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At BunchesDirect, we love to work with other bridal vendors and to bring you guest blogs that will assist you with your planning. This month we were pleased to receive a wonderful article from Best for Bride-Canada’s top bridal dress chain. We have added bridal bouquets to coordinate, from our Canadian company, BunchesDirect.ca, but these bouquets are also available in the U.S. and Australia. Coming soon, you will also be treated to a FREE $50 BunchesDirect gift card at any Best for Bride store, when you purchase your gown! For now, please enjoy these great tips from Best for Bride! 


The bouquet is a very important accessory for your bridesmaids. So, you should pay attention to choosing the right shape, size and flowers in these bouquets, so they contribute to the overall wedding scenery. Best for Bride suggests that prospective brides keep the following factors in mind when choosing bridesmaids bouquets, so they come together beautifully and have maximum visual impact.

Know the best color options

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You may be tempted to match the flowers to the dress color you picked for your bridesmaids. This may not be a good idea as flowers of the exact color will be lost in the background of the dress. The better option is to choose flowers that are a few shades darker or lighter than the dress color. If you do not want a monochromatic bouquet, the options are endless. Look to the color wheel for inspiration.When your chosen flowers and bridesmaid dress color are opposite to each other on the color wheel, the contrasting combination will make them pop. Using complimentary colors that are close to each other, like blue and green or yellow and orange, will create a relaxed effect.

Rosy Red Bouquet by BunchesDirect

Match the silhouette and style

Dress from Alfred Angelo Disney Collection

Pretty Woman Bouquet BunchesDirect

 

The bouquet shape and size should reflect the style of the dress. Snug-fitting, well shaped gowns look best with small, sleek bouquets, while layered dresses with volume go well with round bouquets.

Also balance the colors and details in the bouquet to the dress design. For a simple dress, you can use more colors in the bouquet. However, if the bridesmaid dress has details like prints, embellishments or waistbands, keep the bouquet simple so the overall look isn’t cluttered.

 

 

 

Choose the right size

Classic White Calla Lily Bouquet

Unless the bouquet size is proportionate to that of the bridesmaid holding it, it will not look good. If the women in your bridal party are of different sizes, you may like to match individual bouquets to the woman carrying it.

A bouquet that is too large can be overwhelming on a small frame, while a tiny bouquet may not be the best accessory for a woman with a large frame. A medium-size bouquet would be better for the bigger women in your bridal party, while you can go with small ones for the rest of the group.

 

 

 

Co-ordinate the bouquets with your own

Classic Pink Tulip Bouquet

Your bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets should form a cohesive look. You can achieve this by choosing scaled-down versions of your own bouquet, for them. Or you can have a unifying element, like a matching accessory that ties it together.

The other option is to fit the different bouquet designs to a single color or design theme that brings it all together. BunchesDirect has different sized bouquet options in the same group, in bridal, bridesmaids, flower girls, and even toss bouquet sizes, so it’s easy to create a cohesive look. BunchesDirect also has coordinating boutonnieres and corsages to complete the look.

Classic Pink Tulip Bridesmaids Bouquet

Author Bio: This article was brought to you by Best for Bride.com, Canada’s leading wedding dress chain and one-stop bridal destination. Best for Bride features a vast inventory of top-class designer wedding dress and bridesmaid dress collections, apart from bridal party dresses and accessories. They also offer a range of wedding services and a reliable online wedding shopping service.

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Mariah Carey announced her engagement on January 21 to mega-billionaire James Packer, and knowing Mariah’s over-the-top personality this wedding is looking to be bigger than some royal nuptials. According to RadarOnline.com, Mariah “wants it to be the most expensive wedding of all time,” in a celebration to rival that of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Packer proposed to her on her home turf of Long Island, New York.

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Other sources suggest that Mariah wants a summer wedding, and that boyfriend James is picking up the entire tab. Considering he is worth approximately $4.7B this is probably a fair plan. Her engagement ring is stunning: a massive diamond approximately 35 carats in size worth a reputed $8M, from jeweler Wilfredo Rosado.

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The pair have been dating since June 2015 and reportedly fell in love last summer when Mariah, 45, visited James, 48, on his super yacht, Arctic P., off the coast of France.

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The couple spent Christmas vacation in Aspen and enjoyed time with Mariah’s four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, her children with former hubby Nick Cannon.

New rumors are now circulating that the pricey pair want to be married in Australia, where casino-owner Packer is from, or else in the south of France. to pay homage to where they met. (These are the kinds of problems to have!). Packer hails from a media mogul family and is reputed to be one of the richest men in the country.

