When you consider the bouquet for your upcoming wedding, make sure to think about your dress, along with your profile in it. The bouquet is a big part of your fashion statement, as well as an opportunity for a fashion twist. Here are some gorgeous bouquets with an obvious nod to the dress itself; how stylish is that?
If you have an heirloom gown that you want to wear for your wedding, then you will most likely need to have the gown reshaped and resized. The leftover pieces of fabric are perfect for wrapping your bouquet. I spoke with master dressmaker and tailor Guillermo Molina of Guillermo Couture about how pieces of an updated gown can be used to wrap the stems. He noted that when a gown is updated, it often features elements that are no longer in style — like bell sleeves or a big collar. When he updates a dress and removes these elements, they become perfect pieces of satin or lace to use in wrapping the bouquet.
Maybe you don't already have a gown to harvest from? Check out the bargain section of stylish secondhand stores like Housing Works in NYC or look on the web; this shop has a bargain section with gowns for as low as $70.
I love to use fashion accessories like beaded pins, buttons, or ribbons in fun ways. Again, remember to look to your gown for inspiration; are there fabric-covered buttons? Does it feature grosgrain ribbon? Find one element and then mass it. You might sew 100 (or more) of those buttons very close together and then use that to wrap the stems. Ribbon looks fantastic when the stems are tightly overwoven with ribbon and then accented with a few streamers emerging from the bottom for length.
Where to find inspiration for the project: you, silly! Your personality and the shape of your body will inspire the dress. There is something out there for everyone. Your personality and that of your fiancé should inspire every decision about your wedding. There is a way to do just about anything for any budget. Whatever you choose, the goal is for you to be calm and present on your wedding day.