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longer than what can fit comfortably along the length of your lower arm.
Pomander: A less-traditional bouquet, the pomander is a small, compact bloom- covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter, and then suspended from a ribbon that is worn around the wrist. This is a good choice for the bride who wants her hands to be free. A classic floral choice for a pomander is roses, but it may also be made with hydrangeas, delphinium, dendrobium orchids, or any other flowers suggested by your floral designer. While a pomander may not be the look for you, it’s an adorable alternative for junior brides- maids or flower girls. Just remember to have it sized accordingly so its shape is appropriate for their age and size.
Posy: Similar to the nosegay but smaller in size, the posy bouquet is perfect for a petite bride with delicate hands, or for a bridesmaid’s bouquet. When selecting flowers for a posy, those with smaller blooms are ideal, such as spray roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, and pansies. However, some large-headed flowers such as gardenias or peonies can also make quite an impact.
Round: The classic round bridal bouquet is usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. This shape and style of bouquet is a good choice for a formal wed- ding, or for the bride who wants a look less conspicuous than a cascade bouquet, yet bolder than a simple nosegay. Many varieties of flowers will work in the round bouquet, but some popular choices are roses, tulips, lilacs, stephanotis, hydrangeas, day lilies, peonies, and seeded eucalyptus.
Other Considerations
When selecting your bridal bouquet, you should think of it as another accessory in the complete wedding package. You want it to complement your personality, proportions, and attire while remaining in the general aesthetic theme of the day. So, after you consider the different shapes of bouquets, here are some other basic con- siderations to factor in before making your final choice.
Color: In choosing the right color com- bination for a bouquet, consider your own personal taste, but also the season, the time of day of the ceremony, and the atmosphere of your ceremony location. While all-white bouquets are the most tra- ditional choice for brides, accents of color or an all-color bouquet are also accepted and beautiful options. You might also think of using accent flowers in the hue of your bridesmaids’ dresses or in your wedding color if you have one.
Body type: In general, a voluptuous or taller bride should select a bigger style of bouquet, because a small nosegay might seem out of proportion. Petite brides should pass on the grandiose bouquets and opt for something smaller so they are not lost behind a sea of flowers. And the average size bride should select a medium-sized bouquet that presents a nice proportion when held in front of her body.
Gown: When determining the style and
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consider the scale of your gown. A common rule to follow is; the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. A ball gown should be able to hold its own against an overflowing cascade bouquet, however, a simple sheath gown would not. You’ll also want to consider any embellishment or decoration on your gown. You won’t want to obscure the beau- tiful beading or lace with a large cascading bouquet, so in this instance, you might want to select a presentation or nosegay bouquet. When you meet with your floral designer, show them a photo of your dress and they will be able to offer some sugges- tions for the style and shape of bouquet that’s right for you.
In the end, as you strive for your picture- perfect look and consider your options, keep in mind that while your wedding flowers are an important part of your bridal look, your guests will want to actually see you walking down the aisle, not just your bouquet. §
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