Bridal Club Magazine
Bridal Bouquet Bonanza
Chances are, you'll purchase more flowers for your wedding than
for any other occasion in your life.
Among other factors, the choice of your wedding bouquet depends
a great deal on the style of your gown. Season is another important
consideration. Like many brides, you may decide to chose your
bouquet based upon the time of year. Bouquets come in these
Cascade: The cascade is the most traditional and formal style of
bridal bouquet. It's a waterfall-like "spill" of blooms and
greenery which is anchored in a hand-held base. As the name
implies, it resembles a cascade or waterfall with the flowers
flowing downward. Traditional wedding flowers used in the cascade
bouquet are white and include roses, stephanotis, white or calla
lilies, and mingled with greenery. The bouquet has the appearance
of being loose and free flowing.
Classic Hand-Tied Bouquet: This choice is a dense bunch of
blooms either anchored in a bouquet holder, wired, or hand-tied.
This option gives the illusion of a "just picked" bouquet of spring
Nosegay: This is actually a general term for any small, round
cluster of flowers, all cut to a uniform length. They were all the
rage in Victorian times and are popular once again. Usually made
with one dominant flower or color, nosegays are wrapped tightly
with ribbon or lace for a delicate effect. This type of bouquet
usually contains very little greenery. Or, for an all-out Victorian
look, insert the nosegay into a silver carrying cone (also known by
the unusual name: tussy mussy).
Pomander: This style is a bloom-covered ball suspended from a
ribbon, perfect for child attendants. (Flower girls may carry a
basket of petals instead.)
Composite: Less well-known, this option is a handmade creation
in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single
stem, creating the illusion of one giant flower.
Beidermeier: This is a nosegay made up of concentric circles of
different flowers for a somewhat striped effect.
Arm Bouquet: As the name implies, this is an elegant crescent
shape, designed to be cradled in one arm.
Here's some additional bouquet suggestions and ideas.
Don't let your bouquet overwhelm you. A beautiful gown will be
over-shadowed by a large, cascading bouquet. If you're petite, the
weight of a large bouquet could become a problem during the
ceremony. Consider your gown and your stature before making
Local, in-season flowers will guarantee freshness and lower
cost, so choose a couple of seasonal staples (orange blossoms,
lavender, or tulips, for example) and use them as a base for
bouquets, boutonnieres, and decorative arrangements. For
continuity, incorporate them into huppahs, arches, or pew
adornments, as well.
Select flowers which will hold up for the entire day.
Particularly if you are taking pictures before the ceremony or
outside, you want to make sure that you select flowers that will
still look gorgeous when you walk down the aisle. Another option is
to use a bouquet holder, which will keep your flowers hydrated with
water for most of the day.
Flowers in matching shades or cool contrasts are stunning, but
make sure they suit your wedding. Bring a bridesmaid dress fabric
swatch when you meet with your floral designer (to show your
wedding colors), and provide a wedding dress photo to give the
designer a sense of your personal taste.
Florists who specialize in weddings may do more than just
blossoms; they also conceive and execute the design for your
reception, from flowers to linens, candles, decorative trees,
lights and more. Whether you go with one of these full-service
designers or a standard florist who'll provide bouquets,
centerpieces and the like, you should start looking for a
professional at least several months before the wedding, or
Consider silk flowers. Although not as traditional as real
flowers, they are becoming more popular. Today, there are many
realistic looking silks to be found. Craft stores sell a wide
variety of silks, and you don't have to worry about whether or not
your choice is in season. In general, silks are a less expensive
alternative to real flowers. You also save money on preservation
after the wedding.
Elaborate arrangements mean more of your budget is going for
labor rather than for the flowers themselves. If you stick with
simpler displays, your money will go further.