We are so excited that you chose to arrange your own wedding flowers with Kukka Flowers. 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. 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 or scissors, twine or ribbon, centerpiece tape & floral tape, pins, a flower stripper
If you purchased our “DIY Wedding Kit,” shears, twine, centerpiece tape, a flower stripper, 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 (GSO 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.
Step 1 – Hydrate!
You are going to need between 4-8 buckets (5G) to store your flowers depending on the size of your order. Each bucket fits about 50 stems. You will want to get all flowers in water as soon as possible! Hydrate the stems for the first few hours (specifically roses & ranunculus) with the original packaging so they are hydrating in the upright position. Trim the stems at a 45 degree angle about ¼ of an inch and store the buckets in a cool dry place for 12-24 hours before handling. This is recommended, but if you plan on arranging right away, please make sure you put the flowers in water when they are not in use.
Note: Refrigeration is not needed. Flowers will be partially closed but will continue to open up. Rose stems will be stacked so you will not see them all until the packaging is fully opened.
Step 2: Preparation
After hydrating, the flowers should be strong and ready to handle. Start by removing any extra leaves or outer petals (use a thorn stripper on roses) and trim to a workable length. Now you are ready to start arranging!
Remember: Always store stems in water when not being used.
Step 3: Make them pretty!
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. Place the secondary flowers wherever you see gaps between stems. Place them around the edge of the dome as well.
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.