Some perks of having a succulent bouquet at your wedding is that unlike most wedding bouquets the succulents don’t need to be placed in a vase to stay alive for the whole wedding because succulents prefer to be dry. Another perk to having an all or practical succulent bouquet is that It will last much longer and dry better than traditional bouquets so you can keep it in better condition for longer.
Now succulent plants usually have very short stems if any stem at all, so how exactly does the bouquet above get its long handle of stems and how do you even make the bouquet? It’s easy you wire and tape everything. Now what does wire and tape mean? It means that you run two wires in a cross like shape through the stem (you may need to remove a few of the leaves off of the succulent to create a stem approximately the size of your thumb), and fold them down so that they are secure enough to the succulent that they can fully support the weight of the plant. Then you would use a special kind of heat activated floral tape to than tape the stem and the rest of the wire.
You would then repeat this step for the rest of the succulents that you wanted to use in the bridal bouquet. After 5 hours of wiring and taping you would than place your wire stems through a hoop of wire with three stands that hold it up. This creates a sort of grid to help support the structure, a few branches of curly willow intertwined can also be used as a substitute.
Once you bouquet was created you would need to finish the handle to that it looks as pretty as the succulents. Florists have a variety of different ways to finish the handle but the most common way is to reuse stems from other flowers and to glue them to the handle of wire so that it appears that all of the flowers have long stems!
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