How To: Make A Minimal Wedding Bouquet

I imagine that when last week’s bright, oversized bouquet tutorial went up, approximately half of our readership breathed a sigh of relief and thought to themselves, it’s about time, APW. Where were you during my trial run six weeks ago? The rest of you, I imagine, cocked your head sideways and said, fat chance that’s ever going to happen, APW. Do I look like I’m made of magic? If you fall into the latter group, this follow-up tutorial is for you.

We understand that there are usually 2.5 reasons people choose to DIY (or DIT) something:

1. You want something something that nobody really makes, so screw it you’re making it yourself.

2. You want something you can’t afford, but you want it anyway, so screw it you’re making it yourself.

2.5. You don’t want to spend money on something you don’t care about anyway, but it would be lovely if you didn’t hate the outcome (it’s only a fraction of a reason because of the aforementioned lack of interest).

Enter the one-flower bouquet. When executed properly, one-flower bouquets can look both effortless and edgy, in an IDGAF kind of way. And best yet? They take almost no time to put together, so they are a perfect option if you’re DIT-ing flowers for a whole mess of folks. For this tutorial, the only ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Your chosen flower (We used Feverfew here, and a tiny bit of Maidenhair on the outside. Which technically makes it two flowers. Shhh…)
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon
  • Corsage pin
  • Something to cut stems and ribbon with

Since the internet is full of tutorials on Baby’s Breath, we asked the lovely and talented Natalie of Belle-Flower in Oakland to show us an alternative flower that’s just as easy and pretty as Baby’s Breath, but not quite as popular. Not only does Feverfew look like you plucked it straight from a field, but the internet also tells me it’s good for migraines.

  1. Prep your Feverfew by plucking off any extra foliage from the stems. Then, as with the big bouquet, you’re going to gather a few stems to create your base.
  2. Continue adding stems, keeping the shape of the bouquet round (adding stems diagonally will help keep the shape round.) Then add some Maidenhair to the outside, just underneath the Feverfew blooms.
  3. We didn’t talk about this in the previous tutorial, but Natalie says one of the best things you can do to make sure your bouquet is turning out all right is simply to look in the mirror, with the bouquet at waist length, and make sure the size and shape are in check.
  4. If all looks well, wrap with floral tape.
  5. Cut your stems to length.
  6. Wrap with ribbon.
  7. To create the ribbon finish like Natalie, fold the ribbon back and pin it in place with a corsage pin. To make the pin hold extra firm, push it up vertically into one of your stems.
Pro Tips:
  • You can use this tutorial to create just about any single-flower bouquet. While we were in Natalie’s shop, she put together a baby’s breath bouquet using the same steps (below).
  • Something I learned from watching Natalie is that one flower bouquets can go both edgy and classic. If you want an edgier, more trendy bouquet, keep your stems long and your wrap simple (like the Feverfew bouquet). For a more classically-inspired bouquet, cut your stems a little shorter and do a full wrap (like the Baby’s Breath bouquet.)

Photos: Allison Andres / Flowers: Belle-Flower

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  • Lauren

    As part of my bachelorette party my friends and I made all of our bouquets, table arrangements and guys’ boutonnieres out of huge, lush hydrangeas from Blooms By The Box. LOVE. THEM. The bouquets were huge and lovely and just spunky enough to be different. Even the boutonnieres looked wonderful, if a bit foppish, made from hydrangea. Single-flower arrangements are the lazy girl’s best friend.

    Also, where can I find that stunning dress? I need it.

  • The adding stems diagonally trick is one I wish I’d known. I made my own bouquets, and while I’m happy with them, they were definitely vaguely conical instead of round.

    Now I just need another excuse to carry a bouquet around!

  • My Name Here

    Does the same technique work if you’re using one type of flower that’s larger than feverfew or baby’s breath (e.g. roses or calla lillies) or do you need to use a different technique?

    • Maddie

      From what I observed from Natalie, the same technique applies to both one-flower and complex bouquets. Start with a base, add flowers diagonally, make sure the bouquet looks round as you go. Tada!

      I would probably combine some of the wrapping techniques from our earlier tutorials though since the stems are thicker (so wrapping with tape more often as you go).

      • My Name Here

        perfect! thanks so much, Maddie!

      • Mira

        Maddie is spot on. I did a single-flower bouquet with a mass of long-stemmed irises, and it was glorious. though quite heavy.

      • Ellen

        Ooooh excellent, thanks! Apparently the farm stand down the road from my venue sells “cut your own” flowers by the pound (!!) and I am thinking this might be the perfect way to use them!

  • Audrey

    A friend helped me do almost exactly this with tulips and it was lovely.

    • Katie

      I had tulips only too! Bought three bunches at the grocery store that morning and then dug out some polka dot ribbon from my craft box.

  • My mom made my bouquet out of just baby’s breath, and it came out great!

  • Amy

    Does anyone know of a “blooms by the box” equivalent for Canada? Or, specifically, Vancouver? Because I heart these DIY flower tutorials, but feel like the options of buying bulk flowers up here are more limited.

    • Darcy

      Costco is what I hear for roses and I’ll be testing that soon. I”ve also ordered specific flowers/colours from Safeway with good results for a good price.

      I’m about to do flowers for my sister’s wedding which will be the third time making bouquets. These tutorials are awesome!

  • I love the bouquets with lots of color and variety, but these ones speak to my soul.

  • I did the minimal bouquet for our wedding as well, and used hydrangeas, which are awesome because they are so voluminous that you only need a few to make a substantial bouquet.

    Here is a link to the tutorial:

    For the actual wedding, I only used 3 stems of hydrangeas per bouquet.

  • D

    Honestly, the prettiest bouquet on APW so far!
    And there have been some pretty ones. I feel inspired!

  • I used some of your other flower tutorials when I was helping out my friend make her bouquets last summer. When I was a bride sooooo loooooong ago (har-har) I had to hack it together. Basically the same steps. End result, same.

    Although, DAMN feverfew. Brilliant idea.

  • Caroline

    Love it! The one flower bouquet is my style (reason 2.5 for DIY.) I don’t give enough fucks to bother with lots of flowers nor enough to spend a lot of money on it. Enter the one flower bouquet. My plan is to make one with a bunch of sunflowers. Although this is gorgeous too.

  • Michelle

    I used this tutorial to make my bouquet out of carnations. It was cheap, pretty, and full-looking. I also bought one of those cheap shower loofas, pulled it apart, and pinned it underneath the flowers to add some more color. I loved it!
    My bouquet:

  • Blimunda

    No angry florists? I’m almost disappointed.

  • Julie


    This and the larger bouquet tutorials are great! I’m struggling with the price of a florist right now and we’ve already decided to arrange our own centerpieces, and now I can add the bouquets to the mix, too! One question: is there ever a problem with wilting flowers in the bouquets? I am planning on having zinnias, which really can look beat up if they are at all dehydrated, and it will surely be hot at our outdoor wedding next month. Is there a way to prevent this, or should we just choose desiccation-resistant flowers? Thanks!

  • Magster

    I am a total “reason 2.5” with a wedding next month using single flower bouquets – most helpfully timed post ever! Huge thanks!

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