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How To Choose a Bridal Bouquet
When you plan a wedding, flowers are very much a part of the essential things that need to be prepared for the big day. It is part and parcel of the whole wedding preparation. Your choice of a wedding bouquet shows the thought and care you put into the wedding to tie the whole plan together.
They are not just simply flowers that you will use to decorate the wedding venue, the reception area and the bouquet that you will carry. There are meanings to these flowers and the bouquet arrangement should also complement you, your wedding dress and your personality. Below are tips for choosing the right wedding bouquet.
By Wedding Dress Design.
If you will be wearing a princess line dress, then volume should be emphasized in your bouquet choice to complement the full skirt. Round, oval, bag and pomander bouquets will be good choices. A hand-tied bouquet will also look lovely. Choice round, oval, clutch, cascade, clutch and arm bouquets if you will be wearing a sheath dress. An A-line dress will be complemented by cascade and round arrangements. Mermaid line and empire cut dresses will be shown off beautifully if you hold a round, oval, and cascade bouquets. Your dress will look stunning when you hold an arm bouquet.
By Your Body Shape.
Short ladies need to add length to look taller. They should choose a short cascade or a teardrop or a crescent shape bouquet which is heavier and rounder on top and ends in a point. Tall ladies can opt for a big posy or round bouquet so the focus is on the flower and not on the height. A medium-sized cascade will also draw the attention to the flower and will give you the illusion of a shorter height. You could also choose a large hand-tied bouquet for emphasis on the flower and the middle. The same will hold true for ladies with wider hips and those who want to look slimmer on their wedding day. A petite body should have a round bouquet such as a posy, a nosegay, or a beidermeier arrangement to add balance to your figure. Large ladies will likewise benefit from a large bouquet to balance out the body shape.
By Your Own Style.
Although most brides choose white or cream for their wedding dress, there are some who want to be more creative and contemporary with their color choice. If you are one of these ladies, here are some tips to go by. Traditional whites and creams can use any color for the bridal bouquet. You can go for a monochromatic effect for a particular color - from light to dark flower of the same color as your dress. Or you can go for an analogous one where one of the colors is present in the rest of the colors. You can also opt to get complementary colors like blue and orange or yellow and purple.
By the Meaning of Different Flowers.
Different flowers can be used for wedding bouquets but there are a few flowers that are favorites. Calla lilies are one of the mainstays in wedding bouquets for their elegance and they are not just confined to white. The new colors of calla lilies are stunning and will complement the bride and her wedding dress. Stephanotis is also a favorite. This flower symbolizes marital bliss. The delicate tulips are also favorites. Their colors are almost endless. Declare your love with red tulips; cream means “I will love you forever” and you tell the world you are hopelessly in love with yellow tulips. Red roses mean love and passion; yellow rose for caring and friendship; pink for happiness and romance and white for innocence and purity. Other flowers with beautiful meanings are chrysanthemums, carnations, freesias daisies, irises and orchids.
Choosing Your Wedding Colours.
Your colour scheme has the power to set the vibe, so choose wisely. Here are the top determining factors for selecting your hues - the foundation for your wedding flowers, details, and décor.
Setting should be your first consideration. Look at the colours used in your venue's carpeting, drapery and decorations. If the site has strong colours, you'll need to select a colour scheme that complements. If you already have your heart set on a certain colour, you may need to select a more neutrally decorated site.
Your Favourite Colour.
If there's a colour you've been in love with since the first grade, why not go with what you love? You can tastefully incorporate any colour into your wedding decorations by selecting the right hue and combining it with the right accents.
Your Favourite Flower.
If you absolutely love orchids, there's no reason why they shouldn't make it into your décor scheme. Incorporate the flower colour - either making it the dominant shade or using it as an accent - and it will all come together. Also check out the traditional meaning of your chosen flowers (keeping in mind that some flower associations you may have heard are very old fashioned, whilst some are believed only within particular cultures).
'Tis the Season.
Decorating is simple when Mother Nature is your guide, so let the natural colours of the season be your inspiration. That doesn't mean that you're stuck with prissy pastel decorations during spring or brown and orange during Autumn or Winter. Just make sure that the wedding colours you choose complement the blooms and foliage that are naturally available during that time of year. This wedding flowers by seasons guide will help you get started.
If you want your Bridesmaids decked head to toe in your colour, you'll need to make sure it's an appealing and flattering shade to wear. If a buttery yellow plays the lead role in your colour story, then consider dressing your Bridesmaids in your accent colour. Everything goes with black and in the right style - it can be a flattering, simple, and easy choice.
Don't slack on your research just because you've dreamed of a green spring-themed wedding since you were a little girl. Research the top colour choices for the current year, study photographs from other weddings you love, browse your favourite blogs and keep a copy of the things you find that you love. Don't get stuck on a colour scheme because you saw it used once and liked it. Be sure to consider all of your wedding décor and how each detail will be affected by your chosen colour scheme.
There choice of flowers and colors can be endless. Follow these hints and you will not go wrong.