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There is little doubt that wherever the couple decides to wed, Mariah will hire the best wedding planners and expect top service and a spectacular event.

Even in her first wedding, to Sony exec Tommy Monroe, she spent a reported half million, which translates to abuot $800k in today’s dollars. We can only imagine the virtually unlimited budget she has for this wedding.

According to the latest sources, Mariah wants thousands of white roses and lots of bling at the event.  White roses are always a stunning choice! If you love white roses but don’t happen to have a billionaire budget, BunchesDirect has lots of options for you.

Bulk White Roses BunchesDirect.com

Hint of Snow bouquet BunchesDirect

Elegant Rose Bouquet BunchesDirect

For even more savings, consider a BunchesDirect wedding package! The White Rose package will give you an Elegant Rose bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, 1 toss/flowergirl bouquet, 3 Divine Rose boutonnieres , 2 Belle White Rose corsages, and a package of beautiful fresh rose petals (approx. 400). This could be your dream wedding in one easy purchase!

White Rose Wedding Package BunchesDirect

We wish Mariah and James all the best. We also look forward to helping YOU achieve your own dream wedding! Visit the website for even more white rose bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces and cake toppers.

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The holidays are always a popular time for engagements, and celebrities are no different than many of us in choosing to pop the big question during cherished times of friends, family and relaxation. As we welcome the new year, we are excited to take a look at the many celebs who are newly engaged, and pick out a perfect wedding bouquet for each. Read on!

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Skylar Astin and Anna Camp, who play Jesse and Aubrey in the Pitch Perfect movies, announced their engagement via a very sweet post on Instagram. “I asked,” said Skylar, “She said yes!!!”  We think the very lovely and elegant Anna would adore our BunchesDirect bouquet Pretty Woman.

Pretty Woman from BunchesDirect

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Audrina Patridge of The Hills became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Corey Bohan just before Christmas. Corey is a professional dirt bike rider and proposed to Audrina during a romantic dinner at the Summit House in California. For Audrina’s more eclectic style, we recommend a  gorgeous and unique Warm Springs bouquet.

Warm Springs from BunchesDirect

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Most sources agree that Ryan Phillippe, who most of us know as the ex of Reese Witherspoon and star of Dangerous Liasons and Secrets and Lies, proposed to his girlfriend Pauline Slagter over the holidays. The pair are said to have become engaged on Christmas Day, with Pauline’s gorgeous new bling on display when the couple lunched at Seaspice in Miami the Sunday after. Pauline is about to graduate from Standford law school, so this beauty definitely boasts brains as well. For this smart and youthful bride, our pick is a beautiful Hint of Purple bridal bouquet.

Hint of Purple from BunchesDirect

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Age is no barrier to romance! Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, just became engaged to former supermodel, and former wife of Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall over the past weekend. Murdoch is 84 and this will be his fourth marriage; Jerry is 59. The engagement reportedly happened in Los Angeles where the couple attended the Golden Globe Awards. For this former wild child and model, now a refined mature beauty, we recommend the elegant Dreamy Cloud bouquet.

Dreamy Cloud from BunchesDirect

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Actor Jason Statham, 48, popped the question and provided some major diamond wattage to former Victoria Secret model and Mad Max actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 28, during the Golden Globes weekend. Whiteley showed off her gorgeous new ring along with her Atelier Versace gown at the awards ceremony. The ring is reported to have a stunning $350,000 price tag! We think the stunning BunchesDirect bouquet Pink Cluster would also be very pleasing to this gorgeous bride!

Pink Cluster from BunchesDirect

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If you’ve selected red bridesmaid dresses, you are not afraid to make a glorious statement. Red bridesmaid dresses provide a rich hit of color to any wedding party. They are especially gorgeous for a fall or winter event, but can work beautifully in any season.  These saturated hues can work with a variety of complexions and hair shades— just adjust the shade of red accordingly—and they will always help set off the bride due to the high contrast with her traditionally pale gown. Select the perfect bridal bouquets to complement this rich color of dress and you are sure to create a truly stunning presentation.

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Neutral

You cannot go wrong with a choice of white or cream wedding flowers. The high contrast will set off the red dresses and is an especially lovely choice for a Christmas wedding. For added interest, you could also select a red bouquet for the bride to help set her apart and to continue the matched “red and white” theme. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Classic White Carnation, Pretty in White, or Vintage White would be beautiful choices!

