With weddings, the details are important. We wanted to give you a few tips for making your own boutonnieres with items you may find in your home garden. What better way to add a personal touch than by using beautiful fresh herbs that you’ve grown!
Things You’ll Need:
1. Herbs, Spray Roses, Ribbon (¼”), floral tape, clippers/scissors, pins
2. Herbs: Use items you may already have, season permitting. If you keep a garden and you are able to use such items. If not you can go to your local farmers market or grocery store and purchase herbs.
3. Flowers: use different combinations of herbs and flowers. I would suggest spray roses as they do best out of water and are affordable. If you have a little more in your budget ranunculus are beautiful
4. Ribbon: choose a ribbon that best fists your color palette. I usually work with silk ribbon as it’s easy to work with but any ¼” ribbon will do.
a. Cut all herbs and flowers into single stems
b. Clean off any excess foliage or leaves.
c. Assemble small composition in your hand with herbs and greenery in the back to hold up the floral in the front. I usually layer in some of the herbs at the front as well. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!
d. Use green floral tape to secure the boutonniere just below the blooms. Be sure to stretch out the tape before you wrap the boutonniere. Stretching the tape activates it to stick to itself. Trim the stems to the desired length.
e. After you’ve composed and tapped the boutonniere, wrap the green tape with your ribbon. (tip, you don’t have to cover all of the stems with tape, you can go a quarter or half way down and leave some exposed)
f. Secure with pins!
If you don’t have a home garden or don’t have the time to DIY pieces for your wedding day, no problem! Here are a few helpful tips for communicating with your florist to achieve the look you want for your wedding.
Tips for communicating with your florist:
Always share inspirational photos. You may only like certain elements of each photo i.e. the color palette in an example or one or two of the items used in another. Showing them specifically what you like is always helpful.
If you want fresh herbs or more unusual components, let them know in your initial consultation. Most florist use what is in the rest of the design and if herbs and such aren’t a part of the wedding as a whole, chances are they wont be represented in the boutonnieres.
If you want a specific flower or item always check with your florist to see if it is in season. Social media is a great way to find inspiration but it isn’t always the best representation of what flowers are available seasonally.
Lastly, be open to any suggestions the florist may have. They work with flowers, greenery, and other items on a daily basis and love creating. They may come up with something totally different yet perfect for your event.
Whether you choose to make your own pieces or work with a florist, the most important thing is that you’re happy on your wedding day so choose what’s best for you! Both are really great options to achieve a unique vision for your big day.