How to Make Affordable Bridesmaid Bouquets with Artificial Flowers

Are you looking for the perfect bouquet flowers for your bridesmaids that won’t break the bank? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Fresh flowers can get quite pricey, especially in the heat of wedding season when they’re in high demand. Sure, they are beautiful. But are they really worth the thousands of dollars that they will cost you? If you’re anxious to save money, this article will teach you how to make beautiful and affordable bridesmaid bouquets with artificial flowers. 

If you have your heart set on using fresh flowers for your wedding, but have limited budget, don’t worry. You can prioritize your use of fresh flowers for things like your bridal bouquet and your altar floral arch and use artificial flowers for your bridesmaid bouquets,  boutonnieres, and corsages. This will help you to save money while still achieving your dream floral aesthetic for your wedding. 

If you’re a creative bride that loves a good DIY craft, arranging your own bouquets for your wedding will be the perfect project for you. You can even get your bridesmaids in on the craft for a fun group project. Here are is some information on how to make bridesmaid bouquets with artificial flowers. 

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Benefits of Using Artificial Flowers

First of all, if you’re not quite convinced yet about using artificial flowers for your wedding, here are some huge benefits that you need to be aware of. Once you’ve decided to move forward with your artificial flowers, read on to find some helpful steps for DIY bridesmaid bouquets!

Save Money

Did you know that the average cost of wedding flowers in 2022 is from $2,000 to $3,500? If you’re trying to save money on your wedding, those numbers might spark some worries. But before you start having a full blown anxiety attack, remember that there is a cheaper way to have beautiful flowers at your wedding. Artificial flowers are priced cheaper per flower than fresh flowers, and they can also be reused. So, you won’t have to worry about replacing wilty flowers.

The average bridesmaid bouquet made out of fresh flowers costs anywhere from $65 to $100. (Check out this article for further breakdown of average wedding flower costs!) Now, if you have a lot of bridesmaids, that can add up really fast. But before you start thinking that you need to fire some of your bridesmaids, remember that artificial flowers are a lot more affordable, especially when you buy them in bulk. For example, you can buy 100 wood flowers for $20. This pack of flowers will help you to create multiple bridesmaid bouquets at an incredibly low price. 

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Last Longer

Artificial flowers are great to work with because they never wilt and die. This is particularly helpful if you’re planning on reusing some of your flowers for different wedding events. For example if you’re going to have your bridesmaids use their artificial flower bouquets in your wedding photos a few days before the ceremony, they’ll still be looking beautiful when the wedding day arrives. You won’t have to worry about watering your flowers throughout the wedding day, and your bridesmaids won’t get dirty with pollen, wilty leaves, or floral residue. They’ll be able to enjoy their bouquets that look great all day long.

Match Perfectly

Another benefit of using artificial flowers for your bridesmaid bouquets is that artificial flowers come in a huge variety of styles and colors that aren’t always available with fresh flowers. This will be perfect for you if you have a really unique color scheme planned for your wedding. For example, if you want to include blue, turquoise, and rust hues in your flowers for a bohemian look, you’ll simply choose artificial flowers that match, rather than paying extra for fresh flowers that might not even be the right shade. Some artificial flowers, like wood flowers, can be dyed to match any color, so this will be the perfect solution for you. This means that you can get the perfect flowers for your bridesmaids, no matter what shade they’re wearing or what color scheme you’ve chosen for your wedding.

Create and Reuse

When you use artificial flowers to make your bridesmaids bouquets, you’ll be able individualize each bouquet. You could even repurpose the artificial bridesmaid bouquets as table decorations if they dont’ want to carry them around throughout the whole reception. If your bridesmaids want to reuse the flowers later on down the road, they could even take the bouquet apart and repurpose the artificial flowers. This really makes artificial flowers the perfect flowers for bridesmaids because they get the perfect memento to remember your wedding.

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How to DIY a Bridesmaid Bouquet

Here are a few tips that will help you to know how to DIY a bridesmaid bouquet. If you need more in detail steps to help you through this process, check out this article on making a bouquet with artificial wood flowers. There is even a video included that you can watch to walk you through the process. 

1. Prep Your Flowers

First of all, you’ll want to prepare your floral supplies to be arranged into a bouquet. This might include attaching floral wire for stems if you’re using wood flowers, or cutting down stems to the appropriate length if you’re using other artificial flowers. Make sure that all of your flowers are prepared and have your floral wire and tape handy as you start to assemble. 

2. Start with Focal Flowers

You’ll start off your bouquet by gathering together the focal flowers. Your focal flowers will generally be the largest flowers of your bouquet. They often represent certain colors or textures that you want to be the main aesthetic of the bouquet. Gather your focal flowers together and arrange them so the different colors and styles are spread out nicely. 

3. Add Complementary Flowers

Next, you’ll want to add your complimentary flowers. These flowers will be smaller and will have complimentary colors to offset the focal flowers. Since bridesmaid bouquets are smaller than bridal bouquets, you probably won’t have too many complementary flowers. Just make sure that they’re mixed in there in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.

4. Add Floral Filler 

Then you’ll want to add some floral filler to add volume and variety to your bouquet. Floral filler might be something like lavender, boxwood, cala lily, eucalyptus, baby’s breath, or pixie cotton, Make sure that the floral filler is mixed in nicely to keep the flowers from bunching too closely together. You can secure pieces with floral tape as you go if they aren’t staying in the right spot.

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5. Frame with Greenery

Once your floral filler is in place, you’ll want to finish your bouquet arranging off by adding in greenery. Your greenery and foliage will add a nice framing affect to the bouquet as you arrange it on the outside of the flowers. You can also mix in small sprigs into the middle of the bouquet.

6. Finishing Touches

To finish your bouquet off, make sure that you tie it securely with a rubber band and some floral tape. Once you can feel that all of the flowers are going to stay in the correct spot, you can add some decorative ribbon to cover the rubber band and bare stems. Usually, bridesmaid bouquets don’t have streaming ribbons, since that is more of a bridal bouquet trend.