Your bridal bouquet is a once in a lifetime accessory. When else do you get to carry a beautiful bunch of flowers designed especially for you, all day long?! Whole weddings can be planned around that very special ‘bunch of flowers’.
What flowers should you include in your bouquet? What colours/shapes work best with your dress? How big should your bouquet be? And how on Earth are you supposed to hold your bouquet?!
My 10 Tips For Choosing & Making The Most Of Your Bridal Bouquet
1) Choose your wedding dress before your flowers
When you meet your florist for a consultation, remember to bring a picture of your dress. The design of your bouquet is completely dependent on the style, shape, and detail of your dress. I think the key to bouquet design is that it doesn’t drown you, hide the silhouette of the dress or unbalance the line.
2) Consider the shape and size of your bouquet carefully
Do not opt for a trailing bouquet if the feature detail of your dress is on the skirt, but if you have a long train or bustle at the back of your dress you might want to balance the look with a more dramatic bouquet. Never hide your waist as this is likely to be your narrowest part, so make sure the bouquet is much narrower than your waist. Whilst bouquet fashions change over time, the most important thing is that it works with your dress but doesn’t drown you or hide the beautiful details. Be able to carry your bouquet, don’t choose something too heavy to carry.
3) Find out what flowers are in season on your wedding day
Some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year (or are very expensive) so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing which flowers to incorporate into your bouquet. But remember, your bouquet will feature in most of your pictures, so opt for that beautiful imported peony or orchid to make a bold statement. You’ll only need 1 or 2 stems to make that statement.
4) Consider the exact colour of your wedding dress
Colour is key, particularly with whites, ivories, and creams. There are so many different shades, your florists can recommend the right type of bloom to work well with the exact colour of your dress, and to compliment your bridesmaid’s dresses. Remember to take swatches if you have them.
5) Make it personal
Try to incorporate flowers that might have a personal meaning to either you or another family member. If you have a family heirloom such as an antique brooch, a lace hanky or something else to work into your something old, new, borrowed and blue, ask your florist to add it into the top of the stems.
6) How to hold your bouquet
When you are nervous before your wedding and hold your bouquet for the first time, most brides tend to hold their bouquet with two hands and carry it quite high which immediately lifts the shoulders up. This tends not to make a great picture, particularly if you are wearing a strapless dress.
If you can remember, (get your bridesmaid to remind you) hold your bouquet in one hand and below your hip, slightly away from your dress, so that you can see the silhouette of your dress. This will relax and open your shoulders, improving your posture and creating the best pose for your photographer!
7) Choose a comfortable bouquet (you will be holding it all day, after all!)
An opulent, massive bouquet might sound appealing, but remember that your bouquet needs to be really comfortable to hold so don’t opt for anything that is going to be awkward to carry and make you hunch your shoulders or stand lop sided. That gorgeous bouquet will ruin your posture in pictures and you’ll end up not even using it, then that R2000.00 bunch as beautiful as can be was not worth it after all.
8) Make it picture perfect
Pictures of your bouquet are lovely to have so make sure you ask your photographer to do some close ups. I personally like to deliver my brides bouquets before she gets dressed, this gives the photographer with plenty of time to take pictures of the bouquet itself and it gives some background blooms in the getting ready photos. It also gives the bride and photographer a little bit of boudoir time with the flowers and lingerie before putting on her wedding dress. (a nice 1st-anniversary gift)
9) Keep your bouquet looking fresh into the evening
If you have a hand tied bouquet, you are likely to be able to refresh it at the end of the day by cutting an inch of the stems and popping it into water. Perhaps a job for your mum or maid of honor.
10) Enjoy your beautiful bouquet and remember you don’t have to toss it, you could always preserve it!
I hope you’ve found these tips useful.