How To Carry Your Wedding Bouquet

Do you know how to carry your wedding bouquet?  There is no etiquette that mandates the proper way, but there IS a way to do so that optimizes photos, and your “live” appearance at your wedding.

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The bride in the photo above has nailed it!  Not only do I LOVE her choice of NON- flowers, she is holding her bouquet to make the most of her dress, her figure AND the bouquet. Bridal flowers are to be held with arms akimbo, (slightly out from your waist, so we CAN see that you have a waist), and at belly-button level.  This way your do not cover up the bodice of your beautiful dress.

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The bride and her attendants in the next picture need a little help with staging their photo.  The flowers are being held too high, hiding the top of their dresses, and obscuring whether they have waists or not.  And what is with the floral paper?  It appears the bouquets need to be unwrapped before their photo session.

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While a beautiful floral arrangement, there is just so much wrong with the “bouquet” above.  It overwhelms the bride, and one focuses on it and not HER, or her dress.

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The bride above has it just right.  She is no longer in a standing position, but still wants to showcase her bouquet in this photo; so she holds it to the side.  It looks pretty, adds to the photo, but in no way takes away from the shot.

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The same is true with the couple above.  You can still see the bride’s beautiful dress, her slim figure, but the flowers are an accent, not a focal point of the photo.

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The bridal party above has struck a lovely floral cord.  I love the small, elegant bouquets.  One’s focus is on the pretty ladies, and their dresses – not their flowers .

The NON-Flower Bridal Bouquet

What?  The NON-Flower Bridal Bouquet ?  Believe it or not, this is becoming a huge trend.  And in some cases, it’s less expensive that the traditional bouquet made of blooms.  Sometimes…more.  Just look at he bouquet below.  Have you ever seen one as lovely?  I don’t think I have.  Whoever created it is a true artist.  And I have a feeling that at least one of the embedded broaches has some sentimental value.

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I can hardly believe that the bouquet below is made of paper.  It is exquisite, and just think…you would not have to hire an expensive company to preserve it.  Yes, it may become a little “shop worn” through the years, but it should age rather well. Maybe a spray lacquer?  It’s available on etsy.com, I have included a link directly to the company if you’re interested.

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The bouquet below is lovely AND novel. I love the sentiments that go with each herb.  While the idea is sweet, the bouquet is not all that attractive.  Not sure I’d choose it…

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And this really couldn’t be an alternative bouquet post without one featuring the succulents I so love.  I used to almost hate them…they were ‘such the thing’ in Southern California where I grew up.  I didn’t like or appreciate them.  Maybe that’s why I’m so enamored now?

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Hum…not so sure about the next “bouquet” if you can call it that…I find nothing appealing about it, but we are all different.

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And last on our list… the pearl bouquet.  Traditional, and once again, no need to preserve it.  It will be forever young.  And I’m sure it will stand the test of time even better than the paper bouquet.

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What will you choose?  Flowers for “the moment” or something more long lasting?

 

 

Unique Wedding Bouquets

 

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It’s time for another post on ” Unique Wedding Bouquets !”  Next to your dress and veil, your flowers are what your guests will notice when you walk down the isle. I have long been a proponent for a colored bouquet for the bride and white flowers for the bridesmaids.  This is to contrast with their dresses and make them stand out.  The top photo gives off a topical vibe, and looks lovely against the white of the bride’s dress.

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The next photo doesn’t even showcase the flowers, but I included it as it is a sentimental piece.  I love it.  It appears to have a photo of a beloved dog, a special pin, (maybe the bride’s something blue), and thought-inspiring ribbons.  My own Kathleen had some thoughtful touches in her own bouquet, which I will show you last.

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The next bouquet was touted as an “Elopement Bouquet” I’m guessing due to it’s size, but I think it’s just wonderful.  I like the look of a smaller posy.  More of the bride’s dress can be seen by guests and in photos if the flowers are smaller.

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And the above photo…exquisite!  Also… it’s not real!  It can be ordered on etsy.com. – unique, and  forever a keepsake…

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The bouquet above is, I believe, my own Spring Wedding fantasy bouquet.  Look at all the colors!  While a little larger than I’d choose, it’s just about perfect.  And notice the blue ribbon…

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And the last bouquet, my own daughter, Kathleen’s.  It is held for the photo op by my second daughter, Maggie.  Look at those nails – lovely!  🙂  This bouquet has attached to it a mother-of-pearl carving my dad made for my mother in butterfly shape.  As my parents couldn’t attend the wedding, (they were at least able to FaceTime in), it was very special to Kathleen.  And as her cat, Willow, is especially dear to her, she had pieces of willow bark entwined in her bouquet as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Your Bouquet YOURS

 

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How will you make your bouquet YOURS?  When you start to think about this, and do a little research, there are actually many ways.  The above photo, with the remnants of a wedding veil, MUST have a story…my guess is that the bride is honoring a beloved family member who was unable to attend her wedding – maybe a mother or grandmother?

A bride’s bouquet is a beautiful way to add a sentimental wisp of whimsy to your wedding.

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How about the lavender and white bouquet above?  I love the pearl necklace woven through the blossoms.  I’m sure it has some special meaning, belonged to someone dear to the bride.

 

 

 

 

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The white ball of flowers above is embellished with vintage rhinestone broaches.  Broaches?  You know…the pins older ladies used to wear.  Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, is a serial broach wearer. 🙂

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The image of the white bouquet offers the best of both worlds.  Not only it does sport gorgeous blooms, but it showcases a “flower” rhinestone broach.

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I have an inkling that butterflies have a place in this bride’s heart — her bouquet above is very whimsical.  And what about my own darling daughter, Kathleen, aka, “KK”?  What will she do to “make her bouquet her own”?  Well, I’ll spill a little secret…  My father is quite the artist, of many medias.  One project took his fancy.  He made all different types of jewelry fobs out of abalone shell.  One piece was of a butterfly that he gifted to my mother.  KK will incorporate this lovely moment into her bouquet.  It will be big enough to be seen, but not as large as the butterflies above.  It will hold a place of honor while still being subtle.  I think it will be very special.
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