How to choose the wedding flower bouquet to flatter your wedding look

Wedding Flower Bouquet Styles and Shapes

Once you have planned out your wedding look you need to decide what type of flower bouquet you like to carry down the aisle. It is a fashion accessory that needs to be chosen with thought and care, because it not only has to complement your wedding dress and look in colour and shape, but also has to go with your body shape, reflect your style personality and the theme of your wedding including the season and its location. Also, keep in mind all the different meanings of the flower types and colours when choosing your wedding flower bouquet. It has all come together, so you are creating a balanced wedding look rather than an overpowering one or where the flower bouquet feels out of tune.


Historically the custom of brides carrying bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Brides, then carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.

In Victorian times, flowers became the secret messengers of lovers with each flower having its own meaning. Therefore bridal flowers were chosen with regard to their traditional significance.

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert she didn’t only set the trend in GB to choose white for your wedding dress, but also created the trend using fresh flowers – especially marigold- for the wedding bouquet and breaking with tradition of using herbs and spices. Once can say since then each flower has received its own distinctive attribute- good as bad.

Most brides continue this tradition by choosing flowers and colours based on their symbolic meanings.

Overview of Wedding Flower Bouquets

Before deciding on the perfect flower arrangement for your wedding theme you need decided first on it style and shape. It is important to get this picture perfect since it is in the most spotlight accessory. Each flower arrangement has its very own style guide on how to wear them and who should be wearing them.







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How to choose the wedding bouquet to suit your body shape

Follow the golden rule “Creating Visual Balance” in your body shape. It is all about following your bodylines when choosing your perfect style and shape for your wedding flower bouquet. That means it should highlight your best body features and visually balance out the rest. The result should be your very own and unique wedding bouquet that creates the right spotlight for you.

Table of wedding flower bouquet styles that go best with which body shape

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Neat Hourglass Full Hourglass Pear Apple Inverted Triangle Lean Column Rectangle


Glossary of Wedding Flower Bouquets

These are the most popular wedding flower arrangements with some tips on how to wear them.

Wedding Flower Bouquet Cascade is an arrangement of waterfall-like spill of blooms and greenery anchored in a handheld base. This arrangement is not a good choice for short women, because they need some height to complement the wedding look. Otherwise it will overpower the short bride and make her look even visually shorter.

Wedding Flower Bouquet Nosegay is a small round cluster of flowers all cut at the same length. They are either made up of one colour only or one dominant flower and tight up with lace or ribbon.

Wedding Flower Bouquet Round is as the name says a round, but dense of blooms arranged tightly together.

Wedding Flower Bouquet Spray is a loose hand tied flower arrangement of irregular length and height.

Wedding Flower Bouquet Pageant is the grandest style of all flower arrangements. It is a dramatic flower bouquet of flower with long stems, tied with ribbon and carried in the arms of the bride in a pageant style. If you it is not a good choice for women who have bigger upper arms since it will add additional volume to them and create an unflattering focus on them.

How to choose the right colour palette for your wedding flower bouquet

Choosing the right colour or the right colour combination needs to be as well part of the decision about which flowers to have on your big day.

As mentioned before the colour of your wedding flower bouquet has to complement the colour of your wedding dress, look, your wedding theme, go with the clothing of the rest bridal party but should be chosen as well to the seasonal flower availability. It does not only feel more in tune with the moment but will also cut down the price for your flower arrangements dramatically.

An all white flower bouquet is the most classic of all wedding palettes. Some brides choose to accent their white arrangement with a signature second colour. Others break totally away from that by choosing a colourful bouquet in bright or pastels or in their favourite colour.

Some of the more popular flowers by colour:

  • White: rose, sweet pea, camellia, stephanotis, narcissus, orchid, gardenia, lily of the valley, jasmine, and snowdrop.
  • Pink: rose, ranunculus, peony, sweet pea, carnation, tulip, protea, boronia, and lily.
  • Lavender: lavender, lilac, anemone, statice, iris, delphinium, and hydrangea.
  • Yellow: daffodil, sunflower, tulip, gerbera, lily, and freesia.
  • Red: gerbera, rose, dahlia, poinsettia, and amaryllis.

Some of the more popular wedding flowers available in the season

  • Spring flowers: amaryllis, anemone, daffodil, freesia, gerbera, lily of the valley, orchid, ranunculus, stephanotis, and sweet pea.
  • Summer flowers: anthurium, carnation, chrysanthemum, gypsophila, lily, magnolia, peony, rose, and sunflower.
  • Autumn/fall flowers: agapanthus, aster, clematis, daisy, hosta, hydrangea, passionflower, and pinks.
  • Winter flowers: camellia, euphorbia, iris, nerine, pansy, poinsettia, snowdrop, and tulip.
  • All year round flowers: calla lily, carnation, gypsophila, orchid, protea, rose, and tulip (although this list may vary by region).

Wedding flower guide and flowers symbolic meanings

It is common practice that a brides uses the symbolic meanings of flowers communicate her wishes and hopes she has for her future on her wedding day.

Wedding flower guide with its symbolic meanings.

The favourable wedding flowers

Meaning: Expectation

Baby's Breath
Meaning: Innocence

Calla Lily
Meaning: Magnificent beauty

Meaning: Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love, and white indicates talent. Some other colors have negative connotations

Chrysanthemum (or mum)
Meaning: Wealth, abundance, truth

Meaning: Regard

Meaning: Share your feelings

Meaning: Swiftness, lightness

Meaning: Innocence

Meaning: Purity, joy

Meaning: Understanding

Meaning: A message of faith, wisdom

Meaning: Love's first emotions

Meaning: Majesty, truth, honor

Lily of the Valley
Meaning: Happiness

Meaning: Love of nature

Meaning: Love, beauty

Meaning: Bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination

Meaning: Love, joy, beauty

Meaning: Marital happiness

Meaning: Lasting beauty

Meaning: Short-stemmed sunflowers mean adoration; long-stemmed sunflowers symbolize haughtiness

Sweet Pea
Meaning: Pleasure

Meaning: Love, passion

The Unfavorable Wedding Flowers
Any bride who is superstitious will avoid the following flowers because of their meaning. If you are not one of them, so please ignore them happily and choose the colours that you love the most and which have the most meaning to you.

Christmas Rose
Meaning: Scandal

Meaning: Idleness

Meaning: Insincerity

Meaning: Infidelity

Meaning: Distrust

Meaning: Grief

Meaning: I shall not survive you

Meaning: Remorse

Red Carnation
Meaning: Alas for my poor heart

Red Poppy
Meaning: Consolation

Meaning: Danger

Striped Carnation
Meaning: Refusal

White Poppy
Meaning: Sleep

Yellow Carnation
Meaning: Disdain

Yellow Chrysanthemum
Meaning: Slighted Love

Yellow Lily
Meaning: Falsehood

Yellow Rose
Meaning: Jealousy

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