Your bridal bouquet is an accessory for a once in a lifetime event. Is there any other time you will get to carry a beautiful bouquet of flowers that have been designed especially for you? Many brides choose to plan their whole wedding around the "bunch of flowers."
However, if you are like many brides and don't know a carnation from a calla lilly, there a quite a few things to consider when shopping for bridal bouquets. What flowers will I use? How big should the bouquet be? What colors do I want to include in my bouquet? How am I supposed to hold the bouquet? These are all questions a bride may have when trying to choose her bouquet.
Here are a few tips to help you get through the process with a little bit more ease.
1) Choose your wedding gown before shopping for your bouquet. Bring a photo of your gown when meeting with your florist. The design of your bridal bouquet will be completely dependent upon the style, color and details of your dress. Your bouquet should not overpower your wedding gown.
2) Be sure to choose the size and shape of your bridal bouquet very carefully. For instance, if you have beautiful detailing on the skirt of your gown, you don't want to hide it with a long, trailing bouquet. With that being said, if you have a very long train or bustle on the back of your gown, a larger, trailing bouquet may be exactly what you need to balance the look. Also, don't make your bouquet so big that it hides your waist (likely the smallest part of you). Your bouquet should ALWAYS be narrower than your waist.
3) Consider flowers that are in season. Of course, you can choose any flowers you like and have them imported. However, by choosing flowers that are in season locally, you will save quite a bit of money.
4) Be sure to consider the color of your wedding dress and your bridesmaids dresses. You don't want the color(s) of your bridal bouquet to clash with your dress or your bridesmaids dresses.
5) Make your bouquet personal. You can either incorporate flowers that have a special meaning to you or possibly your "something old" or maybe a family heirloom such as your mother's brooch. Talk with your florist about the best way to incorporate your personal touch.
6) How should I hold my bouquet? Many brides tend to clutch their bouquets with both hands and hold them quite high (almost chest height). This does not make for a pretty picture. It raises your shoulders and makes you look tense. Try to remember to hold your bouquet at or around your belly button. Try to keep the blooms pointed out and slightly away from your body. This will make for a beautiful silhouette when walking down the aisle.
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