The Wedding Party's Flowers
The Bride's Bouquet
Your bouquet will be one of your most important accessories, it will be admired
throughout all of your photos. It should be chosen with care, so that it complements
your gown and the wedding theme. Most importantly it should reflect your personality.
Bliss can create a bouquet to suit you – whether it be romantic, modern, wild, wistful,
traditional, fun or daringly different.
What your bridesmaids carry is totally up to you. The bouquets can be identical, similar
or totally different. Traditionally they are similar to the bride's, slightly smaller and
the colours different.
Buttonholes are usually worn by the groom, the best man and groomsman. It is also traditional
for the fathers and grandfathers to wear a buttonhole. The groom usually wears a single
flower to match the bride's bouquet and the best man and the fathers wear a single flower
to match the bridesmaids' bouquets. You may wish to add a modern or personal touch to the
buttonholes by adding something unusual such as tortured willow, dodder vine, berries or gold
Corsages are usually worn by the mothers and grandmothers. As with all your wedding flowers what
flowers are used is totally up to you. You can have the corsages matching the wedding flowers,
complementing the wearers clothing or you could have your mother's favourite flower.
What Will Suit You
There are several classic shapes of bouquet and good florists have a selection
of photographs and magazines to demonstrate them. The bouquet is held just
below waist level. If this is likely to obscure a feature of the dress which
the bride particularly wishes to be seen then she can choose a bouquet which
lies across the arm.
As a general rule large bouquets suit formal, long dresses while smaller bouquets or
even a single bloom are more in proportion with a knee-length dress.
There are several styles of bouquet, each of which are detailed below.
What style of bouquet will suit you best? This will depend on how tall you are, your
body shape and the style of gown you will be wearing.
Some general guidelines are:
If you have broad hips a long slender bouquet would be more flattering and this
will also emphasise a tiny waist.
If you are petite, a large bouquet would
possibly overwhelm you it would be better if you were to choose a smaller size.
If you are full figured then a small bouquet would emphasise your waist it would be
best to choose a larger style bouquet. A trailing bouquet will draw the eye from top
to bottom and therefore has a slimming effect. A smaller round posy would draw
attention to the middle of the body.
A tall, slim bride can carry almost any style
of bouquet although a posy style may draw some attention to the hips.
A full skirted dress looks great with a large, rounded posy style bouquet.
A full length skirt looks great with a cascading style of bouquet it can however
result in an unbalanced look with shorter length dresses.
A slimline dress looks better with a streamlined bouquet in any style.
If your dress is elaborate then a lavish trailing or cascading bouquet would be sensational.
If you are getting married in a garden or outdoors and wearing a cocktail style dress you
may wish to consider a sheaf of flowers or a loosely wired trailing bouquet.
And a very simple gown would be beautifully complemented by a single bloom, for instance
a lily or long stemmed rose or a small posy of flowers.
You should also consider what style of bouquet best suits your personality and what
you will feel comfortable carrying.
Choosing the Colour
Traditionally, all white flowers with touches of green foliage have been the most popular
bridal bouquets. These can look very effective but make sure the white of the flowers
matches perfectly. If your dress is stark white, the flowers may look creamy against it.
Pastel shades of pink, peach, yellow and mauve can also look very delicate and are usually
mixed with white flowers. Bold coloured flowers such as Singapore orchids or bright red
roses can also look stunning.
When deciding on your colour take into account the colour of your bridesmaids' dresses.
You might like to pick out a colour from their dresses or a trim from your own dress to echo
in the flowers.
Styles of Bouquets
There are so many individual styles of bridal bouquets, it's hard to know where to start!
Set out below are the main types . . . Hand Tied, Trailing, Arm sheaf.
Hand Tied Bouquets
The Hand Tied Posy features the natural stems of the flowers being exposed — it is suitable for a less formal wedding.
Hand tied bouquets can be either formal or informal.
Formal styles are most aptly described as 'tidy' or 'tight'.
The type of flowers chosen also contributes to the degree of formality of the bouquet.
For example, an all-rose posy will look far more formal than an assortment of Spring bulbs.
Informal styles are much more casual in style.
The edges are softer or less distinct than the formal posy.
Rather than a precise, round shape, the informal posy can have an unstructured appearance,
although it is still of a rounded shape.
A mixture of different flowers and foliages are usually chosen for this style.
There are several different styles of a trailing bouquets, they are:
The Teardrop Bouquet:
- this style has a posy top but the trail tapers until it forms a
point at the end of the bouquet, which forms a teardrop shape. It can be either long
or short, depending on your individual taste. Teardrop bouquets are generally considered
to be very formal.
- The Cascade Bouquet:
- this style of bouquet is wild and free with multiple
trails that can feature stems of ivy, orchids and vines intertwined with flowers.
It can be as structured or unstructured as you prefer. The contemporary cascade is
perfect if you are wanting a romantic, free and tumbling look.
All trailing bouquets can be formal or informal — the more foliages are used and the more unstructured
and flowing it becomes, the more informal it will appear.
The choice of flowers will also greatly determine the degree of formality.
A fabulous idea is to string flowers together to form the bottom of the trail this threaded style
has magnificent, eye-catching movement and is also fairly lightweight.
Arm sheaf bouquets are long stemmed flowers and foliages that the bride carries
cradled in her arm. It is a stunning alternative to more traditional styles of bouquets,
the arm sheaf is very chic, and best suited to modern style weddings.
The arm sheaf can be single-ended, with stems showing at one end, or double-ended with
no stems showing. The style can be formal and precise or as 'messy' and casual as you desire.
A striking ribbon or rope provides the finishing touch, if you wish.