Planning for your Wedding Bouquet

Beloved Flower Lover,

Choosing Your Bouquet

Congrats you have decided to get married and are looking forward to completing all the actions necessary. What we have discovered about creating bouquets for our brides is that they need to be robust for many reasons.
As you arrive at your wedding, the first impression your guests have will be of  what you decide to carry, and therefore the scale and choice of  your bouquet needs to be chosen to fit the style of your dress.

Wonderfully, the best bouquets are not always the most expensive.There are various bouquet styles available which  we as florists can  advise you on:

Drop Shower The flowers flow from a posy top on individual wires, the result being a very wide trail
Teardrop A posy top with a wide trail all the way down. The trail flowers are attached to a central wire
Shower A posy top, flowing down to a single trail of flowers. The trail flowers are attached to a central wire
Trailing A slender bouquet with no posy top. A good choice for the bridesmaids
Formal Posy A perfectly round shape with foliage, lace or tulle (fine net) to add an even edge
Informal Posy Not such a strictly rounded shape

Ok, larger bouquets like the teardrop style used to be the most popular styles, but today more brides are opting for small posies and naturally tied bunches of flowers on their own stems, to create a simple yet dramatic effect.

Wired bouquets use individually attached flowers, are quite heavy and are much  more expensive than hand-tied ones. Hand-tied bouquets use flowers on their natural stems, making the bouquet more natural and less formal.

We always advise our brides to  choose your bouquet in proportion to your size. Long trailing bouquets make you look slimmer because they draw the eye downwards, while wide bouquets draw attention to the hips.

There is an art to choosing bouquets because particular bouquet shapes complement particular dress styles and fabrics best:

  • A traditional large skirt – Suits a large shower bouquet
  • An ultra-slim gown/petite figure – Avoid large and overwhelming bouquets and choose a small bouquet, posy or a long bouquet such as the shower style
  • A princess line dress – Suits a teardrop or trailing bouquet
  • A simple dress – Suits a more extravagant bouquet to add detail
  • A detailed dress – Suits a simple bouquet to avoid taking away the splendour of the detail on the dress, but not a small one because it may get lost amongst the detail. Alternatively, you may like to carry a bouquet which is held in the crook of your arm, which allows the bodice to be on full view
  • Light or floaty fabrics – Choose small and delicate flowers like gypsophilia
  • Heavy fabrics e.g. velvet and satin – Choose richer and stronger coloured flowers
  • Lace – Choose hardly any decoration, such as a small posy or a single flower

No bouquet

Yes that is also an option too. You may decide that you do not want to carry a bouquet at all. There are some  lovely alternatives that are worth considering before choosing a bouquet. Why not carry a single flower that will give a simple yet dramatic feel to your wedding day. You may like to carry a prayer book with a single flower tucked under a piece of ribbon tied around the book. Some brides choose to carry a bible, a spirtual text, parasol, fan, pomander or a dolly bag with a drawstring. For winter weddings, some brides choose to wear a muff decorated with flowers.

These options also serve as an alternative for bridesmaids or register office weddings where simpler bouquets are usually chosen, such as a hand-tied bunch of flowers, a posy or a single flower such as an arum lily. A handbag filled with flowers can make an interesting alternative. Small satin bags filled with flowers carried by the bridesmaids will complement the bride’s outfit and bouquet.
This is such a beautiful time and there are several points that you should remember while you are carrying your bouquet:

  • If you are going to be escorted by your father or another person, you will only have your right hand free to carry your bouquet as you will be holding the person’s right arm with your left hand
  • Carry your bouquet at a fairly low height, so that your  dress is on show rather than hiding behind it
  • Some bouquets look better when carried slightly away from the body, while others look better carried close to the body. We can advise you on that.

We recognise the important role your bouquet plays in a marriage ceremony are openly  smile as we celebrate the success of your very precious nuptials and your own golden future.

The team

The London Flower Lover

The London Flower Lover

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