One of the first questions a wedding florist may ask you is “What does your wedding dress look like?” You see, while you may have countless Instagram saves of gorgeous bouquets and Pinterest boards full of beautiful flowers, the perfect style for you is one that compliments your wedding dress and accessories, height and body shape.
A wedding bouquet that looks dreamy for one bride might not be quite right for another with a different figure or dress style, but a great florist has the experience and expertise to turn your ideas into a show-stopping bouquet that’s perfect just for you. Looking for some tips on matching your bridal bouquet to your wedding dress? Read on for our insight and inspiration from this beautiful wedding in New York’s Hudson Valley.
1. Consider The Silhouette of Your Wedding Dress
The silhouette of your wedding dress is a key factor in determining what shape of bouquet will best compliment your look. The most popular wedding gown shapes include A-line, column, slip, trumpet, ball gown and mermaid. The perfect bouquet will subtly mirror the silhouette of the dress to flatter your figure and complement rather than detract from your gown.
Bride Hattie’s stunning look is a dream example. The loosely rounded bouquet featuring David Austin’s Juliet rose alongside romantic long trailing jasmine vines perfectly sets off her lace Berta gown, the shape accentuating the exquisite back detail, and the elegant fit and flare mermaid shape that trails the ground.
2. Think About The Dress Fabric And Flower Textures
Flowers have different textures just like dress fabrics so it makes sense that both should be considered when creating your bridal bouquet. For example, soft delicate fabrics like silk and chiffon work well with light papery flowers like sweetpeas, cosmos and ranunculus; while stiffer fabrics like taffeta compliment more architectural flower types, such as calla lilies, alliums and orchids. Happily, roses are super versatile and quintessential wedding flowers, which will look wonderful with any dress style and fabric!
Hattie’s lace Berta dress is heavily textured yet airy, and demure as well as a little sexy with the elegant low back. The gathering of peach Juliet roses, ivory butterfly ranunculus, and jasmine vines she holds showcases a collection of light textures and is detailed yet not overly so that it does not compete with the intricate lace.
3. Take the season into account
Just as you think about what time of year you’re getting married when choosing your dress, the season plays a key part in your choice of flower varieties and colours too. In autumn for example, you can go all out on the shades of fallen leaves and hedgerow fruits, or add delicate warm touches as a more subtle nod to the changing seasons.
Hattie and Kevin reflected the season throughout their gorgeous fall wedding, using colours from the Hudson Valley landscape for their invitation suite; bridesmaids dresses, ceremony display and reception tablescape to really immerse guests in the environment and create a memorable experience. However, Hattie chose to keep her bouquet more neutral with ivory flowers, touches of green and beautiful peach Juliet David Austin roses to avoid overshadowing her exquisite bridal look.
Wedding Roses: David Austin Wedding Roses | Photographer: Mary Dougherty | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Stylist / Planner: Erin Dewey | Floral designer: Deryck DeMatas | Dress designer: Berta | Venue: Bethlehem House, private residence | Cake Designer: Bella Napoli | Hair: LC Beauty Company | Bridal make-up: Amanda Pierce | Bridesmaids Make-up: Jessica Lafate | Invitations: Tpel Paper + Press | Calligrapher/letterpress : Megan Fahy | Band: New York Edge