All you need to know about bridal bouquets

Although I’m a wedding planner, and not a florist, I’ve seen and handled my fair share of gorgeous bridal bouquets. There is, of course, no right or wrong way to choose a bouquet (as is the case with anything wedding related!), but there are always a few useful tips you can learn before making your selection.

I’ve put together 7 tips and tricks to help you with your bouquet, before and after the wedding day, let’s get started.

Images from left to right: Phoebe Jane Photography, Maja Tsolo Photography, Poppy Carter Portraits

  • Size = weight! Larger bouquet styles that require more stems can actually become pretty heavy, something to bear in mind if you’ve already got a relatively full on wedding dress (you want be able to walk down the aisle feeling beautiful and comfortable)

  • Getting married in a warmer climate? Chat to your florist about heat resistant flowers that will last the entire day in your bouquet, and not go limp before you’ve even made it to your couple photos

  • In the final moments before the bride or groom walks down the aisle, I always remind them to hold their bouquet at waist level so they aren’t ever obscuring their faces in the ceremony images

  • Heat resistant or not, your bouquet will appreciate a drink. Ask a member of your wedding party to remind you to put your bouquet in a small vase of water (it can literally have an inch or two of water in it) when you’re not using it for long stretches of time, such as cocktail hour or dinner

  • If you plan on enjoying your bouquet in the days after the wedding, trim the brown ends of the stems each day to allow the flowers to absorb more water and stay fresher for longer

  • If you’re hoping for your bouquet to be more of a keepsake item, consider having a dried flower bouquet, which will last longer, or adding in an item that can go on living after the day itself, like an airplant

  • Bouquets aren’t just made of flowers, adding a few long, floaty lengths of silk ribbon is a beautiful finishing touch

And there you have it! If you’re planning a wedding in the UK or Europe, and would like more of this sort of advice and guidance during your planning process, I’d love to hear from you! You can contact me by clicking below.