Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
The jewelry bouquet has been showing up, off and on, over the last few years. These days, reducing costs and waste by replacing perishables such as cut flowers makes both economic and ecological sense. So brides are turning old family jewelry, thrift store finds and new vintage-style components into bouquets that will never wilt or fade.
Jewelry bouquets are created using not only brooches, but also earrings, sweater clips, bracelet centers, necklace focals and other jewelry components. While some brides may prefer interspersing brooch-based flowers among real or fabric blossoms, many have opted out of flowers entirely in favor of the more permanent keepsake of the jewelry bouquet.
Attach green-coated wire to the backs of the jewelry pieces. Each piece will require a different attachment method, so some experimentation will be necessary. Small or lightweight pieces will need only a wire or two; larger, heavier pieces may require more.
Use enough wire on each jewelry piece to ensure that it stands upright on the end of the stem, like a daisy, without drooping or sagging. Wrap each stem with corsage tape or florist tape to keep multiple wires together and give a more polished look to each "flower."
Assemble into a bouquet. Some brides like to mix live, dried or artificial flowers into their jewelry bouquets. Others prefer to use organza ribbon, lace, fabric or other fillers to conceal the spaces between the pieces of jewelry or to frame the entire bouquet.
Wrap the gathered bouquet with corsage tape so it stays together. Cover the tape with ribbon, fabric or a professionally made bouquet holder.
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