We’re back today with another easy wedding DIY idea! Jordann’s wedding was last August in a friend’s absolutely beautiful home with Mt. Diablo in the background. She wanted her flowers to be very subtle and blend in well with the natural background. We knew we wanted to do them ourselves and we also knew that we didn’t want to be stressed out the last couple of days before the wedding. So she chose dried florals and we made a lavender bridal bouquet and wheat bridesmaids bouquets.
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We ended up with a combination of lavender, wheat, dried grasses, and other assorted dried things we lovingly referred to as “weeds”. (You’ll see more in our post about the centerpieces.)
On the Tuesday before the wedding we invited all the bridesmaids and the mother, aunt, grandmother, and sisters of the groom to our house for “Flower Day”. Which turned out to be very exciting because a stolen car was left in front of our neighbor’s house the week before and they finally got around to reporting it. So when the future in-laws showed up there were police parked in front of our house. That’s a great way to introduce the families!
It was a fun day and we finished ALL the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding that day. Unfortunately, we don’t have any step-by-step photos. We all needed both our hands to hold the flowers and tape and the same time. But these simple bouquets were actually pretty easy to put together.
How to Make a Dried Lavender Bridal Bouquet
We made the lavender bouquet and the wheat bouquets the same way. First, the girls divided our lavender/wheat into equal groups for each bridesmaid. As you can see above, it was pretty messy. I was vacuuming up pieces of dry grass for weeks! You can also see in the background one of the hand-stamped wooden coat hangers we made for the dresses and the vintage card CARD garland hanging on the free black shutters I found on the side of the street in Berkeley.
Once we had the flowers sorted, we started with the tallest center pieces, held them tight in one hand while wrapping floral tape with the other. When it felt firm, we started adding more, wrapping as we went. We used a lot of tape but they held together well!
The end of the satin ribbon was held in place with hot glue, wrapped, then we hot glued the other end. The bride’s bouquet had a special piece of vintage lace and her’s and the maid-of-honor both had a vintage rhinestone button.
Jordann’s bouquet was all lavender. The maid of honor’s was mostly wheat with a few other pieces mixed in to differentiate her from the bridesmaids.
If you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding and would like to see more of our projects, check these out:
- How to Make a Garter
- DIY Boutonnieres
- Succulent Centerpieces
- Lavender Toss Cones
- How to Make a Bridal Veil
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any more questions about our wedding bouquets.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim