A red rose wedding bouquet is one of the most popular wedding bouquets chosen by brides- and it’s easy to see why. The red roses that are used are the symbol for love and passion- an important thing in any marriage. The roses look stunning, and they are very versatile. A rose wedding bouquet looks great with greenery (The red roses are very effective against the dark green leaves), or without. And you can have a rose wedding bouquet with fresh or silk flowers as well. They are also not very hard to make, as you will see here.
For this bouquet you will need:
• 9 red roses (silk or fresh)
• 30 rose leaves
• 50 pieces of .22 gauge wire
• 13 clear crystals (any size or shape)
• 13 head pins (gold or silver)
• 13 crimps
• Red ribbon and 6 pearl head pins( 6 clear crystals, 6 crimps, 6 head pins optional)
• Crimping tool
Step 1: Wiring and taping
Wire and tape all the roses, leaves, and crystals. To wire the crystals pass the head pin through the hole in the crystal. Take a crimp and push in onto the bit of head pin sticking out the bottom of the crystal. Use your crimping tool to squeeze the crimp onto the pin. Make sure to get the crimp as close to the crystal as possible, so that the crystal does not move around.
Now twist your floristry wire around the pin, and tape.
Step 2: Arrange the roses
Hold seven of your wired-and-taped roses in one hand and fan them out slightly. Take three crystals and place them around the center rose. Hold them in place with a small piece of tape.
Step 3: Prepare the bouquet tailpiece
For the tail piece you will need five leaves, two roses and three crystals. Use one of the wired-and-taped crystals to start the tail. Place a leaf just behind the crystal and tape them together. Just below this place a rose and tape it in place. Put two leaves just below and to the either side of the rose and tape them into position. Take another crystal and place it just beneath this rose and tape. Add your last two leaves, and a final crystal, and tape. Don’t worry that there are only two roses on the tail- A rose from the head of the wedding bouquet will give the illusion of three roses. Place this tailpiece to one side so that it’s out of the way- we’ll get back to it later.
Step 4: Add some crystals to the rose wedding bouquet
Next we place three crystals around the center rose, and tape them into place. Holding your roses in your hand, place seven leaves around the center rose. Now place four crystals between the roses on the outside of the bouquet. Tape these in place.
Step 5: Add the leaves
Take the remaining leaves and place them around the outside of the bouquet to help frame it. Make sure that you slightly overlap the leaves- this will give the wedding bouquet a more fanned look. Place a small piece of tape at the top to hold in position.
Step 6: Add the tailpiece
Add your tail piece to the front of the bouquet. Be sure that you have a rose above the crystal at the top of the tail. To do this you may have to bend the wires on the tail piece slightly. Use a piece of stem tape to hold in place.
Step 7: Arrange roses and crystals
It’s important with a rose wedding bouquet to make sure that all the flowers and crystals are sitting where you want them to. If they are not then pull them into position. Add any leftover crystals or leaves and then trim and tape your handle.
Step 8: Prepare the bouquet handle
To wrap your handle in red ribbon, start at the bottom and wrap towards the top of the bouquet. Keep wrapping until all the ribbon is used. To hold in place push the heads pins with the attached crystals through the ribbon into the stem tape. Leave about a finger spacing between each pin. Be careful not to push the pin all the way through as you don’t want any part of the pin sticking to the bride. [via]