Well no one could ever fault me for moving too fast.
I'm actually putting this up because a friend is getting married soon and asked me about my bouquet. I didn't have a Craftster thread to share with her! Shameful! Anyway, this is my brooch bouquet that I made for my wedding in the fall of 2011.
Flowers are pretty but a flower bouquet never did it for me, personally. When I saw a brooch bouquet I was immediately drawn to it. Purchasing a brooch bouquet can be VERY expensive, but I can safely say, after going through this process, that price is deserved. In my opinion this is not an easy overnight project for a lot of reasons, but it was SO worth it!
Let me tell you, finding brooches is a PROCESS. Brooches are incredibly easy to find, but at $5+ for the majority of the "good" ones, a gal like me just gets priced out really quickly. There are some brooches that I did pay a good price for, but with such a large bouquet, you can only do that for brooches you REALLY want. Lots of people also have access to old brooches that may not mean a lot to them or may not be their style or they just don't wear for a number of reasons. I was VERY lucky in that I had a large group of women (including LOTS
of mods, and even the super sweet JinjeetPhoenix
!!) who were on the look out for me and helped so much with all of my wedding crafts, including sending me lots of brooches.
When I felt like I had a lot to choose from I tried to lay them out to see how I would arrange them.
Let me tell you, you can have an idea of what you want, vaguely, but when it all comes together you may have to abandon that. Some brooches just don't fit together as well in a half-sphere as they do on a flat surface.
You will have to play around with it A LOT.
There are tutorials around and they can help but I really just used them for the gist of it. A lot of it was just trial and error. Basically you need a relatively strong but malleable metal wire and floral tape. Wrap one length of wire (decently long!) on each side of the pin, then bring them together and twist all the way down. I curved them over at the bottom so there were no pointy/pokey bits. Then I covered them in floral tape so that if any of the wire could be seen, it would just come across as black. Then I just tried to arrange them as best I could. Maybe I'm just used to working with softer materials like fiber and fabric but using the metal wire was not the easiest for me and the floral tape was not my favorite thing to use but it all worked out. I'm sure someone more familiar with these supplies will think "Duh! Why didn't you use X? That would've made it so much easier!"
Anyway, here's a bit of a peek into the messiness!
Once everything was arranged, I cut a circle of felt to hide the bottom of the bouquet and then wrapped all of the "stems" in felt I'd used for other projects for the wedding. For the bottom bottom... I just kinda stuffed some felt in there.
Then I wrapped the felt with some nice red silk(ish?) ribbon and then a tied a nice velvety teal ribbon around it. (Did those ribbons come from you, batgirl
?) It came out beautifully I think! I was really pleased with it!
Here are some more gratuitous shots.
I actually didn't use ANY real flowers at my wedding! Here are my bridesmaids' bouquets, which I purchased from FlowerThyme
. (She was really great and they were a great price! You could definitely make them if you wanted but it wasn't worth it to me. These were perfect and a price I was willing to pay to not have to make them myself.)
Photo courtesy of my amazing photographer. You might know her? Her name is sweets4ever.
The centerpiece flowers were all made my myself, and mods, and other friends. I will need to do another post for all of that stuff! Hopefully it won't take another 2 years.