Exclusive! Brides' DIY Gold Leaf Bouquet Tutorial with L'Atelier Rouge

Flowers, Wedding Style & Decor

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We're always looking out for unique flower arrangements and stylish details for your wedding day. When we came across these gold dipped orchids on wedding planner Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon's Instagram, we had to find out more!

Floral design studio L'Atelier Rouge was the first to create this gilded idea for show-stopping floral arrangements, and head designer Nicolas Cogral showed us how to recreate this beautiful arrangement in a fun and easy DIY tutorial! The steps are easy to follow and guarantee great results:

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1. Gather All the Proper Materials

You only need a few items for this project. A paint brush with soft bristles, spray glue, gold leaf paper, scissors, and of course, flowers.

2. Decide Which Flowers You Want To Use

For this arrangement, Nicolas chose delicate lavender-hued Vanda orchids (he says these work best) as the statement flower, bright green cabbage roses for the foundation, and a Sago palm leaf for added drama.

3. Spray Glue On Flowers

Nicolas advises to spray 8-10 inches away from the flower so the glue won't dampen the petals. Because gold leaf paper is so thin, a little bit of glue goes a long way.

4. Lay Flower Onto Gold Leaf Paper

In order to create the gilded effect, press petals very gently so flakes of the gold leaf can stick without damaging the flower. Do this method as many times as you want to get desired results.

5. Place Flowers in Arrangement

This is where you can get creative! Nicolas gathered a dozen green cabbage roses and placed the orchids on top. He surprised us by also gold leafing a Sago palm leaf and tied it around the vase for more drama.

Voila! We ended up with stunning, glam flowers that will wow guests at a glitzy, formal wedding. It's pure luxe without the high price tag. Have fun!


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—Donna Kim

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