DIY Homemade Boutonnieres

Image by klynnebobbitt on Creative CommonsAt a wedding, every detail is important.  Couples, brides especially, spend hours considering everything from the centerpieces and seating plan to the flowers and food.  When every detail is perfect, it helps create the dream wedding the couple had in mind.  But when every detail is perfect, it can also increase the cost. The key to having a wedding that fits your dreams and your budget is knowing when to splurge and when to save.  Splurge on the dress, save on wedding centerpieces; splurge on the bridal bouquet, save on the boutonnieres.  You can keep your budget in check by making your own boutonnieres.

Besides being a cost-effective way to manage your wedding, making homemade boutonnieres also adds a personal touch to the wedding.  They can be arranged to complement the wedding colors. And best of all, boutonnieres are usually quite simple: a white rose against the dark lapel of a suit is striking.

Begin by choosing your flower.  If you want it to complement your bridal bouquets, this should be an easy choice.  Larger flowers are typically easier to work with, and roses, carnations, and miniature calla lilies are elegant favorites.  If you choose a smaller bloom, accents like baby’s breath can help create a more full display.

Your flowers are the most important supplies, but you will also need floral wire, available at florist shops or craft stores, or thin gauge copper or brass wire, floral tape, a 2 to 3 inch pin, and a knife or stem cutters.  Traditionally, boutonniere pins have a white pearl at the tip, but you can find any number of other accents to complement your wedding theme or groom’s personality.

Plan on making the boutonnieres the night before the wedding so they are still fresh.  Begin by cutting off any leaves or thorns from the stem and trimming the stem of the main flower diagonally to about 3 inches.  If you want to have accents, like sprigs of fern fronds or baby’s breath, place them behind the main flower and adjust the height.  Trim the accent sprig diagonally to match the stem of the flower.

Image by meddygarnet on FlickrCut a 6 inch piece of your floral wire and wrap it around both stems. The remaining wire is stretched behind the stems to provide it with support.  When you are sure that the wire is not visible from the front of the boutonniere, wrap your floral tape around the stems.  Start at the base of the main flower and work your way down.  At the bottom, begin wrapping going upwards to the base of the flower.  Make sure the tape is secure. You can then wrap a colored ribbon around the base of the flower to customize its appearance.

Another alternative is to secure the stems with a bit of wire and wrap it with flora tape.  Leave the stems to look natural or tie a ribbon around them.

Now we come to the pin.  Insert the long, slender pin into the flower’s stem. This will allow the boutonniere to be pinned to the groomsmen’s lapels.  You’re almost done!  Next, lightly mist the boutonnieres with water and place them in a plastic container with plenty of breathing room.  Put this in the refrigerator (not the freezer) overnight for use the next day.

After you’ve made your first boutonniere, you’ll find that it is an easy, quick, and best of all, inexpensive, process.

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