Using a Wedding Bouquet to Spotlight Your Style

Your wedding flower bouquet will help set the tone for your celebration. The style of your wedding gown is a big factor in selecting the arrangement you will carry down the aisle. For example, a modern bride in a Vera Wang sheathe might choose a single, dramatic calla lily, while the informal bride may opt for a hand-tied bouquet of wildflowers. A bride in Victorian lace could carry a nostalgic bouquet of garden roses and lily of the valley. Here are easy ways to find the right bloom for your big day.
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Color plays a large part in your wedding planning floral choices. Although traditional bouquets usually are white, bouquets of bright colors and strong contrasts are increasingly popular. Some brides break with traditional white to choose rich hues that complement the dresses worn by their bridesmaids.


Although almost every flower is available year-round for a price, the season in which you’ll marry can influence your bouquet choice. For example, a spring bride might choose peonies, tulips or daffodils, while the late summer bride may prefer marigolds or delphiniums. (Our gallery of Wedding flowers will help you visualize these bouquet options)


The most popular flowers for wedding flower bouquets are roses, lilies, stephanotis, orchids, peonies, irises, daisies, gardenias and hydrangeas. But there are dozens of other options. Consult your florist to find your perfect mix.

Your style of bouquet also is a matter of personal style and taste. Some of the more popular wedding flower bouquets include:

1. Biedermeier. Often bound by a lace or ivy collar, the Biedermeier has a number of complementary flowers tightly bound into a compact ball, usually with an oversized blossom at the center.
2. Cascade. Long-stemmed flowers are combined with flowing ivy and other greenery for a cascading effect down the front of your gown.
3. Composite. Individual flower petals are wired together to create a single large flower.
4. Crescent. Similar to a cascade, it’s a curved bouquet designed to nestle along your arm. Neither cascades or crescents currently are as popular as clutch bouquets.
5. Nosegays. A variety of flowers and greenery are tied into a tight, round bunch with ribbon, lace or strands of crystal and pearls.
6. Spray. A few blossoms are fashioned together in a triangular shape and bound by ribbon or decorative cord.

When finding your wedding bouquet, look for inspiration all around you, including the galleries of Wedding flowers available online. From your wedding dress to your favorite colors to the rich vibrancy of the outdoors, all of these elements can help you find a wedding bouquet to spotlight your style.

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