Permanent bridal bouquets are fast becoming more and more trendy as savvy brides realize how practical a bridal bouquet made of permanent botanicals and alternative materials can be.
There are many reasons you could choose to carry a bouquet made from sola flowers, like the one we are showing you how to make here, on your wedding day. Destination wedding? Pack this bouquet up and travel. Allergic to fresh flowers and other plants? Make this cute bouquet and stay “a-choo” free on your wedding day. Getting married on the face-of-the-sun? No wilting violets in this bouquet!
Sola Flower Wedding Bouquet
3 Silk hydrangea- ivory
15 Carnation sola flowers
15 Gardenia sola flower
30 white pipe cleaners
5-1 Inch rhinestone buttons
Yarn- sage green, dusty pink and coral
3 yards 2 inch wide velvet ribbon- ivory
1 Foot ¼” wide velvet ribbon- ivory
6 Sprays vintage style velvet leaves- light green
22 Gauge florist wire
Corsage tape- light green
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Design Master Sprays- Prairie Green, Perfect Pink and Coral
Start your bouquet by prepping your sola flowers. Divide your sola flowers into four piles. Spray ¼ Coral, ¼ Prairie Green, ¼ Perfect Pink and leave ¼ the natural ivory color. Give the flowers a light brush of color. Concentrate most of color on the tips of the petals, allowing the color to lighten as it fades into the center of the flower.
The next step is attaching the pipe cleaners to the sola flowers. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner so there is a small hook on one end. Hot glue the pipe cleaner to the backside of the sola flowers.
Gather the hydrangeas in a dome shape (remove any leaves) and tape them together with the corsage tape. Pull the sola flowers through the gathered hydrangeas. You will want to make sure the bouquet maintains an even, dome shape and has a pleasing dispersion of color.
Prep your velvet leaf sprays by removing them from the main stem into smaller groups of three. Hot glue the leaf clusters evenly throughout the bouquet.
Make small bows out of yarn. Wire the rhinestones into the center of the yarn bows. Place rhinestone and yarn accents evenly throughout the bouquet.
Make four looped bows out of the wide velvet ribbon. Collar the underneath of the bouquet with the ribbon bows. Make five bows from the yarn. Place the yarn bows underneath the velvet bows. Tape the bows to the stem of the bouquet using corsage tape. Wrap the stem of the bouquet in alternating color blocks of yarn. Add an accent of three velvet leaves and a small velvet bow to the base of the handle of the bouquet.
So what do you think? Would you carry this or a different alternative bridal bouquet on your wedding day?