Artificial Wedding BouquetsSusan
Artificial Wedding Bouquets
No doubt as you get closer and closer to your big day you start to think about artificial wedding bouquets – and other types of arrangements (well you would probably not be here otherwise!). The variety of flowers you want is a great starting point than if the bouquet and other flowers are to be silk flowers or real.
A bit of the background is that artificial flowers used to be of poor quality, often plastic and certainly not looking realistic. Nowadays, that has totally changed – the materials (although silk is still used in the high-end flowers) have changed and so have the manufacturing techniques (still a large percentage manually done by the way).
There are lots of reasons to look at faux flowers and here are some of them. Firstly is cost as the silk flower versions tend to be significantly cheaper than the live versions, So you are getting a reduced cost yet no reduction in the look of the flowers. You can of course put together the bouquet yourselves (buying individual silk flowers) rather than made up bouquets. Having a vintage style wedding?
In comparison to live flowers the silk flower arrangements require very little looking after such as no watering, no picking up blossoms – just the occasional light dusting. With the live flowers you will probably only get them on the day of the wedding – not great for the nerves! The artificial arrangements such as silk bouquets can be delivered way before the day. So no worry on the day (about that aspect) and you can have them checked out and perfect in lots of time.
Ever thought about keeping the bouquet after the event as a something to remind you of the day – perhaps in a glass cabinet. You could even break it up and give parts to the bridesmaids. Do you or your guests have allergies? Well no problem with silk flowers!
Now back to using your favorite flowers – what they are not available in the season you are in? Well faux flowers are available all through the year, so you can use all your favorites. Matching the flowers to your overall color theme is super easy given the huge range available.
Anyway we hope that helps and are sure you will be able to find what you want here.
Wedding Bouquet Styles
For the modern bride, the humble bouquet is more than just a simple floral accessory with which she marches down the aisle – it’s a fashion statement which along with the gown, jewelry, and hair accessories, demonstrates her uniqueness and sense of style. Today’s bride is extremely fortunate in that she has plenty of choice regarding which style of bouquet to choose. However, an abundance of choice can be overwhelming and many brides may not know where to begin in choosing a fabulous floral accessory.
In order to help with the decision-making process, there are three factors which every bride should consider before making her selection: her overall body shape; the style of her gown; her desired look. There are generally four main types of bridal bouquet: posy, hand-tied, cascade and sheaf, and there are many variations based on the four styles. It is also important to consider scale and proportion: the bride’s bouquet tends to be on a larger and grander scale than that of the bridesmaids, but her height and body shape should be taken into consideration. A petite and slender bride will be overpowered by a huge bouquet, while a tiny posy will make little impact on someone tall and voluptuous. The size of the bride’s gown also comes into consideration, and as a general rule, the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet.
The most simple, yet beautiful, style of bouquet. They are normally rounded in shape, and often quite pretty. This is a very versatile bouquet because it will complement most styles of wedding gown. This is a suitable choice for petite brides who don’t want to be swamped with anything huge, or for brides who don’t want their bouquet to compete with their dress. It is also appropriate for brides who are opting for a shorter length dress.
This particular style is gaining in popularity with many brides. It consists of a casual and fairly loose arrangement which is tied with ribbon, leaving the stems exposed. The overall look is very relaxed, so it is suitable for a more informal wedding. Like the posy bouquet, it is very versatile and can complement virtually any style of gown and body shape.
This particular style screams ‘wedding’ and is a hit with brides. Cascade bouquets are quite full at the top and then cascade downwards like a waterfall. The overall effect is very formal and traditional. They were extremely popular at the turn of the twentieth century, but the popularity of this design died down with the event of World War One, when brides could not afford such elaborate designs, and displays of extravagance were frowned upon. However, cascading bouquets eventually became fashionable again, with demand for this style reaching a fever pitch after the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. They work well with full length and full skirted A-line, ballgown, and mermaid style wedding dresses. Cascading bouquets are the choice for many tall brides, and are also suited to curvier brides, as a long cascading bouquet will give a more slimline look. Brides who are wearing a shorter dress should select another style of bouquet, as the end result could look unbalanced. It is also best avoided by brides with heavily embellished gowns, as a cascade bouquet is likely to hide the design.
This arrangement is carried over the arm like a presentation bouquet. It is an unusual choice for most brides, but is still a striking design and great alternative to more traditional styles of wedding bouquet. It would not look out of place at a modern wedding, and this style will complement an empire, mermaid or contemporary sheath wedding gown. This style of bouquet will not conceal the appearance of an elaborate wedding gown, so it’s the choice for brides who wish for their dress to be seen more than their floral accessory. However, this style of bouquet is designed to be cradled in the arm, and tends to be heavier than other floral accessories, so it is best avoided by brides who do not want something so cumbersome.
Proportions are very important when considering which style of bouquet to select. However, nothing is set in stone, and the above act as guidelines. Brides should not be too disheartened if their preferred choice does not complement their style of gown or body shape – which is quite often the case. A talented florist should be able to modify a design to suit the brides proportions, so that the overall look is balanced and structured.