The shape and colour of your bridal bouquet or posy will be guided by your dress.
Have you chosen a formal gown, which will be best complemented by an elegant bouquet filled with structured flowers and foliage? Usually these bouquets feature a single colour theme. Or will be wearing a cocktail, prom-style or flowing empire-lline dress, which will enhanced by gentle, delicate posies? For these styles, you could try wildflowers or cottage garden blooms in a mix of colours, loosely tied together.
Bouquets for dress styles
- Formal – hand-tied bouquets.
- Prom-style – spherical posies or pomanders.
- Empire line – single flower sterns.
More petite brides benefit from teardrop-shaped bouquets to lengthen their frame, while taller brides can carry off spherical arrangements with ease. Don’t forget that bouquets like dresses, can be embellished to match your theme. You could include vintage lace, antique brooches or an heirloom silk flower.
Usually bridesmaids will carry a smaller version of the bridal bouquet. As an alternative, think about pomanders, corsages or posies, and keep to the same colour scheme but vary your choice of flowers.
Small posies or pomanders, or even decorated willow twig wands, make perfect floral accessories for children. Make sure that they are reasonably robust, as they will inevitably be thrown around with exuberance on the day.
Buttonholes for the seasonal groom
Buttonholes can add a special touch to a groom’s outfit. Traditionally, buttonholes are worn on the left, and the groom has a more elaborate design than his best man, ushers and groomsmen.
Herbs make fabulous buttonholes, whether teamed with a flower head or on their own. Rosemary signifies remembrance, so if there are family or friends who cannot be there, this is a nice way to remember them. Avoid using large, open blooms as these can become damaged over the course of the day; compact, smaller flowers, such as roses, are classically elegant.
Florists often supply buttonholes and corsages with magnetic fixings. In my experience, often these are not robust enough and do not work on more flimsy fabrics. Instead, ask for large-headed pins, which you can weave through the fabric and over the stem. If in doubt about how to do this, ask your florist to fix the buttonholes and corsages on the morning of the wedding, or show the best man so he can take on the task.