Besides the wedding dress, a bride’s bouquet is arguably one of the most important details of her entire ensemble. She carries it down the aisle, holds it in photographs, and likely uses it to decorate her sweetheart table. As a Washington, DC wedding photographer, I can confidently say that of all the gorgeous flower arrangements created for your big day, that is by far the most viewed and most photographed which is also why it’s so special! There are many things to consider when deciding on your bouquet and I’m listing a few below to help you create the perfect one!
Many brides think “bigger is better”, but that isn’t always true when it comes to bouquets as everyone is a different shape and size. It’s important to take your personal frame into consideration; petite brides will be overwhelmed by a very large bouquet. Not to mention, they get very heavy and give your wrist a serious workout! Remember, a great bouquet is there to accent your wedding dress, not hide it!
2. Color & Texture
Flowers are a great way to incorporate color into your wedding day. I recommend working with your florist to design a bouquet that adds these in a blended fashion — simply mixing two colors gives a very constrast-y look similar to polka dots in pictures! A blend of hues in the same family will provide a much softer look. Different flowers also add beautiful texture so the bouquet doesn’t end up looking too stiff.
Don’t be scared of expensive blooms! It’s best to tell a florist exactly what you want up front so they can provide a multitude of options for you. Peonies, for example, might be pricier than roses but also fill up much more space in a bouquet so less would be required. They can also recommend any “look alike” flowers that might be a good replica of what you’re looking for at a lower price point! It’s important to remember that bouquets are photographed all day and can even be used on your sweetheart’s table, so it’s a great place for an investment.
Gone are the days of matching bouquets! After all, it IS your wedding day, so feel free to stand out from your bridesmaids with a larger or different colored bouquet. For example, at our wedding, each of our bridesmaids carried a lush bouquet filled with cream blooms and I had a colorful arrangement that popped against my white dress. Simplifying your bridesmaids bouquets can also allow for a larger budget of your personal bouquet. Feel free to also include any special family heirlooms around the stems for a truly unique piece.
After you pick the perfect bouquet, you will of course want it photographed as much as possible to get the most out of your investment! I recommend having your bouquet delivered to the bridal suite 30-60 minutes before your photographer arrives for the day. I have an entire post dedicated to flower delivery time and why it’s so important!