As much as we love to report on the latest from around the world in garden flowers, and the best assortments to put in your garden, we also love the art of florist and arranging flowers. One of the biggest occasion for flower arranging is for weddings. Maybe you want to try and do your own to save a bit of cash, maybe you have been arranging flowers a while and want to start doing it on the side to help out a friend, or earn a little bit of extra money. Either way we have some top tips for getting the best out of arranging your own flowers for weddings.
The first thing to think about is exactly how many flowers you need. DO not get more than you are going to be using, as this is a waste. You can always pick up a few extra if needed, but its foolish to let some go to waste. You want to aim for getting the flowers about 2 days before, so you have plenty of time to arrange, but they are still at the peak in terms of freshness.
Once you have the flowers, and the time, make sure you have a large open space you can make a big mess on. A shed, or a large table in a big kitchen are ideal, or maybe even a big table in the garage.
Next split up your bunches and trim any extra foliage and strip back any lower leaves that will be below the point where you tie them. Make sure the flowers are well hydrated before you tie them. Leave them in a big bucket of water overnight, then get on with the arranging early the next morning.
Then to make your bouquet or centrepiece, pick your central flower, and then hold it in your weaker hand. Then keep rotating the bunch, slowly adding more flowers and creating the colour scheme and pattern you want. Keep doing this until you have the desired size, and colour lay out needed. From there you can then trim the stems so they are all uniform in size. Then it is time to tie.
Use a thin wire string at a push, but preferably you want twine, available from just about all garden centres. You want to wrap the string around twice. This will help it hold firm, without cutting off the flow of water through the stem by squashing them. Then tie a double knot to finish the deal.