{A Bouquet Round Up!}: And Palettes to Coordinate!

There are many ways you can use color to bring your wedding to life. One of my favorite ways is through your wedding bouquets. Looking back at when I was planning my own wedding, I remember meeting with my florist to discuss what I'd like our florals to look like.

And being the overly prepared bride-to-be that I was, I admittedly came to our meeting with a good handful of inspiration boards that I had created that included images of my dream bouquet. Yep, I was THAT bride.

Doesn't every bride have a dream bouquet? I sure did! Of course I hesitated about bringing my color boards to my florist because I feared she would think I was a tad on the crazy side. But surprisingly she actually was so appreciative and relieved to have a visual to go off of. She actually said that more often than not, brides would come unprepared and she liked that I had a vision. Boy, did I have a vision...

So that's my first tip for all of you. Do a little research. Start saving photos that capture the look you're going for. Because ultimately, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to choosing your bridal bouquets. Besides the fact you know you want pink incorporated somehow, you definitely want to remember that your bridal bouquets give you the opportunity to make a statement.

What sort of statement do you want your bouquets to make? Are you looking to soften your bridal attire? Or maybe you want to make a bright bold statement? Are you going for a modern look? Or more of a vintage timeless look? Knowing what kind of statement you want your flowers to convey is definitely important and should be communicated to your florist early on in the process if at all possible.

Often times a bride tries to match her flowers to her bridesmaid dresses. But let me just tell you... a bridesmaid in a fuchsia gown with fuchsia flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers are a great place to choose an accent color -- for example, pale pink blooms against a fuchsia gown will bring out the best in both colors and make for fabulous photos. Create a little depth by going with shades of one color.

Another thing you don't want to forget is to include florals in your overall budget. Having a budget decided upon will allow your florist to know exactly what she has to work with and ultimately it will help everyone to be on the same page.

Also something to keep in mind is that you should order your flowers early. Always remember, flowers come from all over the world, so it is very hard to contact farms across the world and have flowers arrive within one or two weeks. Leave at least a six-week window ahead of your wedding week to be able to line everything up. Also your flowers will be cheaper if you can give your florist adequate time to order.

One of my absolute favorite ways to make a wedding bouquet stand out as unique is to wrap the bouquet with various colored ribbons, fabric or even burlap! As you can see from these photos, depending on your choice of color, texture and fabric width, so many different looks can be achieved.

One of my all time favorite bouquets is this lovely bouquet of Anemones, Sweet pea and Lilies of the Valley. Aren't you just loving how this bouquet seems to fit effortlessly into this color palette?

And see how wonderful the contrast is above with the black gown and the white bouquet? I really love when a bouquet contrasts the overall ensemble like this.

Looking for a sweet and romantic bouquet? Peonies are definitely the flower to go with! I personally love how feminine they are plus they've just always been one of my favorite flowers.

Oh, and not all bouquets have to be made with actual flowers. Getting married in the Winter and want to incorporate a pine cone theme? Anyone else loving this pine cone bouquet?

Another thing to consider is the fact that varying size blooms can really make a fun statement. Take this bouquet for example above. I love how the tiny daisies stand out against the larger blooms.

And just look at this gorgeous bouquet. Again, the varying sizes, colors, shapes and textures really give this bouquet it's uniqueness that I love. And finally, this bouquet of all white blooms really does make such a pretty statement. I can imagine this bouquet looking absolutely perfect against a light green bridesmaid gown!

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So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite bouquets along side just a few of the color palettes from my collection.

One little piece of advice I will share is that after you've communicated your vision to your florist, including your hopes, your likes and your dislikes...I would recommend that you try your hardest to trust your florist. And if by chance you find yourself completely worried about how your florals will turn out, why not ask your florist if they offer a service where they are able to create a mock bouquet or centerpiece? Perhaps knowing that your florist is on the same page will give you peace of mind. So tell me, what is your idea of the perfect bridal bouquet? And am I the only one who has taken an inspiration board to meet with a vendor? Oh, how I miss those fun filled days of planning!

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Chrissy Arpie Ott

Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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44 Comments " {A Bouquet Round Up!}: And Palettes to Coordinate! "

Bridal Affairs August 02, 2011

Not sure what is prettier- the boards or the flowers! Great job, Chrissy!

Tamra {ever swoon} August 02, 2011

I didn't come with inspiration boards, bc my theme was black and white, but I did come with a mouthful of inspiration, which was also well received. When I received my bouquet on my wedding day, it was exactly what I had envisioned and more. Great tips and advice, I will def be sharing with clients!

Alicia@CharityWedding August 02, 2011

You are so crazy talented. I don't like coming here because it makes me want to have 100 more weddings in a million different color palettes! I LOVE all of these!

Taylor Greggory

Your round ups are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
Seriously, you put me to shame!

I heart all of these bouquets.

xoxo, Taylor.


Gorgeous round up. Loving the bouquets, your tips and the lovely boards you created. WOW!! You're seriously full of inspiration.

~ Lena

Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic August 03, 2011

Your boards never cease to inspire me. I'm wondering how you can put them together--each as gorgeous as the next . . .

