Tips for Picking your Bridal Bouquet

Posted at 01:56 pm Monday July 25th 2011
Many brides already have a bridal bouquet in mind - whether it`s their favourite flower or something that has other specific meaning for them.  But what if you don't?  Here are some things to think about when choosing your bridal bouquet.
1. Choose a flower that's in season.  They'll likely be less expensive and they will be easier to get than something that has to be imported.

2. Think about silk flowers.  Although fresh are usually preferred, silk flowers have the advantage of keeping their look throughout the wedding and beyond.  

3. Make sure your bouquet is complimentary, not distracting.  Consider colour - a bouquet of red roses will draw the eye - drawing attention to the bouquet instead of the bride.  As well, ensure the bouquet doesn't overwhelm you.  Consider your figure and height - if you're petite, make sure your bouquet is preportionate. 

4. Your flowers should last all day. Ask your florist's advice about which will hold up well taking into consideration the climate, etc.

5. Take a swatch of your gown fabric and a picture so your florist knows what their working with.  This is especially helpful if you are using white flowers and ensures the florist will choose a complimentary shade.

6. Many flowers have meanings and are chosen for bridal bouquets as a result. Stephanotis stands for happiness in marriage, Rose means love and being true, and Tulips stand for perfect love and declaration of love. More meanings here. The top wedding flowers are Rose, Lilly, Orchid, Hyacinth, Tulip, Stephanotis and Daisy.
7. If you have allergies, make sure you're not allergic to your bouquet!  Ask your florist to let you "sample" the flowers - smell and touch them to ensure that you won't end up a sneezy, puffy eyed bride!  If in doubt, stick to silk!
8. Most importantly, pick something that suits your dress, style and personality!
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