You will need two dozen roses for the bride's bouquet. Roses are available year round and can be ordered from local markets, online websites or your local florist.
The key to successfully creating your DIY bridal bouquet is timing. When roses are shipped, the buds are closed. Roses have to be conditioned in treated water using a floral preservative. Depending on temperature, it can take a couple of days for roses to open. The warmer the temperature, the quicker the blooms open. It's advisable to do a trial run before your wedding to gauge the timing by creating a mock bouquet.
The next step is to wrap the bouquet in stretchy floral tape. The tape is available at craft stores and online. The key to using this tape is to slightly pull it as you wrap the stems. Overlap the tape as you wrap.
Since the roses have now been out of water during the bouquet arranging, you will have to cut the bottom of each stem again to place in a vase with a little water. Cut about 1/4 inch off of each stem. Make sure the water does not touch the tape when placing in the holding vase. Keep the bouquet in the vase until you're ready to wrap the stems in double-satin ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the stems in the same manner as the tape. Secure the ribbon by studding the stem handle with pearl-head pins. It's imperative that the roses are sprayed with a floral preservative to retain a fresh and healthy look.
When you're ready to walk down the aisle, cut the stems bluntly at the bottom so that they are neat and uniform. Voila, your bouquet is ready to go.
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