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Bridal Bouquet Tips for The Sri Lanka Wedding Saree
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:
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