Written by: Katie Pierce
Ladies, listen up. When it comes to creating your look for your big day, your wedding gown is only half the battle. There’s still one tiny detail you shouldn’t overlook as it could throw off your whole aesthetic: your bridal bouquet.
Your dress might be the most stunning thing you’ve ever seen, but the right blooms can take your bridal look from beautiful to breathtaking. Your wedding flowers are more than just “add-ons” to your outfit—like your wedding jewelry choices, they tie your whole ensemble together and make you look like a true bride.
Whether you consider yourself an expert on flowers or can’t tell a peony from a poppy, we’ve put together a few tips on choosing the perfect flower arrangement that goes beautifully with your gown.
Give your wedding dress its moment. Your wedding dress deserves all the attention! It likely took you a long time to say yes to the dress, so you’ll want to make sure nothing steals its spotlight. So, when it comes to choosing the right flowers, go for one that doesn’t upstage your dress. This isn’t to say it should do nothing for your outfit, but instead, it should bring out the best in it (it’s like your dress’ trusty sidekick).
For example, if your wedding dress is adorned with sparkles, you might want to go for flowers that aren’t too glamorous, otherwise, they might overpower your gown. Or, if your heart is set on a sleek dress, steer clear of big bridal bouquets as they may distract from the simplicity of your dress.
Craft an arrangement that goes with your gown’s silhouetteBridal bouquets come in a wide range of shapes, including globes, cascading waterfalls, crescents, nosegays, and much more. While they’re all beautiful in their own ways, not all of them go with all wedding dress designs.
Picture yourself walking down the aisle in a big ballgown, only to be carrying a posy bouquet. Or worse, pairing a cute tea-length dress with a cascading waterfall bouquet that looks like it’s about to swallow you whole. Not a good look, right?
As a general rule, your wedding bouquet should go with the magnitude of your gown—but don’t go overboard. Think of it as the yin to your dress’ yang—it should balance out your bridal look while allowing your dress to be the main attraction.
So, if you’re wearing a mermaid dress, you might want to go for a cascading flower arrangement. Not only is it dramatic, but because it trails down, it also draws attention to your dress’ show-stopping feature: the train.
Consider your body typeWhen you chose your wedding dress, you were probably very particular about its cut. After all, you wouldn’t wear a dress that doesn’t flatter your figure, would you? The same goes for your wedding flowers—be sure to choose one that complements your body type!
For instance, if you’re a petite, pear-shaped bride, opt for a presentation-style bouquet so you don’t add more volume to the lower part of your body. Similarly, if you have an hourglass figure with a narrow waist, go for arrangements that won’t completely cover that part of the body—if you’ve got the curves, why not flaunt them, right?
Determine your dress’ actual colorWhen it comes to wedding gown colors, many brides-to-be think that white is white, however, there are actually many shades of white, from crisp “pure white” to creamier “champagne white”. With that in mind, it’s crucial to determine your dress’ exact color as it can affect the kind of flowers that you will carry.
If you’re wearing a blush wedding gown, go for flower arrangements featuring pale pink flowers such as calla lilies, chrysanthemums, and roses. Or, if your dress is a bright white, opt for cool-toned blooms like periwinkle, thistle, and tweedia, with a bit of greenery thrown in. Want white flowers in your bouquet? As a general rule, avoid flowers in the same shade of white as your gown—otherwise, it’ll look like you’re not carrying anything at all.
Along with the color, don’t forget to work off of the dress’ texture. You wouldn’t want to carry flowers that take away from your gown’s gorgeous detailing, especially if it features lace, crystals, etc. So, if your dress is embellished in beads, you’d look radiant carrying a bouquet with understated blooms like calla lilies and orchids.
Think about your theme. It’s a given that your wedding gown goes with your theme. For example, if you’re throwing a grand, Victorian-era-inspired wedding, you’ve probably gone for a floor-length gown with balloon sleeves. To create a cohesive look, you’ll want to select blooms that are in sync with your gown (and consequently, with your wedding’s theme).
If you’re going for a boho theme, why not carry a bouquet of dried flowers? Throwing a gothic wedding? A fall bridal bouquet, featuring a color palette of burgundy, purple, and red, is a fantastic choice. Planning a garden wedding in the spring? Go for seasonal flowers like peonies, sweet peas, and primrose, and throw in foliage to craft a fairytale-like cascading bouquet.
Design your wedding bouquet with Homegrown BloomsAbove all, remember to have fun with it! Take the time and play around with textures, colors, etc. until you find one you’re happy with. We know that whatever you decide, you’ll be able to sweep your spouse-to-be off of their feet and make your guests go “wow” as they watch you walk down the aisle.
Don’t forget to work with a professional florist to bring the bridal bouquet of your dreams to life. At Homegrown Blooms, we have one goal: to design a floral arrangement that’s as beautiful as you are! Get in touch with us to top off your wedding look with flowers that are fitting for a goddess like you.
End of the 2019 growing season
It might be gloomy outside but we still have tons of COLOR in the garden!🌸🙌🏼💐
We’re going to keep harvesting and hanging onto every last bit of this seasons’ crop...but super excited as we start making room & planting our spring bulbs!
What’s your favorite season for flowers?!
Homegrown Blooms Q & A & Season Updates! 🌸🌸
We only have a handful of weddings left this season! This wedding season has been absolutely incredible, we are so grateful for our clients and to have been part of one of their most memorable days!
➡️Q: Are we fully booked for 2020 weddings?
➡️A: (As crazy as this sounds) YES! We are (almost) completely booked for 2020 wedding dates, we are scheduling some of our last consultations.
➡️Q: What if you had your heart set on Homegrown Blooms for your 2020 wedding?!😥
➡️A: Still reach out! We can try our best to see if we can make something work and we can recommend other awesome, local florist!
➡️Q: Are we booking 2021 weddings yet?
➡️A: Not yet! We will announce when we will start booking consultations to book for 2021.
It’s a bittersweet day as our CSA members pick up their last week of blooms! I couldn’t be more grateful for such an awesome experience with our spring, summer & fall flower CSA. THANK YOU to all our members, especially those who signed up for all three seasons! I’ve loved sharing the harvest with you all and meeting each and everyone of you!
➡️Q: Will we have a spring, summer and fall csa next year?
➡️A: YES! We can’t imagine this business without our CSA☺️ We plan on making the CSA bigger and better and expanding the seasons!
✨Bouquet/ Arrangements pick ups and deliveries:
As we approach that time of year when we will expect a first frost soon, our season will drastically slow down. During the regular growing season we can take last minute orders since it’s as easy as a quick harvest to collect flowers for our orders... but since we aren’t a traditional florist shop that orders in flowers every week we will need at least a weeks notice for orders after we lose our flower crop for best availability! Thank you!
➡️Q: Do we provide the service of funeral arrangements?
➡️A: Not typically. Funeral arrangements are not our area of expertise. Of course, we do make exceptions. We are beginning to realize sometimes clients are looking for less “funeral looking” flowers and would much prefer something fresh, creative and vibrant. That’s right up our alley & we’re looking to create something that fits & is available in 2020 for clients looking for this type of work to remember their loved ones.
🌸Thank you all so much for your support! Feel free to ask any other questions in the comments below!⤵️
Photo by the amazing: Abigail D. Photography ✨
Homegrown Blooms specializes in & strives to be unique by utilizing as much of our own grown flowers as possible during the seasonal months. Our passion is flowers…from growing to designing with some of the most sought after varieties that create bouquets and arrangements with a completely custom feel.
More recently we've been seeing trends for and requested to design with an "organic & whimsical" feel- which often involves soft, lush greenery like penny cress and dusty miller and endless varieties of eucalyptus. Flowers we grow like anemones, lithianthus, dahlias and of course garden roses are growing more popular and requested in designs. Of course there are brides who have a more traditional vision- a structured bouquet filled with roses, baby's breath and hydrangeas. Being a non-traditional, creative, seasonal farmer-florist makes it hard to bring these more traditional, structured visions to life.
As for color trends- we've notices everything from blue and peach pairings (which we're excited to use June blooms like peach Icelandic poppies and pale blue delphinium for) a lot of blush tones and lavender and when the wedding season begins to shift more towards fall, a lot of burgundies and deep violets.
Pinterest: Pinterest can be a lovely thing- I have to admit I make each one of my brides a styled board on Pinterest to keep track of their colors, style and visions. Yet- Pinterest can be very overwhelming because the flowers shown on here are usually very high end and pricey to replicate. A bride might see a pretty garland and think "Oh, it's only made of greens it must be inexpensive" But the cost of the individual greens adds up and time and labor factored in to making that Pinterest worthy garland must be taken into account. Remember, in the end it is your bouquet. Our goal is to create our bouquets and arrangements completely custom for our wedding couples. It is our passion to bring a magical essence to each order and use as much of our own grown flowers as possible. Flowers are hand-picked just a few days before each wedding and designed with the very best floral ingredients available at that time in the season. We love all the delicate details in the flowers we grow, the romantic fragrance you experience with the freshest cut blooms, and the unrestrained color palette to choose from. Each bouquet designed at Homegrown Blooms is a true labor of love!
Good news! 🌱
Today I finished seeding my “8-10 weeks before frost” collection of heirloom seeds! Which means we are getting close to SPRING!🌷🌼
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what sustainability, heirloom seeds & flowers & seasonal flowers means. I want to take this chance to explain the intentions and hopes behind this business to all these new faces and define these terms and words I use so often!
