Friday, June 22, 2012

Wedding Flowers Part 3: The Bridal Bouquet

The bride’s bouquet is the central floral arrangement of a wedding, and for this reason you’ll spend a good deal of time researching the bouquet and discussing what you have in mind during your consultation. The bride’s flowers should complement her dress, but should also reflect her personality and sense of style, as well as the wedding’s overall theme, colours, and mood.
Several styles of bridal bouquets are continually in fashion, no matter what the season. The following bouquets each have a timeless elegance that allows the natural beauty of the flowers to shine through:
  • Cascade. The cascading bouquet flows downwards from the handle. This traditional arrangement is true focal point, and often includes large flowers such as orchids and roses.

  • Round Biedermeier. The flowers in this round arrangement are tightly clustered and often include roses. Add tulle or silk ribbons for a modern, elegant bouquet.

  • Hand-tied bouquet. This natural arrangement is made to look as if the flowers were freshly picked from the garden. The stems can be left visible, or covered with material to match the wedding dress. Tip: have a vase on the head table at the reception so that your flowers last the entire evening.
You may also consider a separate bouquet to toss to the bridesmaids and female guests. The toss bouquet is more affordable than the primary bouquet, and is a great option for the bride who wants to keep her bouquet as a memento.
When planning the bridal bouquet, you’ll also want to consider the groom’s boutonnière. Most flowers from the bouquet will also work in the boutonnière, except any kind of lily. The goal here is to create harmony, as a common flower is one of the first things the couple will share as husband and wife.
For the bridesmaids’ flowers, you may choose a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet. If you’re opting for a different arrangement, the bridesmaids’ dresses are a good starting point for choosing colours to match or complement. But remember, the bride’s bouquet should be the largest and most elaborate. It is, after all, her special day.
Coming up ... Part 4: The Wedding Decorations

2 comments:

flower envy said...

At most formal weddings, wedding flowers are carried, worn or used as wedding reception There is no doubt that the bridal bouquet is the most important floral item of all the bridal flowers....

Kristina - Wedding Photography CT Western MA said...

Beautiful wedding bouquet. Thanks for sharing this to us.