The bridal bouquet is one of the most important elements of the brides attire and deserves special attention. Start by selecting the color and shape of the bouquet. Consider stephanotis – tradition regards it as the bridal good-luck flower! The bridal bouquet should be carried low enough as that all intricate details of your gown are visible.
There are many colors, scents, sizes, shapes and styles of bouquets to choose from. You can have a farm wedding style, rustic style, modern, modest or traditional. The traditional bridal bouquet is made of white flowers. Stephanotis, gardenias, white roses, orchids and lilies of the valley are popular choices for an all-white bouquet.
If you prefer a colorful bouquet, you may want to consider using roses, tulips, stock, peonies, freesias, and gerbera, which come in a wide variety of colors. Using scented flowers in your bouquet will evoke memories of your wedding day whenever you smell them in the future. Popular fragrant flowers for bouquets are gardenias, freesias, magnolias and wisteria. Select flowers that are in season to assure availability.
Things to consider
Your flowers should complement the season, your gown, your color scheme, your attendant’s attire and the style and formality of your wedding. If you have a favorite flower, build our bouquet around it and include it in all your arrangements. Some flowers have specific symbolism. Pimpernel signifies change, white flowers radiate innocence, forget-me-nots indicate true love, and ivy stands for friendship.
The orange blossom has at lease 700 years of nuptial history. Its unusual ability to simultaneously bear flowers and produce fruit symbolizes the fusion of beauty, personality and fertility.
Tips to save money for a budget bride
The cost of some flowers may be significantly higher during their off season. Try to select flowers which are in bloom and plentiful at the time of your wedding. Avoid exotic, out-of-season flowers. Allow your florist to emphasize our colors using more reasonable, seasonal flowers to achieve your total look. If you have a favorite flower that is costly or out of season, consider using silk for that one flower.
Excerpt from “Easy Wedding Planning” by Elizabeth & Alex Lluch
Here are some flowers available by season in Colorado:
Spring Colorado Flower Favorites:
- Decorative Kale
Summer Colorado Flower Favorites:
- Potato Vine
- Annual Salvia
Fall Colorado Flower Favorites:
- Mums – in white, orange, purple
- Ornamental Kale
- Millett Grasses
Winter Colorado Flower Favorites:
- English Primrose
- Winter Jasmine.
Check out more information on winter flowers here ->
If you are having a wedding in Colorado, consider wildflowers to save money and create a colorful unique bouquet. There are literally hundreds of wildflowers that grow in Colorado. You can find wildflowers throughout Colorado, but when you see them depends on the elevation you are at. The higher you go in elevation wildflowers are best seen in July and August. In lower elevation, wildflowers are best seen during late spring or early summer.