The wedding bouquet represents the good fortunes and future prosperity of the bride, as the old European tradition states, and it was customary for unmarried women to tear pieces from the bride’s bouquet in order to capture some of that good fortune for themselves. That tradition has changed over time and we now toss the bouquet for another woman to share in the piece of good fortune.
But what makes a perfect bridal bouquet? And how should you go about choosing the perfect bouquet for you?
Your bridal bouquet is one of the most important floral arrangements on your wedding day, also making it one of the most challenging to select! There are several key steps to planning out a bridal look: the dress, the shoes, the veil, the accessories and of course, the bouquet.
Below are our five tips to help you select the perfect bridal bouquet for your big day :
Tip no.1 :
Pick a bouquet that suits your style and personality. At the end of the day, choosing the right wedding flowers depends on personal taste. There's no right or wrong choice, so just go for the ones you LOVE. However, it's important to pay attention to other factors such as your wedding budget and, of course, the availability of your favourite flowers such as seasons.
The obvious next thing is to see what kind of shape you want your bouquet to be. Posy is the name for a small, round, symmetrical bouquet, considered the classic bridal accessory. It looks good from any angle and will fit most dress styles, especially if you don’t want to conceal the waist.
The cascade is an elegant arrangement that, as the name says, falls down like a waterfall from the bride’s hands. It is quite a statement piece, and depending on the size, might cover your mid-section, so don’t go too flashy with a belt. One of the most popular choices for brides in recent years, a group of flowers seemingly randomly picked out and tied with some ribbon to create a freshly picked look that is perfect for a nature theme, or any boho bride.
Tip no.3 :
After deciding on the shape another point to consider is will the shape suit me? Make sure that your bouquet will match the style of your wedding dress and your own body shape. A cascade bouquet will overwhelm a petite bride, while a small posy of pansies might not pair well with a tall bride. There are no set rules, but you should always remember to consider the proportions. A bouquet should neither overpower your look nor get lost in it.
Tip no.4 :
Choosing a flower comes down to three main components: sentimental value, look and season. Firstly, if you want to have the same flowers as your mother did when she walked down the aisle, or if you want to pay homage to your childhood home that had a garden full of hydrangeas, then you should go for those choices. Otherwise, pick one of beautiful nature’s gifts: roses are very classy, and you can easily make the bouquet feel fresh by playing with different colours. Wild flowers are ideal for hand-tied, wild bouquets, because you shouldn’t try to tame nature’s beauty. But nothing in nature blooms all year around, so if you are set on a flower, then make sure the season is right.
Budget- This is another important factor to consider and can be the deciding factor on size of the bouquet and the type of flowers used. Some flowers cost more than others, so it is always good to have a budget in mind and discuss your options with your florist or floral designer.
I hope you found our top five tips helpful for your decision process on deciding what is right for you. Check back in with us for our next blog post, as we will help guide you through the different types of styles of bouquets.
Happy wedding planning!