It’s no secret why the bride's bouquet is an important
element of her bridal attire—it’s as essential as the wedding dress itself! For
shades that pop and arrangements that wow, look at some these ideas to create a
bridal bouquet that’s sure to turn heads.

The bouquet should complement the style of your dress and
plays an important role in the appearance of your wedding gown.

For tailored, streamline wedding dresses, smaller size
bouquets work better than large, overpowering ones. Take photos of your wedding
dress with you to the florist to coordinate the right bridal bouquet for your
dress’ silhouette.

Consider the season: if you are a spring bride, aesthetically, a fall flower wouldn’t work for your bouquet. Some brides like certain seasonal flowers but pick the wrong time of the year for their wedding. Choose flowers that will work within the season of your wedding is a safe bet, but not always required. You can choose most seasonal or exotic flowers which can be sourced from other countries but you may pay a little extra.

Mix & Match: Instead of adopting a monochromatic colour scheme for your bouquet, infuse pops of colour using flowers with vibrant hues like red, orange and yellow as accents.
Select shades that complement the existing colour scheme used throughout your wedding. Brightly coloured flowers should never take the attention away from your wedding dress, insert smaller bits of colour here and there to keep everything flowing instead.

Carry it well: A larger bouquet will be heavier to carry. If you are concerned about the weight of your bouquet ask your florist to create a nosegay – a handheld, smaller bunched arrangement.

How To Put On A Boutonniere

In days past, the stem of a boutonniere was inserted through an actual
buttonhole in the man’s left lapel. Today, a lapel might have a faux
buttonhole, or maybe, none at all, so the boutonniere needs to be pinned.

Hold the boutonniere by the stem with your left hand, the flower should
face away from the viewer.
Place the boutonniere on the wearer’s left lapel, approximately four inches
down from the tip of the left shoulder. Make sure the flower is positioned
correctly before pinning it in place.
Hold a pin with your right hand, and starting from behind the lapel, push it
through the fabric just beneath the head of the flower.
Pierce through the flower stem, reinserting the tip of the pin into the fabric
so that the tip of the pin ends up behind the lapel. Be sure that the flower is
securely in place.
Tug gently on the stem to be sure the boutonniere is properly fastened.

How to Pin on a Wedding Corsage

Even the most adept among us can be a bit perplexed when comes
time to pin on a corsage.

Hold the corsage against the wearer’s chest, just below the left
shoulder. Be sure to take into account the neckline of the outfit and the jewellery
when determining placement. Also, ask the wearer if they plan on leaving their
jacket or shrug on all evening so that you can pin through both pieces of

While holding the corsage in place, catch the fabric with the tip
of the pin on one side of the stem near the base of the flower.

Guide the pin over the stem, or through the ribbon wrapping on the
stem, at a slight upward angle, to help secure the corsage. Then catch the
fabric with the pin on the other side of the stem to hold the corsage firmly in
place, and push the pinout to the surface of the fabric. Add another pin a bit
higher up on the flower stem if necessary.

Of course, you can order a wrist corsage if the ladies prefer that
style. A wrist corsage is normally worn on the left arm.

Another alternative to a ”pinned” corsage would be a magnetic attachment. Ask your wedding florist if they
can supply it for you! Pinning a boutonniere or corsage is not difficult, but
in the rush of your day, you can get frustrated. Take a deep breath, read these
instructions and go for it!

Tip of the week

Types of flowers to use for different themed weddings; For a modern themed wedding using calla lilies, cymbidiums, tulips, horsetail or succulents.For a romantic themed wedding used roses and peonies For a Whimsical themed wedding use looped curly willow, hanging Amaranthus, roses. For a beach-themed wedding abroad, I would recommend orchids, succulents or dahlias as your flowers for your bouquet.

Trend of the week

A new designer this week: Kenneth Winston and their gorgeous collection of curvy bride wedding dresses. Isadora is a modified A-line wedding gown with an illusion high neckline and open back. The lace scrolls through the body with beading and pearl work to highlight the shape. Available at Belladonna Bridal, Centrepoint, Tuam Road.