We've all seen them - those horribly ugly bouquets in the supermarket floral section. They're always there - usually with the same three types of flowers and some greenery stuffed in there. And sure, we'd all LOVE to splash out and hit up a local florist for not-in-season peonies or orchids for the wedding bouquets but sometimes, the only option you have are those ubiquitous supermarket bouquets. Well, fear not budget brides and grooms, I'm here to show you how to make an ugly supermarket arrangement into a lovely wedding bouquet!
Step One: Buy the bouquet (mine was $10 at my local HEB). Try to buy the freshest ones (the ones that are not quite all the way open yet) and trim an inch or so off the bottom when you get home. Fill a jar or vase with warm/cool water and that flower food stuff (always seems to be a packet tucked in with the flowers). Let the flowers sit for a day or two to open fully. It's okay if you don't get a chance to do this though - don't stress.
Step Two: Trim all the stems to the desired length. I just used a pair of craft scissors - nothing fancy. Strip off any dying flowers, stray leaves, or thorns. Organize the flowers into like piles by type and colors. Use floral tape to bind the like bundles together.
Step Three: If any greenery, either bundle into like groups or play with the smaller fronds like I did. Use floral tape to bind.
Step Four: Arrange the bundles together however you'd like and use floral tape to bind them all together. Wrap fabric or ribbon around the bouquet's stem (covering the floral tape) and secure with pins or hot glue.
Step Five: Walk the shit out of that aisle!
Did you see how I made a wedding bouquet from a single bunch of peonies and some masking tape or how we did all the flowers for our wedding for under $200? Check 'em out!