Today’s topic might not be sexy, but is it flower-saving? Hand-saving? Practical? Yes, yes, yes!
Two of my biggest concerns as a floral designer are efficiency and self-care. I want to operate strategically, quickly, and intentionally. Simultaneously, I want to perform in a way that minimizes stress on my body.
One small action that has helped me address both of these concerns is modifying the way I bind my bouquets. Seriously.
Binding is typically an afterthought. I mean, between sourcing, processing, and designing, binding seems like an unimportant, last minute detail. But here’s why it’s crucial:
See what I mean?
It is important to acknowledge that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to binding your bouquets. If anything, I think it’s important to have a variety of techniques in your arsenal. These techniques can be applied to the varying needs of bouquet making.
That being said, there is one technique that stands out amongst the rest. This technique is utilized by flower farmers, wholesalers, and one of my favorite educators (who passed it along to me), Ariella Chezar. It’s beloved for its performance, efficiency, and ease of use! What more could you ask for?
Furthermore, this incredibly uncomplicated technique requires just one inexpensive tool: a rubber band.
The rubber band technique leverages the woodiest, strongest stem to anchor the whole bouquet. Simply slip the rubber band up the stem to the binding point, then stretch around all the stems once or twice, and then back up the strong stem. Can’t visualize it? No problem! I have a super quick tutorial right here.
This technique has seriously saved me not only time and materials, but has helped prevent the hand pain often associated with designing and handling bouquets. Stylistically, it’s a winner because today’s brides want bouquets that bounce as they walk down the aisle. All in all, it’s a no-brainer hack that makes design that much easier.
Let me know if you try the rubber band binding technique, or if you have another favorite to share!