When I sit down with couples to discuss wedding floral, I always begin with the bouquet. To me, the bouquet sets the tone for every wedding. The bouquet is what accompanies the guest of honor down the aisle. It tells a bit about the bride and the story of the couple. Some are more casual with lots of greenery, while others are more formal with full floral and no greenery. Each is unique to that person and all styles can be gorgeous. We recommend that the bouquet not be too large or colorful as it distracts the guests' eyes from looking at the bride or groom and their entire first look down the aisle. It should be complementary to their dress or suit, but above all be the best and stand out when held up with the other bridal party floral. If you do not know what you want, you have come to the right place! First decide which style you like most. Here are a few of our favorites!
Asymmetrical designs are more of a modern design. What makes a bouquet more modern than others is how frequently they are used. For example, a round bouquet is what comes to mind most frequently when a bouquet is thought of, and that is simply because round bouquets are traditional and used the most. Asymmetrical are unique in design for several reasons; they do not require greenery but can have greenery; they can be designed to look like a natural fresh picked garden harvest or can be designed to look very full and organized with asymmetrical flower stem accents. They are by far one of our most popular bouquets at Jordan Flowers & Events because we are able (if requested) to design the bouquet to be held 2 different ways: asymmetrical traditional hold and, if held at a 90 degree angle, a cascading floral arrangement. Which brings us to our next popular bouquet…
Cascading bouquets are our next most popular design. They can be formal or informal, but nonetheless are a lush captivating design. What makes the bouquet slightly different than asymmetrical bouquets is that there is a back and front. The back of the arrangement faces the bride or groom holding them. There is an obvious difference and if held the wrong way will affect the bouquet's presentation as the waterfall front is literally what makes this bouquet stand out most. In all of our bouquets that we design at Jordan Flowers & Events, we make sure to put a pearl pin where everyone’s (bride, bridesmaids, groom, groomsmen, etc.) thumbs should go to know that they are holding it the correct way. After all, you do not want to get your bridal party floral pics packed and notice that everyone had their bouquets crooked, and you shouldn’t have to worry about if the bouquet is being held the right way when you are trying to pose for pics.
To me, this is one of the most traditional classic designs that is a safe bet if you want a timeless bouquet. Most all-round bouquets are designed where there is no front or back and you can hold it any way. They can have no greenery, greenery accents, or as we like to say a “greenery skirt” where greenery is all around hiding mechanics and stems. It is most popular in the winter months due to its formal design and always has the most premium full flowers used in it. Bridesmaids normally will have a smaller version of the bouquet with more greenery to set the bride’s bouquet apart. We always recommend having our VIP bouquet which is the largest, most premium, stand-out option.
Nosegay bouquets date back to the 16th century and were popularized in recent years when Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with a very petite, delicate bouquet. These bouquets are not as large and impactful. They are lightweight and are able to be carried with one hand if desired. This petite, timeless bouquet can be designed with little to no floral and can also be carried by bridesmaids. You can use it as a substitute for wrist or pin-on corsages if the mothers, grandmothers, or godparents would prefer to have something they don't have to wear all evening, but still want something to set them apart during the procession and throughout the reception.
While there are plenty of other bouquet types and styles, finding the ones you like best is a great starting point for you and your designer, coordinator, or florist. It is always a wonderful idea to see what you like best in each bouquet type. Our job is to see the similarities, and how we can incorporate just the right colors and flowers to make your floral perfect just for you and bring to life your dream wedding or event.