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Your Bouquet & Flowers

There are no limitations to your flowers and where you use your flowers on the day. Flowers can be used as a beautiful decoration and can add a touch of class on the day. Traditionally the bride and bridesmaid carry bouquets and the groom and his groomsmen have buttonholes. Your flower girl (if you’re having one) can toss petals on the ground. You can wear flowers in your hair. They can decorate the church or venue of your ceremony. Petals can be thrown in the air by your guests after the ceremony for that picture moment, and you can even use flowers to grace the top of your cake.

You can choose a single flower type, or if you would prefer a collection of different flowers and foliage to match the bridesmaid dresses this can also look beautiful.

Australian Flower Seasons

Different flowers bloom in different seasons, so this is something that you need to consider when choosing flowers for your special day.

Summer

Agapanthus, Belladonna Lily, Buddleia, Calla Lily, Christmas Bells, Dahlia, Delphinium, Frangipani, Freesia, Garden Roses, Gardenia, Ginger, Grevillea, Hydrangea, Jasmine, Larkspur, Lavender, Lisianthus, Pansy, Peony, Pineapple Lilies, Privet Berries, Queen Anne's Lace, Stephanotis, Sweet Pea, Tuberose and Water Lilies.

Autumn

Azalea, Brunii, Delphinium, Garden Roses, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Jonquil, Lavender, Lisianthus, Poppies, Peniculata, Privet Berries, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tuberose and Water Lilies.

Winter

Anemone, Bixia, Camellia, Daffodil, Daphne, Earlicheer, Hyacinth, Jonquil, Kale, Poppy, Ranunculus, Rhododendron, Rosehip, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Violet and Wattle.

Spring

Andromata, Arum Lily, Azalea, Blossom, Camellia, Daffodil, Delphinium, Erica, Gardenia, Garden Roses, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Muscari, Peony, Poppy, Rhododendron, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip and Viburnum.

All year round

Alstroemeria, Anthurium, Asiatic Lilies, Daisy, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera, Gladioli, Glasshouse Roses, Iris, Lilium, Longiflorum Lilies, Oriental lilies, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Protea, Singapore Orchid, Snapdragon and Tulip.

Today there are also artificial flowers that look real so if there is a certain flower you want that’s not in season at the time, this is another option. The benefits of artificial flowers is that they’ll be a long lasting memory you can treasure.

Bridal Bouquets

Traditionally, the bridal bouquet consists of white or cream flowers. However a 21st century bride can choose to have any colour or arrangement – keeping in mind that your choice of bouquet compliments both your wedding dress, body shape, and reflects on your personality.

When working on a budget, you should choose flowers that are in season and readily available. There are numerous styles of bouquets available. Here are just a few for you to consider when making your choice:

  • Posy
    The posy is a round and small bouquet that can be easily held in one hand. It is formally bound or tied together at the stems to form a hemispherical shape. The size of the bouquet can vary. This style is widely used where the natural stems are wrapped in a beautiful satin and embellished with pearl pins. Compliments nicely with straight and shorter wedding dress styles.
     
  • Cascade / Shower / Teardrop
    Designed to spill gracefully over the brides hand. Top heavy in arrangement, it tapers downward creating a beautiful sophisticated look. Its size can vary and coordinates lovely with a flared or very full dress.
     
  • Arm Spray
    Cradled in the curve of the arm, or if preferred hung from the hand. A beautiful cluster of long stemmed flowers and greener. It can be wider with loose trails creating a softer effect. This bouquet can complement a simple dress shape.
     
  • Kissing Ball / Pomander
    Flowers suspended from a loop of decorative ribbon creating a ball of flowers. Flower girls and junior bridesmaids normally carry this type of bouquet.
     
  • Single Stem
    Feature one dramatic flower, such as a lily presented alone. This can give a dramatic and simplistic look and would work beautifully with a simple fitted dress.

Bridesmaids' Bouquets

Your bridesmaids' bouquet should complement your bridal bouquet, but are usually slightly smaller in size. The colour should co-ordinate nicely with the bridesmaid’s dresses and the theme colour of the wedding.

Flower Girl Bouquets

Traditionally, the flower girl sprinkles petals in the path of the bride as she walks down the aisle. However, don’t let that stop your imagination and individuality. You may like your flower girl to carry a basket full of flowers, a mini bouquet, floral wands or scepters, and even a kissing ball. Whatever you choose for your flower girl will always get oohs and ahhs from your guests.

Buttonholes

Depending on the formality of the wedding, your groom and his groomsmen, as well as the father’s of the bride and groom may wish to wear buttonholes on the left lapel of their jacket or the front of their shirt. Buttonholes generally consist of a single flower bound amongst simple foliage. The flowers you choose may co-ordinate in type or colour with the wedding’s theme or bride’s bouquet. If the groom wants to stand out from the rest of the party, a different coloured buttonhole can provide the individuality.

Corsages

A lovely gift for your noteworthy guests, such as the mother’s of the bride and groom, or a grandmother or godmother. When choosing a flower keep in mind the colour. You may like to ask them what colour they are wearing on the day so you can choose a colour that will coordinate nicely with their outfit. Or to be safe choose white!

Choosing Your Florist

Make sure, when discussing your bouquet with your florist, that you clearly communicate exactly what you want before the day of the wedding. Florists also may have a portfolio of bouquets they’ve done for brides in the past. This may assist you in making your selection.

Simple, elegant and artistic arrangements make the best bouquets.

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