Wedding flowers are expensive. But they don’t have to be. Sometimes all you need to make a special arrangement are simple flowers and some outstanding ribbon.
With this idea in mind, Boston-based designer Angela Liguori and I set out to make a simple wedding posy using her imported Italian ribbons. All it took was a bunch of tiny daisy-like clusters (white asters or feverfew), several yards of Studio Carta ribbon, and about 10 minutes time. The cost? Under $20. The results? An inspired springtime bouquet, perfect for any special day.
Read on for materials and step-by-step instructions:
Photography by Justine Hand.
- Any small daisy-like cluster flower. Angela and I wanted feverfew, which will be abundant in my garden next month. (Note: if you pick the flowers from your own garden, the cost is even less!) Until then, white asters from the florist possessed a similar demure charm.
- 1 yard each of Studio Carta Italian cotton ribbon, including loose weave in peach, metallic loose weave in peach and gold, and calligraphy ribbon, featuring the fine lettering of Maybelle Imasa Stukuls.
- Floral shears, ribbon scissors and pins (optional).
We also think this arrangement would be especially charming as bridesmaids’ or a flower girl bouquets. Add a dash more of Maybelle’s calligraphy ribbon to a smaller cluster, and you could even make striking, matching, boutonnieres for your groomsmen. Continue the theme right down to the wrapping on your guests’ favors.
Want more tips and inspiration for beautiful wedding flowers on a budget? Visit:
- Wedding Flowers: 10 Foraging Ideas for Bouquets and Arrangements
- Ask The Expert: 10 Tips for Wedding Flowers from Kate Middleton’s Florist.
- Tara Getting Married: DIY Wedding Flowers…and the Big Day.