Jazzy E (Hivenn) August 03, 2011

SO pretty. x hivenn

Kellie Collis August 03, 2011

These are fabulous! I like each combination. Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

Brancoprata August 03, 2011

I can't choose a favorite... really i can't, they all look amazing and so beautiful!!!

Leah August 03, 2011

I don't even know where to begin! These bouquets and palette's are overwhelmingly beautiful! Thanks for always inspiring me.

xo L.


I went through a bit of obsession w/ yellow and gray. Now I am all over those pink inspired weddings. These posts must take so much work.. you do such a lovely job with them! xo

Lovely Little Bride

fab post, chrissy. Love these color palettes and how you matched them up with the loveliest bouquets on the planet.

xoxo, Lovely Little Bride

Natalie Franke August 03, 2011

I absolutely love this post.. Bouquets are such key elements in a wedding and to see those colors translated across the entire day - simply beautiful! Love, love, love!


So funny, I did the same thing and worried that my florist would think I was nuts! But she ended up being thrilled that I did the work ahead of time and had a vision. Love all of these! :)

Courtney Erin August 03, 2011

Great tips - I love the gold and grey palette!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Simply Camylla August 03, 2011

OMG where was this post when i was chosing my bouquet? so many beautiful ideas!

Lots of love

Jessa R.

such pretty bouquets. I'm loving all these gorgeous colors!

Thanks for the incredible inspiration.

~ Jessa

Brenda's Wedding Blog August 03, 2011

what an amazing feature Chrissy - I love seeing the bouquet with the inspiration board. I can't even pick a true favorite - although the cranberry and cheesecake one is definitely in the lead {love the name too}. GREAT POST!!!!

Danielle August 03, 2011

Great tips Chrissy! I think I know what I want, but I definitely need to starting gathering inspiration - preparation is the key :)

Jessica August 03, 2011

Chrissy, this is such an amazing resource! Beautiful work, you are so talented :)

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} August 03, 2011

I tell you what...peonies seem to be the trend of the day...when I got married (7 years ago) it was gerbera daisies...EVERYONE had them worked in to their wedding flowers. I must say, peonies are a much prettier choice! (c: My bouquet was bright pink and orange...roses and lilies...nothing special, but I loved it all the same. LOVE all these gorgeous beauties as well...

Lauren August 03, 2011

So many good ones! I can't pick a favorite!

birdie to be August 03, 2011

Oooo the yellow & gray board is lovely! Well... they all are, but that one stood out to me today :)

Couture Carrie August 03, 2011

Exquisite bouquets, darling ~ impossible to pick a fave!


LDD August 03, 2011

Like I said before...GURU!!! You are so amazingly talented with color palettes. I'm always in awe when I stop by! You had me at the Mustard & Grey palette, but the Navy & Gold was beautiful hard to pick a favorite, which means you're so good at what you do, so don't ever stop!

Adrienne O'Connor Ruffles and Tweed August 03, 2011

such gorgeous work - the first one is my fave!

Coley August 03, 2011

LOVE the palettes. Hard for me to pick a favorite!


Nicole Anders

You are totally a color expert. I'm so impressed by the way you coordinate these palettes.

xoxo, Nicole

Closet Fashionista August 03, 2011

I love the mustard and maroon sets!! :D :D

Bride on a Mission

I'm in love with this post. It seriously has it all. The bouquets are D-R-E-A-M-Y!

XO, Bride on a Mission

Erin August 03, 2011

These are all perfect. I think the coral, pink, yellow one is my fav!

Unknown August 03, 2011

Am a little in love with the orange from your first mood board. Cannot get enough of orange these days. Such a damn fab colour!

Suzy Q.

Gorgeous bouquets + even more gorgeous boards. I'm loving your style and eye for design. I can't even imagine what your house must look like.

~ Suzanne

Ashley August 03, 2011

I don't know which one I like best! Navy and yellow has always been one of my favorites :)

Diana August 03, 2011

Great tips and I totally agree about having a contrasting bouquet from the bridesmaids dress color. Our bridesmaids had tiffany blue dresses and yellow bouquets, while I had an ivory gown with blue hydrangea bouquet! I really love brides who carry colorful flowers. I love that first bouquet it reminds me of an orange creamsicle!

Hope your week is going great love! <3

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Los Angeles Wedding Photographer August 04, 2011

Tons of inspiration for brides! If I were a bride, I'd have a difficult time choosing a theme because they all look lovely.

Thelma Frayne August 04, 2011

Lovely- esp. the coral/ orange toned one!

Mikelle Jade August 04, 2011

lovely! the first one is the palette I chose for my wedding actually, and I loved it! But they are all so pretty-- I wish I had seen this before I got married!

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies August 04, 2011

I'm a bride-to-be and just found your blog! I love it and will definitely be checking back for ideas. :)

Huckleberry Creative August 04, 2011

These are beautifu! The black and white bouquet with Anemones is my fave!

Elizabeth {Bridal Musings} August 05, 2011

Wow ~ this is a superb post!!! So inspiring! x

PetCareRx scam August 08, 2011

Well I like all the palettes.. These bouquets and palette's are overwhelmingly beautiful..I go through from your blog its really so interesting and very knowledgeable,Thanks to sharing here..

hailey giles

I LOVE these palettes. The bouquets are dreamy!


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