How To Personalize Your Bridal Bouquet: Ideas For Adding Sentimental Beauty To Big Day Blooms

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Cari and AnShih Wedding - Peony Garden Rose Quicksand Spray Rose Bridal Bouquet - Lotte New York Palace NYC - by Kelly Kollar Photography

Cari and AnShih Wedding – Peony Garden Rose Quicksand Spray Rose Bridal Bouquet – Lotte New York Palace NYC – by Kelly Kollar Photography

 

The bridal bouquet can be traced back to ancient Rome when women carried or wore flower garlands, believing that the blooms represented new beginnings, fidelity, and fertility. Things have changed a bit since then. For the modern bride, the bouquet is her ultimate accessory. Flowers are chosen not only for their symbolic nature, but also for their color, texture, and shape, complementing personal style, taste, and the overall wedding day look. Once they find their perfect floral aesthetic, many of our brides have added deeper sentiment by incorporating a special element into the arrangement. From keepsake jewelry to photos of loved ones, here are inspiring ideas from the Real BB Weddings archives for adding a heartfelt and personal touch to your bridal bouquet.

 

Lorenza & Pete Wedding - Bouquet - New York Botanical Garden - by The Hons

Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Bouquet – New York Botanical Garden – by The Hons

 

BB Featured Bride Lorenza remembered her late grandfather by tying his ring into the antique lace and ribbon that held together her red rose and peony bouquet. “He was the only grandparent who couldn’t be there. To honor him by having his wedding wedding band with me at my own wedding was very special.”

 

Melanie & Nick Wedding - Bride's Bouquet detail - Suffolk Theater - Sean Gallery Photography

Melanie & Nick Wedding – Bride’s Bouquet detail – Suffolk Theater – Sean Gallery Photography

 

BB Featured Bride Melanie personalized her arrangement with a sentimental charm, which offered comforting memories of her late step-father. “When he and my Dad married in 2012, he wrote me a beautiful note. I had part of it engraved onto a little disc in his handwriting and pinned onto the ribbon of my bouquet.”

 

Maggie & Richard Wedding - Bouquet - Castle Hotel Tarrytown - by Sophie Kaye

Maggie & Richard Wedding – Bouquet – Castle Hotel Tarrytown – by Sophie Kaye

 

Nothing makes a personal statement like a name tag. This bride had tags made for not only her hand-held flowers, but also for the bouquets and boutonnieres of each member of her wedding party. Little details like this are a great way to make your bridesmaids and groomsmen, many of whom have given their time traveling far and wide, feel appreciated.

 

Lindsay & Billy Wedding - bridal bouquet - Essex House - Charlie Juliet Photography

Lindsay & Billy Wedding – bridal bouquet – Essex House – Charlie Juliet Photography

 

If you ask us, you can never have too many diamonds on your wedding day. Add meaningful sparkle to a ribbon tied arrangement by pinning heirloom diamonds and gemstones found in a loved one’s jewelry box onto a hand-tied ribbon bouquet.

 

Margarita and Jose - Bridal Bouquet - Brooklyn Winery - Photography by Brind Amour

Margarita and Jose – Bridal Bouquet – Brooklyn Winery – Photography by Brind Amour

 

Are you having difficulty incorporating a ‘something blue’ into your bridal look? This bold take on the wedding tradition pairs a vibrant blue satin ribbon with a lovely garden inspired bouquet.

 

Jessica & Brian Wedding - Bridal Bouquet Keepsakes - Battery Gardens NYC - Rebecca Yale Photography

Jessica & Brian Wedding – Bridal Bouquet Keepsakes – Battery Gardens NYC – Rebecca Yale Photography

 

Symbolizing love and romance, lockets are one of those treasured jewelry pieces that are passed down from generation to generation. Keep the spirit of a loved close to you by pinning their locket to your bridal blossoms.

 

Nicole and George Wedding - Peony Ranuculus Garden Rose Sweet Pea Bridal Bouquet with Locket Photos - Hilton Woodcliff Lake NJ - by I Heart New York Photography

Nicole and George Wedding – Peony Ranuculus Garden Rose Sweet Pea Bridal Bouquet with Locket Photos – Hilton Woodcliff Lake NJ – by I Heart New York Photography

 

Michelle and Dustin Wedding - Brides Bouquet - Memorial Photo Charm - The Rockleigh - Manuel Montenegro Photography

Michelle and Dustin Wedding – Brides Bouquet – Memorial Photo Charm – The Rockleigh – Manuel Montenegro Photography

 

Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime occasion filled with joy and excitement. But with most milestone events comes the realization that loved ones are no longer here to experience it with you. As cliché as it sounds, in a situation like this, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Celebrate their life and memory by carrying small portrait charm with you down the aisle.

Ask just about any bride and she will say out of all the flowers that are mixed and matched to create a wedding, the bouquet is the most important. These blooms are carefully chosen for how they look and what they represent. Immortalized in photos and wedding memories, they become ‘her flowers’ for the rest of life. And with the addition of a precious keepsake such as jewelry or photograph, the depth of meaning and beauty of the bridal bouquet is endless.

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