It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! We love the holidays and it’s also a wonderful time of year for a wedding! So we’re bringing you some winter wedding inspiration with a tutorial for a Christmas bridal bouquet! This bridal bouquet features classic Christmas colors of white, red and green and uses seasonal flowers that you’ll find during the winter. It’s a bouquet that isn’t difficult to DIY so read on for detailed steps!
Christmas Bridal Bouquet – DIY Tutorial
The “ingredients” to this Christmas bridal bouquet:
- 2 green or white amaryllis (if you don’t want to use amaryllis, oriental lilies are a great alternative)
- 5-7 red roses
- 12-15 White Star of Bethlehem
- 4-6 White Astrantia
- 4-6 White ranunculus
- 3-5 Green Parrot Tulips
- 3-5 Greens (I used israeli ruscus)
- 5-7 Silver Kochia
Step 1: Hydrate Flowers
Amaryllis flowers typically arrive in bud form, so you’ll need to give the buds at least a few days in water so they can bloom. That means you’ll want to have your amaryllis delivered at least 3-4 days before your wedding or event date so they have plenty of time to open up. You can read all about how to cut and care for amaryllis in our care and handling post.
Other flowers like star of bethlehem, parrot tulips, roses and ranunculus also need to hydrate in water for the blooms to perk up and open up more. You’ll want to keep everything in a cool place away from direct sunlight and heat. So don’t place them right under heating vents or else the flowers could wilt! On the flip side, don’t place them in a spot that gets too cold. It’s the winter season and you don’t want the flowers to freeze either!
We are often asked – do I need to store the flowers in a cooler? Our answer – it’s not necessary! Of course if you happen to have access to a floral cooler – fantastic! Keeping most flowers in a temperature and humidity controlled environment will ensure a great vase life. However for most of our customers, it’s just not feasible and not needed. You just need to keep your flowers cool to last for your wedding or event!
Step 2: Prep Flowers and Tools
I always like to prep my flowers before I begin arranging a bouquet. that means snipping off thorns from roses and removing foliage from the stems that would be in the way as you build your bouquet.
For amaryllis, you’ll probably notice the dried up outer later of the bud that is left as the bloom opens. You can gently remove that to keep the amaryllis stem looking neat and clean. You can also gently remove the anthers from inside bloom to prevent pollen from dropping or smearing onto your clothes. By having everything clean and ready to go, you won’t have to stop in the middle of creating your bouquet to snip off a thorn or leaf.
As for tools, make sure you’re working with clean and sharp floral shears. There’s nothing worse than a dull pair of shears that won’t cut through your stem when you need it to! Also have your floral tape or rubber bands ready to go so you can quickly grab them once your bouquet is ready to be secured.
Step 3: Arrange Bouquet
To begin arranging, gently hold an amaryllis stem and turn it in your hand to set where you want the blooms to be in the bouquet. From there, start to work around the amaryllis by setting roses in the larger spaces between the amaryllis blooms.
Then fill in with smaller flowers (Star of Bethlehem, ranunculus, astrantia and tulips) while tucking greens in between. When your bouquet is almost half the size you want it, set the second stem of amaryllis and continue to add flowers in the same way.
As you’re filling in the bouquet, you’ll want to maintain a light loose hold on the stems. Since amaryllis stems are hollow, they can crush easily, so you don’t want to squeeze too tight! As you add more stems to the bouquet, your hold on the stems will start to naturally “tighten” up as your grip is filled in with more flower stems.
If your amaryllis stems split a little bit (which can easily happen), don’t worry as long as the stem is still sturdy and straight. If the stem has bent and you now have blooms that won’t stand upright, then you can try using the roses and other flowers like stakes around the stem to keep it supported. If that doesn’t work, then start again with a fresh new amaryllis stem and don’t be hard on yourself. Even floral professionals need to re-do bouquets sometimes so just be patient and it will all come together!
Step 4: The Finishing Touch
Once the bouquet is the size and shape that you want, secure everything together with floral tape. Make sure not to tape the bouquet too tightly because you don’t want to crush those amaryllis stems. Once everything is secure, give the stems an even cut. You’ll want to leave the stems long enough so the bouquet can be stored in water in a vase up until the ceremony.
You can cover up the floral tape with your choice of ribbon and secure it with floral pins. If needed, you can give the stems a final trim right before the ceremony so everything is the right length. I personally don’t like when bridal bouquet stems are too long as it distracts from the main flowers. The length you see in the pictures is just right (and you could trim even a little more!).
So that’s all there is to creating this Christmas Bridal Bouquet! It’s a great mix of classic Christmas colors and you can easily adjust if you want a stronger red palette by using red or burgundy amaryllis or switching to red tulips or red ranunculus. You can also use this same mix of flowers to create centerpieces for a reception or for ceremony decor.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, I hope this gives you some inspiration for your perfect Christmas bridal bouquet. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below or shoot us an email.