Choosing a Bridal Bouquet

The bouquet a bride carries may seem trivial, but more goes into choosing the flowers that are just right than what the witnesses see coming down the aisle on the big day. This post is all about the FAQs with choosing a bouquet and a compilation of answers from wedding planning and florist experts’ blogs.

  • Match your bouquet to your body!
    • Small bouquets compliment petite girls, and larger bouquets compliment a voluptuous bride’s curves. Generally speaking, your bouquet should be smaller than your natural waist.
    • Small bouquet options:
      • Nosegay—a tightly packed mound of flowers about 16-18 inches in diameter.
      • Posy—shaped similar to a nosegay, but smaller
    • Large Bouquet options
      • Round Bouquets—complimentary and easy to hold
      • Biedermeier Bouquet—features concentric circles of flowers
  • Your bouquet should accessorize or compliment your dress.
    • You should choose your dress before you choose your flowers. Colors should be contrasting or complimentary, but not quite matching so that the flowers stay visible. If you don’t have the specific dress picked out, the exact creams and whites are hard to compliment.
      • Simple Ball Gowns—Larger bouquet, drowning the flowers in fabric is easy to do. The more fabric in your dress, the more flowers you should have. Add details in the bouquet to make it an exciting addition to the ensemble.
      • Finely Detailed/Embellished Gowns—Keep your bouquet simple, but usually with a pop of color. Accentuating the fine needlework on your dress without losing the beauty of the bouquet and the rest of the outfit walks a fine line. Do not overstimulate the eye with an ornate bouquet on top of an ornate dress.
      • Slim Silhouette/Modern—Light and simple. Weighing a slender outfit down with a heavy trailing bouquet does not make sense. A posy or a nosegay suffice, or even single flower type bouquets. This usually includes more modern dresses or geometric shaped styles.
  • Use seasonal blooms and personalize your flowers.
    • Simply put, out of season blooms are expensive and hard to obtain. Ease your budget worries a little and look into what flowers are in season when your wedding will take place.
    • Each flower means something different. If you want to put an extra special touch into your bouquet, put your emotions into your flower selections.
  • Ideas for Blooms to use and Meanings (meanings from About Flowers)
    • Baby’s Breath—Festivity
    • Gardenia—Joy
    • Hibiscus, Orchid, & Queen Anne’s Lace—Delicate beauty
    • Hyacinth—Sincerity
    • Ivy—Fidelity
    • Jasmine—Grace and Elegance
    • Violet—Faithfulness
  • Roses:
    • Pink—Admiration/appreciation
    • Red—Passionate love
    • Red & White—Unity
    • White—Purity
    • Yellow—Friendship
  • Tulips:
    • Pink—Caring
    • Purple—Royalty
    • Red—Declaration of love
    • White—Forgiveness
    • Yellow—Hopelessly in love

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Sources: A Florist’s Guide to Wedding Flowers by Sarah Stebbins, 5 Tips – How to Choose the Perfect Bridal Bouquet by Jodi Curry, & Finding the Right Bridal Bouquet Size by Lauren Kay. Photos from

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