7/18 Guest Post: DIY Wedding Bouquets from ElsieCake!

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The most-fabulous Elsie, who you might better know as ElsieCake, or A Beautiful Mess, or from Red Velvet Shop… was kind enough to let us share her DIY bouquet tutorial from her incredibly awesome wedding… so here it is! Enjoy, ladies, and try to keep the drool from hitting your keyboards.



When I started planning our wedding I knew right away that I wanted to make my own flowers. I love creative flower arrangements. I wanted something different. I also knew that if we chose not to hire a florist that we’d save thousands of dollars (hooray!). What I didn’t know was how much FUN I would have with my bridesmaids making our bouquets. It was so so much fun and didn’t take much time at all!

If you’re considering making your own bouquets, read on! I can tell you from my personal experience that this was one of the simplest DIYs that we tried (along with the DIY Boutonnieres and DIY Corsages too!) I’ll share some tips with you …


I loved what each of the bridesmaids created! We had a bouquet making party after the rehearsal dinner. Each of the girls made their own bouquet. They each had special details like the bird charm hanging from Holly’s bouquet and Katie’s berry branches. I liked that they were all a little bit different.

Rachel snapped this photo on the morning of the wedding.

DIY Wedding Flowers

Make Your Own Bouquet

Step 1: Collect Supplies. For my wedding bouquets I used fresh flowers, handmade velvet flowers, berry twigs, feather birds, feathers and vintage brooches. I also used some family heirloom ribbon (vintage tatting) and velvet ribbon that I found the first month we were dating. Choose accents that are personal to you!

Step 2: Start from the center and build the floral base of your bouquet. Work your way out by adding more and more flowers.

Step 3: Wrap the stems with floral tape. Use as much as you need to make it feel secure. The floral tape should go where ever you plan to wrap the ribbon. The ribbon will eventually hide it completely!

Step 4: Add accent piece such as feather birds (they have wires underneath that can secure them onto blooms) or feathers.

Step 5: Wrap the base of your stems (over the floral tape) with a pretty ribbon. I also tied some lace on mine as an accent.

DIY bouquet
Ta-Da! Here’s a finished bouquet.

Jeremy & Elsie

Have fun creating your own pretty bouquets… XO! elsie

Photos by Arrow & Apple, DIY pics by Emma & I.

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  • Elizabeth

    I have been considering making our own bouquets and floral centerpieces for a while now! But I'm worried about how long they last. I know you said you had made your own bouquets after your rehearsal dinner–did they last throughout the next night? Did you do anything specific to keep them looking fresh? Thanks!

  • OMG i love this! I especially love the idea that they made them together. Right up my alley xo

  • Elise

    I second Elizabeth's concern… I've wondered if it would help to put the bouquets in the fridge overnight, but I dunno…. my wedding's going to be a brunch affair and I don't know what we'd do on the morning of the event if all the flowers wilt overnight!

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  • Darlene

    love this post! i decided from day one that we'd be doing our own flowers. it's reassuring to hear another bride with a positive experience – thanks for the tips!

  • Kay

    I made my own bouquets and it was easy. To secure the stems ( I used silk flowers) I used rubber bands. They were, of course, concealed by the fabric I used for the stems, which was fabric left over from a bridesmaid's dress alteration. I added an antique silver brooch, and it was great!

  • Making your own bouquet has always seemed like the way to go, especially for someone like me who tries to make-it-myself something new everyday (this morning? Contact solution. It’s so damn expensive! It can’t be that hard to make, right?).

    I am currently eating my homemade yogurt for breakfast, wearing a dress with homemade pockets. Homemade bouquets seem like the way to go!

  • Arlene

    Wonderful pics of the gore-juss flowers. My mom got remarried at 73….and she had a lace hanky of my grandmother's (who has been gone 23 years) tucked into her bouquet….something old and something blue. Love it! 🙂

  • christine

    Love DIY and here's another DIY bouquet http://www.girlywedding.com/wedding-blog/2011/4/2

  • Lily Rose

    you have to condition the flowers the night before. Fill tall, clean buckets, pitchers, cookpots, whatever you have with cool, clean water and as soon as you get the flowers home, trim off any leaves that will be below the water line and then cut about half an inch from the bottom of each stem at an angle with a sharp, clean kitchen knife and immediately stand them into the water buckets. Put the buckets someplace cool but not cold and not where hot air or cold drafts will blow on them, and let the flowers drink overnight. Some people put a teaspoon of chlorine bleach (no laundry additives, just plain bleach), a teaspoon of plain white sugar and an asprin in the water to keep bacteria down (bleach), feed the flowers (sugar) and open the cells (asprin). The next morning, cut the stems to the lengths you want and wrap them with green florists' tape; then wrap to hold them together with fabric ribbon (if bouquets) or just put into vases (for decor).

  • Lily Rose

    At the reception, put bouquets into vases or even drinking glasses as part of the decor. Dining table arrangements should be lower than 12 inches tall including the vase so people can see each other over it. (Forget the tall dining table options; they have to be skinny and flowers can't start until at least 20 inches tall; too much work). For buffet tables and escort card tables and other displays, arrangements can be any height you like; ideally, between 12 and 20 inches tall. Choose long-lasting flowers: Roses, daisies, mums, carnations, Oriental/Asiatic/Peruvian lilies (NOT daylilies), baby's breath and phlox. Skip the iris, stephanotis, camelias and other fragile flowers that bruise, brown and wilt fast. Fresh flowers symbolize the glorious, temporal beauty of life itself. Nothing replaces them, so it's worthwhile making a little effort here. Good luck!

  • This is a great DIY post. Love the colors of the flowers.