How to Make a Fake Flower Wedding Bouquet

If you saw my post about the lessons learned from planning a destination wedding, you already know my thoughts on being both a DIY bride and a destination bride. (It was kinda dumb!)

Crafting everything at home in advance, packing it all up in SEVEN suitcases and knowing there’s no Target or Hobby Lobby in The Bahamas to pick up last minute items added an extra layer of logistics that wasn’t completely necessary.

But I LOVE crafts and I LOVE travel, so leaving one or the other out would’ve been disingenuous to the glue gun-toting, passport wielding woman I am.

Would I do it again? Not on your life. But I am happy with the results!

DIY Destination Wedding Crafts

In my earnest bridal quest to DIY everything I could get my hands on for the wedding, I began to think about making the bridal bouquets for my maid of honor and me. Aside from plopping supermarket roses in a vase, I don’t have much other flower arranging experience, so I wasn’t sure if that would be biting off more than I could chew. (I could say that about almost everything wedding related!)

However, when the florist’s estimate for two bouquets tallied almost $500, the decision to DIY the bouquets became very clear. (Especially knowing that due to customs regulations, I wouldn’t even be able to bring the bouquets back to the U.S. as a keepsake.)

Throwing away $500? No, thanks.

In the grand scheme of wedding planning details and priorities, the bouquet, and really flowers in general, were not at the top of my list anyhow. That’s one benefit to getting married on a beautiful beach like Treasure Cay. You don’t have to decorate it too much as the white sand and turquoise sea are embellishment enough.

Buds N Blooms Abaco Florist

Like any good crafter, I did some Pinterest research and watched a few YouTube videos to get an idea of supplies I might need for the project. And then I shopped!

What you need to make a DIY fake flower wedding bouquet


I searched for the perfect flowers for weeks and ended up finding blooms at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and surprisingly, Walmart. I knew I wanted peonies and a subtle mix of coral, teal, peach and pink, so I just snagged pretty flowers in those shades anytime I was out.

I ended up with peach peonies, white magnolias and hydrangeas, silvery green dusty miller and some other pinkish flower that might not be a real species, but it fit the aesthetic so I used it.


One afternoon, I gathered all the goodies around me on the floor, planning for hours of bouquet crafting. I was concurrently disappointed and proud when it took less than an hour for both bouquets!

It was one of the easiest craft projects I did for the whole wedding.

And look, Rick helped!


How to Make Your Own Fake Flower Wedding Bouquet

STEP 1: Trim excess leaves off each flower except for one or two nearest the bloom.

STEP 2: Choose between 2 and 4 flowers to serve as the base and tape together, wrapping the floral tape around the stems

STEP 3: Build the bouquet stem by stem, turning and taping as you go, until you get to a desirable size. It’s totally up to you how big or small the bouquet is.

STEP 4: Wrap the stems collectively in one last layer of floral tape for extra stability. Trim the bottom of the stems to your desired length with wire cutters.

STEP 5: Heat up that glue gun and glue the burlap evenly around the stems. Wrap once or twice and secure with a thin layer of hot glue. Embellish as desired!

fake flower wedding bouquet

fake flower wedding bouquet

fake flower wedding bouquet

TIME TO COMPLETE:  30 minutes per bouquet, depending on your own skills and perfectionist tendencies
COST: Approximately $50 for the large bouquet and $30 for the smaller one.

The bouquets were so easy to make, I could’ve brought the raw materials to The Bahamas and done it onsite. (Well, maybe I couldn’t have due to the other wedding circumstances, but other folks dealing with a non-criminal wedding venue probably could!)

It was nice though that they were ready to go and we didn’t have to wait on a delivery or have them picked up the day of.

No surprises, for a welcome change.

diy wedding bouquets

DIY Fake Flower Wedding Bouquet - Angie Orth and Rachel Orth


Are fresh flowers prettier? Debatable. They certainly do smell nicer than the fake. But on our insane wedding day, I never noticed a difference.

DIY isn’t always cheaper and sometimes it turns out like a hot mess, but in this case, the bouquets came out perfectly.

And now, the bouquets live in our happy new house as a reminder of our crazy wedding day.

diy wedding bouquets

So tell me what you think about the DIY fake flower wedding bouquet! Could you tell I made them? Would you attempt to make your own?


diy wedding bouquet

diy wedding bouquet

*We did enlist the services of a local Abaco florist, Melinda Pinder from Buds N Blooms, for boutonnieres and corsages for the wedding party, parents and grandparents. Buds N Blooms also provided our pretty arch on the beach. Originally we were supposed to have peach & pink flower petals scattered in the sand, Melinda called an audible at the last minute due to the high winds and switched us up to a conch-shell lined aisle. Smart move! We didn’t receive any discounts for Melinda’s services, we just want you to know if you’re getting married in Abaco, she was lovely to work with and provided everything requested!

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  • August 10, 2016

    I honestly couldn’t tell the bouquets were fake! I thought they were real! You did a fantastic job. Love it.
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  • August 11, 2016

    If you didn’t say that your bouquet consisted of fake flowers, I wouldn’t have noticed! They both look SO GOOD and SO REAL!

    I recently went to a wedding where the bride had fake flowers for her bouquets, but I think it could have been done better. So I vowed to myself that when I have a wedding, I’d want fresh flowers for sure! But. BUT. Now that I’ve read this and seen that fake flower bouquets can be just as classy and beautiful if done right, I’d TOTALLY do this for my wedding! What a SMART money-saving strategy! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  • August 11, 2016

    I had NO idea your flowers were fake until right this very moment! Talk about a money-saving wedding hack. #WellDone
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  • August 27, 2016

    Such a beautiful bouquet, didn’t noticed that there were fake flowers, awesome!

  • February 16, 2017

    You did an absolutely gorgeous job, Angie! Would never have known it was a DIY project or even that they were fake!
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  • March 30, 2017

    The flowers were beautiful. Doing one for my daughter’s wedding in November. Did you wrap each stem with floral tape first, and then together?

    • March 30, 2017

      I wrapped the stems together with tape as I added each piece in, sort of weaving the tape over and under as each stem came together. Does that make sense?

      Good luck with your project!

  • July 02, 2017

    Your bouquets turned out amazing! How did you travel with them and they didn’t get squished?

    • July 03, 2017

      Very carefully! I carried them on instead of packing in a suitcase, if I’m remembering correctly. But they did get a bit smashed anyhow – I just fluffed upon arrival and they turned out fine!

  • August 29, 2017

    These are such great diy tips for your flower wedding bouquet! This is a great way to save some money on your wedding! Also love the photos, thanks for sharing!

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