We are so excited that you chose to arrange your own wedding flowers with Kukka. What now?
Please refer to your email conversation in regards to your flower breakdown. If you did not speak to a Kukka representative directly, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send a breakdown over right away. A breakdown is also available on the product page for the collection you purchased. This breakdown is a preliminary guide to how many flowers should go into each arrangement. Please note that most people start by following these guidelines, but ultimately get creative and adjust based on feel.
Additional materials you may need:
Buckets, vases, shears, scissors, twine or ribbon, centerpiece tape, floral tape, pins, a flower stripper. Flower food, rubber bands, floral foam, and wire are optional, but are not necessary to make arrangements.
If you purchased our “DIY Wedding Kit,” shears, twine, floral tape, rubber bands, a flower stripper, flower food, and pins will be included. You still need to source buckets and vases to carry the stems.
Your flowers will arrive in a long rectangular box and will be delivered via Fedex (occasionally by UPS nationwide, and either GSO or Ontrac in CA). If you are not home at the time of delivery, the box will be left at the front door with no signature required. It is highly recommended to be available to accept the delivery so you can get the stems in water immediately. There are times where Fedex is delayed. Please note that this is out of our control and we will try our best to notify you if this is the case. The most likely scenario for a late delivery is your flower package arriving the next day in the morning.
You are going to need between 4-12 buckets (5 GAL) to store your flowers depending on the size of your order. Each bucket fits about 50 stems.
Step 1 - Hydrate!
You will want to get all flowers in water ASAP! Fill your buckets 1/4th of the way full with room temperature water. Give all flowers a fresh cut with your shears without removing the outer packaging. Trim at least 1/2 an inch off each stem at an angle. Place trimmed flowers in buckets as you go, making sure they are hydrating in an upright position and that no stems are bent or leaning too far out of the bucket. If they are leaning out, trim the stems shorter. You may remove outer packaging after 3-4 hours of hydration. Store buckets in a cool dry place for 12-24 hours before handling (suggested time - but not required).
Note: Refrigeration is not needed. Flowers will be partially closed but will continue to open up as they hydrate. Certain varieties may appear droopy or wilted upon arrival or may have some breakage - this is normal! You are receiving flowers in the same state a florist would. Always store stems in water when not being used.
Step 2 - Prep!
After hydrating, the flowers should be strong and ready to handle. Start by removing any access leaves, thorns, and any outer discolored or bruised petals (for roses, removing 3-5 guard petals is normal). Trim to a workable length and then you are ready to start arranging! Guidelines for this are included in your order confirmation email or on our product pages for your collection.
Step 3: Arrange!
Start by creating the center of the bouquet with your largest flowers. Choose four of the largest blooms in your package and cross the stems in an “X” type way. Do not point the flowers up vertically because this can cause the blossoms to press against each other. They should instead be facing upwards and tilted in opposite directions (“X” shape). Hold the bouquet with your offhand where the stems cross.
Now add primary flowers one at a time. Place the flowers individually into the bouquet, building evenly outward from the center. Keep the flowers tightly gripped, and remember to keep the stems facing outward to maintain the bouquets dome shape.
Expand the dome as you add secondary flowers and greenery. Place the secondary flowers wherever you see gaps between stems. Place them around the edge of the dome as well. It's best to use parts of a greenery stem instead of the whole stem.
For the final touches, play with the bundle in your hand and adjust any heights or stray stems. Make sure the bouquet looks balanced and round. If you see any uneven patches, fill them in with additional greenery. You may insert filler flowers throughout the bouquet as well. To give the arrangement a wilder look (less round), insert greenery on the outer part of the dome you created.
Secure The Bouquets:
If you have rubber bands handy, start by securing the bouquet together with them. If you plan on using twine for the bouquets, you can skip using any floral tape and directly wrap the bouquet base with it. If you are using ribbon, start with floral tape.
Using Ribbon: Secure the bouquet with floral tape to start. The arrangement should be secured about 1 inch beneath the blooms, or as close as necessary to keep the flowers tightly together. Wrap the tape several times around the stems, and then spiral downward another 3-4 inches. Cut a piece of ribbon about 3-4 times the length of the stem and wrap the ribbon around the bouquet until it covers all visible tape. Make sure you tightly wrap the ribbon so it does not appear baggy around the bouquet. Use 4-6 pin to vertically pin the ribbon to the bouquet base, spacing each roughly 1 inch apart from another. Angle the pins so they do not go directly through the stems.
Using Twine: Secure the bouquet directly with twine. The arrangement should be secured about 1 inch beneath the blooms, or as close as necessary to keep the flowers tightly together. Wrap the twine several times around the stems, and then spiral downward another 4-5 inches. Use 1-2 pins to secure the loose end of the twine to the bouquet. Angle the pins so they do not go directly through the stems.
Keep The Bouquet Fresh:
Store the bouquet in a bucket of water that is moderately filled until the wedding day. Make sure there is enough water for the flowers to hydrate, but not too much to soak the twine or ribbon. Transport the bouquets in water whenever possible.
Step 1: Prep Flowers
Remove any thorns or leaves from flowers. Cut stems. Always cut an inch off each stem at 45-degree angle. Place flowers in water as soon as possible. As a rule, make your arrangement about one and a half times taller than your container
Step 2: Prep Vase
Start with a vase that has a wide enough round or square opening (6-8 inch diameter is our standard size). Start to line tape vertically. Continue lining tape about one inch apart. Start to line tape horizontally and create a grid. You want to end up with enough open space to place your flowers in between the tape
Step 3: Arrange Flowers
Start placing focal flowers in the holes between the tape. Continue placing flowers as you rotate the vase to keep an even shape. Add a secondary flower. Add fillers. Rotate once again and make adjustments if necessary
Boutonnieres are very similar to the bridal bouquets but much simpler. Use 2-4 stems (or parts of 1 stem) & cut stem lengths to 2-3 inches.
Bunch the stems together.
If using ribbon, wrap the bases with floral tape, and then cover tightly with a small piece of ribbon. If using twine, wrap the bases directly with twine as tightly as possible.
Secure the ribbon/twine with pins that are angled upwards.
Pin-on corsages are just as easy as boutonnieres. Use 3-4 stems (or parts of 1 stem) & cut stem lengths to 2-3 inches.
Bunch the stems together.
Floral wire can be inserted for extra durability. Otherwise, secure with floral tape then with ribbon or twine. Use corsage pins to secure.
Use a corsage bracelet or 1-inch thick satin ribbon.