A Chart of Wedding Bouquets

A Chart of Wedding Bouquets is invaluable when you make your flower selections.  Will all your bouquets match?  Or will you choose different styles for different ladies? Please find below a helpful chart with descriptions and drawings, to be followed by photos of each style.

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everylastdetail.com – ROUND BOUQUET 

The round bouquet is very standard webbing fare for the bride.  Once all the rage, it is loosing favor among the 2015-2106 wedding trends.

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brides.com – PAGEANT BOUQUET

While lovely, the pageant bouquet is used less often than all other bouquet types.

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Wedding Forward.com | Inspirations Ideas Planning – CASCADE BOUQUET

The cascade bouquet is quite formal, and used in large settings.  Think Lady Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles.

 

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brides.com – NOSEGAY

The nosegay is one of my favorite bouquets.  It serves all ladies of the wedding party well, from the bride to flower girls.  It doesn’t take away from a bride’s dress with it’s simplicity.  Kate Middleton carried such a bouquet.

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elizabethanndesigns.com – POMANDER BOUQUET

The pomander bouquet, or “kissing bouquet” is perfect for little hands, and is most often used for flower girls.

Photo: Patty Cloherty photos -And one of my favorites, the POSEY – modeled by yours truly.  🙂

And one other bouquet type that we don’t see on the chart above, but I think is gorgeous…the “HAND-TIED”.  This can be presented with or without ribbon tied around the stems.  The ribbon wrapped stems are for a more formal wedding, the natural look for a more casual affair.

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Elevated Wedding Flowers


 

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Elevated Wedding Flowers … What’s old is new again, right?  Their style comes and goes in waves.  The once trendy, and some still think ‘over the top’ style of elevated wedding flowers – centerpieces – has come back into vogue.  I think they’re lovely, even if others have panned them as ‘too much’ (think Marla Maples’ wedding to Donald Trump – which WAS a little gauche – no politics here, just an observation).

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But there are several advantages to the elevated centerpiece.  They’re beautiful, and you can still see the person seated across from you.  Your florist can also employ many different blooms, as these arrangements tend to be very large.  The downside, they can be costly.  In the 90’s when this stye was all the rage, brides tried to out do each other. Flowers were a great platform  to make a bold statement.

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Don’t discount the pluses of these giant centerpieces because you are afraid of presenting a gaudy image.  They can be done tastefully.  If you choose this style, just make sure your florist is on the same page as you.  Tell her you want beauty and grace, not “Dallas” – remember that television show?  🙂

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You wedding flowers are a key part of your decor.  Make sure you get exactly what you want. Your florist is there to please you.

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Of all these lovely photos, the one above is my favorite.  Can you sense a theme here?  I do love succulents.  I think the addition to this arrangement adds an air of approachability.  The greenery on the guest plate inserts a nice touch as well.  And the bride chose to have some lower blooms on the table in addition.  Too much?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding flowers and music —  two of the most important presentations to be made at any wedding.  Janice, mother of the groom, picked up the baton of theses two curial factors and ran with them!

First the flowers…through the process of writing a blog, I have viewed many, many pictures of wedding flowers.  I haven’t seen any prettier than the ones Janice and KK chose.  In the photo above, you see KK and Tyler at the alter, actually saying their vows.  To KK’s left, you see the exquisite alter flowers.

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The new Mr and Mrs… walking down the aisle as man and wife.  This photo shows KK’s bouquets off to a good advantage.  I love how it doesn’t overwhelm her — she’s a little woman.  The flowers are varied and give the bouquet a multi-level dimension.

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The bridesmaids bouquets are modeled by my own Tess and Julia, sisters of the bride.  I love the variety of all the flowers, but yet how they work so well together.  There was just enough peach in the bouquets to make them pop.

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This photo is so KK and Tyler – relaxed, happy, and so were their attendants.  Their exuberance is definitely highlighted in this shot.  And when it comes to giving photo creds…they belong to me, with the exception of the top photo, (which was captured by one of KK’s girlfriends), on my tiny iPhone.  Hasn’t technology advanced?  Wow…is all I can say!

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The last picture above – life long best friends…KK and  her “little” sister, Matron of Honor, Maggie.  I love this picture, just like the girls…And yes, I love the flowers you chose, Janice and KK – job well done.  The music, wow!  Janice hired a string trio to play all the wedding music, and the most beautiful cantor to sing all the responses in the Mass.  I was so happy for the couple, I had no tears, but the sweetness of the music…well that made my eyes well…

 

 

Corsages and Boutonnieres

 

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Corsages and Boutonnieres …the all important flowers…  My third daughter, Tess, attended her high school ‘Senior Ball’ last night.  It is much less formal that Junior Prom.  Most of the girls wear a short dress, the guys a sport coat.  I love this.  Tess’ dress is actually something she can wear again.  They all looked quite dapper, quite chic! But some things don’t change…the time honored tradition of corsages and boutonnières.  Ladies, do you know how to pin on a gentleman’s boutonniere?  This is an important skill to learn, especially if your groomsmen will be wearing them at your wedding.  Although you, the bride, will certainly not be pinning them on!  You will just have the knowledge to instruct.

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In the photo above, you see Tess pinning on her date, Shane’s, boutonniere.  According to my expert – our local florist – 🙂  – place the blossom on the left lapel of the young man’s jacket, and from behind the lapel, inset one pin through the flower’s stem and into the lapel.  Repeat with a second pin, crossing the first.  This should securely hold the boutonniere in place.

 

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What about that corsage?  In the above photo, Tess’ corsage is showcased.  Its gorgeous!  Shane did a fantastic job, not only with the color and flower selection, but notice the lovely bracelet the blooms are attached to.  It’s much prettier, and I’m sure much more comfortable, that the elastic bands I wore to my own events —  DECADES ago —  I wouldn’t be surprised it the flowers can be removed, preserved, and the bracelet worn again…

Corsages with a keepsake bracelet might be a nice gift from the bride to the important women in her life.  Instead of just a bloom that dries and is gone, the bride’s honored guests would have a momento of her special day.

Photo #1 and #2 Amy Mack

Photo #3 Mary P Karnes