When it’s time to design, plan and choose your bridesmaid bouquets they should act as a complement to your bridal bouquet and not try and compete with it.
That does not mean, however, that they can’t be lovely and they should never be boring.
Color is a very good way of making the bouquets interesting and unique.
You have a number of ways you can go to create wonderful colors of flowers for them to carry — all the same color, each a different theme color, or shades of the same color.
There is also the option of having the bridesmaids carry a sharply contrasting color to your bouquet. As an example, if you are carrying a dark red, they could carry a bright white bouquet.
Other ways to make the bouquet different and unique is by having each bouquet tied with the same shade but with a different patterned ribbon.
When you’re looking at flowers be sure they will fit into your theme, if you have one, or if you don’t have a theme then pick what you like and something pretty that will last through the day.
Needless to say you must keep in mind the color of the dresses and your theme colors.
A very stunning and inexpensive thing is to have your maids carry one dramatic and beautiful flower tied with a matching bow or ribbon.
Other ideas are to have them carry mini bouquets in the same shape and color as yours. A pomander to wear on her wrist, a wrist corsage, or a lovely basket with flowers attractively arranged in it.
For a more contemporary look have your bridesmaids carry small color co-coordinated purses decorated with theme flowers or a corsage.
With purses you have many styles to choose from and they’re also very practical as they can be used them to carry small essentials they would want for the wedding day.
What you do not want to do is make the bouquet too large for the silhouette of the dress, so a slim look will be best with a small bouquet. A fuller, longer skirt will look better with a bit larger bouquet.
Naturally, anything you decide on should not overshadow your bridal flowers.
Note that if you are having younger bridesmaids a wrist corsage or the small baskets or pomander that they can slip on their wrists would be quite ideal.
Nosegays are lovely to look at and easy to hold. They would fit, depending on the flower you choose, with any kind of wedding theme and both informal and formal weddings.
Don’t forget to consider silk flowers as a lasting and less costly alternative; the flowers offered today are sometimes almost impossible to tell from the real.
On the day of your wedding when you look at the lovely bridesmaid bouquets you’ve chosen for them they should look so good you’ll think, “I’d be proud to carry one of them myself.”
By Tiffany Cole