Many people got engaged over the holidays, and with Valentine's Day in a few days, many more will get engaged. It's the perfect time to talk about wedding bouquets.
Did you know that wedding bouquets were originally made up of garlic and dill and other herbs? Flowers weren't used until modern times. I'm not sure how I'd feel walking down the aisle with a bouquet of garlic!
When choosing wedding flowers, there are many things to consider: colors, types of flowers, shapes, etc. Today, I want to talk about shapes.
One of my personal favorites is the hand tied bouquet. I love these because of the simplicity of the design. It is easy to hold, and really enhances the beauty of the flowers. Hand tied bouquets are lush and full and can be tied together with a gorgeous ribbon for a truly elegant effect. Similar options are the nosegay, round and posy.
Famous brides who carried these bouquets: Chelsea Clinton, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Carrie Underwood.
Cascade bouquets are more traditional wedding bouquets, though lately, bouquets from the hand tied category are more prevalent. The flowers are tied together or inserted into a piece of foam, but the blooms are allowed to cascade like a waterfall. These bouquets can be small and dainty, like Kate Middleton's bouquet, or large and elaborate, like Princess Diana. Either way, cascade bouquets really make a statement! For vintage weddings, cascade bouquets are a lovely choice.
Famous brides: Mariah Carey, Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, Princess Diana.
The presentation bouquet (think Miss America) is a gorgeous option. I love a pageant bouquet of calla lilies or tulips. Nestled in the crook of the bride's arm, these bouquets are easy to carry. The effect of the blooms cascading over the bride's arm is exquisite! I really love these bouquets arranged with long stems, but for brides with ornate wedding gowns, shorter stems may be necessary so as not to distract from the gown.
Famous brides: Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers
Composite bouquets are buds or even petals wired together on a single stem. Often referred to as "glamelias," these were popular in the 40's and 50's. Glamelias look like one giantbloom. They are unusual and unique, and they photograph beautifully! This style is perfect for the bride who dares to be different.
Famous brides: Katherine Heigl
These are just a few of the incredible bouquet styles for your special day. Next week, I will talk about more unusual and beautiful bridal bouquets. Stay warm!