The bouquets took a lot longer to assemble than I expected but they were well worth it. I'm not a huge flower person but I do love peonies. Peonies also happen to be pretty expensive ($9-$10 a stem). Considering the price along with my inevitable springtime allergies, I opted for silks. Silk flowers are not that much cheaper, I really didn't save too much but at least I know I won't be having an allergy attach on my wedding day, at least I hope not.
(It's a lot bigger in person; I guess I should've taken pictures of me holding it so you could see the proportions)
My bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquet.
I was being incredibly anal and picky and it took forever to get the shape of each bouquet to my liking. Once I got the shape I wanted, I wrapped the stems in green floral tape to secure them. Then I carefully wrapped the handles in ribbon and finished it off with a little hot glue to hold the ribbon end. You can't even see the hot glue; it made for a seamless look. I'm really proud if myself as this was the first time I ever worked with silks. Would you ever consider using silks in place of the real deal?