Flowers make Wonderful Bridal Accesories

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Flowers are fresh, fragrant elements of most weddings and play an important and memorable role. Your bridal accessories will include bouquets for the bridesmaids and maid of honor as well as corsages for the men and, of course, your bridal bouquet. The church or other area you have the ceremony at will need flowers and the reception hall as well (See our “Wedding Flowers Guide” for a list of what you might need). The flowers should match your theme or color scheme for the wedding. Florists, magazines, wedding books and the internet are great sources of inspiration for choosing your own flowers. It’s a good idea to have your dress and the bridesmaids dresses picked out before deciding on flowers arrangements and colors.


Some brides are finding that since flowers are a big part of the bridal accessories, they want more control over how the arrangements turn out. Many are starting to make their own flowers. Do-It-Yourselfers are a major trend in weddings, and there are plenty of resources to help you if this is the way you want to go. There are websites and how-to books that can tell you exactly how to make the floral arrangements. The books and instructions tell you what flowers to use and provide step by step directions that the bride and bridesmaids (or other friends) can put together before the wedding. This is a great way to save some money, but you also need to plan for the time it takes to assemble your creations. If you use silk or dried flowers, you can make your arrangements any time before the big day.


Many brides are so busy and want to leave things in the hands of a professional; they would rather choose their flowers and have the florist make and deliver the flowers.


Other Bridal Accessories

Bridesmaids usually carry bouquets similar to the bride’s in color. Your bridal accessories list might also include table flowers for the reception hall. These flowers can be the same color scheme, but can be different from the wedding bouquets.


While the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets are the stars of the show, let’s not forget another important element: the men’s flowers. The men usually have a single boutonnière that is pinned to the lapel of the jacket.


Making Memories

Bridal flowers are ideal for pressing and preserving as a keepsake after the ceremony and reception. Another idea is to choose live potted plants as centerpieces for the reception tables and allow your guests to take them home as a reminder of your wedding. Remember, your flowers are likely to be among the most photographed items at your wedding too. Even if you choose not to try to preserve your bridal flowers, you’ll likely have lovely photos to enjoy for years to come.

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