Can I make a different bouquet to throw at my wedding? I want to keep mine.
Sure you can. Having a second bouquet is increasingly popular. It can either be similar to the bridesmaids bouquets or be a miniature replica of the bride’s bouquet. This bouquet can be made with real or silk flowers regardless of which you chose for your bridal bouquets. Keep in mind though that artificial flowers are tougher and can withstand the grabbing and tugging from hopeful single women. If you accept that flowers will break and that bouquet may very well fall apart under the pressure (depending how rough your bunch gets)
If you have questions about your throwaway bouquet and what is appropriate, you are not alone. As a wedding florist in a busy flower shop for 15 years, I noticed that most brides were unsure about their throwaway bouquet and often had questions about them. Here are some of the most popular questions that kept coming up. Here they are:
I want live flowers for my throwaway. Are there any special precautions I can take to give them the best chance of survival at the bouquet toss.
If you choose live flowers for your throwaway bouquet, make sure it is well glued. At the back of the bouquet, apply glue with a low-temperature glue gun to bond thick stems to the plastic parts of the bouquet holder. Glue half on the stem, half on the plastic and hold to bond. Roses or other large flowers should definitely be glued. If you chose a cascade bouquet, the upside down flowers need to be wired. An extra precaution would be to spray “Bouquet Hold”or another similar floral glue in an aerosol with a little straw to reach into the bouquet. Make sure the inside of your bouquet is very solid as too.
I don’t feel like going through much hassle for a bouquet that I will just throw away. What is the best and cheapest way to get a toss bouquet?
You can simply purchase an artificial pre-made bouquet priced between $15 and $20 at a discount box store or craft store such as Wal-Mart, Michael’s, Lewis Craft. Online in places like eBay are good places to find cheap bouquets. For most brides, a simple artificial bouquet, all white with greenery is perfect for a throwaway.
I want to make my throwaway special for the lucky girl that catches it. Do you have any ideas?
You could make your throwaway bouquet special by re-creating your fresh bouquet but in silk and make it way ahead of time. If you are making your own wedding bouquet, the practice of making this throwaway bouquet will actually give you a good idea of how many flowers you need to order for your fresh bouquet. You will get good practice and you will feel more confident when the time comes to make your real live bouquet. In my experience, I’ve seen brides get a replica of their bouquet made up with the intention of tossing it, then deciding to keep their silk replica as a souvenir of their wedding and tossing the live one. Another idea to make a throwaway bouquet special is to make a break-apart bouquet. Make 3-5 small separate hand-tied bouquets. Loosely tie them together with ribbon that will be easy to take off at throwing time. Surprise all by throwing a bouquet that will split into pieces to bring happiness to more than one lucky woman.
If you are thinking of making your own wedding bouquets, you can read more questions and answers in my How To book. You can also follow along step by step to make your corsages, bouquets, centerpieces and church flowers. It`s all in my handy reference book. All you have to do is follow the instructions and you will end up with gorgeous wedding flowers. Everyone will be complimenting your flowers and you can proudly say that you made them yourself. Their reaction will be priceless. How To Wedding Flowers
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