When deciding what type of bridal bouquet to carry, consideration should be given to the old-fashioned presentation bouquet. The presentation bouquet, which is also referred to as an arm bouquet, is an arrangement of flowers that lays flat in the crook of the bride’s arm. And almost without exception, the flowers are tied together mid-stem with an elegant bow to compliment the bride’s gown.
When designing a presentation bouquet, it’s important to keep in mind that the flowers used will need to have stems stout enough to be cradled in the bride’s arm without the blooms drooping. Your best choices for such a bouquet include:
· Roses-long stemmed and thorns removed, are the most popular choice for arm bouquets.
· Large Calla lilies are another extremely popular choice. Some brides opt for carrying a single calla lily, while others fill their arm with them. Because of their shape, more than 30 calla lily makes the bouquet appear too crowded.
· Peonies, with their fragrant pompom-styled blooms, are more fragile than one might think due to their size. But in shades of pink, rose and cream or white, they work well when mixed with greenery to shield them from too much handling.
· Sunflower bouquets or sunflower/wildflower bouquets tied with a bow is the perfect complement to a country style wedding or more casual outdoor affair.
· Less common blooms such as bird of paradise or snapdragons work well with other softer-stemmed flowers to give some stability to the bouquet.
You can also add stability to an arm bouquet by adding leather-leaf, baby’s breath, statice, ferns, carnations or liatris.