Make a Wedding Bouquet Using Lily of the Valley and Wildflowers

Edited by Shelley, Eng


How To Make a Florist Style Wedding Bouquet Using Lily of the Valley and Wildflowers

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Are you curious to know more about designing flowers, or are you about to become a bride and seeking some ideas to make your special day somehow more meaningful and symbolic? As a former pro floral designer I created a number of the designs used in my own wedding. Though it's a lot of extra effort, it's really a great option to save money or add a special touch to your wedding. I thought that a series of floral designs made from garden flowers and wildflowers shown to be useful specifically in the context of weddings would be fun and maybe helpful to those looking for something different. I also want to encourage you to design using floral materials which are not normally sold in stores, but that could be picked wild or grown in a garden. That's why I've created this tutorial along with two others which use matching flowers, both are here at VisiHow:

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Why I Chose The Flowers Used

I used only wildflowers and perennial garden flowers for this series. I focused mainly on Lily of the Valley because it's a very popular flower used in florist shop wedding bouquets and it also happens to grow wild where I live. I also wanted to add a few soft colors and I happen to have the graceful Honeysuckle flowers, Periwinkle and Apple Blossoms available. Additionally, all of these flowers have unique shapes. Honeysuckle is angled and draping, Lily of the Valley is like tiny crowns, while apple blossom and periwinkle are round but different in color and shape. Each flower gives the eye a change of scenery.

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  • This is the actual Lily of the Valley patch I picked all of the LOTV flowers I used in all of my three Lily of the Valley wedding series articles and videos!
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Since I'm focusing primarily on the use of wildflowers and garden flowers, I don't have the luxury of using as many of every flower as I want. Plus, I don't want to take all of the flowers out of the garden or from the wild field either, so I try to always use as few flowers as possible. This is where your creativity really comes in and there are all kinds of great wildflowers out there to enjoy!

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Always make sure you're not handling poisonous plants first if possible!

  • Here is the Honeysuckle bush I took all of the cuttings from.
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  • And here's the graceful Vinca vine and it's cheerful flower the Periwinkle!
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The Bouquet Holder

When I learned to make my first wedding bouquet, the instructor taught us to create the entire thing using wire and tape, the way they used to do it before floral foams were invented and also before commercial refrigeration was common. Nowadays, it's much easier to create a bouquet using one of the most amazing inventions ever for this purpose, the Bouquet Holder with a small cage for the wet floral foam. I've already soaked my floral foam and let it sit so that it's not dripping any excess water. You don't want your bouquet to be dripping water when it's carried down the aisle! I'm going to rest my soaked Bouquet Holder in a glass vase, so that the flowers will be allowed to cascade down. You do not want to put them down on the table where they might be bent or accidentally loosened.

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Princess Kate

Lily of the Valley flowers are so fragrant and really gorgeous. Most recently they starred as one of the main flowers used in Princess Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet, so Lily of the Valley is enjoying a current moment in the spotlight! What was in Princess Kate's bouquet?[1][2]

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  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Sweet William
  • Hyacinth
  • Ivy
  • And my personal favorite, sprigs from a Myrtle plant planted by Queen Victoria in 1845! I really love Myrtle, it's got a lovely earthy and yet fresh fragrance.
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Flower Meanings

Though most flowers have several meanings, here are some associated with the flowers used in this bouquet.[3]

  • Lily of the Valley - Purity
  • Apple Blossom - Peace and Sensuality
  • Honeysuckle - Happiness
  • Periwinkle - Trust

This bouquet we'll be making today does not include everything in Princess Kate's bouquet. This bouquet is made entirely of wildflowers and garden flowers found where I live in Atlantic Canada. I thought it would be fun to create a Lily of the Valley themed bouquet, as it's a flower which is used often in weddings and in my experience as a floral designer I have found that the Lily of the Valley used in the floral industry is very similar to the variety which grows wild!

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Wildflower Wedding Bouquet Step-By-Step

