One of the top keepsakes that brides look forward to having is their wedding bouquet. These flowers made it down the aisle with them, and usually, show up in every photo. It's only natural for a bride to want to cherish them forever rather than have them wither away days after the wedding is over with.
Traditional bouquets made with fresh flowers can cause major issues the day of if they don't stay looking fresh and healthy. And, they can be difficult to preserve and save as a memory of that day.
One easy way to avoid the hassle that comes with real flowers is to use wooden flowers. Read on to see how to make a wedding bouquet with wood flowers that are sure to compliment you on your big day and serve as a beautiful memory for years afterward.
Know the Benefits
Before getting started on creating your bouquet, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the benefits of choosing Luv Sola wood flowers. Each individual flower is made from the Shola plant and handmade.
They are a sustainable material, and last forever!
The affordable pricing was created with you in mind. Having the freedom to create things yourself shouldn't come with a higher price.
There's a wide variety to pick from, which makes it easy for people with different tastes to find something that they love.
The products are high quality which brings durability that can give you peace of mind on your wedding day and there are plenty of free tutorial videos that help to set you up for success when creating your arrangement.
Now that you know a few of the perks of getting wooden flowers, let's dive in and explore how to create the wedding bouquet of your dreams!
Start by Choosing Colors
An important first step when designing your bouquet is to choose your desired color scheme. Having this in mind will help you to narrow down the types of flowers and fillers that you will use to create your bouquet.
Your color choices can reflect your wedding colors, your venue, or your favorite colors.
There are so many different ways that you can design your floral arrangement. You can choose mainly neutrals and add a pop of color by choosing opposite colors on the color wheel to create contrast that still matches. A good idea might be to choose the color that your bridesmaids are wearing. Tying them into your look through your bouquet is a wonderful way to enhance your photos and achieve a well-rounded look.
If you're looking to use a variety of colors, but still have one color, in particular, stand out, you can split complementary colors by using three.
When you do this, you pick one color and match it with two complementary colors instead of one. This ensures that the colors that you pick match well, but that one of them stands out in comparison to the other two.
Another great option is to create something that has multiple colors, but is softer overall and doesn't have one color that stands out above the rest. To do this, pick three colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel. This ensures that they will work great together, but none will overshadow the others.
This look can work great for a bride looking to add color to her look without it taking away from her dress, or fully standing out in photos.
Are you looking to have wooden flowers that are high contrast and bold? If the answer is yes, try using triadic colors. This just means that you will pick colors that are equally spaced apart on the color wheel. An example of this would be using violet, red, and orange. These colors will appear vibrant, but without clashing.
This color combination works well for a bride aiming to incorporate splashes of color throughout her wedding.
These options all use color theory to help you pick out colors that will go well together, but there are many more options that will pair together nicely.
If you're unsure about certain colors going well together, using the color wheel is a great way to double-check. You can also experiment by putting them together and seeing if you personally like the look by eye. It's usually easy to tell when things don't look quite right, and when you have found the perfect color combination, you'll know!
Pick a Theme and Style for Your Wooden Wedding Bouquet
If you don't have a style in mind already, the next best step is to pick one so that it's even easier to narrow down your flower choices. The style or theme you pick can be chosen based on your dress, venue, or simply what you like the look of. This step in the process is important because it sets the tone for the rest of your choices.
If you're unsure about what style or theme would suit your wedding best, try looking up examples of bouquets people have made and see which one you can imagine yourself with. You want your flowers to feel like an extension of you on your special day.
You can also try thinking of words that you want to describe your overall look, and choose a theme that can be described by those same words.
You can take the traditional route and use timeless wood flowers to create your bouquet. These types of arrangements will be comprised of mostly white florals and the added color from fillers will likely be soft green. This creates some contrast without it being too jarring.
Nothing here pops, but it's beautiful nonetheless and will be a lovely addition to any wedding.
Boho floral arrangements have a romantic and earthy quality to them. These arrangements typically use fuller flowers and have more greenery than anything else.
This reflects the rustic and free-spirited quality that boho-styled items are known for.
A wild style bouquet doesn't necessarily conform to any norms. The main focus of this type of arrangement is shape and texture. You will want to use a wide variety of wood flowers of different shapes, sizes, and colors.
When creating this type of arrangement, be sure to still make sure that the colors go well together. Using a mix of vibrant and soft colors will give it a "just thrown together" look that many brides seek with this style.
