Prosecco & Petals
The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
Choosing your bridal bouquet and flowers is an immensely fun and creative process. If you can, take the time to relax and get inspired by floral ideas before heading straight to a professional florist. The below article gives advice on who needs wedding flowers, best flower combinations, classic and rustic bouquets ideas and tips to get the right style for your special day. Enjoy.
Traditionally the bride, her maid of honour and bridesmaids will all have bouquets. The bride is the most important and bridesmaids’ are often a smaller version in a posey or even a single rose. While bouquets are not necessary for the bridesmaids, they are a nice touch to help the girls feel less awkward when walking down the aisle and are an additional thoughtful gift.
Traditionally only the bridegroom and best-man need to have a buttonhole, but often all of the ushers (groomsmen) will have these too. Buttonholes are not a strict part of wedding etiquette and can be negated if your husband-to-be does not want one.
There are hundreds of wedding flower options to pick from in every shade imaginable. Below is a guide to the most highly regarded and brightly pigmented flowers to make sure your bridal bouquet is just stunning: Look for suppliers located near to your venue: These will have lower transport costs and can be more adaptable to changes in the schedule, makeup trials can also be incorporated into venue visits.
Every florist will have their flower preferences, but below are flower combinations that will guarantee you have a bouquet that will have the wow factor:
To give your bouquet a contemporary look, it is recommended to limit the number of signature flowers to one or two different varieties. These should then be interspersed with foliage and/or berries. This will give the bouquet a much more relaxed and natural look.
For icy green foliage it is recommended to opt for Astrantia, Snowberries, Bruina and Dusty Miller leaves
For a fresh, vibrant green foliage, it is recommended to pick forest fern, soft Ruscus, Beargrass or seed Eucalyptus.
Flowers that best embody the bohemian bridal look include; Blue Eryngium, fresh lavender, cascade roses and white/Lavender colour Veronica. Sunflowers, daisies and forget-me-nots can also add a real country rustic charm for the offbeat bride.
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It is also important to contrast the amount of detail in your bouquet with your dress. Plain dresses can take a more complex bouquet, whereas, highly embellished, laced bodices need a simple, elegant posey.
Some of the best places to find inspiration will be from wandering around florist shops and seeing what colours and petals you like best. Ask for names of flowers and colours they come In naturally. Once you are home, you can then start a Pinterest board and look for large flower retailers to get bouquet inspiration. Make sure to keep the visuals that you like to show the wedding florist your later select. Great websites to use for inspiration are Interflora and 1800 flowers.
When picking your bridesmaid flowers, it is highly recommended to pick out one signature flower from your bouquet and combine this in a simple posey with Gypsophila (babies breath). Alternatively, for a cheaper, elegant option, your bridesmaids can carry a single stem of your signature flower: Good flowers to use for this purpose are roses and sunflowers.
When designing the buttonhole, it is crucial to go for a ‘less is more' approach: Choose one signature flower from your bouquet and either one other small flower or leaf to contrast it with. This should be twined in a neutral colour and be small enough that subtly enhances your groom’s look in a masculine way.
For brides who are either allergic to flowers or want something a bit different, below are some alternative ideas to consider: