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A Bridal Bouquet Toss Alternative

book rose feature page

Tossing the bridal bouquet has been a wedding tradition for a long, long time. Apparently, it originated in England with the tradition of single ladies trying to grab a piece of the bride’s dress or bouquet in hopes to gain some of her good fortune. In her protection, the bride would flee and toss her bouquet! Hmm, I’m glad that tradition has changed!

More recently brides are choosing alternatives to tossing the bouquet or forgoing the idea all together. My daughter knew from the beginning of her wedding planning that she didn’t want to toss her bouquet, even though the florist was making up an extra one complementary.

She really wanted to express to every single lady how much she cherished them and how God has a perfect plan in their single years. She considered giving each one a fresh rose, but then didn’t like the thought of it dying in a few days, as well as, most likely not surviving the trip home in a suitcase.

Because she and her fiance, at the time, chose a romantic, vintage, literary themed wedding, created book roses were the perfect fit.

I must say, these were a bit labor intensive to create, but so worth it, as each lady seemed so blessed, loved, and treasured.

My Sweet Pea wrote a beautiful note that was tied to each rose. It could be detached and used as a bookmaker if they desired.

My dear friend,

Traditionally, the bouquet toss is a time to recognize just one lucky single lady. Instead, I wanted to communicate how much I treasure each one of you- both those I’ve known for years and those I’ve just met. Thank you for supporting and celebrating my marriage today.

Marriage is indeed a beautiful gift and singleness is, too. I encourage you: love where you are; love deeply, love well. Live out your calling, beautiful women, knowing that God deeply loves you and is writing your story.

Your friendship and presence in my life is the greatest gift. Thanks for joining me in the adventure!

“We love because He first loved us.”

1 John 4:19

With much love!

To Make Book Roses

Supplies Needed:

  • An old book
  • Wooden skewers
  • Glue gun and clear glue
  • Scissors
  • Heart cut outs in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large with a heart stencil if you have one. If not you can trace around cookie cutters, or print your hearts out on computer.
  • Green floral tape
  • A pencil
  • Ribbon and tag (optional)
  • Floral foam and a pot or jar to hold your flower while you are working on it              ( optional)

book rose supplies

To Create Your Rose:

Each rose will take three hearts in each size… Nine hearts total. You can add more if you choose. I was making 35 roses, so that was 315 hearts! I thought nine hearts per rose was plenty! I’m so very thankful to those who helped cut out the oodles of hearts needed. You ladies are the best! Thank you.

To Do:

  • Trace your hearts. If you don’t have a stencil you can make your hearts on word and print them out on paper of choice.
  • Once hearts are cut out, fold in half lengthwise, top to bottom point.
  • Taking your pencil, carefully roll paper around pencil from the center of your heart upwards and carefully back again. They should be slightly curled  to resemble a leaf.

curled book hearts

  •  Begin by wrapping a thin strip of paper around the top of the skewer, and gluing in place. This will be the center of your flower which you will work from.

book rose center

  • Start with your smallest heart and work outward to your largest heart. Place glue at the bottom point of your heart along the fold and pinch and place on your skewer.

create book rose

  • You will glue the rest of your hearts the same way, holding each one in place to dry as you go. When formulating the next set of hearts (medium size), place the “valley” of the heart staggered from the last heart’s “valley.” This will create more of a natural looking rose.
  • When you finish gluing all your hearts in place, wrap your “skewer stem” with green floral tape, pulling tightly around as you go.
  • Tie with ribbon and tag of choice.

And here are the book posies in the light of the sun…


Helpful Hints:

  • It is best to make these in assembly line fashion. I found it easier to cut out all hearts first, curl, then assemble them.
  • Make sure your hearts don’t have very pointed “valleys.” You will have a greater risk of it tearing when you curl them around your pencil. You can see in the above pictures my hearts have more of a rounded shape.
  • In addition, you could add leaves, or bundle these together. Try using other pretty paper too to create a totally different look.

Each single lady felt treasured and now has something to remind her how much she is loved…



{photo credit: Captured! Photography}


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