Choosing Your Wedding Bouquet

Your bouquet will play a prominent roll on your wedding day, often featuring in a large number of photos. However, it can be difficult to pick out what you want. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Where to Find Inspiration

Your Venue

The easiest place to find inspiration for your bridal bouquet is your wedding itself! Think about your venue: is it a casual or formal setting? A rustic, unstructured bouquet might look fantastic at a barn wedding, but a bit out of place in a formal, upscale hotel.

Is your wedding is taking place indoors or outdoors? Some flowers, such as peonies and dahlias, will wilt in the summer heat. The more we know about your venue the better, so that we can choose flowers that will last.

Your Dress

What is your dress like? What are your bridesmaids’ dresses like? The dress you choose will determine the colour of flowers and shape of bouquet that will suit it best. When you come in for your consultation, we recommend bringing photos of your wedding dress and venue with you.

April Wedding Flowers Tweedia Bridal Bouquet
This colourful bouquet uses trailing amaranthus to create a cascading effect.

Your Dress

What is your dress like? What are your bridesmaids’ dresses like? The dress you choose will determine the colour of flowers and shape of bouquet that will suit it best. When you come in for your consultation, we recommend bringing photos of your wedding dress and venue with you.

Your Wedding Date

Finally, check what’s in season on your wedding date. Some flowers, such as lilies and roses, are available pretty much year round. However, others such as peonies, dahlias, and hydrangea are limited to when they are in season. While we can sometimes source out-of-season flowers through imports, this comes with a hefty price tag.

King Proteas, Dahlias, and Peonies are all popular seasonal choices for wedding bouquets.

Bouquet Shapes

The four bouquet shapes listed below are the ones we get requests for most often. Getting to know the names of the different styles will make it easier for you to tell us what you want.

Posy

Small and rounded in shape, and easily held in one hand. Ideal if you have a dress with a lot of detail you would like to show off.

Just Picked

Made with longer-stemmed flowers in a range of colours and sizes for a whimsical ‘fresh from the garden’ look.

Unstructured

Intentionally asymmetrical with a very loose, organic shape. Best suited to rustic or bohemian style weddings.

Cascading

A waterfall of flowers or foliage creates a tapered effect at the bottom of the bouquet. Very elegant and traditional.

The Pros & Cons of Finding Information Online

Pros

Looking at other people’s weddings on social media is a great way to figure out what style of flowers you like. Image-sharing platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram are especially ideal for this.

We recommend keeping a copy of anything you like, either by screenshotting it, saving it to a Pinterest board, or even printing it out, so that you can show it to us when you come in for your consultation.

Cons

What social media don’t tell you is how much the flowers actually cost. The flowers used in those beautiful influencer photo shoots are often very expensive, premium blooms. If you want something exactly like the picture, chances are it will be very expensive.

When doing wedding flowers research online, remember to check what country the advice is coming from. The price and availability of flowers in New Zealand can vary greatly to other countries. For example, a lot of American wedding blogs recommend Baby’s Breath due to it being cheap and available in large quantities. However, Baby’s Breath is not hugely popular in NZ. It rarely shows up on the auction floor, and when it does, it’s super pricey.