Florals are one of my favorite parts of wedding day details and silk flowers make for a beautiful faux elopement bouquet. But as you start planning your hiking elopement and dig into the regulation of the parks, you may start finding that certain plants and flowers are prohibited. Why? Washington protects it’s natural areas as much as possible, and if you bring a non-native species into an area, it might wreck some of the other wonderful things that happen in that area!
How do you skirt that and get the bouquet of your dreams? Have your florist create a faux elopement bouquet, or try your own hand at a DIY bouquet!
● Seasons don’t matter in terms of flower availability
● Don’t need to keep it in water!
● You can make the bouquet months before in your planning process and it won’t die
● Potentially lighter than some flowers because they aren’t holding water (bonus for hiking!)
● You can keep it after your wedding
● They can look extremely real!
If you still want real flowers- that’s totally cool! Just check with your park ranger to make sure you understand what you can and cannot have and work with your florist to make that happen!
For my wedding, I used the website (which literally is a personal favorite) www.afloral.com to buy faux flowers! I felt like this was a major step up from Hobby Lobby and their quality is amazing. They even have real touch flowers which feel even better than traditional artificial flowers! They do change up their stock to keep things fresh. If they don’t have what’s exactly listed below for my bouquet, they may have something similar!
● Variety of flowers (6-8 medium size flower heads, 3-5 mini flower heads)
● Fillers Stems
● Wire Cutter
● Floral Tape
What color or vibe do you want for your bouquet?
For this bouquet, I went for a blush tone, and used a lot of this color!
Pro Tip: I’m personally not about what’s in season, what’s popular or what the trendy colors are for the year. If you’ve dreamed of having some tropical plants but are in the middle of the mountains, or a purple bouquet in the fall, DO IT. Flowers are an extra expression of who you are! You pick exactly what flowers YOU want.
You can do this anywhere – on Pinterest, in Google Docs, or even print it out!
Take screenshots of any flowers you like in various colors and styles for your vibe and put them all together on a board.
Eliminate flowers you aren’t crazy about after seeing it all together.
Pro Tip – make sure you take a look at the dimensions of the flower heads. This way you’ll add a variety of sizes to your elopement bouquet!
This definitely can be a trial and error process. Start with a couple flowers in your hand, and build the bouquet one flower at a time, thinking about the size of the flower head, and play with heights of flowers/filler.
Play with the flower placement in multiple variations to get the look you want.
Once you have your flowers in the place you want them, start adding the greenery and fillers, even moving a few stems in between the flowers of your bouquet.
For extra shape control, take about 4 inches of flower wire and wrap around the area you’ll hold, and make sure it’s tight!! This helped me keep the flowers in place before adding the floral tape.
Grab your floral tape and start wrapping around the stems, wrapping up and down taking up about an inch of space. (The tape engages its sticking quality when it is stretched.) Hold the starting point down and wrap the flowers, to make sure the tape is tight and secure.
Wrap your ribbon in a criss-cross manner until you cover the tape or are happy with the length.
Your bouquet will look amazing- share any pictures with me, I’d love to see them!
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