When planning your walk down the aisle, there are many factors to keep in mind, especially your bridal bouquets. Your flower choices are a personal preference, there is no hard and fast rule around the type of flowers you choose.  That being said, if you want to match your bridal bouquet to your wedding attire, there are some tips to keep in mind.

Research –  Explore your flower options. If you are having a winter wedding, find out what flowers are available in that season. Don’t set your heart on any specific flowers until you have found out what is in season the time you are planning to get married.

Set your flower budget  – Decide how important your flowers are to your wedding planning and how much you are able to spend. Remember, less can be more. A fewer number of full, large flowers can cost as much as a large amount of small flowers.

Be prepared – Go to your meetings with your florist prepared. Have pictures are your dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, your venue, and any other details you may want to match or color coordinate.  The more visuals and information you can provide your florist, the easier it will be for them to help you.

Choose a size – If you are looking for your bouquet to go with the size of your dress, choose an arrangement proportional in size. For example, a small bouquet will be overshowed by a large, flowing ball gown, so opt for a full bouquet.  If you have a cinched waist line, belt, or an embellished dress, opt for a smaller bouquet, known as a nosegay or a posy, so that it does not block your waist or beautiful details.

Pick your color – Bring a swatch of your dress fabric with you if possible when you meet with your florist. Off-white, eggshell, and white, can make a big difference when choosing your flowers. You want to make sure your flowers will not be the same color as your dress so as to avoid the flowers blending in. You want all flowers in your bouquet to stand out, not just some.

Consider your bridesmaids – Matching your bouquet to your wedding dress is important, as is matching your bridesmaids’ bouquets to their dresses. Just as with your wedding dress, you do not want the bridesmaids’ dresses and any flowers in the bouquets to be the same color so that they do not get lost in the dress. Also, decide if you want your bridesmaids to have the same bouquets as you, a bouquet that accentuates your bridal bouquet, or completely different bouquets all together.

No matter what you decide, pick a bouquet that makes you love and one that you feel beautiful holding. Your bouquet will be with you throughout the day, in photos, and possibly tossed to an unsuspecting woman at your wedding. Choose a bouquet that makes you happy.