Fresh flowers enhance your wedding in every way, but one floral accessory will always be remembered, the wedding bouquet. The pre-wedding task of choosing the right bouquet will be very important as your wedding day soon approaches. The right bouquet is something you want to carry comfortably to your ceremony. It will also become the main focus of photographers and should compliment your gown in every way.
Bridal bouquets began in medieval times as a small nosegay of sweetly scented flowers. Over the years they have changed and expanded into the Victorian Era, becoming a wedding essential. The growth of the floral industry has made it possible to have a bouquet fashioned into the shape of about anything you want. The bouquet takes the shape of a half moon, curved pear, heart, even into the shape of any letter of the alphabet. Wiring the flowers makes them lighter and neater in most cases. A heavy bouquet can become quite uncomfortable on your wedding day. The most common shape for a wedding bouquet is the tear-shaped cascade bouquet or shower. According to your imagination, there are ways to make them as contemporary as you like. There are four things to keep in mind that will help you make your dream bouquet.
1. Choosing the right flowers
There are no hard and fast rules about wedding flowers, making it up to your personal taste as to what you want. In recent years there has been a trend for a simple round hand-tied bouquet on natural stems, usual of the same color roses tied with matching ribbon. The advantage is that they are relatively easy and quick to create and always photographed well. Natural just-picked collection of flowers has also become popular, as well as the inclusion of herbs in a bouquet using lavender, rosemary, sage, lemon balm, myrtle, and seeded eucalyptus.
Some bridal bouquets are extremely personal and symbolic of their relationship with their husband-to-be. The bouquet sometimes becomes the family heirloom, making it an inspirational piece for memories on the years to come.
2. Choosing the right color
An overwhelming majority of brides now choose white, but is not always the case. If your dress is ivory or white, whether you choose white or a color for your flowers may depend on what kind of look you are trying to create. A really formal wedding may want to make you choose an all-white bouquet of one type of flower or combination. You may decide to pick one of the more traditional flowers, such as: lily of the valley, gardenias, stephanotis, peonies, freesias, calla lilies, tulips, orchids, and of course, roses.
Some brides feel uncomfortable at the thought of carrying all white flowers and prefer to pick a pale or pastel color. They also can pick this up in their makeup and nail color. It is true if you have a colorful bouquet, the eye will be drawn to the flowers, so if you nervous of being the center of attention choose a vibrant collection of flowers for your bouquet.
When considering which colors you can put together you can choose a range of pastel shades, monochromatic schemes, a two-tone color theme, or a really vibrant scheme with a bright combination of rich and dark colors mixed together.
Once you have chosen your bouquet, be prepared for their arrival. When they arrive, they will be nestled into tissue in a box and it is best to place them in the coolest part of your house until you are dressed and ready for photographs. Have the photographer be prepared to come to your home, get dressed and have him photograph you there as soon as possible.
3. Creating your own arrangement
If you decide that you would like to create your own flower arrangement, it is probably best to stick to a simple theme using one type of flower only—roses, calla lilies, sweat peas or hydrangeas are good choices.
Make sure that the condition of your flowers is well so that they are in peak condition on your special day. Arrange them simply by looking into a mirror to help you get the desired shape and to make sure that they are an appropriate size for you to hold. Then trim them with a lovely sash or bow. Keep them in water until about twenty minutes before you are ready to go, and then dry them off carefully.
If you want to cover the handle with ribbon then the best way to tape the stems together with white floral tape, and add two strips of double-coated tape down the length of stem, round the bottom, and up the other side. This will make it easier for you to place one ribbon down the handle and across the ends of the stems. You can cover the handle in circles of ribbon, starting from the top down to the base and then returning to the top. Place a pearl-headed pin in the end of the ribbon beneath the flower heads, and then trim the end of the ribbon carefully. Finally, trim the bound stem with a bow under the flower heads to conceal the pin.
If you want to pick seasonal flowers, for Spring I recommend narcissi, lily of the valley, hyacinths, ranunculus, seasonal blossoms, such as guilder roses and lilacs are good possibilities. Summer favorites are sweat peas, garden roses, stephanotis, peonies, lilies, and gardenia blooms. Late summer and fall, calla lilies, hydrangeas, and vibrant flowers such as gerberas and daisies mixed with dahlias blend well. In the winter you can take advantage of greens and foliage.
4. Catching and conserving the bouquet.
The custom of throwing your bouquet at the end of the festivities dates back to the 18th century, when it was though good fortune of the bride and groom would pass to the luck receiver of the one to catch the flowers.
If you catch the bouquet you may wish to try to conserve it for the bride. Some brides wish to make the bouquet a lasting memento of their day. Long-term preservation is not a good basis on which to select your wedding flowers. The best way to do this is to use a professional company who preserves them. Over time, all plant material exposed to the light will start to degrade and lose its color. Just have what you like best and make the most of your special day!
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