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Where to Buy Wedding Bouquets Online

Updated on January 4, 2013

One of the most important elements of your wedding flowers is surely your bridal bouquet. As you walk down the aisle, all eyes will turn to both you and your choice of flowers as you approach the altar for what hopefully will be a once in a lifetime experience.

The bouquet you select will help to set the mood for the entire ceremony and while it is only with you physically for a short time, it will stay with you far into the future in pictures and special memories. For this reason, you will want to make sure that you buy the perfect wedding bouquet to enhance both the beauty and emotion of your special day.

How to Select Your Flowers

Before you decide on where to buy, your first order of business is to decide if you want to go with fresh flowers or a silk arrangement. Both options have their advantages and there is not a right or wrong choice here. Most of the time, it comes down to which one suits your style, personality, and situation. There are several compelling reasons why people choose each kind and I will give you a brief overview of what makes each one attractive.

Most women I know who have opted to go with silk wedding bouquets did so because they liked the idea of having total control over what it would look like and the ability to have it ready to go well before the event. Another benefit you get from going with silk is not having to worry about wilting or damage that could result from heat or cold.

One thing many brides fail to consider is the seasonality associated with fresh flowers. Using a silk arrangement eliminates any possibility of your favorite bloom not being available at the time of your event. As a general rule, silk bridal bouquets are usually less expensive than fresh flower arrangements and can help to control the costs associated with your wedding.

There are plenty of good reasons to choose a fresh arrangement as well! Many brides love the soft and delicate look that freshly cut roses, calla lilies, lilac, hydrangea, or orchids will offer. In addition, freshly cut blooms will give you one thing you can't get from silk and that is the wonderful, natural summer fragrance only a live flower can offer. As you are planning your special day, be sure to consider seasonality as the prices can swing rapidly based on supply and demand. Availability is another issue at certain times of the year so you will need to take that into consideration when you are making your selection and planning your budget.

Tips for Buying Your Bouquet

A growing trend over the past few years is shopping online. While your first thought might be to consult a local florist, shopping online will allow you to choose from some of the most skilled floral artists in the world! The enhanced selection gives you the opportunity to draw on the expertise of professionals who are not in your local area but are willing to design something to your specifications and ship it to you anywhere in the world.

If you are trying to stick to a tight budget, you might even think about buying a used silk wedding bouquet as you can usually find some pretty good deals on arrangements in great condition from a variety of merchants. Where should you start your search? One of the best places to go for a massive selection of gorgeous choices and great values is eBay. They have both silk and fresh flowers and a recent search came back with nearly 5,000 results to choose from.

Bridal Bouquet Ideas and Suggestions

If you are still just trying to get some ideas and are not ready to commit to anything just yet, I highly recommend taking a look at some of the wedding bouquet idea books on Amazon. There is one book in particular that has some incredible flower ideas! It's called, "To Have & To Hold: Magical Wedding Bouquets" and offers beautiful photographic examples along with detailed descriptions and explanations of each one.

This is a great way to get some inspiration and get a feel for what you like. This valuable resource will help you with flower identification, cost estimates, and tips on caring for and preserving your blooms. It can also be an excellent way to visually share thoughts and ideas with family members and your future husband if you want feedback from others who are helping you plan your magical day.

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      Ann Leavitt 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      I'm a bridal bouquets designer and merchant and my shop is entirely online! (lilywinkel.etsy.com if you're interested) You're right that it is a growing trend to buy bouquets online. Artificial bouquets are growing in popularity as well, since new technology has contributed to them looking so real that sometimes people can't even figure out if its real or not even by touching them! Thanks for a great hub-- very well written and informative. I voted it up!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Super resource.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Enjoyed! Thank you!

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      great hub write thanks

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