How to Choose Flowers for the Bridesmaids' Bouquets

Consider the style of your wedding when selecting bridesmaids' flowers

By MiShaun Taylor

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Choosing the bridesmaids' bouquets is an essential part of wedding planning. It's little details like bridal party bouquets that create a truly beautiful wedding. A few important considerations will help you choose the perfect bridesmaids' bouquets.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Remember to set aside part of your budget for bridesmaid bouquets, as well as boutonnieres for the groomsmen.
  • Have the bridesmaids' dresses picked out before selecting their bouquets. You don't want the color and styles to clash.
  • Different flowers have different meanings and are in season at particular times of the year. Consult with your florist or a local nursery to help you do some research and let you know what the most cost-effective flowers will be for your wedding's time of year.

Step 1:

Consider wedding colors. You'll want the flowers to contrast well with the wedding colors you've chosen. For instance, if chocolate brown and bubblegum pink are your colors, you might go with beautiful pink roses or even pink poppies, which will carry a bit of both color. Take swatches of the wedding colors with you when you visit the florist. This will allow you to compare the colors of the wedding with different flower colors. The florist may be able to help as well.

Step 2:

Consider bridesmaids' dresses. You'll want to think about the color and the style of the dresses. The flowers should contrast with the dresses so that they can be easily seen against the color of the dresses. For instance, bridesmaids wearing taupe dresses should have bouquets with brighter colors, like red or even white. If the style of the dresses is simple, a more intricate bouquet will work well. This will allow the bouquets to stand out and look beautiful without taking away from the bridesmaid and her dress.

Step 3:

Keep bouquets similar. For instance, if the bride's bouquet is made up mostly of roses with carnations as an accent, the bridesmaids' bouquets could be primarily carnations with roses as an accent. Typically, the bridesmaids' bouquets are smaller, but they should be the same shape as the bride's. This brings unity into the wedding and ties things together better.

Step 4:

Consider the meaning of flowers. This is a romantic and great way to choose the bridesmaids' bouquets. For instance, while roses generally mean love, different colors mean different things -- yellow means friendship and pink means friendly love. Lilies are a flower of purity and innocence; red poppies mean passion.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • For a bouquet alternative, consider pomanders (also known as "flower balls"). These beautiful balls of flowers are easily carried by a handle made of ribbon or tulle.
  • If you simply can't decide on one bouquet that suits all the bridesmaids -- or if you simply want to add some variety to your wedding ceremony -- give a different flower bouquet to each bridesmaids.

About the Author

With more than 15 years of writing experience, MiShaun Taylor specializes in wedding-related articles.

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