Apr 112011
 
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Um...The "Mushroom" Bouquet?

Spending all of your wedding planning minutes on finding Maggie Sottero prices on gowns?  What about dressing your man in the nicest tuxedos for weddings?  What about all the wedding music like your wedding processional music, wedding first dance songs, or the garter toss songs?

Of all the arrangements you will be working on and making (or finding someone else to make) the bridal bouquet  is the most important one of all.  There are a variant of bridal bouquets to consider, such as your bridesmaid’s bouquets, the flower girl’s wedding flower bouquets, all the different bridal flower bouquets you will have placed about the ceremony location, and any centerpiece arrangements for the reception.  Today, we will look at how to select the perfect wedding flowers bridal bouquets for your wedding tastes.

First and foremost, there are 5 main areas to consider, those being style, season, color, fragrance, and of course, price.  Price is currently a major concern for most brides.  If this is one of yours, then you should think directly about what season you are in and which flowers are currently available.  Prices usually skyrocket when choosing blooms that aren’t blooming at the current bloomin’ season!  As for colors, such as fall wedding colors, white is a great inexpensive filler (usually as this depends on which flower you’re going with) and layering different shades of the same colors is always an elegant and classy way to go.  Finally, there is fragrance.  This is usually last on anyone’s list, unless you get nauseous at the scent of certain blooms!  It is important that you sniff the flowers you plan on carrying around as your wedding flowers bridal bouquet since you will be soaking in their aroma all day long.  Now, onto the different arrangements and styles!  There are a lot.  You may need to drink a caffeinated soda to get through them all.

 

The Biedermeier Bouquet

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This arrangement is usually made up of different colored flowers arranged in a noticeable pattern.  Think about any amusement park that plants flower beds!

 

 

 

 

The Nosegay Bouquet

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A pretty, smaller bouquet typically carried by flower girls or bridesmaids.  For the understated bride–or if you’re a “little person.”  Not being mean, I’m just sayin’.

 

 

 

 

The Tussy-Mussy

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Tussy mussy means “hidden stem” in pig Latin.  Okay, that’s not true, but it may as well be.  As you can see, this particular bouquet is placed in an upside down hanging vase.  Medieval in style, and classic all around.

 

 

 

 

The Presentation Bouquet

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Also known as the arm sheath bouquet.  As you can see, it lays across the arm so you can cradle the arrangement.  Stay away from thin-stemmed blooms as they tend to look too busy–and ugly.

 

 

 

 

The Posy Bouquet

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When you hear “posey” you think “cute” at least I do.  I say “practical” too.  Easy to handle and open to an array of flower styles.  This is the most popular bouquet, especially those of the hand-tied variety.

 

 

 

 

The Composite-Flower Bouquet

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Composites are created from the petals of flowers and put together to sometimes look like one gigantic bloom.  They work well if you’ve got a “fantasy” theme.  Alice In Wonderland, anyone?  Off with their heads!!!

 

 

 

 

The Fan Bouquet

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The Crescent Bouquet

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The Muff Bouquet

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The Bible Spray/Prayerbook Bouquet

wedding flowers bridal bouquet, bridal bouquets, wedding flower bouquets, bridal flower bouquets, wedding flowers bridal bouquets wedding flowers bridal bouquetJust about any bouquet that adds a small bible or prayer book to the design.  For the religious or Jesus freak that knows where marriage really comes from!

 

 

 

 

Shower/Cascading Bouquet

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Like a regular bouquet with a tail of flowers, this is a beautiful arrangement.  Obviously, flowers cascade down the front or side of the bouquet.  Be careful not to pull too much attention from the bride’s beauty, though, as these can get a little showy.

 

 

 

The Pomander or Kissing Ball Bouquet

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This simply shouts flower girl, but many a bridesmaid have carried these.  Some bridal bouquets might incorporate a small version of this coming off of the main arrangement.

 

 

 

 

The Wreath or Flower Hoop Bouquet

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Similar to the kissing ball, the hoop or wreath is just that.  Usually an addition to the main bouquet, it should sit on the bride’s head in lieu of or in addition to tiaras for wedding.  The one pictured is much too large for that, but some brides love this shape as a carry.

 

 

 

The Wrist Bouquet or Flower Bracelet Bouquet

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I know, prom, right?  Mother of the bride, the  groom, etc. are wearing this like crazy.  Less so for brides.

 

 

 

 

The Ballerina Bouquet

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I love this bouquet.  Great for a bride on a budget, incorporating inexpensive tulle and beads using a simple one or two flower-types arrangement.  Just elegant and beautiful.  Sigh.

 

 

 

 

The Basket Bouquet

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Flowers in a basket.  Self-explanatory.  Not sure what else to say about this one!

 

 

 

 

The Scepter Bouquet

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Long-stemmed blooms similar to the presentation bouquet…just more “scepter-like.”  cradled, carried, and standing, a versatile arrangement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cone Bouquet

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Some bouquets simply need to have a nosegay or cone to contain unattractive stems.  Just one more style for you to consider.

 

 

 

 

Bottom line, if you are overwhelmed by the choices, go straight to the Posy and work from there.  Once you’ve got your bouquet set, you can go back to writing your new name over and over again, dreaming of changing your name after marriage.  Congrats on getting married!

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