Beyond the bouquet

03/30/2009 8:35 PM

06/29/2011 3:21 PM

Once you’ve determined what your bouquet will look like, it’s time to start thinking about your bridal party. Who should carry or wear flowers? What is appropriate for each person?

Bridesmaids’ bouquets can be anything from a miniature version of your bouquet, to varying bouquets for each bridesmaid. Perhaps your bouquet is a mixture of different blooms, and you can select a different one for each maid. You can also incorporate some tulle, berries or another type of filler in each one as an alternative. As a symbol of the special place she holds in your heart, the maid of honor will surely feel honored if you provide her with a slightly larger bouquet than those of the other bridesmaids. The flowers for the groom and his attendants are called boutonnieres, and should be consistent with your bouquet and worn over his heart on his left lapel. Your family members will be ecstatic with all the corsage options available. Gone are the days when corsages looked like something you got for your prom. Your florist can suggest whether a wristband, a single bloom or even a small bouquet would be suitable for your occasion. As the name suggests, you’ll need a basket full of petals for your flower girl. Make sure the basket is appropriate for her size, and remember to let her practice before the big day. Also, flowers incorporated into your headpiece or hairstyle are a great way to tie all the floral elements together.

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