The wedding bouquet is one of the most beautiful, integral components of the bride's ensemble and presence, and carrying one has evolved from garlic, dill and herbs to spectacular ~ and fragrant ~ floral arrangements. Theories abound on the inception of carrying pungent combinations, and flowers have long been a symbol of fertility, as well. Sage was included for wisdom, and dill, well, that's the flower of lust. Sometimes, brides and grooms would eat a snippet from the bouquet, or they would be included to eat at the wedding feast.
Times have changed, and today's bridal bouquets are crafted with stunning flowers chosen by the bride for being her favorite flower and/or to match her color scheme and theme. It's hard to top roses for traditional wedding flowers, and many of today's vintage bouquet's incorporate roses with other colors and textures. Out of the bouquet choice will flow bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnières for the gentlemen, wedding and reception floral arrangements, hair flower accents and perhaps even cake accent flowers (if edible).
The very best thing about wedding bouquets is that there are no set rules or ways to choose the colors or flowers. Selecting something in season is obvious, but you can get almost any flower year-round. The Florida beach wedding may encompass a variety of soft colors, akin to seashore corals, whites, creams, and aquamarines. Beach grass or marram grass and other beachy vegetation can bring a couple of interesting vertical points to your bouquet. Make a splash of color with tulips and sweet peas.
Lace pops into mind with the vintage and shabby chic crowd where Queen Anne's lace, baby breath, airy ferns and greenery mix with burlap, twine, and lace ribbon are often cascading from the bouquet handle. Peonies, succulents, poppies, lilies, and orchids round out some vintage bouquets with frequent pink seashell colors. If blue is your fav, then lavender and bachelor buttons can poke out between creamy white blossoms.
Many vintage arrangements can be created with high-quality silk and dried flowers and draped with a strand of pearls or some sparkly sequins. A large vintage brooch can be fastened at the top of the handle, facing forward just below the flowers. Old hat pins can decorate the handle, and each holder of a vintage bouquet can be finished with ribbon or fabric which extends your theme or makes its statement. However large or small, soft sandy or retro lacy, your bouquet is personally yours, personally you.
If you are going for that beach casual or vintage lace look in your flowers, chances are you want a gown to reflect the same style. The consultants at Molle Bridals in Palm Beach Gardens can guide you toward ravishing choices for your beach or retro ceremony.