The perfect bridal bouquet 

 wedding gown silhouette pairing


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Your bridal bouquet is your ultimate wedding accessory brides have been carrying blooms down the aisle for centuries!


It should complement the beautiful style of your wedding dress whether you choose a simple fashionable couture silhouette or an opulent embellished  princess gown. Your floral accessory should be just as eye-catching and there’s so many stylish choices available. However, if you’re like most bride's-to-be you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about your wedding day look but have little to no experience of accessorising an outfit with flowers. So how do you know what shapes work best with your dress? What flowers would look breathtaking so you get the perfect pairing?


As a floral creative I enjoy helping our clients explore every single element, of the bouquet including shape so it celebrates your individuality and unique personal style unlike any other.


Here's a few popular options for you to consider.


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A pageant or presentation bouquet is designed to cradled and rest on the bride’s arms with the flower heads resting just above her elbows. 


A bridal favourite in the 1900’s, the flower stems are kept at a long length and tied just below the blooms and were often presented to the movie stars.  This elegant shape works well with all gowns and is perfectly paired with a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress, emphasising the unique design and lines of the gown!


The Pageant also lends itself to a contemporary Boho dresses with phalaenopsis orchids and pampas grasses, or by choosing meadow and garden florals such as delphiniums and sweet peas it provides a free-spirited barn wedding.



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A Glamelia or composite bouquet is a luxurious design and beautiful crafted of individual petals, which are arranged to resemble a single large bloom such as a rose. The highly stylised glamorous bouquet compliments a bride gown with lots of embellishment and makes a statement. This design does come at a price as it is a labour of love to make.


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A waterfall bouquet is designed to look like a water gently cascading over rocks and is sometimes called a cascade or shower. This style of bouquet can be quite heavy, so its something to consider when choosing this style.


This style of bridal bouquet is full of personality, it can be romantic and whimsical with soft and delicate textural florals intertwined with very long overflowing  vines and greenery . You can also go minimalist by having flowers simply grouped to give a contemporary architectural and trendy  vibe.


The bouquet can look beautiful from all angles so it can be held in so many different ways making it perfect for any bridal outfit. However it does add drama and looks stunning with mermaid or trumpet cut as it draws the eye towards the beautiful line of the dress. The trick to a perfect waterfall bouquet with your gown is to balance the fullness and silhouette of your dress. 


The  more traditional waterfall is sometimes referred to as a teardrop the flowers are arranged to create an illusion of an elegant teardrop shape because they narrow at the tip of the bouquet. As the teardrop is triangular in shape, it’s best to avoid with gowns that show off wide shoulders or wide hips.

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A traditional crescent style bouquet is held front and centre and is sculptural in its nature and focuses around the central focal flower  (the star of the show) and the other flowers follow the shape of a crescent moon. A great pairing for this look is a jumpsuit or bridal suit.


This has increased in popularity in recent years and it has been updated into a gentle organic crescent using garden florals with vines, flowers and greenery cascade slightly on both sides. This bouquet shape suits most wedding dresses and looks particularly stylish against an A-line gown or an empire line wedding dress.  This design also compliments the ballgown silhouette when designed larger, fuller and paired with large peony or roses.


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Hand-tied bouquets are a popular timeless classic choice and vary in size and design from neat and compact to a nature-inspired organic aesthetic. They are designed with a mixture of pretty blooms and lush foliage arranged at various at different heights and is an all round design technically a  360 degree view, although there is typically a distinguishable front and back to the floral creations. Hand-tied bouquets are the perfect pairing for any bridal outfit, if you want a classic look choose it for your A line wedding dress.


A posy hand-tied is a classic bouquet style, today it is usually created for bridesmaids however this has grown popular in recent times. Another option is the delicate posy bouquet ( a smaller version of a hand-tied) is understated and subtle in its nature feature mostly flowers, it looks particularly good against intricate embellished short hemline dresses such as the mini or tea-length.


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Or perhaps you prefer the glam compact round hand-tied like Charlotte, it’s all about the monochromatic shape for this bouquet. Often showcasing a favourite flower such as a rose to create a perfect dome and it generally consists of one colour.



The trick to a perfect pairing of your bridal gown and flowers is harmony, balance and ensuring it reflects your wedding ambience. So sharing your bridal gown with your floral designer and having a floral expert on your team helps you create and celebrate your individuality and unique personal style.



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Don't hold your bouquet too high. It will hide you, your stunning dress and your dainty waist. Instead, carrying the flowers at hip height helps accentuate your figure and captures you at your best in your photographs.

Place your bouquet in water on your day, by having a vase at the reception you will get to enjoy it for the days after.

Be Unique, your flowers can be created into any shape you desire if you select the floral designer for you. Here at Jacqui O we have produced, hearts, floral muffs and floral fans for our bride-to-be.



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