Bridal bouquet

How to choose and make an understudy bouquet for a bride for a wedding?

For every girl, the process of prepar­ing for her own wed­ding is very impor­tant. She tries to fore­see every­thing so that the cel­e­bra­tion turns out to be per­fect and unique, the one she dreamed about since child­hood. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion is paid to the image of the bride and all the nec­es­sary acces­sories.

Features of choosing a bouquet

As a rule, you want to make a set of acces­sories non-stan­dard and impress the guests with a dress, a veil and a bridal bou­quet. Wed­ding flow­ers are cho­sen as care­ful­ly as all oth­er acces­sories. They must cer­tain­ly be in har­mo­ny with the bride’s out­fit and be not only lux­u­ri­ous, but also sym­bol­ic. Each type of flower has its own mean­ing and is col­lect­ed in a bou­quet with a spe­cial mean­ing. There­fore, the bride val­ues ​​her wed­ding bou­quet so much and some­times does not want to part with it at all for the sake of tra­di­tions.

The hand does not rise to throw into the crowd of unmar­ried girl­friends a mas­ter­piece of floristry, which took so long and painstak­ing­ly to get out and gath­er for the most impor­tant day. The cre­ation of an under­study bou­quet for the new­ly­wed is becom­ing rel­e­vant. It is need­ed just in order to observe all the tra­di­tions, give one of the girl­friends the chance of an ear­ly mar­riage and keep the trea­sured wed­ding bou­quet intact.

Appointment of a duplicated bouquet

The idea to cre­ate a sec­ond bou­quet for the new­ly­wed was born due to the devel­op­ment of two pop­u­lar wed­ding tra­di­tions. The first came to us from the West, when the bride at the end of the cel­e­bra­tion has to part with the bou­quet, leav­ing it to unmar­ried friends. We owe the sec­ond to the Old Slavon­ic rit­u­al, accord­ing to which it is cus­tom­ary to dry a bou­quet from a wed­ding and save it in the name of fam­i­ly hap­pi­ness. Accord­ing to an old belief, the bride should keep all acces­sories from the wed­ding as a tal­is­man.

To imple­ment these two tra­di­tions at a wed­ding, only one bou­quet is not enough. There­fore, a dupli­cate is need­ed. Even if the bride does not plan to store flow­ers after the cel­e­bra­tion, a replace­ment bou­quet will not be super­flu­ous. After all, the orig­i­nal bou­quet may not reach the girl­friends, scat­ter­ing in flight. Or it will turn out to be too heavy and inad­ver­tent­ly cause injury to one of the guests. A replace­ment bou­quet is made light and durable, but no less beau­ti­ful. The lucky woman who caught it will glad­ly keep it as a trib­ute to tra­di­tion. You can do with­out addi­tion­al bou­quets, but it is sim­ply nec­es­sary in such cas­es:

  • the orig­i­nal bou­quet has a com­plex struc­ture, like a bag with flow­ers or a bas­ket;
  • the base of the bou­quet is weight­ed with dec­o­ra­tions;
  • the flower arrange­ment is loose­ly fold­ed and weak­ly fixed;
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  • the bou­quet can be dan­ger­ous for oth­ers;
  • flow­ers in the com­po­si­tion can stain guests’ clothes with pollen;
  • in the cold sea­son, when fresh flow­ers may not last until the end of the cel­e­bra­tion;
  • if the new­ly­weds planned to cel­e­brate the wed­ding for more than one day;
  • just in case.

The bride does not have to walk every­where with a false bou­quet. To ensure its safe­ty, you can “entrust” the brides­maid or the wit­ness. Then he will always be at hand and will not bur­den the new­ly­wed dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion. How­ev­er, the com­po­si­tion for the replace­ment bou­quet must be cho­sen iden­ti­cal or com­plete­ly dupli­cate the orig­i­nal.


Before you order a dupli­cate from a florist or make it your­self, you need to decide what it should be. Tak­ing into account the nec­es­sary mate­ri­als, the prepa­ra­tion of the flower acces­so­ry begins. This usu­al­ly takes into account the val­ue of the shade of flow­ers and the sym­bol­ism of each type of veg­e­ta­tion in the bou­quet. For exam­ple, if you want to demon­strate the sin­cer­i­ty of feel­ings, ros­es will do, and white lilies will elo­quent­ly speak of inno­cence.

Bou­quets-under­stud­ies can be as fol­lows.

  • An exact copy of the orig­i­nal flower arrange­ment. This is the sim­plest and most con­ve­nient solu­tion. When order­ing, you only need to spec­i­fy that the bou­quet is made in the amount of two absolute­ly iden­ti­cal copies.
  • An arti­fi­cial ana­logue of the “live” orig­i­nal. This option is ide­al for a win­ter wed­ding or a long out­door pho­to shoot dur­ing the cold sea­son. Fresh flow­ers will remain for the cer­e­mo­ny at the reg­istry office and the cel­e­bra­tion at the restau­rant. A dupli­cate will fly to the guests, and fresh flow­ers will amuse the new­ly­wed’s eyes a lit­tle more.
  • A mini copy of the bride’s bou­quet. A great solu­tion if the main bou­quet is too mas­sive or heavy to throw, but you want to keep the sim­i­lar­i­ty as much as pos­si­ble.
  • arti­fi­cial bou­quet a sym­bol­ic gift for one of the girl­friends of the new­ly­wed. Of course, the one who can catch him. The lucky woman will be able to keep it as a tal­is­man or even use it at her own wed­ding as a bridal bou­quet.
  • Bou­quets from the cat­e­go­ry of hand made suit­able for cre­ative and cre­ative brides. Indeed, why cre­ate a copy of the orig­i­nal, if there is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to give free rein to your imag­i­na­tion and reveal your abil­i­ties for needle­work. A self-made bou­quet of foami­ran, rib­bons, sequins or real fresh flow­ers will look no worse than an expen­sive design­er item.
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  • Bou­quet with sweets and paper flow­ers. For him, you need to choose not heavy sweets, because he will have to be thrown into a crowd of frag­ile girls. Such a bou­quet can not be stored in its entire­ty, hav­ing treat­ed itself with edi­ble ingre­di­ents as a pleas­ant bonus.
  • From tulle and lace. Lush prod­uct to replace the tra­di­tion­al bou­quet. Almost weight­less and grace­ful flow­ers are cre­at­ed from airy fab­rics. Such a com­po­si­tion is not ter­ri­ble even with a strong throw. Fab­ric flow­ers will eas­i­ly fall into the hands of a lucky brides­maid from the crowd.

