Your bridesmaids are an integral part of your big day, so the flowers they will carry are very important, too. Since your bridesmaids will be among the most heavily photographed group of the day, you’ll want to make sure their attire look is picture-perfect—straight down to the floral accessories!
While you don’t have to stress too much about the flowers your best girls will carry down the aisle, you should give their arrangements just as much thought as your own. Sure, they don’t have to be huge or packed with an intricate mix of different blooms, but their floral bouquets should complement your arrangement, their dresses, and the overall vibe of the day.
Want to make sure your bridesmaids’ arrangements really wow? Here, 11 industry experts share their dos and don’ts of the bridesmaid bouquet. From tips on colors and style to size and unique shapes, you’ll be glad you read all about these important bouquets before you meet with your florist.
For a sleek and modern look, keep it simple with white flowers, exposed green stems, and black dresses.”—Beth Bernstein SQN Events
As the women who stand by your side during one of the biggest moments of your life, the bouquet you gift to them should symbolize the love and admiration you have for them. We recommend that your bridal bouquet differs slightly from the bridesmaids’ to signify their supportive role in your big day.”—Elizabeth McKellar, thenouveauromantics.com
Traditions are changing and brides shouldn’t fear thinking outside the box when it comes to wedding party florals. Maybe you wish to skip bouquets all together but still want your maids to feel important. Treat them with a floral cuff like these for a unique spin on bridesmaid flowers.”—Alise Davis, olivewillowdesigns.com
Do think about what’s wrapping the bouquets. We love including sweet strands of hand-dyed silk ribbon. While this may sometimes be too “whimsical” of a trend for the bride herself, it’s a great way to add depth to your girls’ overall floral look.”—Courtney Wolf, Wedding Planner, www.invevents.com
Do go for a monochromatic palette with the bouquets if the bridesmaids’ dresses are different prints and styles to keep the overall look from getting messy.—Wendy Kay, birds-of-a-feather-events.com
Do you want blooms to be the focal point of your pictures or just a simple accent? If just an accent is the case, then maybe go with smaller bouquets that blend in with the wedding colors. These girls carried very simple arrangements that let their bright dresses speak for themselves!”—Diana Venditto eventiweddings.com
We always ensure that each bridesmaid’s bouquet in a similar style but slightly smaller in scale in comparison to the bride’s bouquet. Having similar flowers that are in both bouquets but saving some specialty blooms for the bridal bouquet is a great way of having them complement each other without competing. It’s important that the bridal bouquet stand out as it is the most photographed floral arrangement of the entire wedding —Isabella Sikaffy florabellastudios.com
Avoid overly scented flowers (like lilies, lilacs, or jasmine) as your ‘maids will be holding these beautiful flowers all day long. Any overly potent blooms can cause headaches or allergies Aleah & Nick Valley valleyandco.com/
Don’t be afraid of color when it comes to your bridesmaid bouquets. Even if you’re sticking to a more neutral palette elsewhere, including bold shades creates a lot of impact especially against darker bridesmaids dresses —Bree Franzen rockrosefloral.com