DIY Flower Bouquets

12 Jun

Couple of weekends ago, we had the pleasure of witnessing the happy union of our dear friends Jaime Kim and Eric Cho. The whole wedding was a beautiful event. The ceremony overlooking the lake, the perfect weather, their sweet vows, the foot washing ceremony (which they conducted during the ceremony to represent how they would serve each other), and the most importantly the bride and the groom made for a very beautiful and unforgettable wedding experience. James and I were honored to be a part of their special day.

Those who know Jaime and Eric would agree with me in saying that they are the most positive, caring, laid back (yet passionate) people on earth. With that said, Jaime was the kind of selfless bride who found more importance in making the wedding enjoyable for her guests rather than, say, flowers for instance. Thus, the bouquet on her wedding to-do list naturally sank to the bottom of the list… the way bottom. And so, a week before her wedding, she was still without flowers and really hadn’t planned on which flowers she wanted, the colors, or what type of flowers to have- real or silk.

After discussing this situation with Jessica, Jaime’s maid of honor and twin sister, we decided that we would assemble the bouquet from silk flowers.  Jaime, Nina E, and I met up at Michael’s to pick out what we would put in the bouquet. At first it was very hard to visualize what the bride wanted because she really didn’t have a preference about which flowers she had or did not have. All she knew was that she wanted “splashes” of coral in her wedding bouquet to match the bridesmaid’s dresses.  Since, Jaime and Jessica had already picked out fluffy white hydrangea for the bridesmaids bouquets, I decided that a hydrangea stem would be a great starting point. Then we picked out several different types of filler flower stems in various shades of white and different textures to give the bouquet a more realistic look. Lucky for us, with the combination of flowers on sale and Michael’s 50% off coupon, we were able to purchase the bridal bouquet flowers for a very low price. We assembled the flowers at our place that evening with some of the other bridesmaids and friends Rebecca, Gina, Jennifer and Jessica. It turned out to be a fun and productive girl’s night in!

We had to first use wire cutting shears to cut the silk flowers to the proper size.

Then starting with the hydrangea stem, I started to add in the filler flowers, greenery, and added the other flowers in.

Once the desired look was achieved, we wrapped the bouquet stem with floral tape. Then with the help of Jennifer Song, we wrapped and hot glued silver silk ribbon over the floral type to give it a nice finishing touch.

After the bridal bouquet was completed, we made smaller bridesmaid’s bouquets in the similar fashion, but we kept the bouquet simple by adding just a small amount of greenery and flowers. We then wrapped the bouquets with floral tape and silver ribbon. We also made the boutonnieres for the guys, smaller bouquet/corsages for the mothers, and even a throw away bouquet! We think they turned out pretty cool! What do you think?

With the Beautiful Bride

Congratulations to Jaime and Eric!

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5 Responses to “DIY Flower Bouquets”

  1. torijohnson5 June 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    These turned out very pretty! I’ve tried to make my own bouquets before but they never turned out quite right. P.S. I’m hosting my first giveaway of a fabulous pair of earrings if you’d like to participate. http://bit.ly/MHu9Or

    • NinaE at NinaSquared June 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Congratulations on your first giveaway! The earrings (and your son) look beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by – please keep coming!

  2. NinaE at NinaSquared June 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Yay! These look so great – and they were just beautiful on the day-of. I think many would be surprised to hear that they weren’t real arrangements! Great job, Neens!

  3. Barbara Putnam June 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    those flowers look amazing! good job ladies! i like the idea of using fake flowers because then you can keep it forever. plus, a great moneysaver!

  4. Michelle E June 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I can’t believe they were not real flowers! You guys had me fooled 😛

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