The Bride’s Bouquet:

5 shapes for a perfect choice!

Dear Brides,

today we talk about the Bouquet, one of the main accessories, a reflection of your personality and style that you have chosen for both your dress and the Mood that you have given to the rest of the floral arrangements.

According to the Wedding Etiquette, the purchase of the Bride’s Bouquet is the responsibility of the groom: by tradition it is in fact the last gift from the couple that the couple exchanges.

Always a symbol of Wedding, the Bouquet remains with the Bride for the entire duration of the ceremony, both with a religious ceremony and with a civil ceremony.

Precisely because of its continuous and close contact with the bride, therefore, the Bouquet must absolutely be in harmony with the color and model of the wedding dress.

Tradition of the Wedding Bouquet

The bridal bouquet has always symbolized prosperity and abundance: since ancient times, in fact, the brides went to the ceremony with the twigs of myrtle or rosemary, herbs considered auspicious, to symbolize fruitfulness and fidelity.

However, the true origins of the bouquet are traced back to the Arab world where the brides adorned the head with orange flowers that symbolized, then as today, the inner purity of young brides: when in 1400, the Arab invasions influenced the countries conquered, this custom was also extended to brides all over the world.

With the passage of time from the crown we passed to small bouquets of flowers closed with silk ribbons up to the compositions of the present day.

The bouquet is the last homage that the future groom as a fiancé makes to his promise, closing the cycle of courtship and symbolizing the beginning of a new life together.

According to tradition, it should be him to order it, taking care to have it delivered to the bride on the morning of the wedding, by the florist, by the witness of the Bridegroom or by him in the first person.

However, the bride will choose it as it must be combined with the chosen dress that the groom can not see before the fateful day!

The 5 main forms

There are many forms of Bouquet to consider, based on the model of the dress and the bride’s tastes:

Round: it can be composed of only one type of flowers or formed by many species, it is practically suitable for all brides and can be easily combined with the main types of dresses.

Loose: less defined, more informal, often made with flowers that recall a rural context, it is very suitable for informal ceremonies with a bucolic setting and fresh clothes with not too much cut.Depending on the size, it can adapt to both minute and high brides

Cascade: this type allows the flowers to fall downwards and usually has large dimensions.Very scenographic, it is appropriate to a solemn context where the bride, tall and slender, will wear clothes with a train.

Beam: made with long and elegant stem flowers, to leave well in view, such as calla, tulips or roses, it is suitable for dresses with clean lines, without excessive decorations and slender brides.

 A drop: as the name implies, this bouquet reproduces the shape of a drop with the tip pointing downwards, smaller in size than the one in cascade. It adapts better to brides minute, if realized in reduced form, and is the maximum of elegance.

   Recommendations for an optimal choice 

In view of the choice of bouquets check that your favorite flowers belong to the season of your wedding.

Check with your florist the seasonality of the flowers is very important to know in advance if you have to choose other flowers or if you can stay on your first choice.

A little help for each season: 

In Spring: Amaryllis, freesia, tulip, rose, primrose, hyacinth, iris, cyclamen, lilac, poppy.

In Summer: freesia, lily, rose, gerbera, sunflower, cornflower, lavender, peony.

In Autumn: aster, dahlia, hydrangea, autumn daisy, pink, cyclamen.

In Winter: winter jasmine, snowdrops, winter mimosas, camellia, Amaryllis, buttercups, anemones.

Since all flowers have a meaning, choose carefully taking into account that the language of flowers is an entire system of symbols, in which each flower is synonymous with a different emotion or message.

Since the Victorian era, everyone knows that the red rose represents romantic love but the floral alphabet extends much more deeply.

Having an idea of ​​the meaning of the flowers in your bouquet and choosing some for their special symbolism will give your bouquet an even more personal touch.

Knowing some meaning can help you:

Red rose: passion White Rose: Pure Love Pink Rose: true love Tulips: perfect declaration of love

Jasmine: voluptuous love Pink Peony: sincerit  Orchid: fervor, seduction, sensuality Azalea, Giacinto: the joy of loving Lilac: purity, harmony Sunflower: Loyalty  Orange flowers: Virginity  Violetta: secret love

Small tips for the big Day

In addition, when everything is ready, before taking the bouquet make sure that the stems are carefully dried with paper towels: in this way you will avoid that small drops of water can stain the dress just before making your long-awaited entrance.

Michela Ilaria Paldi

Wedding Planner & Designer

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