Exciting times! So much to think about! Yet one of the best parts of the preparations is choosing the flowers, especially your own bouquet, so take your time over it.
Ordering online is easy and can take a lot of the thinking and worry away from you but try and spend time in a flower shop first to get more ideas about colours, textures and scents and what will be in season at the time. Whichever way you buy, it is your choice. Do you have a favourite flower? Can you get that flower in a colour that matches your wedding theme? Do you want matching bridesmaid bouquets or will your bouquet be unique? Choosing a local florist will guarantee the fewest problems on the day, however a reputable online company are also geared up for a reliable service.
If you have an idea of what you want to include then take the idea and maybe pictures to a florist as they will know exactly what compliments your main choice of bloom. Remember to check if you are allergic to pollen that could ruin your day and, if you choose lilies, make sure the florist has removed the stamens first, as these will drop and stain your dress. Also choose flowers that will not be dropping petals before the last dance!
The most common bridal bouquets are made of roses as they offer many different sizes and colours although cream ones are the most popular to match the dress, but a mixture is often a good choice. Roses keep their shape for longer than most, for example hydrangeas and peonies wilt if out of water for too long. Carnations alone are seen as a cheap flower but can add texture and colour to a mixed bunch and gypsophila (or baby`s breath) softens any bouquet with it`s tiny white flowers and thin green stems.
Another thing to consider is cost. If you have three bridesmaids, table arrangements, church decorations and buttonholes it will soon add up. Maybe you want to keep your bouquet for longer in which case why not a silk arrangement? Stored carefully after the big day will preserve it for your children to see! It is often easier to carry a bouquet that hangs down in front of you with an inbuilt plastic handle that hooks over a finger, rather than a bunch held upright.
The tradition of tossing the bridal bouquet is believed to come from the 14th century when it was commonplace to try and grab a piece of the bride`s clothing after the ceremony. As this led to disarray and mayhem, the bride used to carry and wear other items such as garters and flowers in order to have other things than just their dress to give to the guests.
Nowadays it is sometimes seen as tacky due to the fact that it was originally meant for unmarried women therefore bringing to attention a ladies status. Other reasons include the accidents that can happen in the rush of adults and small children. Many photographers and musicians add it into their contract that they will claim against being involved in an accident brought about by bouquet throwing! So think hard about this tradition before you send some flowers at speed into the crowd!
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