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Tips for choosing and handling your bridal bouquet

This blog was born from the November 2018 Vineyard Bride First Look wedding show hosted at Hare Wine Co. My goal at this show was to connect with couples planning their Niagara wedding and educate them about all things bridal bouquet. Luck you, I’ve recapped my hot bridal bouquet tips here! Read on to learn about choosing the right kind of bouquet for you and the best way to handle your bouquet on your wedding day.

Choosing a bouquet shape.

Are you in love with something big and abundant? Do you want something smaller and more classic? Cascading, teardrop shaped bouquets are making a modern comeback – think a modern, understated version of Princess Di’s famous bouquet – but that’s a blog for another day. 😉 Check below for some pros and cons with two of my favourite bouquet styles.

Big. Bouquets.

In the past couple years, big bouquets designed in a wide and abundant style have been trending and for good reason. After decades of super tight/round bouquets, brides are letting their hair down and going for a looser, more relaxed and organic direction for their flowers. When I am making a big bouquet, I always reach for lush cascading foliages, unique focal flowers and interesting botanical textures. All that variety makes for a beautiful bouquet! But they can get heavy! One upside to a weighty bouquet is that your arms will look toned and svelte in all your photos.

If you are into big, lush, wide bouquets my number one suggestion is to opt for a bouquet with a flat, mostly greenery back. The flat back allows you to hold the bouquet closer to your body for more natural posture and makes it easier to set the bouquet down if you need to fix your skirt during bridal portraits.

Image by Olive Photography
Photo by Sara Monika

Classic Garden-Style

Maybe you’re not a “go big or go home” kind of girl and instead you’re interested in something super romantic and organic in shape but with less bulk from foliage. When you scale down a bit, it’s much more manageable to have an all-around bouquet instead of a bouquet with a flat back. It’s still abundant feeling with lots of variety but it won’t weigh you down. 

Photo by Eyekahphoto

Sweet + Petite Bouquet

Maybe you’re very petite or maybe you just want something a little more classic and tailored. Going with a bouquet that is slightly smaller and simpler can be perfect for the city hall wedding or if you’re planning on doing your bridal portrait’s out in the world (walking through the woods? Or perhaps an urban jungle?).  A petite, all-around bouquet can be the way to go if you are working with a documentary style photographer. It won’t matter where your photog shoots from, your bouquet will look polished and lovely from any angle.

Photo by Marcucci Photography
Photo by Mango Studios

Regardless of which style bouquet you go with, check out the tips below for how to handle your bouquet on your wedding day.

Tips for your wedding day:

1. Let your bouquet drink!

Make sure to keep your bouquet in water as much as possible. When you are not holding it for photos or during your ceremony, make sure to pop it back into a vase with water. If you have been holding them a while, let the flowers take a break and rehydrate a bit. If you can give the stems a fresh cut all the better!

2. Be mindful of extremely hot weather.

If it is super hot, those flowers are going to get thirsty fast. Tip #1 is all the more important to observe. Make sure your bouquet gets ample drinking time and also be sure to avoid direct sunlight for long stretches. Get those flowers in water and give them a little spritz/mist if you can.  This is especially important if you’re in a dry climate.

3. Cold weather is killer too!

When the temp drops below freezing flowers will freeze. Eeek! Have you ever had lettuce freeze in the back of your fridge? Just like lettuce, frozen flowers go translucent and then go brown/mushy pretty quickly. If you are super determined to have outdoor photos for your winter wedding (so beautiful!!) make sure you do those photos *after* the ceremony. That means no outdoor first look photos when the weather is below freezing. Also know that repurposing your bouquet during the reception won’t be a great idea unless you want the steadily browning flowers to be documented over the course of dinner.

4. Hold your bouquet low.

When holding your bouquet, make sure to keep your hands low. Often brides will lift their bouquets up a little too high. Every. Bride. Does. This… Really. Whether you’re nervous or it just feels more natural holding it higher, fight the urge!  Your wrists should be close to your hip bones. This will make sure that your bouquet doesn’t creep up to your boobs and cover the neckline of your dress. Keeping your hands/bouquet low will elongate your neck and chest area so you will look long and lean. Holding your bouquet like this also helps tilt the flowers forward just a bit so they will photograph beautifully.

5. Have scotch tape at the ready.

We always remove any pollen pods whenever possible. However, on a super warm day some flowers can open more than expected and reveal previously inaccessible pollen. If you ever happen to get pollen on your dress, whatever you do, DO NOT rub the pollen! Start with scotch tape. Use the sticky side to gently pick-up the powder on your dress. Be sure to change the tape out frequently to reduce the risk of redepositing the pollen.

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