If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream? Try substituting spray roses, theses are inexpensive, easy to find all year long and beautiful! Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.
First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. (Be sure to save the clipped off roses to use for boutonnieres and corsages.)
Remove most of the leaves from the stems leaving just a few with their leaves.Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.
Start with your most beautiful bloom to use for the center. Then gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet.Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.Be sure to alternate the stems with the leaves and without to give it a more organic feel.
When you reached your desired size wrap with florist tape and tie up with a ribbon.
This bouquet creates a bouquet that looks very natural and best of all your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!