Tips for choosing and handling your bridal bouquet
I was privileged and excited to participate in a beautifully curated wedding show in Niagara-on-the-Lake a few weekends ago. The ladies at Vineyard Bride and The Venue Counsellor did such an amazing job producing this show at the beautiful Hare Wine Co. There were tons of fabulous vendors many of whom are preferred vendors on Vineyard Bride’s Swish List. If you are scoping out vendors for your Niagara Region wedding, definitely check the list out.
Back to the show…it was actually my first wedding show ever. I’ve been thinking about doing one for the last two years but have kept putting it off. The truth is, I’m a total introvert and the thought of talking to so many people scares the crap out of me. I decided to just get over it and use the show as an opportunity to talk about what I love…flowers! I wanted to give potential brides some bouquet tips – both for choosing the right kind of bouquet and the best way to handle your bouquet on your wedding day. If you didn’t have the chance to come see me at the First Look show, you’re in luck. Here you go:
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. Bad. 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.
Something a little more classic
Maybe you’re not a “go big or go home” kind of girl and instead you’re interested in something a little more classic and tailored. I do love foliage but I also really love 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. An 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 while you and your love are walking around that vineyard – your bouquet will look polished and lovely from any angle.
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.