A nosegay bouquet is the most understated of them all. It's made up of a few stems from the same bloom and is typically very petite. They're a great choice for a bride that wants something to hold, but would like it to be understated and simple.
This type of arrangement is also a solid choice for a bride that wants her bridesmaids' bouquets to match hers.
Round bouquets are another stunning option. These make use of only one type of flower that's arranged in a dome shape. This is one of the more classic bouquet styles.
It's also one of the easiest to put together because you know the exact look that you will be aiming for as you're arranging, whereas, with the other types, there is a bit of trial and error needed to achieve the final look.
There are so many different themes and styles that you can use as a starting point for how you want your bridal bouquet to look. The important thing is to pick one that you believe makes sense for your wedding.
If you're feeling stuck, take a bit of time to think about your wedding as a whole and how your wooden flowers fit into it.
Decide How Big You Want Your Bouquet to Be
Before moving any further in the creation process, it's a good idea to think about the size you want your bouquet to be. Some brides like to keep it small and simple, while others like to go all out and carry something big with them down the aisle.
This would also be a good time to figure out if you want your bouquet to be cascading or not because this will change how you figure out the necessary amount.
Either way, knowing your preference will help you understand just how many wood flowers you will need to purchase for your desired look.
A bridal bouquet in a small, hand-picked style that's not full circle, but rounded ranges from 20 flowers for a small to 40 for an extra-large.
A bridal bouquet in a complete circle that's boho or wild style is the same: about 20 flowers for a small bouquet and up to 40 for a very large one.
If you plan on creating a cascading bouquet, the size is measured in inches rather than the number of flowers, and a small begins at 14 inches, whereas an extra-large can be up to 28 inches.
There isn't an exact number of flowers that any arrangement has to have, these numbers simply serve as a guideline for you to understand how many you might need based on your size preference. You might land somewhere in between sizes, or want to go even bigger.
The choice is completely yours.
Choose the Type of Wood Flowers You Will Use
There are so many different types of flowers to use in your bouquet. While there are frequently used flowers, there are also flowers you might not have even heard of or seen used in a wedding before.
One of the big perks of using wooden flowers is that you don't need to worry about what types of flowers are available during certain times of the year.
You also don't need to think about the extra cost of shipping them from far away places or having them arrive looking different than expected.
Fresh flowers vary greatly in freshness, size, shape, and color. With wood flowers, you can see exactly what you're getting and ensure that the color is precisely what you were looking for.
Since you have your fair share of options when it comes to the type of sola flower, it's easiest to simply take a look at the available choices. You have your pick of raw sola flowers, skin sola flowers, and premium sola flowers to choose from.
Remember to think about the texture, shape, and size when you're looking through the flowers. If you've already chosen a theme or style, you will want to pick ones that match.
In addition, you might also choose your flowers based on symbolism. All flowers have different meanings and origins, and choosing one that has a meaning close to your heart can be an added layer of sentiment. For example, magnolias symbolize a love of nature and pink roses symbolize happiness.
If the look doesn't matter as much to you, then taking this route when deciding on flowers can be a fun and different way to design your bouquet.
Choose the Type of Fillers You Will Use
Once you have narrowed down your flower choices, it's time to move on to the fillers.
Fillers typically make up a decent part of your bouquet and serve to break things up a bit and add different textures and shapes.
Dark green fillers should be paired with other greens and blues, and should typically not be paired with bright, yellow shades.
Muted colors and textures will go great with flocked greens, like Dusty Miller.
If you're aiming for a boho-inspired look, you should try to use thick, leafy greens, and soft and wispy fillers. This creates the lush, nature-inspired side that pairs so well with the softer side that boho emulates.
For a more traditional look, it's best to use softer, more muted greens, and pair them with a classic and delicate filler such as Baby’s Breath. This provides a well-rounded, natural look that doesn't overwhelm the eyes.
Wild looks will be achieved best with the use of a variety of fillers that are thin, rather than bulky. This helps achieve that "fresh-picked" look and ensures that the different types of plants blend well together. If you pick fillers that are bulky for this style, the overall appearance can be too mismatched and the fillers might overwhelm the florals.
There are many different types of fillers and greenery to make use of. Remember that the filler is just as important to your bouquet as the flowers are, so taking your time to choose the right kind will make all the difference in the end.
