Making your own DIY wedding bouquet of flowers for your wedding is not as hard as it may seem. Get beautiful wedding blooms for less thanks to these top tips from the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers…

Choose your colours

Carefully select your roses in your chosen colour scheme. To make sure they remain in perfect condition throughout the special day, remove all the leaves and thorns. Cut the bottom of the stems at an angle of 45 degrees and immediately stand in water. Keep in a cool place until you’re ready to make your dream bouquet.

Finishing touches

As well as a selection of roses, you need to make sure you have the 
accompaniments and finishing touches like foliage, crystals, pearls, ribbons and so on. Condition the foliage in the same way as the flowers, remove the lower leaves, trim the stems and stand in water.

Start making

Hold your first rose upright in front of you about 10cm down, and add another at an angle, then a third, holding them together firmly.
Add a few more roses to form the base of your 
beautiful wedding bouquet.
diy wedding bouquet

Bit by bit

One by one, add more roses and any other flowers or foliage of your choice. Turn the bouquet a little each time you add a stem, always at an angle spiraling in the same direction. Aim to achieve a round, slightly domed shape.

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Stand holding the wedding bouquet in front of a mirror to make sure you have the desired shape, adding extra stems where necessary. Don’t worry if the heads of your flowers are not all even; you can always adjust this by gently easing them up or down by their stems until you have the desired effect.

Time to tie

When you are happy with your design, keep holding the stems tightly and tie the bouquet with raffia or string to hold firm. Cut the stems to an even and desired length. You might find it easier to pull the stems together slightly to cut them.

Decorate the stems

Add an attractive 
ribbon, by wrapping around the stems to hide the string. You can then pin in place, tie in a beautiful bow, or simply leave hand tied. Keep flowers in water until required and then dry the stems with paper towels. There you have your beautiful floral bouquet!