edited by Jolene Rae Harrington
We often get questions from stressed-out brides, worried about everything from receiving-line protocol to last-minute venue changes. More often than not, we turn to our trusted Certified By The Guide wedding professionals for the answers.
I am overwhelmed with all the beautiful flower options for my bouquet! What criteria I should use to narrow down my choices?
—Rachel C., San Francisco
Jennifer of Lush Floral suggests beginning with your desired color palette. “Gone are the days of the traditional all-white bouquet, so have fun!” She says it’s also helpful to identify your bridal style—do you see yourself as clean and contemporary? romantic? bold and exotic?
Nancy Liu Chin Designs agrees with this approach, and reminds us that a bride’s venue and dress are also a factor. Pat Gibbons advises her clients to put up pictures of choices where they can glance at them periodically. “Then make a list of what you like about each one, so your florist can incorporate your favorite elements into your ultimate bouquet.”
While budget is certainly an issue in bouquet selection, it needn’t mean settling for ordinary. According to Nancy Liu Chin, “This is the year of the modest flower. A bride looks very sophisticated carrying a kissing ball of deep red carnations with a pearl handle. An outdoor bride might carry a bouquet of Gerber daisies in mixed shades of one color—simple flowers can have huge impact when elegantly arrayed in a monochromatic palette.” Lush Floral offers one more money-saving strategy: “Ask your florist about local, seasonal blooms.”