What gets carried around, flies through the air and drives brides crazy? The dreaded bouquet. Don’t get me wrong, brides love bouquets. We stare at them in magazines and storefronts. We dream about them and admire them. But, when it comes to designing our own, we freeze. If you’re at your wit’s end trying to figure out your special flowers, you can relax for a moment. You’re among friends. Let’s start by looking at what you don’t want, and narrow down a style that’s right for you.
If you hate huge, trailing bouquets, full of Victorian lace and roses, you’re part of a growing group of brides who long to be less traditional and formal. Choose another full bloom to be the base of your bouquet. Do you like tulips, carnations, lilies or gerbera daisies? Add a smaller flower for filler, such as tea roses, small daisies or astible, and some greenery. Gather them together and wrap the stems with ribbon for a simple, no-fuss bouquet that doesn’t stand on ceremony.
Brides who can’t stand round bouquets are beginning to demand unstructured flowers. These bouquets work best with flowers that have interesting lines, such as lilies, amaryllis and tropical blooms. Add grasses or other unusual greenery to create a wild and wonderful look. These bridal bouquets can be tied with ribbon or lace, or wrapped with raffia.
I, for one, don’t like monochromatic arrangements. If you’re like me, opt for several kinds of flowers in varying colors that compliment your theme. Wildflowers can be beautiful when pulled into a bow alongside fresh herbs like mint and sage. If your taste won’t handle that much variety, choose one or two colors, such as pink and purple. Then, pick blooms in different shades of those two colors for a bouquet that has depth but stays in a more traditional realm.
Big bouquets are in. But, if you prefer a lighter, more streamlined look, gather only a few perfect flowers and wrap them in ribbon for an elegant wedding arrangement that won’t weigh you down. Even a single lily with a translucent ribbon wrap communicates beauty without going overboard.
If, on the other hand, you like the look of a large bouquet but can’t imagine how to pull it off, try a cascade approach. Once the main portion of the bouquet is formed, flowers are added to the front in a downward direction. When held, these bouquets cover the bride’s hands, but are easy to maneuver and not as costly as other large designs.
Maybe your problem isn’t the flowers, but the ribbons and bows. Look around for pearl sleeves that provide structure and grip for your bouquet. Consider colored cording with tassels. Thread interesting beads onto jewelry wire and use that to wrap your stems. There are many options that take you away from the played-out tulle wrap.
There is a bouquet design that is right for you. But, browsing through bouquets you love may not help you decide. While beauty is hard to quantify, we can all describe what we hate. Identify what you don’t like in an arrangement, and replace those elements with what you prefer. Before long, you’ll have a stunning bouquet that is perfect for your special day.