One of the most personalized and intimate items on your wedding day is the bridal bouquet. In this article you will learn everything you will need to know about perfecting your bouquet to fit your style and imagination.
My 11 TIPS:
Match the design of your dress:
If there was one absolute rule, that would be this one. Your bouquet flowers will depend a lot on the style and design of your dress. Thus, I really advise you bring with you a picture or sketch of the dress and a piece of the fabric when you go meet your florist so he can get inspired and advise you accordingly.
Work with a mood board:
Other images that will help in choosing the right flowers for your bouquet is your wedding mood board. One common mistake that brides encounter is choosing flashy colors for the bouquet to stand out. Please note that the bouquet should complement your wedding gown and not compete with it.
Choose a bouquet proportionate to your height and silhouette:
Bridal bouquets vary in size, styles and colors. One of the major factors to determine the size of the bouquet is the size of the bride. For petite brides I recommend they go for small compact bouquets. It can also be fashioned into cascade, free form or hand-tied bouquets. For tall women, or women wearing really high hills, long cascading bouquets can complement a dress that has a huge train but don’t overdo it, it would hide your dress and take all the attention.
Pick flowers variety according to the season
As for the color, there is no set rules, you should prioritize the variety of flowers which are in peak season to guarantee their indisputable availability and that their blooms are of excellent quality, freshness and size. Flowers that are not in season will die faster on the day.
My own preference tends to go for lighter shades as I feel they tend to complement the bride better BUT that should not be a general rule.
Brown haired woman with matt skin can easily stand out with vibrant and strong colors.
Classics that work every time:
Peonies are a personal favorite, either white or light pink or peach. Totally self-sufficient and NEVER get out of fashion. The most common type of flowers used for bridal bouquets are peonies, orchids, roses, lilies, gardenias and hydrangeas.
However, if you prefer long stems you can go for elongated flowers like tulips, lilies or roses. You can get the stems wrapped with a ribbon or any gorgeous piece of fabric that corresponds to your wedding theme color. I also love rustic style bouquets, as if they have just been cut from the garden, very boho-chic. They work well with long untied hair and natural make-up.
Think about what the bridesmaids and the flower girls will carry:
If you decide to have a cortege of brides maids and flowers girls, you can decide to leave the vibrant colors for them and keep more simplicity and demure to yourself
Be creative, be yourself, be unique:
Nowadays, we see a lot of bridal bouquets incorporated with pearls or jewelry. These jewelry pieces can be inherited from our Grand Ma or given by your mum and bring lots of meaningfulness to you bouquet. You can also include ribbons, crystals, feathers, shells, lace, pearls or any decorative accessories. That will customize a unique bridal bouquet for a unique bride.
Short stems are a MUST, save you dress!
Make sure that the stems are not too long so it looks more elegant and completely DRY so you don’t get water stains on your gorgeous wedding dress. Keep the bouquet in the water as long as you can to “feed” the flowers so they look perfectly fresh but allow ample time to dry them completely with tissue before holding it. Long stems are really hard to manage and make it harder to pose naturally.
Hold it like a pro:
When holding your bouquet make sure you hold it below your waist, you want it to look nice in pictures with the overall look and make you look taller and thinner. If you hold it next to your stomach it will make you look shorter.
Keep it for a life time:
Your bridal bouquet can be professionally preserved by your florist and have it kept as a wonderful precious memory to show your children.
YOU have the final say
Last but not least, we are talking about a piece that will be seen on every single wedding photo so you better like your bridal bouquet! So before anything, take advice from professional florists and follow your intuition. You don’t want to carry a bouquet that wouldn’t be “YOU”.
What works for you will make you “glow” on the D Day