It's your wedding and you have got your dream wedding gown, a great reception venue, and not to forget the man that you love standing at the end of the aisle. Are you forgetting something? Well, you have missed out on one of the most important elements of a wedding, the wedding flowers. These brilliant splashes of golds, oranges, cobalt blues, hot pinks, purples, and red flower bouquets not only add a touch of beauty to your weddings, but are also a wonderful way to augment a traditional arrangement.
Planning for the perfect wedding bouquet should begin around six to eight months in advance. The wedding bouquets consist of the bridal bouquets as well as the larger groups of bouquets that are commonly used as decorations for tables, alter arrangements, or wedding centerpieces. Here is a rundown on things you need to know before fixing that all important appointment with the florist.
Drawn from an ancient Roman tradition, bridal bouquets were thought to be able to ward away the evil spirits with their strong-smelling herbs or flowers. Representing a blossoming maiden and her choice of flowers representing certain emotions, the most commonly used flowers are the roses, lilies, orchids, dried lavender, and freesia. However, the classic and timeless white bridal bouquet consisting of lily of the valley and orchids still continues to be the favorite for traditional brides.
Each of these flowers have a special flower meanings tied to them, such as the camellia blooms represent loveliness, carnation for admiration, ivy stands for fidelity, myrtle for love, violets represent steadfastness, and tulips for ardent love. The all important roses have a special meaning too, with the red roses standing for romantic love, light pink roses for gracefulness, the dark pink ones for admiration, and yellow roses for well wishes.
For those wanting to save themselves the hassles of keeping their bridal flower bouquets fresh for a long time, you can opt for the artificial or the silk flower bouquets, commonly known as the silk bridal bouquets. However, there is something about the fresh blossoms that is hard for many brides to resist. There are also many types of bridal bouquets, like the arm bouquet (think of a beauty pageant winner), cascade or the flowing bouquets, composite, and the nosegay bouquets. While the petite brides should go in for the bridal flower posies, taller brides can go in for larger arrangements, either in width or length.
Once you have zeroed in on the arrangement of the bouquet, you need select the flowers and the other floral accessories, such as the ribbons and the fabric to beads and the baubles. In addition to the bridal bouquet, there are other wedding bouquets such as the bridesmaid's bouquets, groom's boutonniere, groomsman's boutonnieres, corsages for the parents and grandparents, and bouquets for the flower girl. Make sure the colors of the flowers complement the dresses of the bride and bridesmaids, and do not clash with the groom's and groomsmens' outfits.
Wedding flower bouquets are also used for decorating a floral arch that the bride and groom or the officiant stands under, during the ceremony. In addition, smaller floral bouquets of yellow roses and white Canterbury Bells could be great as reception table decorations. Roses on each side of the reception door, the gift table, and guest book table could serve as pointers for your guests to follow.
The reception location is a great place to be decorated with the flower bouquets. They can be placed on each side of an entrance arch, behind the head table, or around a dance floor. Place some wedding floral bouquets across the reception tables or spaced along the head table or buffet line to add to the magic touch.
Use these tips for creating the perfect wedding flower bouquet and choose the most beautiful flowers for the wedding of a lifetime.