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Designing Wedding Bouquets

Wedding Bouquets

Your wedding bouquet is central to your wedding fashion. You might envision romantic roses and layers of gorgeous stargazer lilies, but the texture, shape and style of this most symbolic and treasured element of your wedding day requires careful planning. Beyond fashion, flowers speak a unique language of love. We have a few tips to help you design your wedding bouquets.

Dress Before the Bouquet

Always choose the dress before the bouquet. Preference and trends are probably the most persuasive factors. The bouquet must coordinate with your wedding fashion. A simple gown is complimented by a simple bouquet, while a more elaborate wedding dress demands more sophistication. The wedding dress supplies the creative boundaries and sets the standards for every accessory, including the flowers the bride will carry in her hands.

Wedding Bouquets

Wedding Bouquets and Visual Illusions

Wedding bouquets create visual illusions that require balance to compliment proportions of the dress and the one wearing it. Bouquets have a specific shape. A long train and veil can pull off a cascade bouquet that a shorter dress would not. A taller bride can easily carry a cascade of flowers that would overwhelm a shorter bride. In contrast, a shorter bride could pull off a delicate posy of pansies that would be awkwardly unnoticed in the hands of a tall bride. Every bride has a different body shape and figure to consider. A teardrop wedding bouquet creates the illusion of elongating the hips. If you want to highlight a narrow waistline, choose a narrow bouquet that does not crowd the area with flowers. Avoid blocking the view of elements you want to feature. Cascading wedding bouquets might hide details in a skirt. Always think about the shape, visual impact and placement.

Wedding Bouquets

Bouquet Styles

Wedding bouquets are more than just the flowers that fill them. The shape and style have a powerful visual effect. If you want something rare and less common, you might desire the concentric circles of a biedermeier bouquet, which are created by a single flower type and color. The tailored arrangement creates a tightly bound bunch of flowers in a uniformed manner. Think Princess Diana with a cascade bouquet that trails downward as the name implies. A nosegay is what most call to mind when they think of a wedding bouquet. It is a round bouquet of flowers that is usually tied with a ribbon. A pageant-style bouquet is known as the presentation. The long stemmed blooms are carried in the crook of the arm. It is commonly seen with a calla lily or a similar floral shape. A sheath is a handful of a single type of flower that is bound with ribbon, leaving the stems exposed. Tulips and calla lilies are preferred flowers with this elegant bouquet. Once you get to know the different styles, you are ready to choose the blooms for your wedding bouquets.

Wedding Bouquets

The Language of Flowers

Flowers have meaning that is translated through texture, scent and color. During the Victorian era, flowers were a means for sending cryptic and unspoken messages. Flowers can speak every imaginable sweet sentiment. Even William Shakespeare gave a role to the symbolic language of flowers in his works. From Greek mythologies to the modern day, flowers speak volumes of romance that we never cease to apply meaning. When choosing your wedding bouquet, you might want to explore the silent dialogue of your favorite blooms.

Designing the Bouquet

A wedding bouquet can be as simple as a grouping of fresh flowers bound and tied with a ribbon or as sophisticated as broaches, rhinestones and pearls. If you want to step away from the traditional and classic wedding bouquet, you might consider integrating fruit or feathers. Some brides embellish their wedding bouquet with wired seashells, charms, ribbons, crystals or broaches. The fabric, color and style of your dress should be a guide to designing your bouquet.

Wedding Bouquets

Blooms for Wedding Bouquets

The shape and style of your wedding bouquet are part of the blueprint, but there flowers you choose for the arrangement will create the design. The late summer and fall provides a romantic floral adventure with blush pink, yellow accents and dramatic pampas grass. Consider wildflowers, daisies, chrysanthemums, celosia blooms and tropical spidery protea. Add blue to your bouquet with peonies, roses, ranunculus, tweedia, larkspur and delphinium. Create a happy vibe with yellow and sunflowers, cymbidium orchids, tulips, ranunculus, daffodils, roses and carnations. Dream purple with violet roses, lavender, anemone, bittersweet nightshade, cattleya, orchids, calla lilly, candytuft, waxflower, lilac, aster and hydrangea. Create a white wedding bouquet with anemone, hydrangeas, gerpoms, tulips, snapdragons, carnations, alabaster rose gypsophila, dendrobium, orchids, dahlia, peonies, hybrid poppy, ranunculus, godetia and queen Anne’s lace.

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Saving Wedding Bouquets

Preserving a bouquet requires proper storage and expeditious shipping. Some services will arrange to pick up the bouquet the same night. Overnight shipping requires refrigeration. There are different methods of preservation. The most effective of which is freeze-drying. Flowers are flash frozen and brought back to room temperature over a period of weeks. Flowers can also be preserved with an air-drying technique or by using silica gel. This removes the moisture from the flowers. If you want to preserve your wedding bouquet, you should talk to your florist and plan in advance.

Wedding Bouquets

Crystal Ballroom Clearwater

Your bouquet and entire wedding fashion should coordinate with the designs of your wedding venue. Step inside of the design studio at Crystal Ballroom Clearwater and meet the master design team. Hand select your flowers, décor, linens, chair sashes, chinaware and elegant centerpieces. Walk the aisle in a luxurious wedding venue that is designed just for you.


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