Remember that it's your bouquet, your way. The flowers you choose and how you arrange them have endless possibilities, and because you decided on Afloral, your wedding bouquet can be kept and treasured for decades to come.
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