Original compositions

When decid­ing to make a bou­quet in per­son, it is rec­om­mend­ed to look at pho­tos of fin­ished com­po­si­tions in mag­a­zines, on the­mat­ic wed­ding and floris­tic sites on the Inter­net, and con­sid­er sam­ples in floristry salons. There are no spe­cial restric­tions in the process of cre­at­ing bou­quets. You can go to the trick and please sev­er­al friends at once by cre­at­ing a bou­quet that breaks up into sev­er­al sep­a­rate iden­ti­cal com­po­si­tions in flight. His secret is sim­ple: you will need to untie just one rib­bon hold­ing the flow­ers togeth­er before throw­ing.

Arti­fi­cial ana­logues of nat­ur­al flow­ers will be a real sal­va­tion if the bride is aller­gic to pollen. Or she prefers to grow flow­ers and can­not stand the sight of cut stems, advo­cat­ing the preser­va­tion of the gifts of nature. To cre­ate fab­ric flow­ers, you do not need spe­cial skills of a craftswoman or seam­stress. Detailed tuto­ri­als are avail­able online. And tools such as nee­dles, threads, glue and wire are sure to be found in every girl’s house. A lit­tle effort, and a real man-made mas­ter­piece is ready.

You can com­plete the com­po­si­tion in a dif­fer­ent style.

  • Retro. Flow­ers are com­bined with decor pop­u­lar in past decades.
  • Vin­tage. Fab­ric petals and lace rib­bons, vel­vet, feath­ers and pearls.
  • Clas­sic. Silk or satin rib­bons, min­i­mal­ist, calm design, round shape.
  • Sea style. The use of white and blue tones, striped rib­bons and decor relat­ed to the theme.
  • Bohemi­an. Nat­ur­al gifts as a com­ple­ment to flow­ers: sprigs of berries, dec­o­ra­tive insects, cones, leaves.
  • Art Deco. Catchy jew­el­ry in the form of brooches, asym­me­try, strands of pearls, sprigs of green­ery.
  • Coun­try. Red and blue col­ors at the heart of the com­po­si­tion. Den­im, twine, burlap, arti­fi­cial field plants.
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Depend­ing on the style in which the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion is planned, the bride’s bou­quet is select­ed. Of course, the coun­try com­po­si­tion will look out of place with a clas­sic dress with a train and a tra­di­tion­al puffy veil. If you can’t match the acces­so­ry and the out­fit on your own, it’s bet­ter to resort to the help of styl­ists. Or con­sult with a friend who is com­pe­tent in this mat­ter.

Inde­pen­dent pro­duc­tion of a bride’s bou­quet is not just a man­i­fes­ta­tion of cre­ative incli­na­tions, but also a sol­id sav­ings in the wed­ding bud­get. Flower arrange­ments are not cheap, and if you still order copies of them, then the costs dou­ble. Mas­ter class­es can help with the man­u­fac­ture of a piece flo­ral mas­ter­piece. Detailed instruc­tions will give you the oppor­tu­ni­ty not only to prove your­self, but to learn some­thing new, per­haps dis­cov­er a new hob­by.

Bouquet of foamiran or revelure

Out­ward­ly and tac­tile­ly, this mate­r­i­al resem­bles suede, but is endowed with greater plas­tic­i­ty. It can be heat­ed and reshaped. Even the warmth of the hands is enough for the pli­able petals to take the desired shape. After cool­ing, the giv­en shape will be pre­served. The mate­r­i­al is easy to cut and paint. For this, pas­tel crayons or ordi­nary acrylic paints are suit­able.

In needle­work stores, ready-made col­ored rev­el­ers in sheets are sold inex­pen­sive­ly. Even ama­teurs will be able to cre­ate an uncom­pli­cat­ed flower arrange­ment. A do-it-your­self ver­sion of foami­ran will turn out to be much cheap­er than a ready-made ana­logue offered by skilled craftswomen on spe­cial­ized wed­ding sites. A lit­tle per­se­ver­ance and imag­i­na­tion, and a unique wed­ding bou­quet will please the eye.

To work with foami­ran you will need:

  • rev­elure in sheets;
  • glue gun with sil­i­cone;
  • hole punch­er;
  • scis­sors;
  • iron;
  • work­piece — a ball;
  • tapes per meter;
  • beads;
  • brooches.

From foami­ran you can get com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent types of flow­ers: peonies, ros­es, lilies. What will turn out the most will be the most suc­cess­ful option for inde­pen­dent work on cre­at­ing a bou­quet. It remains to deter­mine which flow­ers will suit the image, and try rev­elure in action. A styl­ish, extrav­a­gant dou­ble bou­quet will empha­size the image of the bride from the favor­able side. It is impor­tant to think over the weight of the com­po­si­tion, its har­mo­nious com­bi­na­tion with the rest of the acces­sories and the wed­ding dress.

For infor­ma­tion on how to make an under­study bou­quet for the bride, see the fol­low­ing video.