Hand-Wired Bouquets

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2005

Nature has designed glorious flowers, but sometimes those blooms need a little coaxing to work successfully in a wedding bouquet. Wiring, a technique in which flowers are removed from their stems and affixed to floral wire, allows more flexibility in arrangements. For instance, by removing and wiring florets from gladioli, a florist can manipulate the shape of a bouquet, perhaps fanning it out and arching the ends. Large blooms can be clustered together without the bulkiness or weight of stems -- good news for a bride who wants a bouquet that's abundant but not heavy. And individual petals may be plucked from the flower, attached to wires, then arranged in a way to take best advantage of their beauty.

As shown above, wiring can enhance your bouquet. 1. Hyacinths can be strung like beads to further decorate a bouquet. 2. Nerines look like tiny lilies. 3. With their body and simple shape, cymbidium orchid petals are ideal for wiring. 4. When wired, brodiaea hang like tassels. 5. Although hybrid delphiniums seem fragile, they are quite sturdy. 6. Wiring gladioli places the focus on the petals. 7. Stephanotis is usually wired.

Cymbidium Petals
Delphiniums and Viburnum Berries
Stephanotis and Gardenias
Gladioli and Santini Mums
Roses and Hyacinths

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