{Guest Post} How to Choose a Bridal Bouquet That Suits You

Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post from Patricia Hall of London-based Serenata Flowers. As someone who loves to surround herself with flowers and involve herself with everything flora and fauna, Patricia’s what you would call a flower connoisseur, and we’re thrilled she’s offered to share her expertise with us. Enjoy…

Choosing the right bouquet for your wedding can be a difficult and daunting task. You want something that will compliment your gown, body style and theme, as well as have a special meaning to you and your groom. When it comes to style, brides have three main choices — cascade, nosegay and arm sheaf.

Cascade bouquets are the most formal and traditional type of bouquet. Shaped like waterfalls and rounded at the top, cascades have a stream of flowers and greenery that flow over the bride’s hand.

Nosegays are a shorter, more rounded bouquet. They are flexible enough to be used in either formal or casual weddings and consist of sparsely packed flowers that incorporate more greenery, giving emphasis to the flowers, petals and stems.

Arm sheaf bouquets are ideal for more chic and modern ceremonies. As a presentation bouquet, an arm sheaf is made with long-stemmed flowers and is cradled alongside the bride’s inner arm.

Each of these styles can be customized to fit the bride’s body style, gown, venue and sentimental preferences.

Style Considerations

Body style is a key factor in considering the width of the bouquet. Fuller figured women will benefit from a larger, more rounded bouquet. Smaller bouquets can exaggerate width, while larger bouquets can make the bride appear slimmer. Petite brides should consider a scaled-down bouquet that will accent her tiny physique, while shorter brides can also consider going with a sheath or large teardrop bouquet that will add the illusion of length. Large posy or medium teardrop bouquets will compliment a taller bride by drawing the eye down and giving the bride’s height a more even appearance.

A good rule of thumb is the larger the gown, the larger the bouquet. Coordinate the size of you dresses. A ball gown, though not long, has a grand shape that can easily swallow smaller bouquets. Slim line sheaths are better complimented by smaller, lighter bouquets that don’t hide your bouquet with the length of your gown or train. Smaller, more casual bouquets are a better compliment to informal dresses, while long-stemmed formal bouquets work better with fuller, more elaborate dresses. Heavily embellished gowns are best complimented by a simpler bouquet. Too many blooms or embellishments can make your ensemble look busy or overstated.


Consider your venue when choosing the style of bouquet, as well as the flowers and greenery. An elaborate venue can make smaller bouquets seem insignificant. Choose larger, rounded bouquets or an elaborate cascade in flowers that compliment your setting or theme. Larger bouquets in a smaller venue can overpower the space. A scaled down cascade bouquet or sleek and simple nosegay in a single flower can be the perfect compliment to a smaller venue wedding. Outdoor wedding bouquets should compliment the surroundings. Smaller, hand-tied bouquets are a perfect compliment to intimate backyard weddings, while grander cascading bouquets are ideal for beach and large garden venues.

Flowers, Colors and Embellishments

Choose flowers that are either aesthetically pleasing or have a special meaning to you. An iris carries a message of faith and wisdom, while lilacs are a symbol of love’s first emotion. Roses, tulips and orchids convey a message of love, joy, beauty and passion, while hydrangeas and chrysanthemums are symbols of understanding, wealth, abundance and truth.

Colors can either coordinate with the theme of the wedding or be a unique way to convey the sentiment that best represents your union. Red and ivy are a great way to represent love and passion, while whites and yellows indicate purity and fidelity.

You can personalize your bouquet even further by incorporating precious mementos. Pin family heirlooms, like brooches and earrings to the bouquet, or make the wrap out of strip of fabric that has special meaning — your mother’s wedding dress or the outfit you wore on your first date with the groom. You can also accent your bouquet with accessories that match the theme, like sea shells and starfish for a beach theme, or butterflies and ladybugs for a garden wedding.

Discuss with your florist which flowers are in season and which ones are going to be more difficult to get. Find out how long it takes to have your flowers delivered and in what condition your florist’s supplier will be sending flowers in. Keep in mind that flowers often arrive to the florist not quite in bloom. You will want to allow plenty of time to ensure that your flowers are in full bloom for your big day.

{Image Credits (from top): Seattle Flowers, Mews Design, Sunshine Coast Brides Magazine, OnSugar, Pretty Chic Blog, Something Old Something New}

3 Comments on {Guest Post} How to Choose a Bridal Bouquet That Suits You

  1. kozui slimming suit
    October 11, 2013 at 1:06 am (2 years ago)

    The flower in the hand in the first picture (by the bride) is so niceeeeee……


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