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Not many of us can profess to be an expert on flowers, and a trip to the florist can be a daunting experience if you can’t tell your irises from your calla lilies or you haven’t a clue what a corsage or a boutonniere is. Fortunately, once you’ve mastered some basic terminology and made some fundamental choices, the rest is really all down to personal preference and creative exploration.
Types of Bouquet
The type of bouquet you choose should tie in with the general style of the wedding and your size and shape. Weddings can be loosely categorized as formal, semi-formal or casual. The more elaborate, long-stemmed bouquets are most suitable for formal occasions (especially if the bride is wearing a flowing dress with a long train), while small bouquets fit well with casual ceremonies where the dress is likely to be shorter and more informal in style.
The cascade (also known as a fountain, waterfall or shower) is the iconic wedding bouquet: rounded, with flowers that stream over the bride’s hand.
A variety of flowers can be used to make a cascade, especially those with large flowers like calla lilies, lisianthus, orchids and, of course, roses.
Flowers never go out of style, and JaclinArt has a generous selection of floral-themed invites to browse.
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Arm sheafs, just like cascades, are often chosen for formal weddings. Also known as a presentation bouquet, the arm sheaf is built from long-stemmed blooms which are cradled against the inner arm. Gladiolus, long-stemmed roses, orchids, delphiniums and calla lilies are popular choices.
Next we have the nosegay, a safe bet for formal and casual weddings alike. Usually containing more greenery, the nosegay is small and sparse, with ribbon often used to bind the stems. Tulips, irises, lilies and roses are favored.
Finally we have the conveniantly portable flower bracelet or wrist corsage. These consist of small groupings of flowers, often orchids or roses, and are a convenient bouquet for the casual wedding, working well with short-hemmed gowns.
As mentioned earlier, your size and shape will also have a bearing on the best bouquet for your occasion. Cascades and arm sheafs are most suitable for tall brides, while a shorter woman might be best choosing a compact nosegay. If you are large-framed, consider a fuller bouquet.
Make it Meaningful
Try thinking of your bouquet less as a bunch of flowers, more as a statement of who you are and what your relationship means to you as a couple. You may have personal associations of your own: maybe your partner wooed you with a certain type of flower and you want to include that variety, or you might want to add in a family heirloom, perhaps a fragment of a mother’s wedding dress or a treasured photograph.
Certain blooms are traditionally associated with emotions or qualities. Roses and love are clearly intertwined, but you could consider ivy for fidelity, yellow iris for passion or even white tulips for forgiveness.
In love with roses? Why wouldn’t you be? Here are some winning blooms from JaclinArt.
Choosing Your Florist or Floral Designer
First of all, do you want to pay extra for a dedicated floral designer? In general, floral designers are artists and will work closely with you to ensure your bouquet fits the overall wedding theme and provide a treasured memento of your happy occasion. A florist is a more economical solution for the budget-conscious,although the more experienced and talented will be adept at floral design. Florists can be very busy at certain times of the year, affecting their ability to handle fussy details, although the fall should be a relatively quiet time.
The best place to source recommendations for florists is through word of mouth, particularly if you have trusted married friends who were pleased with their bouquets. Failing that, ask your venue manager; they might recall some particularly successful floral arrangements.
Make the most out of the time you have with your florist. Collect together a clip book well in advance of your initial consultation. Fill it with photos of favorite blooms, colors and anything else that helps to communicate the atmosphere you want to create. This will help your florist to get started quickly. Remember to think about centerpieces, send-off petals, corsages (bouquets that attach to a dress), restroom flowers, boutonnieres (the flowers or buds worn on men’s buttonholes) and anything else you might need. In terms of budget, it is a general recommendation that about eight to ten per cent goes on flowers, so bear that in mind to avoid overspending.
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