Besides the caterer, the most expensive vendor at a wedding is usually the florist. You can save some money by making your own boutonnieres, and you can save time by making them ahead. Fresh floral boutonnieres will need to be made the morning of the wedding to keep them looking fresh, but if you use dried or silk flowers, you can make them as far ahead as you want. With a Fall themed wedding, dried flowers made the most sense for me.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dried or silk flowers or plants
- Scissors and wire cutters
- Floral tape
- Boutonniere pins
I used eucalyptus stems as my background or base and built out from it. Unlike a bouquet, with a boutonniere, you build forward from instead of around the base flowers (or stems or feather).
The process for assembling dried or silk flowers for a boutonniere is probably the most simple out of the other options. Trim the stems to a manageable length, about three inches. When you’ve decided how you want the arrangement to look, start taping stems together. I only had a few stems I was working with, so I did it all in one shot, but if you have multiple stems it is best to start with two and add on. Start wrapping the tape around from the top toward the end, stopping about half an inch from the end. It should look like this:
You’re almost done! Trim the stems to the desired length, usually about 2 – 2/12 inches. Now you’ll use your ribbon to finish it off. This time, you’ll start at the bottom. About a quarter to half of an inch from the bottom, place your ribbon down the length of the stems and pull it down and around, then up the other side.
Start wrapping at the bottom, going around the stem and the small piece of ribbon. This is to give the bottom a finished look. If you need to, use a dab of hot glue to help hold the ribbon in place while you’re wrapping. I didn’t need it, but you might if your ribbon is really slippery. When you get to the top, weave the end of the ribbon under the last wrapped strand of ribbon and pull. I also made a knot at the top and cut the end of the ribbon in a V-shape.
Now you can store these until your wedding and move on to the next wedding project!
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