SpringFlowers5The bridal bouquet plays a huge part in so many different elements of the wedding! It is a beautiful tradition, a part of the decor, the perfect bridal accessory, and a way for the bride to tie in something personal. Be sure to take care and design your bouquet thoughtfully to get the most out of this wedding staple!

When considering the flowers that will be used in your bouquet, think of what your favorites are and what you’ll be using for the rest of the floral decor. Your bouquet doesn’t necessarily have to contain the same kinds of flowers, but can be complimentary in color or even totally different if you’d like! Ideally, this should speak to both the decor of your wedding and your personal style (which hopefully is the same!). Mix different types of flowers in similar colors for a unique look or use one variety for a clean and modern style. Don’t be afraid to inject color here so that it pops against your white gown!

garden wedding flowersYour bouquet should be larger, rounder, and more detailed than those of your bridesmaids. Your maids’ bouquets can contain the same flowers as yours or can be more similar to the other floral arrangements in your decor. As with your dresses, the maids’ bouquets should never upstage yours! Your maid of honor’s bouquet can be slightly different to make her stand out in her position of honor.


Don’t forget about what you’ll be wrapping your bouquet stem with! Again, this fabric can be something that mimics some of the textures in your decor or it can match your dress. Some common wraps are satin, lace, grosgrain ribbon, or burlap. Add in personal touches with pearl pins, a row of crystals, or a special ribbon detail. To many brides, this is an afterthought. But your bouquet wrap is an important part of the overall look of your bouquet and will likely appear in many of your pictures so should not be overlooked!

Have fun with your bouquet! Mix in non-floral elements such as burlap roses, crystal picks, or vintage brooches. I also love draping a rosary, strand of pearls, or secret locket in and through the flowers for a more personal element.


Your groom’s boutonniere should match your bouquet in some way. Use the same flowers and/or elements to coordinate perfectly. As with your maids’ bouquets, the groomsmens’ boutonnieres should be slightly smaller and less detailed.

from guest blogger David Tutera