Bridal-Bouquet-fbWhen planning a wedding, one of your most exciting decisions will be choosing your bridal bouquet. Consider your personal style, body shape and the lines of your dress when choosing your design. Collect photos and magazine or web page images to illustrate design styles and color harmonies you love to share with your florist. This will help them to identify your signature style.

Try these seven tips when selecting your bouquet:

  1. Consider your body shape

Think proportion. Your height should be the first consideration. Share your height measurement with your florist when you discuss the length of your bouquet. Consider your overall body shape. Your physical form should influence the shape and width of your bouquet.

For example, a petite bride could opt for a smaller bouquet that doesn’t overwhelm or hide the dress. Smaller bouquets can be just as impressive as larger ones. Taller brides can accent their height and look very graceful holding a longer, cascading bouquet. A bride with a fuller figure might choose a larger bouquet rich in detail to capture the eye. A long, cascading design will flatter a full figure and lengthen its look by drawing the eye down instead of across the body.

  1. Select colors that complement

Your choice of color harmony for wedding flowers and bridal gown should take into consideration the hue of your complexion, hair color and makeup. Brides with dark complexion and hair can opt for a stronger floral color palette than a bride with fair skin and light colored hair. Colors that are too bold can make a bride with a delicate complexion look fragile. Crisp whites are attractive on brides with a darker complexion and hair, while softer ivory tones highlight a bride with more delicate coloring. Adjusting your choice of makeup and accessories to fit your personal coloring and attire is important, as well. If you are unsure as to which colors complement, seek the advice of a professional makeup artist and florist. LINK

  1. Highlight the style of your dress

Keep the cut and detail of a dress in mind when designing your bouquet so the two complement each other. The style of your dress should influence the style of your bouquet. A traditional dress with a full skirt calls for a larger, more detailed bouquet for balance. A contemporary over-the-arm sheath or cuff bouquet cascading vertically would suit an elegant dress with a slim silhouette. A traditional cascade can accent the bodice of an empire waist, while a simple, casual dress is best accessorized with a small, informal bouquet. The traditional dress of a specific culture needs a bouquet that fits the same theme.

  1. Pay attention to detail

Equally important is the ornamentation of the dress. If your dress has many intricate details you will want to highlight those by using complementary detail in your flowers. If your dress is beautifully adorned, be careful not to allow the bouquet to overwhelm the dress with finishing details that are too busy, flowers that are too textural, or a size that is too large and hides the dress.

  1. Ask about pricing

Ask what seasonal, bouquet flower choices are available in your price range. Ask for suggestions of appropriate substitutions should your first choices be unavailable or out of your budget. Realize that flowers are a perishable product and their availability can vary due to conditions that florists cannot control such as weather, transport, and quality issues. Place your confidence in their professional ability to make appropriate substitutions, if necessary. Agree on a price point for your bouquet and the bouquets for your bridesmaids. Discuss flower choices that fit in that price range.

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Provide the same basic information to your florist concerning your bridesmaids and their gowns. Offer estimations of height and body profiles, complexion and hair colors, and any special considerations for each girl. Provide a picture of their dresses and a color swatch, if possible. These details with help you and your florist to select a style and color palette for their flowers that complements your bridal bouquet.

  1. Confirm your selections

Your professional florist can help you select flowers that personalize your style, accessorize your dress and complement your figure. With their guidance, make your selections. Once you have placed the order for your bouquet(s) and paid a deposit on the wedding flowers, ask for a description of your choices (and possible substitutions) in writing.

What advice do you suggest for choosing a bridal bouquet?

Sharon McGukin is author of “Flowers of the Heart: A Bride’s Guide to Choosing Flowers for her Wedding.