Wedding Trends 2012: Wedding Bouquets

It’s time to talk about bouquets!  For the past few wedding seasons we have seen brightly colored bouquets in vibrant shades rather than pastels. Lively hues are more common for both daytime and night time weddings and brides are getting more creative than ever.

Brides create glamorous bouquets by using beads, brooches, jewel pins, pearls and even crystal rhinestones.  This is a fabulous way to incorporate your something old, borrowed, blue or just sentimental by including a piece of jewelry in your bouquet.

With the continuing popularity in beach and garden weddings brides are using elements such as shells, succulents, feathers, berries and pinecones to their bouquets to give it a more natural look. If you are getting married in the winter consider a bouquet made of fir, cedar, berries, wild pines and aspen twigs.

Or if you are getting married in a tropical setting consider a bouquet made entirely out of Caribbean leaves like areca palm leaves and galax papyrus.  We are seeing bouquets made entirely out of felt flowers, brooches, candy, buttons, silk butterflies and many other unique items.  Don’t be confined to using just flowers for your bouquet.  Get creative and make your bouquet as individual as you are.

Tips for Choosing Wedding Bouquet

If you’re unsure where to start when picking out flowers for your bouquet, start with a flower that has significance or sentimental value.  Maybe the first flower your fiancé gave you or the flowers that grew in your mother’s garden.  Another example is to mix the bride’s birth flower with the groom’s birth flower.  Keep in mind the season and venue for your wedding and pick something that will not wilt easily.  You will also want to keep your bridesmaid dress color in mind to make sure their matching bouquets don’t clash.  
Another bouquet trend for 2012 is to ditch the handle. You don’t have to carry your flowers tied together with ribbon and lace anymore. Get creative and choose something more personal by attaching the wedding bouquet flowers to a clutch, book, fan or any object that has special meaning to you and your groom.  The ideas and options are endless and you can become your own trendsetter by coming up with something no one has ever done before. Who knows, you might like your bouquet too much to even throw over your shoulder!

Brooch Wedding Bouquets in 2012 

This is hands down my favorite new trend for wedding bouquets.  Not only do they sparkle and shine but they are totally unique and can be heirloom pieces.  The cool thing about this hot new trend is that you can use it to include your family and friends in the process of your wedding bouquets. All you have to do is ask your family and friends to lend you any brooches they have. Incorporating something that has meaning to you will make your wedding day that much more special. Or go out and choose new brooches that you can use again and again.  There are many brooches in the shape of flowers so you can have a bouquet made entirely out of jeweled flowers.

Many wedding gowns have a side brooch as the focal point of the gown and having a brooch bouquet will highlight this.  Most bouquets range anywhere from $275-500, but if you create your own using recycled brooches you won’t have to spend a dime!  You can get a Styrofoam ball and the other materials you need very cheaply at a craft store. Even better, just like photos, your brooch bouquet will last forever and can be a hand-me-down for your daughters and granddaughters. So, if you want something totally unique that will be an heirloom piece, opt for a brooch bouquet. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but these dazzling brooch wedding bouquets are a close second.



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