Your wedding bouquet is one of the most important accessories of your life so it makes sense to choose carefully and seek expert advice. Ideally, your choice of bouquet will come after you have found the dress as it’s crucial your flowers complement, rather than compete with your dream gown. Your wedding dress boutique or designer will have helped you choose the most appropriate style for your figure and the look you are aiming for. The job of the florist is to guide you through the different styles of bouquet to find the perfect match for you. Here are some of the things you should consider:
- Your bouquet needs to be in proportion to your frame – if you’re petite or particularly tall, your flowers should be scaled accordingly.
- If your dress has an intricate bodice then a simple bouquet made from a single variety of flowers would set it off. If you have detail on the skirt, then avoid long trailing bouquet designs that will cover it up.
- It’s a long day so think about how comfortable you are carrying your bouquet in one hand, both hands or across your arm.
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of bouquets:
The Hand-tied Bouquet
Easy to hold in one hand, this popular bouquet is truly versatile. For a formal look, opt for a dome of soft roses, peonies, bouvardia and freesias. This bouquet shape works well with most dress shapes including Princess, Ballgown, Empire Line and A-line and it makes an excellent choice for your Maids of Honour and bridesmaids.
For a more relaxed boho feel, opt for locally grown British flowers for a flowing, asymmetrical bouquet. We use grasses and flowers in different shapes and sizes to give these bouquet a ‘just gathered from the garden’ feel. This look also works well for the flower girl bouquet with just a few single large flowers.
The Classic Cascade Bouquet.
This classic bouquet shape accentuates your curves and lengthens your look so it works well with A-line, Fishtail, Empire Line and Drop-waisted gowns. Its the choice of brides who love glamour. We offer two different styles of cascade bouquet – wired or teardrop. A fully wired bouquet that has lots of movement and is ideal if you want a large bouquet with lots of trailing flowers and foliage. A teardrop bouquet is a smaller shape and is made on a foam posy holder – its lightweight to carry and super-pretty.
The Natural Cascade Bouquet
This is a new form that’s made like a hand-tied bouquet with the stems forming the handle. It has a soft organic shape and suits a boho, garden-gathered wedding.
The Arm Sheaf or Presentation bouquet
For something different, carry a simple but stunning sheaf of your most favourite flowers along or over your arm. For a sleek stylish look, go for exotic calla lilies or if you’re aiming for a more relaxed vibe, then consider a joyful bunch of seasonal British flowers. The stems of the flowers are visible and loosely wrapped in ribbon to complement your look.