Bridal bouquet

What flowers should be in the bride's bouquet?

A wed­ding is the most impor­tant event in any girl’s life. That is why the pre-wed­ding peri­od is accom­pa­nied by an excit­ing pre-hol­i­day fuss and the solu­tion of issues sig­nif­i­cant for the event: the choice of a wed­ding dress, a suit for the groom, a place of cel­e­bra­tion, a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, and so on. At an ide­al wed­ding, every detail — from the col­or scheme of the scenery to what flow­ers should be in the bride’s bou­quet — should be thor­ough­ly thought out. There­fore, you should not rely on the first stall with flow­ers that came across in front of the Wed­ding Palace, but it is bet­ter to decide on the bride’s flower com­bi­na­tion in advance.

Traditional requirements for composition

A wed­ding dress and a wed­ding bou­quet are two inex­tri­ca­bly linked attrib­ut­es, so when choos­ing the lat­ter, they usu­al­ly rely on the col­or, style and even the mate­r­i­al of the dress. Pre­vi­ous­ly, brides adhered to the clas­sic wed­ding style and got mar­ried in a snow-white dress and chose a bou­quet to match it. There­fore, a tra­di­tion­al wed­ding bou­quet is a bou­quet of white flow­ers. And the tra­di­tion­al flow­ers for the bou­quet are tea or white ros­es. Some­times you can find clas­sic com­po­si­tions with chrysan­the­mums and car­na­tions.

The tra­di­tion­al shape of a wed­ding bou­quet is a ball or a hemi­sphere. Such forms are the most ver­sa­tile, and also allow you to har­mo­nious­ly fit one or more types of flow­ers into the com­po­si­tion and dec­o­rate it with dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments. As for dec­o­ra­tion, a satin rib­bon with which a bou­quet is tied up can be attrib­uted to the tra­di­tion­al forms of dec­o­ra­tion. The shade of the rib­bon should be com­bined with the flow­ers in the com­po­si­tion, there­fore, in a clas­sic bou­quet, the rib­bon is usu­al­ly pas­tel in col­or.

If your wed­ding is in the fall, then you can choose sea­son­al fresh flow­ers that bloom in Sep­tem­ber. You will see their names below.

plant meanings

A tra­di­tion­al wed­ding is full of var­i­ous kinds of cus­toms and super­sti­tions: meet­ing with bread and salt, excla­ma­tions of “bit­ter”, fees “for a boy and a girl” and oth­ers. There­fore, if a cou­ple decides to observe super­sti­tion in every­thing, then they are faced with choos­ing a bou­quet to find out the mean­ing of each flower. This will set the right mood for the wed­ding event.

  • Ros­es are an ancient sym­bol of love and pas­sion. This is prob­a­bly why they are the most pop­u­lar plant used in most bridal bou­quets. With ros­es, the process of “catch­ing” the bride’s bou­quet acquires a spe­cial mean­ing: the bride con­veys a sym­bol of love to an unmar­ried girl, pre­de­ter­min­ing her meet­ing or future wed­ding.
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  • Orchids are close in mean­ing to ros­es. They mean love, wealth and fer­til­i­ty. Orchids are an excel­lent choice for new­ly­weds who hope not only for a long and strong rela­tion­ship, but also for finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty.
  • lilies proph­esy a long mar­riage, and also promise wealth and pros­per­i­ty to the new­ly­weds.
  • Hydrangeas — mutu­al under­stand­ing and con­sent, suit­able for those who put these qual­i­ties at the fore­front.
  • peonies — Chi­nese sym­bol of a hap­py and strong mar­riage. There­fore, such a bou­quet is good for con­nois­seurs of ori­en­tal cul­ture and wis­dom.
  • The mean­ing of tulips changes depend­ing on their col­or. Pur­ple means loy­al­ty and favor, bur­gundy means per­fect love, and clas­sic white means for­give­ness.
  • dahlias sym­bol­ize eter­nal rela­tion­ships and love. And dahlias empha­size the ele­gance of the bride.
  • Laven­deras many might have guessed, it is calm­ness, puri­ty and devo­tion, and also a very pleas­ant aro­ma.
  • Chrysan­the­mum - a flower of opti­mism, joy and good mood. For those cou­ples who appre­ci­ate a pos­i­tive atti­tude and emo­tions in every­thing, they want to bring them into the wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny.

