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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

Do You Know How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet?









Did you preserve your own bridal bouquet?  My mother did for me.  I kept it faithfully on my dresser top for over 25 years.  Then sometime after that…I prefer not to pinpoint the actual date…I knocked the glass display jar off the dresser, (where my bouquet was housed), and broke it into smithereens.  🙁

To the right, please see a picture of my actual bouquet.

But the good news is, I enjoyed it all these years (in January, we will celebrate 32 years of marriage)!

I did not professionally preserve my daughter, Maggie’s, bouquet.  Instead, I saved some blooms and dried them.  I also saved some ribbon from her bouquet.  I washed it, ironed it, but as of yet, I’m not sure how I will used it.

Will I have KK’s professionally preserved?  Well, maybe, now that I’ve done a little research.  There are a few different ways to accomplish this.

According to, (please click on the link below for greater detail), the two most common ways are “Press and Frame” which is exactly what it sounds like: press a few flowers between something heavy, and frame them… maybe with a wedding photo or two.

The second method is the “Glass Dome or Shadow Box” option.  This is similar to what I had done.  The bouquet is professionally saved by a preservationist company.  One such company is  I have never used this company, so can not speak of their work.  But with the internet, countess companies are at your fingertips.  If you think you may want to use this option, plan ahead.  You will need someone to send in your bouquet within a day or two of your wedding.  He/she will need an address, and a box.  Make it easy for them!


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Make Your Bouquet YOURS



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.


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.



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. 🙂

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.


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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