As soon as I saw a brooch bouquet in wedding blogs I perused even before I got engaged, I knew I needed to have one. Brooch bouquets are wonderful because they’re homemade (unless you buy on Etsy) and they never wilt. I decided when I got engaged in August 2011 that this brooch bouquet had to become reality for me. I sent my mother a photo and a blog how-to and we began searching for brooches immediately.
We looked everywhere. We scoured antique shops in Walla Walla, Aberdeen and in Pomona, Calif. Searching for brooches of a decent price with just the right shape and sparkle became a part of life. Always something in the back of our minds.
I’ve seen beautiful enamel brooches, but for our winter wedding I wanted pure sparkle. Not all rhinestone brooches were created equally and we found that it’s hard to find perfect ones.
Luckily, through the donation of brooches from family and friends, antique shops and some re-purposed rhinestone earrings from my grandmothers, I was able to collect about 30 sparkly pieces for my bouquet. This took me more than one year. It was a big commitment. And with all of the supplies and purchased brooches, it cost me about $200. To save money, scrounge mroe brooches from family members who may be willing to donate them for free.
I found a how-to on offbeatbride.com and I tweaked it a little. Here’s what I did:
- Two people
- floral stem wire
- faux white hydrangea flowers
- needle nose pliers
- wire cutters
- mailing tape
- hot glue gun and glue
- vase to support it
- paper towel/tissue paper
1) Attach wires to brooches. Most bloggers had painstakingly wrapped the wires around the pin of the brooches. I had a heck of a time getting the brooches secured to the wires using just wire and pliers. Others had beautifully wrapped them around the pins. I ended up wrapping the wires around the pins as best as I could and I hot glued them in place. I cheated, but it worked.
2) I made the base of my bouquet with white hydrangea flowers from Joann’s. My second person (my mother-in-law) helped me out with this task. You need two people. I held the white hydrangea pieces in bouquet form and my MIL put the rhinestones on wires in the appropriate spots, making sure the brooches were evenly spaced.
3) When all of the rhinestone brooches on wires were bundled correctly, my MIL wrapped clear mailing tape around the wires and faux hydrangea as tight as possible to keep the shape of the bouquet.
4) Next, we wrapped white ribbon up and down the “stem” of the bouquet to cover the wires and tape. Finally, we tied black and white ribbon to the bouquet to finish it.
5) To keep the bouquet upright, we placed the heavy bouquet in a vase filled with paper towels to keep the bouquet in one spot. Once it was secured in the vase, we could pull on the brooches and affix them so they’re in the perfect spot.
Did you try a brooch bouquet? Would you?
Close up of the finished product!