Dyeing Your Wooden Flowers
Sola wood flowers come neutral-colored, and it's up to you to dye them and make them look exactly how you want them to.
Dyeing Sola wood flowers is easy and fun to do! You have the opportunity to customize each and every flower and ensure that it looks exactly how you want it to. You might choose to dye them as close to their natural color as possible, or do something different and dye them whatever color speaks to you.
Dyeing the flowers yourself also adds a personal touch to your bouquet that you won't get when using fresh flowers or purchasing wood flowers that are already colored for you.
In fact, if your bridal party is also using wood flowers, it can be a fun activity for everyone to get together and dye their flowers together! This will make it so that everyone has a personal connection to their bouquet, and this moment will serve as a bonding experience for you as well.
Now that you know you will need to dye your chosen flowers, it's time to discuss how to dye Sola wood flowers.
It's best to use latex paint that's made for indoor use, or fabric dye that's mixed with water. You can also choose to airbrush them as well. Each method will result in a slightly different look, so you can always try each way and see which one you like the best.
If you were looking to have all white flowers, then dyeing them isn't necessary, you can keep them as is.
No matter what technique you choose, the flowers are sure to turn out beautiful and unique.
Stemming Your Flowers
Now that your wooden flowers are dyed, the next step is to attach a stem so that it's easier to arrange them. To stem your flowers, you need a hot glue gun and either a wire stem or a bamboo stick.
The process is simple, and it allows you to choose the flower length that you want. You might choose to have each stem be the same length, or you can switch it up and have them at varying lengths to create a bit more depth in your bouquet.
Arranging Your Bridal Bouquet
At this point, you've picked colors, a theme, wood flowers, fillers, and dyed them to your heart's content.
Now, it's time to arrange them in a way that highlights what you want, shows off each and every carefully picked piece, looks perfect, and is comfortable to hold.
While this sounds like a tall task, there are tips that you can keep in mind to make this part of the process easier.
Tip #1: Separate out each type of flower and filler.
If you have three different types of flowers and two different types of fillers, separate them all out into their own little pile. Doing this will help you to see more easily exactly how much of each item you have to work with.
This is especially important if you have a wide variety of florals and fillers.
As you're arranging everything, it will also serve as a guide for how much you have left to fit in.
Tip #2: Focus on balance over symmetry.
One common mistake that people make when arranging flowers is focusing too much on creating a perfectly symmetrical arrangement. Depending on the number of flowers that you have, this can be impossible.
Instead, focus on creating a bouquet that has balance. To do this, make sure that the flowers and filler are spread out properly. Having all of your flowers in one place and all of your greenery in another wouldn't look right.
Mix it up, while still leaving room for the different elements to each shine in their own right.
Tip #3: Keep your colors spread out.
It might be your natural inclination to group the flowers together by color and then leave them this way so that like colors are together. This creates a lumpy-looking arrangement and can be confusing to the eye.
Instead, spread out the colors across the entire arrangement so that there are little hints of color throughout and they blend together seamlessly. This will also help contribute to a balanced look.
Tip #4: Don't be afraid to experiment.
Just because you had a specific idea in mind when you began designing your bouquet doesn't mean that it has to stay that way through to the end. Once you have your materials in front of you, inspiration might strike and you might want to switch things up a bit.
The beauty of using wood flowers is that you have all the time in the world to play with them. Take your time trying out different arrangements and placements, and don't stop until you're in love with the final result.
How to Make a Wedding Bouquet With Wooden Flowers: Start Today
The best time to start planning out how to make a wedding bouquet with wooden flowers is now. This article walked you through just how simple it is to complete the process from start to finish.
Begin by choosing your colors. Remember that you can keep everything neutral, use soft colors, have a pop of color, or have a wide array of colors in your bouquet.
Pick a theme or style that reflects your personality and goes well with the rest of your wedding, and decide how big you want it to be. There are so many options to choose from, but this is what sets the tone for the rest of your decisions, so pick wisely.
Start picking out your florals and fillers and get them exactly how you want them once they arrive by utilizing the tutorials to dye them and add stems.
Finally, arrange your bouquet and ensure it looks exactly how you want it to since you can keep it forever.There are so many reasons to choose wood flowers over fresh flowers. Check out this article to see why you should create wooden wedding bouquets using our products.