I came up with this idea while on assignment for Budget Living magazine. The idea was approved but sadly the magazine folded shortly thereafter and I was never able to see this concept to fruition.
The editor had asked me to come up with something for wedding season, a request that kind of made me laugh inside at the time because here is where I admit something that will either horrify and alienate a percentage of my readers and/or limit my future potential revenue stream: I don’t care for weddings.
I know they’re really just big, fancy parties but even big, fancy parties are a bit too ostentatious for my taste. I like to have fun, just not when that fun comes at the expense of truly enjoying myself or you know, spending money I don’t have. And the pressure. Weddings are so rife with pressure. The warnings are numerous. This is the most important day of your life, they scream. So it HAD BETTER be perfect! I’ve experienced a lot of drama at weddings over this false premise. During my one and only (never AGAIN) poorly executed maid-of-honor appointment I had to talk the bride off several proverbial ledges over what I thought were inconsequential details like, say, the colour of the fabric that the ring pillow would be made from. It HAD to match perfectly, don’t you see? Except the thing is, it did match perfectly.
But I digress. Really all of that was to say that if I’m going to come up with a simple idea for incorporating plants into a wedding it’s probably not going to be “normal” and it is definitely going to be frugal. Since the issue was set to publish in early spring I thought it only timely to make a bouquet using chive blossoms, which around here tend to be in season in early May. I mean why not? Chives are incredibly abundant in the garden and pretty darn beautiful in my opinion. Despite the fear that the bouquet might imbue the wedding party with a mild scent of Eau de Onion, I thought it was very bold on the part of the publisher to accept this idea. I have a tendency to prefer very simple, monochromatic bouquets and floral arrangements so I didn’t want to offset it with any other blooms. Just chive blossoms. I mean, this has got to be the cheapest bouquet there ever was. If one had to purchase chive flowers it would cost almost nothing to pick some up at a Farmer’s Market. They sell large bunches at my local for a buck.
When chive blossom season came into effect a year ago I thought it might be interesting to actually try out my idea and see if it really would have worked. I made the bouquet you see in this pictures rather impulsively one Sunday afternoon a little late in the season so the bouquet is not as, dare I say, PERFECT as it could be. I had to use blossoms that were already turning to seed in order to fill out the bouquet but I still think it looks rather nice. And you know what? In the end the onion smell was really very faint. And if the bouquet carrier were to get hungry during a long ceremony, they could always just nibble on the bouquet.
Here’s How I Did It
To pull of my bouquet I just formed a ball of blossoms starting with the centre and working my way around until it looked nice and puffy, all the while holding onto the stems tightly with one hand while positioning each new stem with the other. I then secured the stems in place with floral tape (Substitutions with floral wire or elastic bands will be bulky but do the trick in a pinch.) and covered up the mess with a scrap length of orange binding tape. Any sort of ribbon or fabric scraps will do depending on the look you want to go for, neat and tidy or natural and wild. You can hot glue gun the tape in place but I didn’t bother, after all my bouquet wasn’t being made for a real wedding so it wasn’t built to last. I secured the decorative tape with matching sewing pins I had on hand in my kit and for an added touch of flair included some floral pin covers made from shrinky dinks. Hillary has a great tutorial for this easy-make project on her site Wee Wonderfuls. As you can see from the photos I tied on another contrasting scrap of fabric up near the top and let it hang down like you see in all the really classy bouquets.