April Showers Bring May Flowers
Our #WeddingWednesday posts continue with different advice for brides & grooms as well as with information about great wedding venues, vendors, and with photos and information from our very own weddings that we have been lucky to be a part of. This week we are focusing on April Showers Bring May Flowers and have included some tips for brides who are looking for floral bouquets.
May has arrived and it’s beginning to appear more like spring should: warm, sunny, and flowers are in bloom. Speaking of flowers, one component that a bride must think about for her wedding day is the flower arrangements. The bridal bouquet is associated with the tradition of throwing the bouquet. A bride throws a bouquet to all of the female guests and tradition says that the person who catches it is the next to get married. Therefore, the bouquet is both an accessory on your day and a focal point of a traditional activity.
When looking for a bouquet you want it to be based off of your dress so that the details of the bouquet are similar to that of the dress. If you don’t have a big, voluptuous ball gown then you don’t want a big bouquet of flowers. If your dress is more subtle you don’t want something that is going to be more noticeable than you as the bride. For this reason you should to bring a picture of the dress with you when meeting with the florist so that they can gain some inspiration from it. You should also bring swatches of the bridesmaid’s dress so that the florist will be able to do their bouquets as well and ensure that the color of the flowers matches the colors for your wedding. You may also want to bring a swatch of your dress so that the florist has an idea of the exact shade of your dress which may not be portrayed as accurately in a photo depending on the lighting.
Another thing that must be considered when creating your bouquet is the season your wedding is in. Every flower is not available year round and sometimes they are more expensive at certain times of the year so make sure that you find out which flowers are in season first. Taking this into account will help you stay within budget when looking for the right flowers and also ensure that you are not disappointed when the florist tells you that a certain flower is unavailable for your wedding.
When holding the bouquet you should try to hold it below your waist. This way all of your guests will be able to see how radiant you are and whatever embellishments on the dress will not be obscured by the bouquet. Make sure that the bouquet will be comfortable for you as it will be in your hands throughout the day. If it isn’t comfortable then you will be uncomfortable on what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life.
If you follow these guidelines for choosing your bouquet for your wedding day then you are sure to have a picture perfect bouquet that adds an excellent element to the entire celebration.
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