Story blossomed by Liyana Salleh
In the olden days, bridal bouquet symbolizes happiness and prosperity for the newlyweds. It was also then customary for single ladies to grab pieces of the bouquet to share in the good luck. Nowadays, the bride willingly tosses her bouquet to her guests to share the good fortune.
Accompanying you down the aisle or when you say, “I do”, during your registration of marriage (ROM), your wedding bouquet has to complement you and allow you to shine. What makes the perfect bridal bouquet? Read on for some pointers to creating the right bridal bouquet for you.
1. “In love with the shape of you”
One of the first things you would have to do is to figure out the type of bouquet you would want to have. There is a variety of shapes to choose from; from a round bouquet to nosegay bouquet, posy, cascade and event pageant bouquet. Be sure to pick the right one that fits your overall theme and your dress. You might not want to choose too big a bouquet if you are a petite bride so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Similarly, a tall bride will do well with a cascading bouquet that will accentuate your silhouette. If the highlight of your dress is the tail of your dress, a cascading bouquet might compete with that and if your dress has details on them, a big bouquet may hide them away.
2. “Paint with all the colours of the wind”
Well, maybe not all of the colours but you should pick the colours for your bouquet carefully. The traditional wedding bouquet is usually white. Even so, you need to ensure that it is the right shade of white so it matches the colour of your dress. However, a fully white bouquet might not look quite as great in photographs so maybe add some pastels or cream coloured florals. Don’t let traditions stop you from having a colourful bouquet too! Do keep in mind the overall colour of your wedding and other florals at the venue too so they don’t clash with each other.
3. “Flowers in your hair”
Of course, the most important part of your bridal bouquet - the flowers! How do you choose the flowers to be put in your bouquet? You can choose flowers for their meaning. For example, the flowers in the royal bridal bouquets are chosen for their meaning - both of the flowers and for what it means to the bride. The myrtle in Kate Middleton’s bouquet is the emblem of marriage and love and was also used in the bouquet of Queen Elizabeth's wedding in 1947. They were even picked from Her Royal Highness’ garden herself! Likewise, you can choose flowers that mark a special moment in your life and also to what the flowers symbolizes.
Other than that, also be sure to consider what flowers are in season on your wedding day to avoid disappointment! One tip to counter this is to use dried flowers or flowers made of papers. Yes, you heard that right. You can then have an everlasting bridal bouquet.
4. “Money, money, money, must be funny”
Every bride has a vision for their wedding and on every aspect of it and it is a dream to realize that vision. Therefore, a budget is important and should be adhered to. This rule should apply to your bridal bouquet as well. Remember to stick to your budget no matter how beautiful that out of season flower is! Ask your florist on what is in season or how to set your budget. If you are in Ipoh, let the capable florists of Blush Wedding and Bouquet guide you!
5. “I promise that you'll never find another like me”
Most importantly, when curating the perfect bouquet for you, make sure to the bouquet reflects what’s in your heart. You can listen to the expert and read a million guides but at the end of the day, it is your bridal bouquet. Make your bouquet personal and add in little touches that will make it your own. You have followed your heart to take your partner for life and it has served you well. Now follow it one more time in choosing your perfect bridal bouquet that is yours and yours alone.
Song credits: (Sheeran, Mac, & McDaid, 2017), (Schwartz & Menken, 1995), (Andersson & Ulvaeus, 1976), (Swift, Little, & Urie, 2019)