Love is in the Air: Spring Wedding Arrangements

With cheerful colors and a subtle fragrance, spring flowers portray the promise of bright, sweet days ahead. They are perfect for classic, yet informal wedding designs.

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
Lily of the Valley Attractive Spring Boutonniere Fresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Boutonniere

Materials
7 lily of the valley
3 lily of the valley leaves
raffia pearl-tipped pin How to Assemble

Sweetly scented, delicate lily of the valley flowers make an unusual but attractive choice for a boutonniere. This arrangement is simple to create, because the flower stems don't need to be wired.

Give the flowers a good drink of water the day before, then trim off any leaves and simply gather seven stems of lily of the valley together in a mini spiral of flowers.

Add a couple of the leaves around the back of the boutonniere. Fold a third leaf in half and place it at the front of the arrangement.

Secure the boutonniere with a length of raffia tied in a neat knot. Use a pearl-tipped pin to attach it onto the lapel of a jacket.

For more details on making a boutonniere, see our step-by-step instructions.

Spring Bridal Bouquet in Cream, Yellow and Green Fresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Bouquet

Materials
10 yellow freesias
10 cultivated guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)
7 cream spray roses
10 cream parrot tulips
raffia or string wide cream ribbon
How to Assemble

This gorgeous cream, yellow and green bouquet needs to be slightly more rounded and domed than a normal hand-tied bouquet.

Divide the different flowers into separate piles. Hold a flower stem in your hand and add another variety of flower to it. Twist the bunch around slightly in your hand as you do so.

Add more stems at the same angle to create a spiral stem effect. Keep turning the bunch in the same direction as you work. Add one of each of the different flowers until you have included all the blooms and have a balanced look. Recess the tulips slightly if you make the bouquet the day before it is needed; they will continue to open even after placed in the bouquet.

Arrange the last two layers of flowers slightly lower around the edges for a domed effect.

Tie the bunch with a length of raffia or string. Cover the raffia with a long length of thick cream ribbon, wrapped several times around the stems, and tied in a knot. Trim the stem ends straight across with garden shears.

For more details on making a hand-tied bouquet, see our step-by-step instructions.

Keep the bouquet misted or in water until the last minute. Be sure to dry the bouquet stems with a cloth so they don't drip on the bride's dress.

Tulip Pew Marker has Classic Wedding Design Fresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Pew End

Materials
15 cream parrot tulips
15 cream tulips
raffia or string strong floral wire cream ribbon
How to Assemble

Tulips continue to grow even after they've been cut; they can change the shape of a design that has been arranged too early, leaving it looking slightly disordered. It's best to arrange these blooms on the morning of the wedding.

Strip most of the leaves from the stems, leaving a few odd leaves for color and interest. Get rid of any drooping leaves. Arrange the tulip stems like a spiral bouquet, but assemble it while it is up facing you. Position the flowers at the back slightly higher.

Tie off the bunch with raffia or string.

Wrap a long length of strong wire a couple of times around the stems on top of the raffia. Tie the ends around the top of the pew to secure the bunch.

Cover the raffia/wire binding point with a length of cream ribbon tied in a bow.

Fresh Flower Spring Collection Wows in Yellow Fresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Table Centerpiece

Materials
Selection of yellow spring flowers, such as fritillaria, tulips, freesias and daffodils according to your preference
containers
cellophane or plastic bags
floral foam
flat and bun moss

How to Assemble

Select the containers you want to use and line any non-watertight containers with a square of cellophane or part of a trash bag or plastic shopping bag.

Place a block of soaked floral foam in the center of each container. Trim the edges of any cellophane to the top of the container.

Arrange tulips and freesias in the foam: cut off lower leaves and offshoot buds (reserve these for a small vase display) and trim the stems. Press a stem into the center of the foam, then add more, working out from the center at a slight angle.

Cover the gaps between the flowers with flat moss. Arrange daffodils, fritillaria and offshoot buds in clear glass vases.

Use bun moss on its own in the smallest pots.

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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