Bridal Bouquet and Flowers at Your Wedding
Your wedding day is going to be a day you will remember for the rest of your life, which is why it must be the perfect day.
Have you started a wedding board or have a wedding folder with some of your ideas? Before your first consultation with the florist have some pictures of the bridal flowers that you have in mind. They only have to be cut outs from a magazine or printouts from a website...so, why not start getting your inspiration for wedding flowers now. It would be a good idea to supply some sketches or images of yours and the bridesmaids dresses, maybe you have a sample of the material or the colour scheme. Have you an idea of the wedding theme: traditional, modern, or something totally different?
Wedding flowers represent your very own personal style and it is important to take time to choose exactly the right bridal flowers to compliment your bridal gown and your wedding celebration. Each wedding is special and unique and your wedding florist will be a good asset, interpreting your ideas and working within your budget to create the wedding flowers of your dreams.
So choosing your wedding flowers will be one of the most exciting parts of your wedding planning. You will not only need flowers for yourself and the bridesmaids to carry down the aisle, but also lovely arrangements for the wedding and reception venue. These flowers will compliment and harmonise with the bridal flowers.
There are many things to consider when choosing your bridal flowers and at times this can seem quite daunting for the bride who has so many other things to plan. This is where your chosen florist will become invaluable, she will be able to take your ideas and with her knowledge and experience will be able to produce a lovely bespoke wedding flower package unique to you.
Your preferred venue might have a recommended florist, this is something to consider. This recommendation may be invaluable.
The internet, telephone directory, local shops, wedding directories and bridal magazines are good for ideas. Decide who you would like to use on your special day, meet them and build a rapport. If you don't like their ideas, you can always go to another florist. Remember to ask to see their wedding portfolio.
The florists interpretation of your ideas may not actually reflect them, so make sure the lines of communications are always clear.
Choose flowers that you love the smell of and it will forever be associated with your wedding day when you smell it again. The flowers out of season tend to me more expensive, so you will need to make sure you consider this when making your choice. Remember that you are the customer and you should not end up with something you do not want or like.
There are some very modern wedding dress designs available which will really give your day the wow factor, so dont be afraid to go bold in colour or style.
Shower or Cascade (Ideal for the straight dress)
This is designed to elongate your silhouette and continue the line of your gown. It is a traditional bouquet
Arm Bouquet (Ideal for the straight dress)
This is loosely held on one arm and is the modern way to carry your bouquet
Wired Bouquet (Ideal for the fuller dress)
The stems are indivisually wired into shape and the flowers have less structure, a flowing look
Teardrop (Ideal for the fuller dress like the princess dress)Posey or Nosegay (Ideal for the informal or contemporary outfit)
A contemporary shape that has the aspect of the more traditional shower or cascade
Pomander (Ideal for the informal or contemporary outfit)
A tightly constructed 3D shaped bouquet carried on the end of ribbon. Very different! This is an excellent idea to have if you are having young bridesmaids
Simple stylish and round in shape, a small bouquet
You could arrange for any younger bridemaids to have a basket of roses that could be scattered as they walk down the aisle, whilst the older ones could have an exact replica of your bouquet, but on a smaller scale. If your bridesmaids are wearing different coloured dresses, you could give them the same flowers to carry but with ribbons matching their own dress.
Remember this tip, if you are getting married on a hot day, place those flowers in a fridge to keep cool and prevent wilting.
Always carry your bouquet low, below your navel, this will make you appear slimmer and taller. If you are wanting to keep your bouquet, you could also order a smaller less expensive version to toss to the ladies attending your wedding. This custom started when the bride used to throw her left shoe over her shoulder to indicate her new status and departure from her old life into the new, the one who caught the shoe would be next to marry! It was replaced by the bouquet to stop the bride from walking barefooted for the rest of the day.
All year round::
Agapanthus, Alstroemeria, Anthurium, Aster, Bouvardia, Chrysanthemum, Craspedia, Carnation, Spray carnation, Eryngium, Eustoma, Freesia, Gerbera, Gypsophila, Hypercicum, Iris, Lilly, Limonium, Moluccella Ornithogalum, Phalaenoum, Phalaenopsis, Rose, Solidago, Strelitzia, Trachelium, Veronica, Calla Lilly
Jan / Feb / Mar::
Alpinia, Anemone, Chamelaucium, Helleborus, Hippeastrum, Hyacinthus, Narcissus, Ranunculus, Tulip
Apr / May / Jun::
Alilium, Astilbe, Bluebell, Campanula, Celosia, Cymbidium, Euphorbia, Lavender, Sweet pea, Narcissus, Nigella, Paeonia, Protea,
July / Aug / Sep::
Callistephus, Centaurea, Chelone, Cosmos, Crocosmia, Cercuma, Dahlia, Delphinium, Gladiolus, Sunflower, Hydrangea, Scabiosa
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