Popular Combinations

Among the huge num­ber of flow­ers of var­i­ous col­ors, cer­tain com­bi­na­tions have already devel­oped, which are often used in a wed­ding bou­quet.

  • Ros­es. Ros­es are good because, on the one hand, they can be used in small mono-bou­quets, and on the oth­er hand, they are ver­sa­tile when used with any oth­er flow­ers. In addi­tion, a mix­ture of ros­es of var­i­ous vari­eties and shades will be a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, the com­bi­na­tion of lush sin­gle-head­ed ros­es with neat spray ros­es is espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar. The most pop­u­lar vari­eties of ros­es for wed­ding bou­quets are David Austin’s peony ros­es. You can add a mono-bou­quet of Austin peony ros­es with black­ber­ries and rose hips — it will turn out very exclu­sive. These ros­es go well with oth­er types of plants: lilies of the val­ley, eustoma, cot­ton, vio­lets, garten­sia.
  • Peonies. Peonies, like ros­es, can be used as the only flow­ers in a com­po­si­tion. But one of the most pop­u­lar options for a wed­ding is a com­bi­na­tion of ros­es and peonies in pas­tel col­ors. Such a bou­quet can be refreshed with green­ery and wild­flow­ers. The result is a unique and ten­der com­po­si­tion that embod­ies love, pas­sion and a strong mar­riage at the same time. If you want the wed­ding bou­quet to look extrav­a­gant, then add pop­pies, ranun­culi or callas to the peonies. If the bride wants to empha­size her ten­der­ness and sophis­ti­ca­tion, then hibis­cus or freesia will be appro­pri­ate with peonies. Such bou­quets can be on their own stems, tied with a dec­o­ra­tive rib­bon. And if it is nec­es­sary to pre­serve fresh­ness for a long time, then a bou­quet with a por­ta bou­quet is rec­om­mend­ed. The most unusu­al ver­sion of a bou­quet with peonies is a taped bou­quet, where cut petals and buds are fixed on a wire frame.
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  • Orchids. Orchids are not only incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful flow­ers, but also sur­pris­ing­ly durable — they can stand for anoth­er month after the event. Mono-bou­quets of orchids are not pop­u­lar, but these col­ors will be excel­lent bou­quet neigh­bors for chrysan­the­mums, callas, hydrangeas and chamomile. The com­bi­na­tion of orchids and ros­es in one com­po­si­tion enjoys great suc­cess. An orchid is a very bold choice for a bridal bou­quet, so you should go away from the clas­sic spher­i­cal shape with it and try a slight asym­me­try of the bou­quet, where the flow­ers in the com­po­si­tion resem­ble a “hang­ing water­fall”, and an exquis­ite flo­ral “explo­sion” appears in the hands of the bride.

Oth­er options are no less sophis­ti­cat­ed.

