Wedding Bouquet – Giant or Smaller?

Wedding Bouquet, giant or smaller?

I’ve noticed a trend lately. Brides are choosing larger bouquets.

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I’m going to be honest…it’s not my first choice. I don’t think they’re flattering in either photos or the bride. Note the photo above.  We can not even see the bride’s waist. I have an inking she did her best to present a trim silhouette, but we can’t see it.

Exceptions? When you are close to six feet tall and are getting married in a venue such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. To whom am I referencing?  Well, Lady Diana Spencer, of course. Her wedding ensemble warranted a gigantic bouquet. It was part of the costume.

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Note the bouquets carried by her daughters-in-law above. I think they are much more flattering. We as guests, or at least the viewing public, are able to see the brides’ dresses.  A bride still has something to do with her hands by carrying a smaller bouquet, but is not overwhelmed.  The eye is able to focus on the important things: the dress, hair, accessories, not just the flowers.  Another upside? Large bouquets are HEAVY! And…they are more expensive.

I am not advocating skimping on wedding flowers.  They are an extremely important part of your wedding decor; perhaps just not one you have to tote around and pose with in your formal photos.

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Wow!  Check out the floral above!  That is  spectacular.  You can go big without making your florals part of your personal flowers.

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Another favorite of mine?  A splash of color in the bride’s bouquet, and white flowers for the bridesmaids. With this model, both styles of bouquets pop in photos.

But remember…it’s YOUR wedding; so what is correct is what YOU like…not me, not your mother, your bridesmaids, or your florist….YOU.  Enjoy all the planning.

 

Edible…Wedding Bouquets?

The concept for “Edible Bouquets” is not new.  Isn’t there even a chain store that specializes in such things?  But Edible…Wedding Bouquets? That’s a new one for me.  What do you think of the idea below?  Cotton candy as a wedding prop instead of flowers?  Novel, yes, attractive (in my humble opinion…no).  But it does create a cute scenario for a photo op.

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Seriously??  A PIZZA bouquet?  This bride must know the way to her groom’s heart!  I think sometimes people are searching for something new to do to make their weddings stand out, but they run the risk of doing something silly….like this!  🙂  I bet this bouquet wouldn’t make it to the reception’s end.

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Ok…the bouquet below is kinda cute.  And the upside, it could be a delicious late night treat for the bride and groom after the wedding!

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Ditto the bouquet below.  But there is nothing particularly special about a bunch of donuts together.  Is there?  The burlap wrapper doesn’t help.

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While not a bouquet the bride or her attendants would carry, the creation below would make a very colorful/pretty centerpiece.  And just think, each person could take a section home as a favor!  I bet not many of these pretty centerpieces would be left at the end of the reception!

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Perhaps the lovely apple centerpiece wouldn’t be such a big hit with the guests but I rather like this one.  And while labor may be the same to create this time of decoration as a floral one, I imagine the supply costs would be less expensive.  And who knows?  I bet it could be a great “do ahead” DIY project for the bride and her family.  Anything to save a few dollars for the shocking cost of weddings these days!

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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 .

Outrageous Wedding Bouquets

 

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Most brides have a wedding budget.  She must pick what means the most to her.  Maybe it’s music.  Maybe it’s entertainment.  And maybe…it’s flowers.  Will you choose an outrageous wedding bouquet? Some brides will.  Bouquets cost anywhere from $150.00 (modest), to well over $ 1,000 –  depending on location, (the exact same wedding flowers in Beverly Hills will cost more than those in Bismarck, North Dakota), and types of blooms.   Always, ALWYAS choose flowers in season.  You will spend far less if you do so.

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Perhaps flowers are your thing.  If you choose to make your bouquet your focal point instead of say, your dress, then be outrageous!  Spending an additional $ 300 on your bridal flowers is much less than an additional $ 3,000 on a blowout dress!

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When designing your bouquet, or directing your florist to do so, there are a few things to keep in mind. One, is your dress elaborate?  Will an over the top bouquet over-shadow your dress?

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Are you a petite bride, or is your figure more statuesque?  While the bouquet like the one above is fabulous, it would overwhelm the tiny bride.  As a side note… I LOVE the red bouquet.  I’ve always been a fan of a dramatic splash of color against the bride’s white gown. As a bride today, that would be my choice.

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If you just HAVE to have a dramatic bouquet, then maybe the one above is for you.  While I do favor bright colors against a light background, if your flowers are over-large, then perhaps subtle colors are the way to go.  And the gentle tapering of the bouquet makes is more manageable.

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Not sure which I like better, the chair above, or the flowers – a lovely picture.  Don’t forget to ask your photographer to create some artistic photos around your flowers.