Weddings are exciting and filled with oodles of choices and important decisions: the place, the date, attendants, guests, gowns, cakes, flowers, gifts and the honeymoon. Each decision is significant, some easier to make than others. With the numerous options available today, it is almost mind boggling and often difficult to narrow things down and make those very important choices.

Being a florist, I am very tuned in to flowers, of course, and I do think they add so much to any wedding, big or small. There is one selection that is special and so very personal, and that is the bridal bouquet. It’s been many years since I got married but I remember so well that gorgeous bouquet, and when I picked it up and held it for the first time with my beautiful gown I knew this was a day I would never forget. That is the moment I really felt like a bride.

Many factors come in to play when choosing a bridal bouquet: The time of year, time of day, bride’s favorite flowers, colors, size, budget and, most important, her personality. Today we have a global market for flowers and, combined with the talent of your floral designer, almost anything is possible. Flowers follow trends just like everything else, and here are a few bouquets that are great choices for today’s unique bride.

Sometimes it’s the actual floral material that dictates the trend. Succulents have been so popular, a welcomed addition to any floral design, but especially strong in bridal bouquets. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and it’s not difficult to find a pleasing combination. The bouquet pictured incorporates the succulents with purple blooms and a surprise accent of wispy feathers to add color and movement.

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Color is also a driver of style and trend. The soft blush tone of the ‘Quicksand’ roses in this cascading bouquet is a favorite with the lime green of the hanging amaranthus setting it off perfectly. The green contrasts nicely with the blush, giving it life and a dramatic quality without losing the softness and romance of the blush color. Making the right color choices is often one of the most important decisions in choosing a bridal bouquet, probably because it is the most visual element.

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Design can be the inspiration for many brides. They want something different, not just like what their friends or family members have carried. For years, the trend was to have very few, if any, foliages in bridal bouquets. The flowers were often packed tightly and not a leaf was present. As trends always do, they turn around and now foliages are an important part of the bouquet design. A graceful spray of lily grass creates the handle of this bouquet while lush monstera leaves frame the main part. Texture has also risen to the top of the most wanted elements, so you will see succulents, wheat, protea and even feathers added to the tulips, freesia and iris. Unexpected combinations create interest and certainly that “one of a kind’ look.

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Destination locations have been a favorite of modern bride’s and many times a beach is involved. Even if you don’t head for the islands you can still have your love for the seashore be a part of your wedding day. This bouquet features exquisite shells tucked in between eryngium, hyacinths and garden roses. Skeletal leaves add a welcomed texture and ethereal feel to the bouquet.

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More and more brides are asking for cascading style bouquets. The trend for a very long time was all round, compact bouquets. Now, with the interest in foliages plus looking for a “new” look, many are choosing a looser shape. This bouquet features two other popular flowers, the garden rose and the orchid. Both have topped the favored list for today’s bride. The red violet coloring, highlighted with the lovely peach tones and then punched up with the beautiful pepper berry foliage, makes for a very elegant bouquet.Flowers&-Bouquet5

Choosing the right bouquet is a big job, but it is one of the most fun parts of the wedding, as you and your florist can work together to make that “one of a kind just for you” bouquet you will remember the rest of your life.

Photos courtesy of Flowers& magazine.