It was a spring wedding in May and I was photographing the wonderful Cheryl and Dale and out of the corner of my eye I saw something sparkle. With the short attention span I have I turned to see what it could be – and low and behold the sparkle was coming from another wedding party. They were bouquets. The coolest, most original bouquets I have ever seen. I have also seen a lot of bouquets and for once, they were so original. I am pretty hard to impress when it comes to ‘new and exciting’ for weddings – so when I saw these I was in total ‘awe’. The next best part, was one of the bridesmaids knew who I was – I felt kind of important. So I was super creepy like and asked to take a photo of the bouquets (even though this was not my wedding). I then used the photo to track down the bride as I wanted to hear from her how she managed to make these awesome bouquets, her inspiration etc. So to all the ladies who said they loved them, and for those who emailed me asking how to make them, here you go – from the bride herself.
Also – honestly how cool is the power of Facebook? Post a photo and you can find someone. Thank you Erica for writing this!
I’ve never been much of a flower person. When I realized that I would probably have to spend at least a thousand dollars on flower bouquets for myself and my six bridesmaids, I was not pleased. I started trying to dream up alternatives to flower bouquets. I stumbled across the concept of “brooch bouquets” on numerous wedding sites.
Brooch bouquets typically entail a bouquet of brooches only. I loved the idea, and decided to make these bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids. Given the anticipated cost of the jewelry (not to mention the time…), I decided to invest in each bouquet carefully and fashion it according to each girl’s specific taste. However, I didn’t want to be limited to brooches given the level of precision I anticipated each bouquet would require. For example, my friend Katie is a total hippy and doesn’t like anything sparkly. Therefore, I decided to make her bouquet entirely out of natural stone jewelry. It would have been impossible to make such a specific bouquet had I limited myself to brooches.
So, the first step to making the bouquets was an EXHAUSTIVE hunt for jewelry. I shopped everywhere you can imagine: every jewelry/accessory store in West Edmonton Mall, e-bay, garage sales, thrift stores, craft stores, my own jewelry box, etc etc. This was a very time consuming endeavor as more pieces than you’d think are required for each bouquet (around 50). I bought brooches, earrings, necklaces, pendants, hair accessories, rings, and even watches. I think I even used a few Christmas ornaments.
The next step was entirely dependant on the type of jewelry I had purchased for each girl’s bouquet. You have to use your imagination here to determine how you can fashion the pieces into a “bouquet.”Brooches, for example, are very easy. Provided they aren’t too heavy, wiring will do the trick. You simply attach a long piece of pliable wire to the pin part of the brooch. The wire is like the stem of a flower. Then you gather all your brooch flowers and fasten them together with ribbon to cover the wires. Pretty simple.It gets more complicated when you’re using predominantly other types of jewelry. If the piece doesn’t have a place to fasten your wire, you need to get creative with super glue and/or Styrofoam and/or safety pins to create a secure base on which to hinge your wire “stem.”For pieces that were see through, I would first create a backing with ribbon or paper as otherwise the bouquet didn’t look “full” enough.If you are planning on trying this out, I would recommend that you buy a few pieces of jewelry at a time, and experiment with wiring so you can get a feel for the type of jewelry you need to buy. If you decide to go ahead with your project, I would then recommend gathering all your pieces before you go ahead and start making the bouquet. I stumbled across 5 – 10 really crazy pieces for my first bouquet, and I bought them thinking I could find other pieces to coordinate with them. In the end, I just couldn’t find other pieces that would compliment them, so they had to be abandoned. Depending in your willingness to hunt for sales, and your creativity, the cost of the bouquets is highly variable. Of the seven I made, they ranged in price from $80 – $350.
Good luck. I really enjoyed making jewelry bouquets and I will definitely continue with this hobby.