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Wedding Bouquet Ideas for the Indecisive Bride

The most photographed florals of your day deserve particular attention.
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Your bouquet is more than just a bundle of different blooms. Playing off of seasonal trends, or utilizing your favorite garden-picked assortment, the bouquet you carry on your big day serves as an extension of your bridal style and wedding aesthetic.

But more often than not, brides-to-be find themselves completely overwhelmed choosing the type of flower, the shape and size of the arrangement, as well as a specific color palette. We consulted with experts in the wedding industry to help guide us through important design decisions that will simplify the bouquet process for even the most indecisive of brides.

Create multiple day-of options.


“Often, I ask my florist to create a series of three bouquets, and I allow my bride to choose her favorite on the day of the wedding,” says Andrea Eppolito, owner and wedding planner at Andrea Eppolito Events. As for the other two bouquets, Eppolito either presents them as gifts to the mother of the bride and groom before the ceremony, or swaps the original ceremony bouquet for a fresh one after a few hours. “This guarantees that the florals look fresh all night long!” Eppolito says.

Choose flowers with significance.


Whether as an ode to your hometown—like integrating maple leaves into your bouquet to pay tribute to your family’s maple tree farm—or a token of your favorite flower, using flowers of unique significance in your day-of arrangement adds meaning and charm. “One of my recent brides wanted white garden roses and stephanotis because her mom and grandmother carried those in their bouquets,” says Carrie Wilcox, owner of Carrie Wilcox Floral Design.

Integrate non-traditional elements.


Incorporating eclectic elements like fruits, berries, and other components, adds originality. “This hand-tied bouquet is made with an assortment of flowers like antique green hydrangeas, cafe au lait and burgundy dahlias, as well as pepperberry and bay leaf,” says Lauren Fox, owner of Fox Events.

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Embrace a neutral palette.


If bold hues aren’t your thing, going with tones that reflect more of a neutral color scheme can work in favor of any bridal style. Bree and Freddie, owners of Rockrose Floral, achieve this romantic look by using neutral-toned florals like “large fluffy peonies and garden roses with minimal greenery.”

Let your gown set the aesthetic.


“Bigger isn’t always better. Your bouquet should be beautiful and should include your favorite blooms, but it should not compete with your figure or the silhouette of your gown,” advises Phil Cooper, senior designer at Kehoe Designs. The intricate details of this embroidered lace gown complement the delicate intricacy of this striking bouquet.

Combine differing styles.


Just because you prefer an arrangement of traditional blooms, doesn’t mean you have to stick with conventional design elements throughout the entirety of your day. Leslie Liberis, owner of Branch Design Studio, suggests playing with a tasteful assortment of styles—modern with traditional, boho with black tie, etc.—to create an aesthetic that fits you and your personal aesthetic. “Modern chairs and traditional florals? Why not! Style combinations can be done and can be done well,” says Liberis.

Go bold with oversized blooms.


For a bouquet that makes a bold first impression, Alicia Fritz, owner of A Day in May Event Planning & Design, recommends going with an arrangement that showcases oversized florals, like this vibrant coral bouquet.

Leave it to the experts.


When finalizing the details of your bouquet, there’s no one better to lean on than the team of experts hired to guide you throughout some of the day’s most overwhelming decisions. For ideas that surpass the wedding norm, and that are tailored to you and your wedding style, Morgan Childs, owner and founder of Moana Events, advises that brides put their faith in the experts to create an arrangement that will best suit their specific vision.

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Play with color.


Adding color to your arrangement is a great way to create a hint of whimsy to your wedding aesthetic (and day-of photos!) as well as tie-in tones from a bride’s nontraditional gown. Photographer Elisa Bricker advises using a colorful arrangement to add vibrancy to your wedding photos. “Some brides shy away from color, but I find that bouquets are a fantastic and surprising place to play with different hues,” she says.

Highlight a bouquet of the same flower.


Creating a monobotanical arrangement is not only sophisticated—it can also pair seamlessly with a modern wedding style. Maria Zois, event coordinator at Ariston Weddings & Events, suggests a cluster of white Calla Lilies for a bundle that’s both timeless and elegant.

Work with greenery.


Julie Bunkley, owner and creative director of Invision Events, advises incorporating greenery into your bouquet to add an unexpected layer of texture. “There are so many different kinds of greenery that you could use in a bouquet beyond eucalyptus. Air plants give a natural and organic feel to a bouquet with an added softness," Bunkley says.

Consider a consultation.


To make sure you start off on the right foot with your florist, set up a consultation before your big day to guarantee you are both on the same page with your specific wedding vision. Brooke Osborn, wedding director of The Hidden Garden, advises r everything from shape to color to floral preference.

Go with your season.


For this outdoor wedding, the bride opted for an all-white bouquet with hints of fresh greenery to add a pop of color to her seasonal arrangement. And if you're not quite sure what to choose? “You can never go wrong with whites in any season, especially in the spring and summer," recommends Jennifer Haf, founder of BLOOM Floral Design.

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Vary your textures.


Working with a variety of florals can create diversity and depth throughout your overall arrangement. Diana Venditto, owner and creative director of Eventi Floral & Events, loves working with a mixture of greens and an assortment of floral varieties when crafting a unique design. “Throwing in great berry as a filler floral also breaks up the use of the blooms but keeps the aesthetic consistent," she says.

Spotlight classic and timeless.


Meredith Waga Perez, co-founder and creative director of Belle Fleur New York, guides brides toward classic blooms in simpler styles to achieve a timeless look. “Focusing on a bouquet that evokes an ethereal style, one that is gentle to the senses, both in texture and silhouette will not be jarring to the eye,” she says.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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