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Bridal Bouquet Tips for The Sri Lanka Wedding Saree

Updated on October 15, 2013

The History of Bridal Bouquets

A wedding would not be complete without flowers.

Flowers have always played an important role at weddings from decorating the venue to beautifying the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls.

Flowers have been a significant part of weddings since ancient times when brides would carry a bouquet made of fragrant flowers and herbs or wear garlands made from scented flowers around their neck on their wedding day.

The bridal bouquet will always be a crucial part of a bride’s attire since it adds charm to the bride’s saree and appearance. Choosing the right bouquet for a wedding sari can be difficult for some brides.

Below are some tips to help such women.

Types of bouquets

The three main types of bouquets that go well with the wedding saree are the:

Cascading bouquet


Clutch bouquet


Hand-tied bouquet


Choosing The Right Bouquet Size

Bridal bouquets come in different sizes and so do brides.

The bouquet should not be too small or too big e.g. broader than the bride’s waist.


Bridal Bouquet for Petite Brides

Petite brides should choose the cascade bouquet as this type of bouquet can help them look taller.


Bridal Bouquets for Tall Brides

The hand-tied bouquet and the clutch bouquet are ideal for tall brides.

Bridal Bouquets for Overweight Brides

Brides on the heavy side should choose the clutch bouquet made with large flowers. A bouquet with small sized flowers can make the bride look bigger.


How To Choose Flowers For A Wedding Bouquet


Brides may choose flowers for its color, fragrance, symbolic meaning, etc. Whichever reason it may be, try to select ones which go well with the color of your saree and your built and height.

Symbolic meaning of some popular flowers used in wedding bouquets


  • White – purity
  • Pink – happiness
  • Red – love
  • Yellow – friendship or infidelity
  • Orchids – love, children

Lily of the Valley

  • White - righteousness, faith, and knowledge.
  • Yellow – Hatred


  • Red tulips – love and commitment
  • White tulips – eternal love

Baby's Breath - Symbolizes a pure heart and innocence.

Gardenias – purity and sweetness

Chrysanthemum – happiness, joy and love


How to Choose Flowers for the Wedding Bouquet

Choosing flowers for the type of wedding bouquet you’re planning to have can be quite overwhelming if you’re not sure about the types of flowers normally used.

The cascade bouquet is usually designed with calla lilies, orchids, stephanotis, and greenery.

The hand-tied bouquets will usually be made of summer blooms such as peonies, sunflowers, chrysanthemum or roses.

The clutch bouquet will be made from long stemmed flowers such as white lilies, tulips and water arum wrapped in a beautiful satin ribbon. The bride holds the clutch bouquet in her hands.

The arm bouquet which is similar to the clutch bouquet is also created with striking long stemmed blooms like iris, roses and amaryllis but the difference lies in the way the bride holds the bouquet. The arm bouquet is placed on the arm of the bride and not in her hands.


Types of Flowers Used In Sri Lanka Wedding Bouquets

The flowers may be fresh blooms or artificial ones. This may be shocking to some people to find out artificial flowers are used in a wedding bouquet but there are two reasons for this.

Some brides are unable to afford fresh flowers for their wedding bouquet.

Another reason is because some brides prefer to have flowers with the colors blue and green. Since it’s really difficult to find blooms having these shades artificial flowers are used in its place.

How to Choose the Best Wedding Florist

Many brides and grooms will agree its not easy finding the right wedding florist to design and organize the floral arrangements for the wedding.

The first thing is to have a general idea of the type of bouquet and flowers you plan on having. Next is to ask your friends and relatives if they know of any reputable, experienced and honest wedding florist designers capable of designing and organizing the floral arrangements.

Finally don’t forget to stick to the budget. A lot of wedding florists have one trait and that’s to try to talk you into spending more than you set out to. Trust me, this can leave you short of cash in the end hence having to give up some of the other necessities for the wedding. To prevent this from happening always stick to the budget no matter how tempting it may be not to.

© 2012 Suranee Perera

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 4 years ago

      such lovely bouquets.

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      Suranee Perera 6 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Kathleen Cochran for stopping by. Pleased to know you liked the sarees and you're right, it really isn't a wedding without real flowers. White roses and red and yellow carnations have always been my favorite choice of flowers for a wedding :)

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      Suranee Perera 6 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Htodd. I'm glad you like the sarees pictured in the hub. I love sarees but it takes patience and time to wear one if you are new to saree wearing.

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      Suranee Perera 6 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you MurciélagoHeart and I do hope you find the right one :)

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a beautiful group of brides. Fascinating to see something other than the standard white for bridal gowns. I totally agree. It's not a wedding without real flowers.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      That is really great sarees..Thanks for the great hub

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      MurciélagoHeart 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Absolutely gorgeous, now I just have to find the right women! Great article, thanks.