Choosing your bridal bouquet can be as scary as finding your perfect dress, and what you choose is just as important in the overall look of the day. A good florist will always suggest the best flowers for your colour theme, venue size and wedding style, as well as tailoring the arrangements for your specific requirements.
Find your florist
Recommendation is a great way of finding your florist, but it's a good idea to browse several flower shops too, in case your style differs from the person who recommended the service. Ask to see some of their previous wedding work. A list of florists independently assessed and found to go above and beyond the call of wedding duty can be found on www.goodfloristguide.com
Take a look at our design galleries to get some ideas and inspiration. Once you've decided what sort of thing you want, always book a consultation with the florist - it's worth the money as you'll get lots of time devoted to you, and you'll be able to work out the best choices for your big day.
The more information you can give your florist the better – collect pictures from magazines, photos of your dress, fabric swatches, key themes, or special items the wedding theme is based on (for example, if you're wearing your grandmother's brooch, it might be nice for you to incorporate this into your bouquet, rather than wear it on your dress).
What style of bouquet do you want?
- Traditional shower (a long, trailing bouquet, wired or in a foam holder)
- Hand-tied (all the flowers tied tightly in a dome)
- Continental wand (the flowers are layered and upright)
- Wirework decorative bouquet (flowers are worked into a decorative, handmade wire trailing frame)
- Bouquet shaped around a holder
Think about carrying it…
- Will you need to carry it with both hands?
- Do you want it to be trailing or upright?
- Do you want to carry it in one hand, or select body jewellery such a wrist corsage so you can have your hands free?
A good florist will take the bride’s frame, height and shape into consideration. For example an enormous trailing bouquet will overpower a small bride, and a hand-tied posy would be far more suitable.
How will it go with your dress?
- Have a clear drawing or photo of both dress and veil
- Take a colour swatch of fabric
Type of flowers
- Preferred colours
- Shape of the bouquet
- Scented flowers (best to avoid if you have allergies - ask your florist to recommend the best flowers for you)
- Flowers with special meaning, like the first flowers your fiancé ever bought you, or your mother’s wedding flowers