Your wedding dress and your bouquet go hand-in-hand when it comes to creating a cohesive look for your big day. And I’m calling in the big guns to make sure my LOVE brides get the best advice when it comes to styling the dress of your dreams, with a bouquet that enhances and complements your look rather than fighting against it.
My guest blogger needs no introduction, it’s the fabulously talented and award-winning florist Siân Wild, owner of The Flower Lounge in Didsbury and a very good friend of mine too! Having bagged UK Wedding Florist of the Year 2017 and Best Wedding Florist in the North West 2015, 2016 and 2017 at the Wedding Industry Awards, and landed herself an OK Magazine front cover designing Corrie Star Tina O’Brien’s gorgeous wedding florals, Siân knows a thing or two about weddings! Take it away Siân…
I can’t think of many things that give me greater pleasure than seeing a bride on the morning of her wedding and handing over her bouquet. That magic moment when the bouquet is revealed, and the room erupts in ‘ooohhhs’, is simply the best. But, knowing how to pair the perfect bouquet with the perfect dress isn’t always easy. So, after making 100’s of wedding bouquets, I’m sharing my hard-earned wisdom with all you LOVE brides to ensure your dress and your bouquet make the perfect pair on your big day.
The thoroughly modern sheath or column dress is a simple and chic shape without much volume. In order to balance this style, I would recommend a voluminous and textured bouquet. If your dress is heavily embellished opt for a simpler flower with a velvety texture. If your dress is very simple you can afford to be a little wilder with an array of textures and colours making use of grasses and berries to add interest.
The classic A-line skirt is flowing and romantic, lending itself to a larger, more bohemian and textured bouquet. Think soft petals such as spray roses and ranunculus, or bold blooms such as protea, hydrangea or that wedding bouquet classic, peonies. A romantic palette of pale pinks and whites enhanced by feathery foliage would look sensational against this look. Or, if you’re getting married in winter but still want an ethereal look to your bouquet, roses, grasses, berries and foliage, in neutral, sandy shades, can be used to create a dreamy effect.
Going for Bold
The sexy and figure-hugging design of a mermaid dress deserves a bouquet to match. A smaller bouquet balances the slinkiness of the dress, but its bold shape cries out for a bold bouquet. Colour is a wonderful way to make a style statement, especially when used with classic florals such as hydrangea and ranunculus. My example of pale pink, white and silvery eucalyptus is a stunning colour combination that enhances this style of dress perfectly.
More is More
The volume and drama of a full-skirted ballgown needs a bouquet that can stand beside it proudly. A hand-tied, textured, large bouquet billowing with greenery and foliage would be perfect or a loose arrangement bursting with colour would be a fabulous, sunny accompaniment to such a theatrical dress.
Stand out from the Crowd
I just adore dresses that use illusion, embellishment, lace or all of the above! But when a dress has this much going on, it can be difficult to find the right balance with the bouquet. The sheerness cries out for a more solid bouquet, using classic, structured flowers, foliage and berries. I love the idea of using heavily textured, and upright wild flowers with firm stems as seen below, they complement the dreamy effect of a sheer dress but provide structure and height.
Despite all this, it is impossible to choose a ‘wrong’ bouquet. The most important thing a bride can do when it comes to her bouquet is to choose something she loves! Let us worry about how to make it work.
We can’t thank Siân enough for her amazing advice. We’ve been lucky enough to work alongside her and The Flower Lounge team on so many weddings, and we’ve seen first-hand how she perfectly pairs dream bouquets with dream dresses. To find out more about The Flower Lounge’s wedding services head over to their website or give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram!