The Bridal Shower Bouquet
You either love the ‘shower’ bouquet or you don’t. When I meet a bride for a consultation one of the first things I do is out-line the basic options open to her for her own flowers – posy, over-arm, tear-drop, crescent, semi-crescent, extension, pomander, glamelia or shower, and I always get an immediate reaction to the shower and it will be an absolute yes or no – there is no middle ground.
I love making shower bouquets – the introduction of the osasis holder has made life so much easier and enjoyable. When I did my training I was told to wire every bloom. I found this made the bouquet very heavy, not to mention a considerable drain on time.
A bridal shower bouquet is at its best when carried by a bride wearing a full a-line skirt and train. They compliment each other perfectly and can be made as voluminous or as dainty as the bride wants. I like to use at least three flower varieties (my favorites are roses, freesia, dendrobium orchids and eustoma) and two foliage types – I generally only use two colours in a shower as I feel that any more just makes it a jumble.
Thankfully the ‘shower’ has come a long way from the 1980’s of just open lilies, red roses, ivy and leather-leaf fern and is something any trend-setting bride would be proud to carry on her wedding day.