While you’ve likely already spent hours scouring Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration for your wedding flowers, there may be some details you haven’t taken into account. And while a great florist can give you tons of helpful tips and advice, there are a few things you should take into account when doing your research. Here are some tips we’ve learned over the years from our wonderful couples, and our terrific vendors.
- When it comes to your bridal bouquet, don’t go all white.
An all-white wedding bouquet can easily blend in when held up against a white or ivory wedding gown. This means it won’t show well in photos, and won’t pack as much of a punch when you’re walking down the aisle. But this doesn’t mean you have to have a wildly colorful bouquet. Just add depth and dimension with different tones (even a super-light version of a color you’ll be using in your bridesmaid’s flowers, tucked behind the white flowers) and other textural elements like sprigs of berries, or wispy greenery.
- Smaller person? Smaller bouquet.
While you might be drawn to a huge, drapey armful of flowers for your bridal bouquet, keep size in mind. If you’re more petite, an oversized bouquet might be overpowering. You want to keep your bouquet proportionate to your stature, so the focus is on you, and not just your flowers.
- Beware of super-fragrant flowers.
Little-known fact: According to some, in the past (i.e. the time before deodorant), brides used to carry heavily scented blooms in order to mask any, er, less-than-pleasant bodily odors. All to say that you should take into account the fragrance of a flower before requesting it in your bouquet or putting it into centerpieces. An overpowering scent could send allergies—of you, your bridal party, and guests—into overdrive. (One particular offender: Lily of the valley.)