WEDDING REHEARSAL CUSTOM BOUQUET IDEA AND GIFT
As the mother of the groom, I was as excited as the mother of my future daughter-in-law when wedding plans were announced. I also wanted to do something really special for the bride. I came up with the idea of a surprise rehearsal bouquet. Not any ordinary floral bouquet, this one! The bouquet would pay homage to great family romances through the ages. The goal was to combine glitter, glamor, sentiment and style. Everyone agreed it exceeded my expectations!
Make It A Family Affair
I started by soliciting brilliant brooches, elegant earrings, handsome hatpins and other vintage chic pieces of family jewelry. The response was overwhelming! As I received these heirloom pieces from grandparents, aunts, cousins, sisters and friends, I photographed each piece and had the donor pen a few lines documenting the history of the piece. How wonderful to know that the lustrous rhinestone starburst pin originated as a birthday gift to her grandmother from her beloved husband! Most of the contributors also included a bit of advice for the bride-to-be. What fun! The advice ranged from wise and solemn to humorous and somewhat racy – definitely reflecting the personality of the giver!
Putting It All Together
What a blast assembling the bouquet! I picked up all the supplies – 8” foam ball, wedding tulle, hot glue, floral pins and a plastic bridal bouquet handle – at a local craft store. To create a frilly domed top, I cut the foam ball in half and attached the tulle with floral pins. Separated the jewelry finds by size, shape and color. The glitziest pieces were centered on top, secured with floral pins, and I worked my way around the piece. The system was largest to smallest, paying attention to the shapes and colors. Once the bigger pieces were positioned perfectly, I rounded it out with elegant drop earrings and dazzling diamond topped hat pins. As a final touch, I used the smallest pieces and earrings to ensure total coverage. Fortunately, I remembered to leave some space at the bottom to attach the handle!
After wrapping the bouquet handle with more tulle and criss-crossing it with satin ribbon to match the wedding colors, I attached it to the bottom of the jeweled dome with hot glue. Hot glue ensured the tulle and ribbon wrap stayed in place and didn’t distract from the overall design.
My son’s future wife was overwhelmed when I presented her this sparkly bouquet! She loved the scrap book assembled with the pictures and histories of the individual pieces. We all had a blast reading the marital advice the donors had included!
Not only was her bouquet well received at the rehearsal, it earned a place of honor at the cake table at the reception.
Some advice – leave plenty of time to assemble your treasure. It took about two months, from sending out requests to the final assembly. Consider a theme that reflects the personality of the bride-to-be or the motif of the wedding. Above all – have fun ! DYI Project