A bride in a white dress against a pink background holds a paper bouquet made of dahlias, roses, shamrocks, Mexican jasmine, and foliage.

Paper flower wedding bouquets

I got married in September, but I’ll admit that every spring I think “man, THIS would be a great time to get married.” Any brides getting married soon? Well, it might be too late for this year, but if you’re planning a wedding, may I throw an idea out there? A wedding bouquet made from paper flowers. Hear me out!

Read below for the why and also where to learn how to make them!

Paper flower wedding bouquets

Flowers are a traditional and popular choice for wedding bouquets, but fresh blooms can be expensive and not always practical for various reasons depending on the season and cost.. I’m not going to pretend like paper flowers are necessarily a cheaper options, because paper can be expensive, but the bonus here is that you can keep them afterward and even reuse them or recycle them. Plus, it’s a unique and personalized touch to their special day.


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When I was preparing for my wedding in 2010, I hadn’t ever seen or heard of paper flowers, but I imagined large oversized paper flowers for it. My mom was the one who got busy making mock ups and came up with using paper and we never looked back. Here’s the single oversized bloom she made for me:

Why paper flowers

First and foremost, paper flower wedding bouquets can be, but aren’t necessarily, a budget-friendly option. We use beautiful water color paper for my bouquet above and needed a few sheets. But because it was just one bloom, it wasn’t that much.

Fresh flowers can be costly, especially if you want exotic or out-of-season blooms. With paper flowers, you can choose any type and color you desire without worrying about the price. Moreover, paper flowers can be reused or kept as a keepsake after the wedding, whereas fresh flowers have a limited lifespan.

Customize your theme to your flowers

Another benefit of paper flower wedding bouquets is that they can be customized to fit your wedding theme and style. You can create any type of flower, from traditional roses and peonies to exotic orchids and proteas. You can also choose the size and shape of your bouquet, whether you want a cascading or a round bouquet. With paper flowers, you have the freedom to create a bouquet that is truly unique and personal to you.

Flower bouquet inspired by royal wedding

For example, we created this paper flower bouquet inspired by the royal wedding in 2018. You can get the tutorial for how to make them in this post.

Royal Wedding Inspired Bouquet

Not weather dependent

In addition, paper flower wedding bouquets are also a practical option for outdoor weddings or weddings in hot climates. Fresh flowers can wilt or droop in the heat, while paper flowers will remain in perfect condition throughout the day. This also means you can make your bouquets ahead of time without worrying about them losing their freshness.

Bright flower paper bouquet

For example, a lot of fresh flowers can’t even be used because they droop so fast like poppies BUT not so in paper! You can make whatever flowers you want! You can get the tutorial here for this bouquet.

Cinco de Mayo Wedding Bouquet

Get the group together

Making your own paper flower wedding bouquets can also be a fun and creative DIY project. You can gather your bridesmaids and make it a group activity, or work on it alone as a way to de-stress from wedding planning. There are numerous tutorials and templates available online, and you can experiment with different paper types and textures to create a unique bouquet. Plus, making your own bouquet ensures that it will be one-of-a-kind and personalized to your taste.

This beautiful summer bouquet with dahlias would be a great way to bring friends together! Find the tutorial here.

A bride in a white dress against a pink background holds a paper bouquet made of dahlias, roses, shamrocks, Mexican jasmine, and foliage.

Finding flowers in the right season

Another perk to making a bouquet with paper flowers is that you can make flowers that are out of season. Peonies are a fan favorite, but only in season in the late spring. Why not make them in paper? I made these for my sister in law for her wedding to my brother!

Make a paper flower peony bouquet, tutorial here.

What you’ll need for making paper flowers

When making your own paper flower wedding bouquets, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, it’s important to choose high-quality paper that is durable and will hold its shape. Tissue paper, crepe paper, and cardstock are all popular choices for paper flower making. Secondly, it’s important to invest in the right tools, such as floral wire, floral tape, and scissors. These tools will help you create a bouquet that is sturdy and secure. Finally, it’s important to give yourself enough time to complete the project. Making a paper flower wedding bouquet is a time-consuming process that requires patience and attention to detail.

Obviously, making your own paper flower bouquet for your wedding can take time, but if you have it, it can be a long-lasting momento you’ll want to keep forever. If you do make your own, we’d love to see it! Tag us with #LarsPaperFlowers!


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