Getting started with your Bouquet
A bridal bouquet is a girls’ ultimate accessory; you only get the one (well that’s the plan) and it is designed especially for you, for the one day in the world you get to be treated like a Princess. In a nutshell, it’s important!
However, you start planning your wedding and it becomes apparent you haven’t got a clue about flowers. What ensues is a crash course in roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, orchids, lilies, daisies and a whole collection of names, all of which are near impossible to pronounce.
So where do you begin? Do you bring in the big guns, who will charge extortionate amounts of money for what is essentially picking flowers? Or do you fumble through yourself and end up regretting it for the rest of your life.
Well don’t call the day off just yet, as we’ve done some homework and scoured the web and our various resources to try and bring you a handy guide to getting you up and running with your wedding bouquet.
Choose your wedding dress before selecting your flowers
Remember, the wedding dress is the focal point; the bouquet is the accessory that compliments it. You’ll want to pick colors and flowers, which will compliment the style and design of your dress and keep everything in balance. Always show a picture of your wedding dress to your florist who will be able to use it as a guide and advise you accordingly.
Consider the shape and size of your bouquet carefully
It’s a bouquet, not a shield. Your bouquet shouldn’t be big enough to hide any of the important detailing on your dress or obscure your waistline; the bouquet should always be thinner than your waistline so that it doesn’t unbalance the look.
Find out what flowers are in season on your wedding day
Flowers, like vegetables are seasonal. Certain flowers come into their best at particular times of the year, so make the most of these to ensure your bouquet is fresh and vibrant, as well as cheaper than those which would have to be imported if out of season.
Consider the exact color of your wedding dress
White can come in many shades, including chalky whites, ivories and creams. Always use the exact color of your dress as a guide for your florist when styling and accentuating your bouquet with additional ribbons or charms.
Make it personal
It’s your bouquet so make it personal to you, include personal items such as charms, family mementos, grandma’s old favourite broach etc. Trust your instincts and don’t let others persuade you otherwise, if you have a bridezilla friend who’s already declared she’s having ‘peach roses’ and you want some but fear her wrath, then get over it. Your wedding, your way.
Additional tips and suggestions
· Ask for flowers to be cut in the morning or early evening so the stem is full of water and will remain hydrated longer
· Cut flower stems underwater to ensure no air blockages get into the stem
· Get used to holding your bouquet
· Make sure your bouquet is comfortable – you’re holding it all day
· Make sure it looks good in the pictures
· Keep it looking fresh
· Ask for an additional tossing bouquet, so your original one doesn’t get damaged.
And ultimately… Save your bouquet and make it last forever! x