Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Behind the Bouquet

The bride’s most important accessory is a beautiful bouquet. When you make your walk down the aisle, the floral arrangement is the first thing that your guests will see, and is an easy way to express your personality! So whether you’re going for the tradition white bridal bouquet or importing tropical flowers to carry down the aisle, there is no excuse for you not to have your dream bouquet.

The easiest place to start is by emulating an existing bouquet. It may be a friend’s bouquet, an arrangement spotted in a celebrity wedding, or in the immense flower books that florists keep for reference. Be sure to bring pictures in rather than relying on descriptions alone, but don’t let the picture limit your bouquet. Talk to friends for creative ways to make your bouquet stand out. Incorporate berries, shells, pearls, or even rhinestones to your bouquet to express your individuality. If you’re looking to preserve your wedding flowers, silk bouquets may be a good option. If assembled correctly, silk flowers can look real to your guests, and you can save them for years afterwards.

For brides with a symbolic perspective on bouquets, choose your flowers by meanings. It is commonly known that roses mean love, but orchids are also symbolic of love. Plenty of other flowers also have lesser-known meanings. Gardenias, for instance, mean “joy”, calla lilies mean “beauty”, and lilacs mean “first signs of love”. Some will even use miniature paper photo frames to attach actual pictures of loved ones to their bouquet to make it a little extra meaningful.

If you have specific flower in mind, talk to a florist to make sure that it will be in stock at the time of your wedding. Also, be mindful of your wedding party. Generally, bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonnieres, and wedding party corsages have similar flowers as those in the bride’s bouquet. It is wise, then, to make sure that no one is allergic to a specific type of flower.

Don’t feel restricted by conventions. The bouquet is a small but visible way to keep your wedding about you. Don’t settle for prefab and cliché. Anything is possible for floral arrangements, so be creative!

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