My final assignment for floral arranging class was to create a bridal bouquet and boutonniere. I picked up some great spray roses last Friday night after work to use as filler, went to NJ for a baby shower, and returned Sunday to flowers that had melted in the weekend’s humidity. Naturally. But a quick trip out to a few shops resulted in the discovery of some beautiful orange roses, and pale pink lysanthus. Score.
It took me a solid 4 tries to get to a good foundation for the bouquet, but from there I happily filled in spaces and built the bouquet up to a place where I was satisfied. The boutonniere was much easier…a focal flower, an accent flower, and some greens.
I had a blast taking the class, and would definitely recommend it. Check out the next sessions here. And see below for my top 5 lessons learned while taking Floral Arranging 101!
- Always buy 2x the flowers you actually need for an arrangement (including extra greenery). Not every bloom will be suitable for the bouquet, and any extras can go into a little side arrangement.
- Hold all flowers in your non-dominant hand and add to the arrangement with your dominant hand. It’s just awkward otherwise.
- Add flowers to a bouquet at a (roughly) 45 degree angle, turning the bouquet as you add.
- Look at the bouquet from directly above when evaluating where to put flowers, as well as from the side. I learned this late but it really helps to see the bouquet fully, especially if it’s for a bride who holds the bouquet such that everyone sees it from the top.
- Don’t be afraid to pull some stems up or push them down depending on how you want the heights to balance out in the bouquet. Sometimes a statement flower can get a little lost, so adjust as needed! (but be gentle, they are just flowers)