If planning a wedding is anything but simple, your bouquet can be.
Straightforward and restrained, we love the less-is-more approach of a single-flower bouquet. Whether your overall aesthetic is minimal, or you simply want to let the focus fall on other details, scroll on for our top tips on letting one flower work its magic.
Lush and blowsy, a few peonies go a long way to create a ruffly, romantic bouquet. Just make sure to layer them for depth and to give each head room to breathe.
A forever classic - roses are elegant and resilient, meaning that if you need your bouquets to last through a warm summer day roses are a great choice!
MAJOLICA SPRAY ROSES
More wild and dainty than your standard rose, a spray rose is a breeze to create a single-variety bouquet with since the blooms are already staggered along their stems in a completely natural way.
The paper-thin petals of lisianthus are surprisingly sturdy, but simultaneously ethereal and delicate. We prefer to remove any green buds as well as any blooms that are still on the green side. It’s hard to let go, but you’ll give the best blooms the chance to shine!
It's easy to veer into flower ball territory when creating a single-flower bouquet, so you'll want to take care to layer blooms from the inside out so as to create depth.
Using your non-dominant hand to imitate the mouth of a vase, crisscross a few stems to create the outline of your bouquet shape.
Sink a few stems deep into the middle for substance to build on top of. Vary heights and fan the blooms out as you go.
To keep things neat and manageable, trim your stems as you work, and wrap with stem tape to stabilize as you go.
Remember to do a final cut just before placing in water to rehydrate!
If you're making your bouquets ahead of time it's nice to save the ribbon for the day of the event, to keep it from getting soaked in transport.
For visual instructions, tap the video below. With intentional placement, you can still build all the depth and interest of a varied bouquet.
On the Table
The single-flower look lends itself well to tabletops, too. Try layered bud vases with multiple stems of one variety each. Easy, beautiful, done.
For more guidance:
The TFS guide to making your own bouquet
Our complete guide to DIY wedding florals
Words of advice from Sierra and the TFS team
We’d love to see what you make!