Half a dozen weddings later, it was my turn to use my skills for my sister's wedding. We went to a local warehouse to pick up some fresh flowers. We talked to the "flower lady" and got the freshest ones (they were secretly stored in a nearby freezer, not on the floor).
Once I got home, I placed all the flowers into a bucket of water just to see what all was there. I then stripped the leaves and cleaned the stems of the flowers I wanted in the bouquet.
I arranged them and cut off the end so that all the stems would be the same length. I then wrapped the stems with a ribbon.
I like leaving the end of the bouquet unwrapped so that I can leave it in water all evening and during the day when the bouquet isn't used, lengthening the life of the bouquet.
I don't think that I could ever buy a bouquet ever again. We made a lot of flower arrangements with the left over flowers.
For the bridal bouquet, she chose a combination of Hydrangeas and Eucalyptus. I loved how it turned out.