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Wedding Flowers - Bridal Designs
Bouquets for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girl, corsages and boutonnieres.
Flowers for the church and the wedding reception.
Free instructions on making a hand tied bridal bouquet.

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A wedding is one of the most important occasions in a person's life. A wedding would just not be the same without flowers. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable. The flowers provide the finishing touch to this very special day. The flowers can be a simple or elaborate design depending on the type of wedding that is being planned.

Flowers in their own right are beautiful. A skilled floral designer can turn these flowers into a work of art in the same way a dress designer can turn a length of fabric into an exquisite gown.

For a very simple wedding the flowers may only consist of a single long stemmed rose for the bride. An elaborate wedding could run into thousands of dollars. Most weddings fall somewhere between the two. An average wedding could consist of a bouquet for the bride, the bridesmaids, and a flowergirl, hairpieces, corsages for the mothers and button holes for the bridegroom and groomsmen, flowers for the church and the reception.

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Different Styles Of Bouquets
There are different styles of bouquets. Round, victorian posy, trailer, sheaf, crescent, line and cascade bouquets. Large trailing bouquets particularly suit romantic wedding gowns. An elegant line bouquet is a good choice for a slim fitting gown. A modern style bouquet will suit the contemporary bride.

The Bridesmaid's Bouquets
The bridesmaids'or matron of honour's flowers should never overshadow those of the brides. After all, it is the bride's special day. The bridesmaid's bouquet can be a different style or a smaller version of the bride's bouquet perhaps using another variety of flowers or in another colour.

The Flower Girl
A young child, often a relative or daughter of a close friend, is given the honour of being asked to be the flower girl. The flowers can be a small posy similar to the bridesmaids', a snowball or a basket of flowers. A hoop covered with ribbon with a garland of flowers and foliage entwined around is a lovely idea.

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Aim for a look of harmony for the entire bridal party's flowers in the choice of style, flowers and colour. A bride carrying a delicate bouquet of roses, orchids and fern will look out of place if the bridesmaids are carrying a modern sheaf of strelitzias (bird of paradise).

The build of the bride should be taken into account. A small posy or a single long stemmed flower would look out of proportion carried by a large girl. A very petite girl will be overwhelmed by a huge cascading bouquet.

The flowers should suit the personality of the bride. A bride who dresses in the latest fashion will most likely want something very individual when it comes to flowers. Perhaps a modern style bouquet of exotic flowers such as anthuriums with tropical leaves.

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Traditionally, white flowers are still the most popular choice for wedding flowers. Pastel shades are also very popular. A bride who wants a dramatic look could have a bouquet of bright jewel coloured flowers. This could look very effective if the bridesmaids are wearing vivid coloured dresses and carrying similar coloured bouquets. Beware of red, purple or dark blue flowers if the wedding is in the evening, as the flowers can appear very dark in the photographs.

Flowers will look most effective when a theme is followed through. The theme might be classical, romantic, dramatic, ultra modern or exotic. Carry this theme through the bridal party's flowers, the church and through to the reception area. This will give a feeling of unity to the wedding day.

Flowers and foliage used in weddings should be fairly long lasting, as they will need to look fresh for several hours. Orchids, spray carnations, anthuriums, roses, lisianthus, liliums, stephanotis, gypsophila, misty and wax flower are all fairly long lasting varieties.

Flowers For The Church
A lovely arrangement positioned at the door will welcome guests. Arrangements can be placed on either side of the alter. Pew decorations can be made with wide ribbon or tulle. These can be made into bows with long streamers and accented with sprays of flowers. Always find out the church's policy in regard to using flowers.

Reception Flowers
Large arrangements full of flowers with cascading stems of foliage, table centre pieces, garlands of flowers placed around the bridal table can all play an important part of a memorable wedding day. Twinkling fairy lights can be wound around foliage to give a magical romantic effect.

Garden Weddings
An arch decorated with foliage and flowers and entwined with tulle, urns placed on pedestals full of flowers and cascading foliage will look wonderful in a garden setting.

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Instructions On How To Make A Hand Tied Bouquet
This natural hand tied bouquet is very popular. The same type of flowers can be used together such as roses or a variety of different flowers. If desired, leaves such as camellia can be placed around the edges. This type of bouquet is made by holding the flower and foliage stems in one hand and adding the other stems around in a spiral fashion, criss crossing the stems at the one point, and binding them in position with string. A ribbon bow with long tails completes the bouquet.

1. Choose suitable materials - you will need flowers with fairly long stems such as roses, irises, carnations, alstroemeria, freesias, Singapore orchids and lisianthus. Suitable foliage is eucalyptus gum, box, ivy, nandina or leather fern. A mixed bouquet looks best using three to four varieties of flowers plus foliage.

2. Cut the ends of the stems on a slant and give flowers a long drink. Strip off the lower foliage from the ends of the stems. Lay the flowers out on the table. Start of with the largest flower to form the centre. Hold the stem in the left hand about 15-20cm (6-8") from the base of the flower head. With the right hand, add about 4- 6 clusters of foliage evenly around, criss crossing the stems on an angle. Secure stems in place by placing the end of a piece of string and winding it around a couple of times. Do not cut the string.

3. Place 5-6 of the same type of flowers evenly around. If desired, place a small flower between each one and secure in place with a couple of twists of string. Keep the the bouquet a gentle rounded shape across the top, like an upside down saucer shape criss crossing all the stems, and give the bouquet a quarter turn clockwise every now and again. Secure stems in position with string at the same place as before when necessary. Continue adding flowers and foliage until the bouquet is the desired size and then secure with string, winding it firmly around several times at the same place. Cut the string and tuck the end in.

4. Cut the ends off the flower and foliage stems so they are about 6-8" (15-20cm) long and all the same level. Spray lightly with water.

5. Finish off the bouquet by tying a piece of wide ribbon around the bouquet to cover the string and tie the ribbon in a bow with long tails.

This lesson is briefly explained. In our Floristry Diploma Course
each lesson is fully explained with illustrated step by step instructions.

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Our Floral Design School will teach you...

How to create many different bridal designs including corsages, different styles of bridal bouquets such as round, trailer, crescent, modern, cascade, corsages, boutonnières and designs for the hair.

How to preserve a bridal bouquet for a lasting memento of the wedding day.

How to create beautiful flower arrangements for the church and the wedding reception.

How to be a bridal consultant or wedding specialist.

In our floristry diploma course you will learn to create many different floral designs and flower arrangements suitable for any occasion.

Our flower arranging school will make it easy for you to be able to create beautiful floral designs the professional way.

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