How to Make a Bridal Bouquet

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Italian Ruscus is a favorite greenery for florists.  It has narrow, glossy green leaves and works beautifully in altar sprays, bridal bouquets, corsage and boutonniere work and reception centerpieces.

Shown is a single grower's bunch.

I usually cut off the top (smaller) leaves and set them aside for boutonniere work.  I then cut a single stem into smaller pieces (making sharp diagonal cuts again on the stem) for insertion into this bridal bouquet.

Using different varieties of greens can add a lot of interest to any monochromatic design (one that is composed of all the same color flowers).  Using leaves with different shapes and colors gives interest and depth to the final bouquet.

I simply begin tucking these leaves deep in among the leather leaf fern fronds.

You don't have to be perfect in your placement, simply insert until you are satisfied with the look.

Tucking them deep enough that the leaves fold up a bit helps conceal the cut stem.

Tuck the greens at different depths to give dimension to the overall design.

You can see that the greened bouquet is really taking on a unique flavor even before flowers are added!

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