White Bridal Bouquets

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    Why Choose a White Bridal Bouquet?

    White flower bouquet
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    White wedding flowers embody purity, innocence, and romance. Wedding styles come and go, but white never goes out of style: it’s a classic. Not all white flowers are crystalline white: shades of cream, ivory, and blush can shade white flower petals. Hints of green are common in white wedding blossoms as well.

    Brides can choose white bridal bouquets for weddings that are contemporary or Victorian, formal or casual. The wide range of white flowers means florists can create white bouquets to suit...MORE any theme or mood.

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    Remember a Loved One With Photo Frame Bouquet Charms

    Bouquet Charm
    Use bouquet charms in honor or memory of a loved one. Izabela Skonieczka, www.goizzy.com

    This bride wanted a special way to include the memory of her late grandfather in her wedding. Ms. Skonieczka designed this calla lily arrangement with a customized bouquet charm, featuring a photo of the grandfather. After seeing how her grandmother admired this tribute to her husband, the bride presented her with the bridal bouquet at the end of the evening.

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    Anemones Add Formal Flair

    Anemone Bouquet
    Choose White Flowers With Black Centers for Formal Weddings. Photo Courtesy of Blue Bouquet - www.bluebouquet.com

    A bride considering an evening wedding or a formal black and white wedding should ask her florist about using white anemones with dark centers in her bridal bouquet. Anemones, also called windflowers, are in season from January through April, but brides willing to pay extra can buy imported anemones in the second half of the year.

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    Peonies for Springtime Brides

    Peony Bouquet
    You Don't Need Many Peonies to Make a Lush Bridal Bouquet. Photo Courtesy of Blue Bouquet - www.bluebouquet.com

    Peonies, with their softball-sized blossoms, make a dramatic choice for a single blossom variety bridal bouquet. Keep in mind that you will find the largest peony blooms, up to six inches in diameter, during the seasonal months of May and June.

    Peonies symbolize bashfulness in the language of love, a sweet sentiment for a soft-spoken bride to convey through flowers. Peonies are softly fragrant, so if you pair them with other flowers you may want to choose unscented or very lightly scented...MORE blossoms like chrysanthemums to avoid clashing scents.

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    Here Comes the Fragrant Bride

    Lisianthus Bouquet
    Lisianthus Flowers Resemble Roses in this Bridal Bouquet; Freesia Provides Fragrance. Photo Courtesy of Dream Designs Florist - www.dreamdesignsflorist.com

    Although this was originally conceived as a bridesmaid’s bouquet, the florist could rework this combination for a bridal bouquet. The cymbidium orchid in the center provides a raspberry color accent, and lisianthus blossoms lend fullness to the bouquet. The freesia blooms, several of which are still in bud, emit a subtle fragrance that only those standing close to the bride will notice.

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    Small, but Not Dainty

    Small Bridal Bouquet
    Using Large Flowers in a Small Bridal Bouquet Keeps it From Looking Too Precious. Photo Courtesy of Zanthia - www.flickr.com/zanthia

    Not every bride wants to carry a large bridal bouquet on her wedding day. This small posy bouquet is easy to carry in one hand, making the bride more likely to keep it with her during each dance.

    Medium to large-sized flowers, like roses, oriental lilies, or hydrangeas, should be included in a small bridal bouquet. It’s fine to add small flowers like baby’s breath or stephanotis flowers as accents, but small bouquets need a visible focal point to avoid looking like a Lilliputian’s wedding...MORE flowers.

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    Innocent Charm

    Daisy Bridal Bouquet
    Daisies Are an Inexpensive Choice for Bridal Bouquets. Photo © Kaz Andrew

    Daisies are very affordable flowers for a low cost wedding, so a bride can have a larger bouquet or can budget in bridesmaid’s bouquets for a large wedding party. Although the language of flowers shares that daisies symbolize innocence, an old wives tale suggests that the bride place a daisy in her left stocking for a pregnancy soon after marriage!

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    Feature Unusual Greenery

    Tulip Bridal Bouquet
    Spring Brides Can Choose Tulips as Seasonal Wedding Flowers. Photo © flickr user Lilszeto

    A white bridal bouquet can sport unexpected greenery to make it a memorable accessory. Consider structural greens that contrast with the softness of the flowers in the bouquet, such as the spiky green eryngium, grass-like green flax, or the giant leaves of monstera.

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    Tropical Wedding, Traditional Flowers

    Tropical Bridal Bouquet
    Shells Give a Nod to the Setting in Beach Weddings. Photo © Corey Balazowich

    Tropical flowers like orchids are always popular at beach weddings, but brides can still have a traditional rose bridal bouquet with a tropical theme. Delicate shells are as pretty as blossoms, and hydrangeas add a whisper of blue to suggest the ocean backdrop.

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    Long Live Chrysanthemums

    Chrysanthemum Bridal Bouquet
    Spider Mums Add Texture and Structural Interest to Bridal Bouquets. Photo © flickr user Sylphwood

    The arm sheaf bouquet or presentation bouquet commands attention, even in demure shades of white. The spider mums are an eye-catching blossom for hip brides, and Peruvian lilies add subtle purple accents. Other white flowers suitable for a presentation bridal bouquet include delphiniums, long-stemmed roses, or gladiolus.

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    Calla Lilies Go Casual

    Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet
    Twigs Add a Rustic Touch to a Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet. Photo Courtesy of Sabrina Gabrielli and Oliver Mallich

    This bridal bouquet conveys rustic elegance by the simple addition of a few curly willow twigs to a bunch of standard white calla lilies. The thick, waxy petals of calla lilies, combined with the long life of willow stems make a wilt-proof bouquet for an outdoor summer wedding. Florists could also substitute mini calla lilies in this bouquet to create complementary bridesmaid bouquets.

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    Pearls Provide the Finishing Touch

    Bouquet Pearls
    The Luminescence of Pearls Complements Dewy White Roses. Photo © flickr user Evil Erin

    Brides in love with pearls can add pearl floral picks, pearl floral pins, or pearl floral sprays to their bridal bouquets. A single pearl at the tip of each rose blossom adds just the right flourish without looking like a silly 1980’s throwback. Clear crystals would look equally pretty as an embellishment to a white bridal bouquet.