Hand tied bouquets originated in Europe. Women would carry around herbs and spices, thought to ward off the evil. They then started to carry them when they got married, as they walked down the aisle and eventually the herbs and spices were replaced with flowers. It has been a tradition ever since.
Hand tied bouquets are made literally in your hand. Instead of taking a styrofoam base and sticking the flowers into it, you hold the bouquet in your hand as you put it together and then bind it with either wire or tape. Ribbon is then wrapped around to hide the binding and to create a finished look.
There are two types of hand tied bouquets; compact and loose. A loose bouquet is made with the bind lower down on the stems. A compact bouquet has a slightly higher binding point which creates a tighter, more compact bouquet.
The charm in a hand tied bouquet is that it is created with its natural stem showing and ribbon wound around it to cover the binding. The ribbon area, allows for the bride to add her own personal touch, such as an heirloom brooch.
Start out with a focal flower, the flower that will be the main focal point. It may be brighter than the rest, larger or just a different type. Then keep adding the flowers a few at a time while turning the bouquet slightly to ensure an all around finished look. Bind it with the wire or tape, add the ribbon and any other accessories and you have a beautiful, hand tied bouquet!
Information courtesy of HGTV.com