5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Bridal Bouquet, by Emma Jane Floral Design
1.- Colour Palette
Trying to colour match your flowers to your chosen bridesmaid dresses is often a complete nightmare! Flowers are natural materials and often the hue of a bloom can differ slightly, even within the same bunch!
I always suggest using different shades and tones that compliment the overall palette, rather than colour matching exactly. This gives greater depth to floral arrangements, making them look fuller, more considered and more luxurious. Using just one hue can give flowers a “flat” feel, so embrace different shades and tones!
You may have always dreamed of walking down the aisle with the prefect peony bouquet in your hand – but unfortunately some blooms, such as peonies, have a very short season. If you happen to be getting married during the few weeks that peonies are at their best, then fab! But otherwise we need a contingency plan!
Speak with your florist about what is available at the time of your wedding. As a general rule, choosing seasonal blooms is a fantastic way creating an aesthetic that really works well at the time of year of your wedding.
ps. If you still want those peonies, we florists have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves! Garden roses are a great alternative and honestly, very few people would noticed the difference!
What feel do you want for your wedding? If you’ve opted for a glamorous and formal evening ceremony and black tie reception, a wild boho style bouquet might not work for you.
Likewise, a compact classic posy of roses and lily of the valley (think Meghan Markle style) might not compliment a rustic tipi wedding.
Considering the atmosphere you want and using it to influence your choice of suppliers will help create a cohesive feel throughout your wedding day.
Your bouquet should work WITH your wedding dress, rather than overshadow it. For this reason, I often ask Brides (when their fiancé is out of earshot, of course!) about the style of their wedding gown.
Consider any detailing your dress might have: if you’ve fallen in love with a beautifully elaborate beaded bodice, do you want to cover it up with a large bouquet? Similarly, if your dress is simple in design, you can afford to add some drama with a statement bouquet.
5.- Make it personal
General rules can be helpful, but sometimes it is okay to go a little “off piste”. It’s your dream day, and if you’ve fallen in love with a style of bouquet – go for it! The main thing is that you’re happy!
I hope these tips help you to choose a bespoke bouquet that truly encapsulates your personality and brings your dream wedding to life! If you need any further inspiration, take a look at my website and Instagram pages!
Or get in touch, I’m always happy to help!
Thanks Emma, for this amazingly helpful tips. I’m sure future brides will appreciate it very much.
I have researched about the roots of brides carrying bouquets. Apparently, this tradition dates back to ancient Rome, where flowers were considered as symbols of new beginnings, fidelity and fertility.
The modern version of the bridal bouquet was popularised by Queen Victoria who, when marrying Prince Albert in 1840 (Victorian era), carried a tussie-mussie, a tiny round clutch of flowers in a filigree holder filled with moss and orange blossom.
More Bridal Bouquets for Your Inspiration
Classic and elegant. A simple and stylish bouquet of delicately scented freesias. By Azucena Garcia Decoracion.
I.- A neat and colourful posy of silk roses. By Manuela de los Santos.
II.- Gorgeous earth tones! Peach and apricot garden roses with pops of colour from chrysanthemums. By Floristeria Maria Luisa.
I.- Embracing the dried flowers trend. A relaxed bouquet mixing dried grasses and gypsophila with peach and lavender, tied with a lace ribbon.
II.- Classic elegance. A neat posy of timeless roses in shades.
III.- Pretty pastels with a pop of colour! Astilbe provides a pop of raspberry amidst this pastel bouquet of roses, bouvardia and limonium. By Floristeria Musgo.
I.- A pretty, loose and natural bouquet in a garden style. A number of different blooms add texture and interest; roses, carnations, limonium, lisianthus.
II.- A boho style, cascading bouquet of eucalyptus, roses and exotic statement protea. By Amazonia Flores.
A simple and pretty gypsophila bouquet.
I.- Garden roses and chrysanthemums. By Floristeria Jacaranda.
II.- A bouquet of roses and calla lilies with a glossy foliage collar is a timeless classic. Perfect for a formal wedding.
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Pretty in pink! A twist on the classic rose bouquet, including more textural blooms. Garden roses and astilbe with hints of gypsophila. By Floristeria Jacaranda.
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Raspberry ripple! Lilies are a little unusual in a wedding bouquet but give a beautiful pop of colour and their stunning scent will follow you down the aisle!