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Wedding Bouquet and Boutonnieres

Martha Stewart Living Television

Wedding Bouquet

Be careful when working with white flowers, as their petals bruise easily.

Tools and Materials

  • 250 to 300 stems of lily-of-the-valley
  • Floral knife
  • Swarovski wire rhinestone sprays
  • 20 to 25 corsage gardenias
  • 23-gauge floral wire
  • White floral tape
  • Swarovski Hot Fix rhinestones
  • Block of Oasis
  • 2-inch white satin ribbon
  • Glass-head pins

Wedding Bouquet How-To
1. Trim the ends of the lilies-of-the-valley, leaving as much stem as possible. Separate the blooms from the leaves, and place them in water. With a clear elastic band, gather the lilies-of-the-valley into 10 to 12 small bunches of 25 flower stems. Include a small spray of Swarovski rhinestones in each bunch.

2. Group the bunches together with elastics, and bend the sprays upward so that they catch the light. Wrap the lily bunches compactly together with white floral tape.

3. Wire 20 corsage gardenias with 23-gauge floral wire: Stick the wire through the base of the flower, and then fold the wire in half. With white floral tape, wrap from the base of the gardenia to the end of the wire, stretching the tape as you go. Put the wired gardenias aside in a block of Oasis.

4. To affix rhinestones to the ribbon, place them on an ironing board, and cover with the ribbon, right side down. Place towel on top, and iron, holding down for 2 minutes.

5. Surround the lily-of-the-valley bunch with the gardenias, creating a cuff, and secure with an elastic band. Wrap floral tape around the wires and stems, creating a smooth handle. Trim off any excess wire and stems so that the bottom of the bouquet is even. Wrap the bouquet with the ribbon, and secure with glass-head pins.

Boutonnieres

Tools and Materials

  • Bay leaves
  • Floral knife
  • Green floral tape
  • 26-gauge floral wire
  • Stephanotis blooms
  • Stephanotis holders
  • 1/4-inch silver ribbon
  • 1/4-inch black ribbon
  • Cubic zirconia earring stud
  • Glue
  • Corsage pins

Boutonnieres How-To
1. Cut individual leaves off of a bay branch, leaving 1 inch of stem. Using green floral tape, attach each leaf to a 4-inch length of 26-gauge floral wire.

2. Pull off the bottom of a stephanotis bloom, and insert a moistened stephanotis holder through the center.

3. Tape a wired stephanotis and a bay leaf together with green floral tape. Trim the wire to 1 1/2 inches.

4. Wrap the groom's boutonniere with 1/4-inch silver ribbon. Use 1/4-inch black ribbon on the boutonnieres for the wedding party and guests.

5. Glue a cubic zirconia stud to the head of a corsage pin. Insert the pin through the center of the groom's boutonniere. Secure the boutonnieres with a corsage pin.

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