One of the very first projects we decided we would tackle when we first got engaged was brooch bouquets. We told my mom and aunts, and as my aunts are both professional artists, they were floored. I mean have you seen some of them?! They are amazing looking. My mom and aunts had bought us 100 brooches within a month of us telling them we were going to make them.
Brooch Bouquet with Hydrangea Collar RTS From Blue Petyl Shop
We collected around 250 more brooches, for a total of about 350 brooches. We made four bouquets, so that was a lot! (I refuse to add up the cost…it was a lot.) We decided to follow Fancy Pants Weddings’s brooch bouquet tutorial.
First we wired all of the brooches (this is the brunt of the job—we did this over a year).
Then, we used hydrangea to create a base for the brooch flowers.
As the tutorial states, you add the brooches in groups. So I usually added about five to ten, and then re-taped again. It results in a highly structured “layered” stem setup, and it’s quite sturdy.
Once all your brooches are added, you tape up the entire stem. Here you can see our bridesmaid bouquets all taped up.
Then, you wrap in ribbon (and we also used lace left over from our DIY honey favors on our two bouquets), secure it with some pretty corsage pins…and you’re done!
Fiancee Eagle’s bouquet
Miss Eagle’s bouquet
Did you spot my little bees? I am so excited that I will have the hive with me on my wedding day this weekend (in addition to a few blogger bees making a guest appearance)!
All photos personal unless otherwise noted
This was a huge project. It took forever and cost a small fortune. But I’m so happy with how they turned out. We’ll also be having four fresh floral peony bouquets (for photos and for tossing)—but these will last forever.
What did you use for your bouquet? Did you use fresh floral, or did you go the nontraditional route (or both like me!)?