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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Bouquet

flower bouquet on tree trunk

How to choose the perfect wedding bouquet

The romance and charm of flowers make them a beautiful part of your wedding. From soft, delicate and whimsical to bold and magnificent, nature provides the perfect accessory.

You’ve picked a stunning wedding dress, your bridesmaids have gorgeous outfits, now you just need to find the perfect bouquet. Luckily, we’ve made it easy for you. There are a few things to think about when choosing a bouquet. You want your bouquet to reflect you, your style, and complement your dress.

Types of wedding bouquets

There is a range of shapes and styles of bouquets you can choose from. Is your wedding modern, traditional or something else altogether? What is the style and size of your dress? If you are petite and your dress is simple, then a huge bouquet can overwhelm you—although if you love flowers, an elaborate bouquet could look incredible and be the star on the day.

Some standard bouquet types include:

  • Round: This is the most common bouquet style. Traditional and beautifully balanced, they generally feature one type of flower, often roses.
  • Pageant or arm sheath: This is a long-stemmed bouquet that’s cradled in the arm. They often use graceful flowers such as lilies and gladiolus.
  • Cascade: A formal shape that gracefully spills over the bride’s hands and downwards. Princess Diana had this style and it can be delicate or decadent.
  • Nosegay: This is a small tight cluster of flowers that often have more greenery than flowers. Bridesmaids tend to have these as they are less elaborate than a bride’s bouquet.
  • Pomander: This is a ball of flowers suspended from a loop that’s hung from the wrist. These are beautiful for flower girls or a less traditional look for brides.
  • Posy: A small bouquet that can easily be held in one hand.

Now that you know the shape you want, you can choose the flowers.

Beutiful round wedding bouquet with a fresh spring feel

Beautiful round wedding bouquet with a fresh spring feel

How to choose the flowers for your wedding bouquet

There is a range of flowers that are commonly used in weddings but don’t feel like you’re limited to that. You are constrained by the seasons though- peonies are delicate blooms that look stunning in a bouquet but are only available from late spring to early summer. Ask your florist what will be in season when you get married.

Roses are available year-round and come in a variety of colours and shapes. They are a symbol of love and beauty, romance and passion, so it’s no surprise that many bouquets feature roses. Hydrangeas, with their voluminous bushy heads, come in white and pink as well as the more unusual blue and purple.

For a more modern look, calla lilies are gorgeous, elegant and decadent, and suit a contemporary style wedding or a sleek 1920’s inspired affair. Or, try succulents or protea. You can use them among the other blooms, or for the entire bouquet.

For a traditional or bohemian wedding, the sprigs of delicate lily of the valley, lavender or fragrant sweet peas bring a touch of whimsy. Supplement any bouquet with baby’s breath and it adds a subtle touch of charm.

For fun, bright and cheerfulness, you can’t go past daisies, gerberas and sunflowers. They add a pop of colour and joy to your day.

Luscious peonies in a bouquet

Luscious peonies in a bouquet

Extra unique touches that celebrate you

Your bouquet offers you the opportunity to personalise your day. After all, it’s those special, unique touches that you’ll remember forever.

If you have a family member or friend who can’t be with you on the day, you can make sure they are next to you in spirit and mind. You can buy a beautiful wedding bouquet lockets that can be incorporated in the bouquet. Have them right there beside you, every step down the aisle.

You don’t have to limit your bouquet to flowers either. As a chef or foodie, there are edible items you can add to your bouquet. There are decorative leaves, flowers from vegetables, herbs and fruit, and even produce itself. A skilled florist will be able to make suggestions, and they will love the creative freedom.

If you’re an artist or crafter, don’t stop with plants- origami flowers, crafted button flowers and stunning antique brooch bouquets can all add to the flavour of the day. For those wanting to incorporate their culture, flax woven flowers are creative but also beautiful.

Origami wedding bouquet

Origami wedding bouquet, photo credit Amanda Brierley

Add the finishing touches to your day with flowers

There are so many options available and a good florist will be able to help you make decisions. While your choice will take into account your colours and theme, this is a way to infuse more of your personal style.

Your bouquet will be in almost every photo, so choose gorgeous blooms to ensure you have the most beautiful day of your life.

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