🌱Sustainability: (sustainable agriculture) To meet society’s present needs without compromising future generations resources. Homegrown Blooms is committed to practices of sustainable agriculture. Our flowers are grown with integrity & a whole lot of heart.
🌱Heirloom seeds/flower varieties: This is an extremely important term to understand, especially for future bridal clients! Heirloom (or antique) flowers are plants that have been open-pollinated & have origins dating back 50 years or more. Some of these varieties are centuries years old! They are the same unique flowers your great grandparents would have grown in their gardens. Heirloom flowers are in high demand because they are great in diversity. They have been selected for their color, scent, reliability & long term performance. Heirloom plants have the unique ability to produce viable seeds that can be saved. (Seed saving is a practice of sustainability)
Some of the most popular heirloom flowers I grow are antique garden roses, cosmos, larkspur, foxglove, sweet pea & more! Heirloom flowers preserve history and help the environment. This is a focus at Homegrown Blooms. We try to avoid typical varieties brides might be seeking for their weddings like baby’s breath, typical roses & carnations and replace these flowers with ample options of “in season” heirloom flowers! A great example might be replacing baby’s breath with feverfew & replacing typical roses or carnations with garden roses & dahlias!
🌱Seasonal Flowers: The natural cycle of blooming flowers throughout the year.
As the Industrial Age reshaped modern life, commerce formed around flowers, reducing many floral crops into commodities that are produced, sold and used with little regard to the environment. It’s “High volume, low cost production” is similar to that of food. Homegrown Blooms mission is to use as many domestic alternatives as possible before importing flowers. We place a high value on local, seasonal and sustainably-grown florals & using them artistically to express beauty!
No Grit-No pearl
No grit, no pearl. 🕊This business has taught me so much in the last year. Building anything of value takes time and hard work. Struggle builds resilience and experience. Struggle provides direction🍃
I’ve had a lot of new followers recently so I’ll take this time to tell you all a little about me and the origins of Homegrown Blooms. Ever since I was little I have been drawn to working with nature, not against it. I had no idea there was a name for this concept and one day I would major in it- Sustainable Agriculture. But I’m jumping the gun...eager to start saving money and gain farming experience I got my first job at an apple orchard when I was 12 years old. The next couple years were spent immersing myself in diversified agriculture. My summer jobs were consumed with everything from seeding in hot greenhouses all day to milking cows and goats. I found my true calling while interning at a biodynamic farm called Swallowtail Farm in Florida in 2016-2017. This is where I met Mariana from Ladybug Blooms & was inspired by her trade- growing farm fresh flowers for CSA members, farmers markets, and weddings. After working under Mariana and getting to appreciate the art of growing the very details I could use to design with I returned to my hometown, Westport Massachusetts. Within the first few weeks of being home I called Mariana asking her recommendations for flowers I could grow late in the season. I was full of excitement and energy to share my organically grown flowers. After two seasons of growing & designing I have grown in humility and learned so much from fellow farmers and florists. I have grown in confidence and learned not to let criticism derail my progress. Instead of letting this drain me I have learned to let it motivate me. I have made so many heart melting deliveries and have experienced so many tears of happiness from clients. These are the moments that I’ll never forget and moments that help generate new ideas. I’m looking forward to the 2019 season & launching so many new ideas from the heart that I can’t wait for you all to see! When your values remain center of your business amazing things can happen!🌱
The season has officially begun and I have tons of fresh, colorful blooms! The ranunculus and anemones are looking particularly beautiful and the peonies will be blooming soon!
Seeding, seeding, seeding!
Growing up, I worked on many farms. I've spent summer after summer in hot greenhouses doing everything I could do get through a what seemed to be a never-ending seeding chart. SEEDING. IS. TEDIOUS. & in the midst of all that's going on on the farm in the summer, generally is one of the more boring but necessary tasks to complete. Yet when the season ends and winter is in full force, seeding is a little piece of farmer-heaven. I can't even express how much I have missed having dirt in my finger nails! No matter how many times I seed I am still mesmerized by the miracle that transforms that little seed into a plant. The past couple weeks I have begun seeding trays of poppies, stock, calendula and foxglove. In the midst of my chaotic weeks juggling work, and school and babysitting 6 little ones, seeding has been my rare moments of grounding and peacefulness. It is so pleasant knowing after putting your energy into something in return it will give so much back. So exciting watching the Shirley Poppies sprout knowing how beautiful they will compliment arrangements for a May wedding I have booked. Now these little babies just have to keep growing and I have to manage not to kill them! Just keep seeding, just keep seeding!
.Getting all these funky looking corms in the ground after soaking them for 8 hours. Planting them early so the roots can have a long time to develop. Hopefully they will produce some beautiful and plentiful blooms come Spring! Looking forward to using these guys in designs! Now for the challenging part, keeping them warm all Winter!