Choosing the Bridal Bouquet
The wedding bouquet completes the bride's look and must complement the dress. The colour of the bouquet must fit in with the wedding scheme - e.g. country, city, vintage, modern, and should coordinate with the bridesmaids' dresses, the flowers at the ceremony and the reception.
- It is best to keep flowers simple and only have one or two types of bloom.
- Most bouquets will also include a little greenery.
- It is usually cheapest and best to choose seasonal flowers.
- The bride must like the scent of the flowers and avoid anything too pollen heavy.
- The bouquet should be held at hip-height; if it's held too high the line of the dress is spoilt.
- Often, the groom's buttonhole matches the bride's flowers, and the best man, ushers' and fathers' buttonholes reflect the bridesmaids' flowers.
- The bouquet can be dried after the wedding by hanging it upside down in a dark place. There are also specialist companies who professionally preserve the bouquet by freeze-drying.
- It is traditional for the bride to throw her bouquet before she leaves the wedding.