i was a little silent last week (i was preparing for a very special bridal shower that took place this past weekend - look for the post in the next few weeks!). but i'm back and continuing on with the simple wedding flowers series. this time i decided to put together a super easy boutonniere. i like boutonnieres that are clean looking and not too froufrou and i think that the guys appreciate this too. i love the architectural look of succulents and they're great as cut plant material because they last a really long time.
for this boutonniere i used only the three little bits above: one piece of a succulent called echeveria elegance, one tiny fern frond (i removed most of the bottom leaves from the stem) and one little feather.
i prepared the succulent by 1) trimming the stem to about 1/2" 2) then sticking a 22 gauge floral wire through the remaining piece of stem 3) and folding it down on either side. 4) i then wrapped the stem and the wire with floral tape.
i put the fern and the feather together and placed the succulent on top...
...then wrapped the whole thing with the tape and trimmed it to around 3 inches.
then came the ribbon. i started at the bottom and wrapped the whole thing, covering all of the tape. when i got to the top i left a little length of ribbon (about 4 inches) and then made a loop and put the loose end of the ribbon through it, pulling it tight.
when i was done i cut a little dove tail in the ribbon. that's it!
a handsome and simple boutonniere for a handsome (and hopefully not too simple) groom.
happy wedding season!