A BOUQUET of Knowledge: Selecting Your Bridal Bouquet
Truth be told: One of the most important outfits you will ever wear in your life will be your Wedding Day attire! Knowing how to choose your accessories, such as your floral bouquet, will be essential in building your overall look. This week on WEDDED WEDNESDAYS, we focus on defining the different types of bouquets in simple, comprehensive terms and provide tips on selecting the right floral accessory for your BIG day...
Small bouquet, usually tied with ribbon
HAND TIED BOUQUET
Dense bunch of flowers, loosely tied together
Similar to hand tied, but bound tighter to keep shape
Distinct round floral arrangement
Compact cluster of flowers, tightly wrapped
Uniform stem length
Flower-covered ball bouquet
Tied with ribbon
Great for decor, bridal party and Flower Girl/s
Waterfall like "spill" of blooms
Hand tied or attached to a holder for easy transport
PAGEANT, ALSO KNOWN AS PRESENTATION, BOUQUET
Similar to the "spill" of a cascade, but more compact and pulled together
Floral arrangement consisted of petals and buds wired together
Don't know how to begin your search for Wedding Florals? NO WORRIES...As usual, we've got your back! Here are a few tips on what to do before and while you choose your event's floral design:
1- DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Know the different terms used to categorize bouquets (refer to the 8 glossary terms above) so you're not lost when your Florist speaks to you. Know the types of flowers you want used (roses, tulips, hydrangeas, etc), as they will factor availability and price.
2- BRING INSPIRATION
Whether it's google, a social media site or Pinterest, be sure to find images of your ideal look and BRING THEM WITH YOU to your Florist. The images won't only guide your Florist into the best products and supplies to use in order to achieve the look you want, but show that you have done your research and aren't there to waste time.
3- BRING YOUR SWATCHES!
Taking the swatches of your bridal party's dresses (and even your own dress) is a great way to ensure the flowers you choose coincides with what everyone is wearing. Purchasing flowers before selecting the entire bridal party's attire IS NOT a smart move. Once you've made your order for the bridesmaids' dresses, as well as the rest of the bridal party, be sure to get your color swatches and make your way to your Florist.
4- CONSIDER YOUR GOWN
When choosing your bouquet, be sure to keep in mind the formality and tone of your overall event. If you wedding dress is a ballgown or full princess dress, it'll make sense to have a grand and extravagant bouquet to maatch. If your gown has a sash, texture (crystals, beads, lace) or other details (pattern, colors, etc), it may be wiser to stick with a simple floral arrangement that won't take attention from the dress' character. However, if your dress is simple with clean lines, having a "loud" bouquet, such as using color, items or another creative idea, is a great way to balance your attire.
NEED MORE INSPIRATION?
Here are modern alternatives to traditional bouquet styles:
And we'll see you next week for