It is easiest to make decisions when your attention is focused on
each item in the same order they are listed. Once decisions are made on
Bridal and Bridesmaids bouquets, many of your other decisions become much
Making decisions on Bridal and Bridesmaids bouquets, can be a daunting
task but, does not necessarily have to be that way. It helps if your
wedding color theme has already been chosen. This can suggest certain
varieties of flowers that would best compliment the color of the gowns.
The biggest component is to choose the style of the bouquet.
Bridal bouquets are larger and more elegant than the
Bridesmaids bouquets. A Bridal bouquet can also be a completely different
style than that of the bridesmaids. Think of all of your flowers
boutonnières) as accessories to your outfits. The
bride would not purchase shoes the same color as the bridesmaids dresses
if her gown is a different color. Additionally, the Father of the Groom
would not pick shoes that go with the bridesmaids dresses. This is why it
is perfectly acceptable to have an entirely different style of bouquet for
the Bride than the Bridesmaids. It is also why it is ok to introduce a
different color when choosing corsages and boutonnières for some members
of the wedding party. Often however, the Bridesmaids bouquets are a
smaller version of the Bridal bouquet but with a different color scheme.
OK, enough of the nuts and bolts of making decisions. Use the links on
the left to view some of the different styles of bouquets that are
available. Keep in mind that it is impossible to take a picture of every
possible combination. The pictures are meant to help you visualize what
your bouquet might look like. Think of the bouquets as recipes for
cookies. A basic format will be followed but things can be added or
deleted to accommodate your specific tastes and desires. A professional
florist is especially skilled at this.
Once you have made some basic decisions, you will want to contact a
live person who can help answer some of the remaining questions you have
or, make suggestions on availability of specific varieties that will
enhance your color theme. It is best to make an appointment for this type
of consultation as it can take as little as 15 minutes for a small wedding
to as much as an hour and a half for a large and formal one. You should
never have to pay for consultation time. If your florist insists you do,
they are likely also charging high labor rates for all of the components
of your wedding.