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.
Do you have any tips on how to make my bouquet super-elegant and unique?
—Melissa B., Larkspur
Nancy Liu Chin recalls a recent creative coup: “I had a bride who wanted her wedding to look very Old Hollywood, so we collared the bouquet with ostrich feathers and inserted rhinestones into the flowers.” Continues Nancy, “Sometimes a simple bouquet gains impact with a really spectacular handle. For an all-peony bouquet, we adorned the handle with a pearl brooch for an extra flourish. Finishing a bouquet with a small piece of lace from the bride’s dress lends a personal element.” According to Pat Gibbons, “Butterflies, beads and sequins bring sparkle to flowers. Even rustic, hand-tied bouquets become chic when the stems are French-braided with ribbons of contrasting shades.” Bouquet grace notes favored by Lush Floral include antique handkerchiefs and heirloom jewelry, such as earrings that belonged to a beloved grandmother, “for a heartwarming touch.”