  1. 1
    Bouquet holder.
    I'm starting with my soaked bouquet holder. This Bouquet Holder can be soaked in water with floral food in it if possible, you know, those little packets they give you when you buy flowers. It really helps to keep the flowers fresh so it's good to add it if it's around. Most floral preservative packets contain three things which help your cut flowers to last longer.[4]
    1. Something to improve the stem's ability to take in water
    2. Something to reduce bacteria
    3. Some sort of food/sugar
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  2. 2
    Cherry sprigs.
    I'm inserting the first green at the very top of the bouquet holder, and towards the back closest to the plastic.
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    • I'm choosing to use five sprigs of Cherry tree Leaf. This will define our shape.
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  3. 3
    Vinca vines.
    Now I'm adding some of the longer, graceful Vinca vines. I'm starting in the very center of the bouquet and placing the stem so that about 6 inches fall forward and define how far the flowers will come forward in the bouquet. I'm continuing to place more Vinca vine, but also have included three of the Vinca's flowers called Periwinkle. I'm going to stop here with the greens and start to define some of the floral space now, but we will be coming back to the greens again.
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  4. 4
    I'm removing my Lily of the Valley flower stems from their leaves individually, as the flowers and leaves will be used separately.
    The leaves are especially long lasting and can be used as greens in other floral design work.
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  5. 5
    Here I begin to add the Lily of the Valley flowers.
    If I were working in a flower shop, I could use as many flowers as the budget allowed for. However, since this tutorial focuses on using wildflowers and garden flowers, I'm limited to how many flowers I have in my garden. In this case I have eight Lily of the Valley stems. My goal is to place them in such a way that they are seen as a large part of the bouquet. My placement in this case is starting at the top and placing only six, so that I can place the final two flower stems more prominently in the bouquet once some of the other flowers have been placed. If my bouquet placement were a clock, I would say that I've placed the Lily of the Valley stems at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 o'clock.
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    • This way the flowers are evenly distributed and I still have two left for later!
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    • In this side view, you can see how the flowers and foliage are positioned to reach forward.
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  6. 6
    Now I am adding soft pink apple blossoms from a flowering branch of an apple tree which also grows wild in Atlantic Canada.
    I feel Apple Blossom really has that vintage feel. When I created this bouquet the apple trees were all in bloom and so I thought that with their sweet smell and the way the blossoms could almost be mistaken for roses, they would be a nice touch. Flowering branches are quite elegant and just a few apple tree branches in flower tied with some silk ribbon or raffia is really something special! So here I've just cut off a few of the flowers from a branch and I've focused two of them at the top of the bouquet, a few only partially opened buds toward the bottom, and in the middle, a lovely cluster of opened apple blossoms, they will make up our focal point in this bouquet.
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  7. 7
    Now I've got a few groups of Honeysuckle vines with leaves and the beautifully cascading soft pink flowers.
    In this case the vines will create a short cascading effect and I have added more vines here and there to fill in and define more area.
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  8. 8
    Now we're getting towards done, but I am going to add one final element to the bouquet, which will help to give it an extra element of interest, a designer's touch, and also hide more of our bouquet holder.
    • Remember those sturdy Lily of the Valley leaves?
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    • Now we will take one and bend it over.
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    • Using our Flora Tape we wind around the base of the leaves, to create this small fan-like form. Leaving the stem long enough to still be able to insert into the foam, I'm putting two of these bent leaves together to make sections of stylized fan shaped leaf designs.
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    • I'm placing them into the foam in various areas where I felt more structure was needed in my bouquet. I've added it in the bottom right of the bouquet, as well as a few other places. I've also placed my final two Lily of the Valley stems more prominently toward the front of the bouquet so that it will definitely be seen, appreciated, and will unify the overall bouquet.
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  9. 9
    Here is our finished bouquet!
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List of Items Used

  • Cherry tree branches and leaves.
  • 8 stems of Lily of the Valley
  • 5-7 stems of Vinca Vine
  • 3 Periwinkle flowers
  • 1 branch of flowering apple blossom
  • 1 branch Honeysuckle vines
  • 2-4 Honeysuckle blooms
  • 6 Lily of the Valley leaves to create the tiny leaf fans

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Helpful Tip

It's always best to keep all of your flowers and greens well hydrated up until right before you use them in your design work. Also, each time you insert a flower into the foam, give it a fresh cut with your knife or pruners to open up the stems to allow them to drink.


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Practice Hack

Here's a little behind the scenes PRACTICE HACK to make experimenting with flowers more cost effective! There are many techniques to make bouquets, which do not require any floral foam or plastic holders. I am planning to create a few tutorials on Hand Tied Bouquets as well to showcase some of those methods. Though you don't need a Bouquet Holder to make a bride's bouquet, this type of bouquet holder is really great for a few specific kinds of cascading styles, and it's unbeatable for keeping the flowers fresh, so here's an idea to make it easier to experiment!

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I have used the same Plastic Bouquet Holder for many of my tutorials, since they are only for show and not for actual use.

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You may like to experiment and play with your own ideas using wildflowers and garden flowers and here's how I have re-used my plastic Bouquet Holder form!

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I open up the plastic Bouquet Holder, take an ordinary wet Floral Foam brick, while it's still dry and press it into the empty holder. I then pull off the excess and re-snap the Bouquet Holder into place with fresh floral foam.

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Now it's ready for me to soak and then have fun experimenting with new ideas, without having to keep on buying new plastic Bouquet Holders. While I would not recommend this for an actual wedding day, as the plastic holder forms are sturdy when you first buy them, once you open the plastic, some of the integrity is compromised and so it's best not to take a chance if it's for the special event. What I would do, is to buy two, and a few extra blocks of floral foam to play with. This way, you have one to experiment with, and one to keep perfect for the big event! Honestly though, does there really need to be a 'big event' to be able to play with flowers?

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Want More Lily of the Valley?

Here is a matching Lily of the Valley Flower Crown and Pin-On Corsage, which were made to match this Wedding Bouquet!

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Here are the links to the tutorials for you to make this matching set of Lily of the Valley bridal party flowers yourself:

I hope you have found this article interesting and will be encouraged to play with flowers and maybe even create your own wedding designs!
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Thank you for joining me on this floral journey!

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Sources and Citations

  1. [Homegrown Royal Bouquet]
  2. [Kate's Bouquet]
  3. [Flower Meanings]
  4. [Floral Food]


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