Choosing your Bridesmaid Bouquet
Your bridesmaids are a key part of your big day. Made up of your closest friends and loved ones, they are a reflection of your journey to this point in your life. So when it comes to choosing their bouquets, the flowers should reflect or complement your own to create a unified look. Here’s how to choose the perfect bridesmaid bouquets.
Think of the big picture
When coming up with bridesmaid bouquet ideas, think about the whole wedding party. If you have several bridesmaids, you may want to keep things simple and cost-effective with just three or four flowers, or a small hoop with flowers woven around it. With a smaller wedding party, however, you can choose a bigger or fuller bouquet.
Colour and style
Your flower choices are likely to come after the selection of the bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. So when choosing the bouquets, opt for flowers that work well with the dresses, both in style and colour. Traditionally, the colour of the flowers has been a similar shade to that of the dress, but to create an eye-catching look, choose flowers that contrast. Blue or white flowers look great with a coral dress, for example.
The shape of the bouquet, meanwhile, should complement the cut of the dress. A sleek bridemaid bouquet with long, elegant stems looks best with a closer fitting dress, while a rounder arrangement looks good with a fuller dress style.
Traditionally, wedding photos include pictures of the bride with her bridesmaids. With that in mind, you’ll want to give your bridesmaids bouquets that relate to yours in order to create visual harmony. The most popular choice is smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet for each bridesmaid. It makes a unified statement, and is very classic.
If you’d like to get a bit more adventurous, however, why not give your wedding party bouquets with the same colour flowers, but different varieties? Or use the same flowers but in a complementary colour. Alternatively, you might choose to give your bridesmaids a bouquet with more foliage than flowers for a vibrant, lush feel that also makes the bridal bouquet stand out.
Make it special
Now you’ve got the basics sorted, it’s time to add a personal touch to your bouquets. Thoughtful additions to the flowers turn them into something more significant. If you’re a bookworm, add one or two paper flowers made from the pages of a favourite novel, or add a small charm that can be kept by the bridesmaid long after the flowers are gone.
It’s also well known that different flowers have different meanings, so you could choose the flowers based on what you’d like to say to or about your bridesmaids. Sweet peas, for example, symbolise kind-heartedness, while freesias symbolise innocence and purity – ideal for a child bridesmaid.
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