Your Bridal Bouquet: Find the Perfect Length with Help from Rhonda Patton Weddings + Events
Monday, September 10, 2012
We love bouquets, but we especially love when they are unique - which is a given when working with Rhonda of Rhonda Patton Weddings & Events, who can do both unique and traditional! But did you know, beyond the flowers and such used to fill a bride's bouquet, there is another important element...the length of the stems. Rhonda wrote a blog addressing the issue of nosegay-style bouquet stems. According to Rhonda, the stems should be approximately 6 inches long or less with a great diameter; just long enough to hold and round enough for balance!
Read on to see what else Rhonda has to say and be sure you talk to your floral designer, or contact Rhonda if you haven't hired your designer...
Photo by Jamie Howell
From Rhonda: I cringe when I see a nosegay-styled bouquets with stems as long as a bat. I refer to them as "bat bouquets"
The Top 3 Reasons Bat Bouquets are Prohibited:
1. The nosegay bridal bouquet should compliment the bride's stature and not overshadow the bride or the dress.
As a florist, I must see you in person to size you up so that I can ensure your bouquet size compliments your stature.
2. The stems of the bouquet should not poke or pry the dress once held below the navel.
Rule of Thumb: Hold the bouquet below the navel. Tilt the bouquet vertically and horizontally and if the stems swipe, poke or pry your clothing then the stems are too long.
3. The end of the bouquet should have a clean cut and be free of thorns, protruding floral wire and debris. Long stems are permitted with pageant-styled bouquets. Nosegay and cascading bouquets typically have a stem length of less than 6 inches.
Left photo by Josh Reeder
Photos by Joshua Gull
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All uncredited photos from Rhonda Patton's website and Facebook page.