Bridal Bouquet Design

Choosing your bridal bouquet design can be overwhelming; it's the basis for all your wedding flowers and will be center stage all day, so you've got to get it right.

There are so many different styles, shapes and colors available for your brides bouquet. You might already have your ideal wedding bouquet in mind, but most brides don't decide on their flower choices until they have picked their dress and the bridesmaid's dresses.

Once you have picked out all the dresses you can make an informed choice for your wedding flowers. You will know what color your bridesmaids will be in and have a basis to choose an overall color scheme.

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Your wedding flowers don't need to match the color of your bridesmaid dresses; brides often get preoccupied trying to exactly match the flowers to other aspects of the wedding.

But in reality flowers are living things and the colors vary slightly due to the season or flower grower they came from. Save yourself a huge headache by picking a color palette rather than obsessing over one exact color for everything. If your invitations are a slightly different shade of pink to your flowers, the colors will still work together. Your color palette will help tie everything together.

You could choose different shades of the same color, for example deep purple dresses would look beautiful with bouquets in shades of lilac. Or choose a color that will complement and balance the color of the dresses such as hot pink flowers with turquoise dresses.

A florist will take several factors into account when considering your bridal bouquet design, including your height, shape, color scheme and dress. They can then advise you which types of brides bouquet would suit you and complement your dress. It also helps to take a picture of your bridal gown to show your florist.

Hand tied bouquets are very popular as they are modern, easy to carry and suit nearly all types of dress. They are a round style bouquet that can be made two different ways. A formal hand tied bouquet is neat, compact and usually domed while an informal bouquet is loose and more relaxed.

An over arm bouquet suits a slim fitting dress style or a dress with detail on one side. You could hold the bouquet on the opposite side to show off the detail on the dress. It is held in the crook of your arm and is usually quite simple and modern such as callas lilies and grasses or orchids.

bridal bouquet design

The trailing bouquet or shower bouquet can either be quite big and traditional with lots of foliage and mixed flowers or more simple and contemporary. The bouquet suits full length A-line dresses and helps to balance a full skirt.

A flower pomander is a very unique take on a bouquet. It is really more of an arrangement as it is made with a ball of floral foam. The foam is packed with flowers and has a loop of ribbon, pearls or lace to carry it. It can be made for a country garden theme with flowers like blousy garden roses or more contemporary with something like gerberas. It is easy to carry as you can put the loop over your wrist to keep your hands free. The round shape suits full skirted dresses and any that are unusual or quirky.

The brides bouquet shouldn't overpower the wedding dress. If you've spent a small fortune on your dream dress you won't want your bridal bouquet design to steal the limelight. If you have a heavily detailed gown, a simple unfussy bouquet would suit it. But if you have a simple dress then feel free to go to town with the bling. You can incorporate all sorts of goodies into your bridal bouquet design, pearls, crystals, diamantes, brooches and feathers. Vintage pieces like old brooches can also be your 'something old' good luck charm. If you have any sentimental items you'd like to have with you on your special day such as jewelry from a relative that's no longer here, ask your florist to attach them to your bouquet.

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The Language of Flowers

You can use the 'language of flowers' to give a special meaning to your bouquet

Here are some of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings...

  • Allium - good fortune
  • Aster - beginnings
  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - calm
  • Gardenia - grace
  • Gypsophilia - everlasting love
  • Heather - passion
  • Lily - virtue
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Red rose - passionate love
  • Tulip - hopeless love
  • White rose - purity

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    Hints and tips...

    For a bit of fun for the girls at your wedding, why not tie this cute poem to your bouquet before you throw it?

    "Congratulations Missy! You pushed your way up front. You caught the bride's bouquet. Good luck with your groom hunt!"

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