  • Car­na­tions. A bou­quet made up only of car­na­tions is not pop­u­lar among brides. But it will look good in com­bi­na­tion with peony ros­es and lisianthus sim­i­lar to them. But the best option for a wed­ding bou­quet is adding car­na­tions to a bou­quet of chrysan­the­mums. Such a bou­quet does not require addi­tion­al dec­o­ra­tion. You can sim­ply tie it with a satin rib­bon.
  • Ger­beras. These flow­ers are very much loved by wed­ding florists. They are picky, bloom until late autumn and do not have thorns. A mono-bou­quet of ger­beras will make the image of the bride brighter. And if you want to dilute the wed­ding com­po­si­tion with oth­er flow­ers, then iris­es, chrysan­the­mums and large daisies are per­fect for this. Those who like to stand out should also pay atten­tion to the com­bi­na­tion of bur­gundy ros­es and white ger­beras.
  • ranun­cu­lus or but­ter­cups, as they are called in the CIS coun­tries, resem­ble large ros­es and are very pop­u­lar among wed­ding florists. In com­bi­na­tion with oth­er col­ors, it is bet­ter to use but­ter­cups of bright col­ors. For exam­ple, a com­bi­na­tion of white or cream ros­es and bright orange but­ter­cups, as well as yel­low ros­es and maroon but­ter­cups, will be ide­al. This option is ide­al for a Euro­peanized wed­ding and unpre­ten­tious, but styl­ish wed­ding dress.

Florist Tips

In your choice, do not ignore the rec­om­men­da­tions of pro­fes­sion­als. Even in salons where flow­ers and bou­quets are sold, real experts can help you with advice.

  • As men­tioned ear­li­er, the col­or of the bou­quet depends on the col­or of the wed­ding dress. But this does not mean at all that the flower arrange­ment should match the tone of the dress. The ide­al wed­ding bou­quet is one or two shades dark­er than the wed­ding dress.
  • If after the solemn wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny a long trip around the city is planned, pho­tograph­ing or just cir­cum­stances are such that you need to car­ry the bou­quet with you for a long time for a whole day, then using a spe­cial cap­sule or flower porter with flo­ral foam will help keep the fresh­ness of the bou­quet.
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  • In order for flow­ers to fit per­fect­ly into the wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, they must be com­bined not only with the image of the bride, but also with the groom’s bou­ton­niere. Thanks to such a seem­ing­ly tri­fle, an absolute­ly com­plete and amaz­ing image of the new­ly­weds will be cre­at­ed.
  • A petite bride in an A‑line dress should opt for a round bou­quet. In this com­bi­na­tion, the bride and the bou­quet will look very har­mo­nious.
  • Slen­der and tall girls should pay atten­tion to the cas­cad­ing form of the flower arrange­ment, in which some of the flow­ers seem to fall out of the hands of the bride and resem­ble a water­fall descend­ing from her hands.
  • For brides of short stature in a dress with a straight cut, a ver­ti­cal mono-bou­quet, the so-called wand of flow­ers on long stems, is suit­able. This image looks ele­gant and con­cise at the same time.
  • A frame-shaped bou­quet is for those who like to exper­i­ment. From the frame, you can make any shape of a bou­quet: a but­ter­fly, a heart hat. And attach cut buds and petals to the frame. Ide­al for lovers of every­thing unusu­al, those who like to sur­prise oth­ers.
  • Tru­ly extrav­a­gant girls, who can use a bright bou­quet with the style of the dress, can com­ple­ment it with dried fruits, suc­cu­lents and wild flow­ers. Clus­ters of moun­tain ash, sprigs of berries, corn­flow­ers, blue­bells can give a spe­cial beau­ty to the flower arrange­ment.
  • If the bride is afraid of the dis­com­fort that wear­ing a bou­quet can bring her, then you should pay atten­tion to the bou­quet-bracelet, which is attached to the arm with spe­cial rib­bons and does not cause any incon­ve­nience.
  • In a del­i­cate bou­quet on long stems using green­ery and wild flow­ers, it would be very appro­pri­ate to use not a satin rib­bon, but a rope tourni­quet. Such a bou­quet will refresh the image of the bride and cre­ate a won­der­ful atmos­phere for oth­ers.

No mat­ter what, no mat­ter what they advise, the bride should trust her feel­ings when choos­ing a bou­quet for the main hol­i­day of her life. To which of them the soul lies, that one must be cho­sen. This will be fair to your­self first and fore­most.

How to col­lect the per­fect bou­quet for the bride, see the fol­low­ing video.