I’m back within a week - WHAT? - to share with you a few things I’ve learnt over time on making floral arrangements, specifically bouquets, a little more visually light, airy & oh so dreamy!
You can also use these tips on any arrangement really, especially for floral centrepieces, and focal florals.
A couple of days ago on my instagram I did a poll on my stories about a which article you’d like me to write next - this one was obviously the winner!
I can’t tell you how important this it! Yes, every single flower, foliage or botanic you’re using when arranging has its own texture, but I am talking about those little, delicate and dainty textures. And when I say delicate and dainty, I’m not talking about them literally being delicate, I’m referring to the way the look, not just how they feel. Lots of actual delicate textures aren’t they great to put in bouquets, especially in the heat of the Australian wedding season.
For example, some of my favourite textural botanics are: grasses, queen annes lace, budding jasmine, rice flower, dainty ferns, scabiosa, geraniums & sweet pea.
You’ll notice all of these have small ‘details’ to them and small leaves.
I like to add these over the top of the large blooms to soften the boldness of the larger heads. I like to call this ‘veiling’ if this helps you visualise it a little better.
It’s all in the hands
I always say, while making your bouquet, hold firmly with your index finger and thumb but LET THE OTHER FINGERS GO! This really helps to create that “looser” look.
If you are holding your bouquet with all your fingers, its very likely that your bouquet will turn out stiff and very upright. You want your bouquet to sprawl out and leave room for each bloom.
Foliage choice is important!
This is also so important - it might sound pretty obviously, but if you’re trying to create something light, airy and dreamy, big chunky leaves aren’t going to be the best starting point.
I always like to use small leave foliages for bouquets!
Use smaller flowers
Try to use a mix of smaller head blooms along with a few larger heads. Of course, if you make a bouquet of only big roses and dahlias, the bouquet will be very full and visually “heavy” in a sense. There’s not lots of breathing space between the blooms and theres none of little textures to create that floaty, dancey look.
I hope these tips help you and give you a little more confidence in creating the beauty you want to create for yourself or your clients.
These posts are tricky for me to write, so I’d really love to hear from you in the comments below if this helped you at all! (it’ll encourage me to write for you more!)
Tell me which of these was the most helpful to you?
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p.s during our workshops we go over these these tips and so much more in detail!
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