Pretty in White

Classic White Carnation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage White

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Matched

Create a rich, dramatic effect by layering red on red. Choose all-red bouquets or red bouquets with small elements of white to add beautiful saturated color to your overall wedding scheme. BunchesDirect bridal bouquet picks: Crimson Dream, or Romantic Red.

Romantic Red

Crimson Dream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bold

If you are not afraid of colour, go vivid and bold by choosing bridal bouquets in shades of red and orange. This unexpected choice creates impact and warmth and can work especially well for summer weddings. BunchesDirect bouquet selections: Romantic Rush or Calla Lily Delight would provide beautiful richness to your palette.

Romantic Rush

Calla Lily Delight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Romantic

Choose bouquets that mix romantic and unexpected combinations of red and pink, to add a sweet, feminine vibe to your wedding palette. Forever Connecting by BunchesDirect s a stunning selection sure to give your wedding that pretty “wow” factor.

Forever Connecting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hits of Sunshine

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Choosing bridal bouquets containing red and yellow flowers will add brightness to the color scheme, and provide a sophisticated and slightly less conventional take on things. This is a wonderful choice for a spring or summer event. Lasting Love from BunchesDirect would be a perfect choice!

Lasting Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Certain trends emerged during the various bridal collections for spring 2016. Brides.com reported on a range of styles, from 3D floral appliqués, to low necklines and dramatic silhouettes. We decided to summarize a few of the top trends, and match them with some BunchesDirect bridal bouquet suggestions to help you create a beautiful and coordinated final look, and save on your budget. Enjoy!

1. Floral appliqués were everywhere, from large scale three-dimensional cutouts, to tiny beaded embellishments, adding a feminine yet modern element to many of the gowns. This dress: Rivini by Rita Vinieris. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Spring Lady will perfectly complement the delicacy of the lacy and beading of these designs.

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2. Feathers are often the embellishment of choice for spring, adding a unique and modern element to gowns. Shown here: Strapless sheath with feather skirt, Kelly Faetanini. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Oriental Lily Magic, as the unique flare of the lilies provides a modern edge that balances the flare of the feathers.

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3.Illusion Bodices were seen on many of the gowns on the runway, lending a bit of a daring and a sexy edge to some of the looks. Gown shown: Silk gazar dress by Reem Acra.  BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Pink and Peach Bouquet. The soft colors will coordinate well with the organza without competing with the intricate details of the bodice.

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4. Keyhole or Slit Necklines were also a popular design trend for spring. These gowns provide the elegance of a high neckline, with a bit of modern “sex appeal.” This gown: a sleeveless nude organza by Angel Sanchez. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Pretty In White. The soft elegance of the roses will offset the modern edge of the slit neckline and the softly flowing lines of gowns like this one.

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5.Overskirts were seen on many of the gowns, in different fabrics and sizes, which provides added elegance and drama to the dress silhouette. Shown here: Sweetheart silk-printed sheath with tulle overskirt, by Carolina Herrera. BunchesDirect bouquet selection: Graceful Blooms. This gorgeous bouquet will provide the balance and color that will work perfectly with the full skirt of these gowns.

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Who doesn’t love a good romance movie, especially ones that feature a beautiful wedding? Whether the wedding is funny or moving, some of our best sources of inspiration for wedding flowers can come from our favorite Hollywood flicks. Movies spend big bucks on set and costume designs and provide us with some magical results. The rest of us, however, don’t have to spend big while still enjoying these wedding flower looks. We’ve pulled together some iconic movie wedding bouquets, and paired them with our own BunchesDirect selections! Which one is your favorite?

Kate Hudson, Bride Wars

Ah, yes, Bride Wars saw Kate Hudson play Olivia, who ends up going off the rails in attempts to sabotage her best friend’s wedding and secure the coveted Plaza Hotel as a wedding venue.

Kate looked amazing in this Vera Wang gown, with lavender accents. Her beautiful bouquet of exquisite lavender roses was the perfect complement. BunchesDirect bouquet pick: Classic Lavender Rose Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars

Another bride from the same movie! Anne Hathaway played sweet teacher Emma, who also ended up vying for a dream wedding on the same day as her best friend Liv.

 

The wedding that was planned did not happen, but Emma still got her “happily ever after” with Liv’s brother Nate. BunchesDirect bouquet pick: Stunning Dreamland

 

 

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Kristen Stewart, Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Who could possibly forget the STUNNING array of flowers in the forest wedding of Bella and Edward? Kristen looked amazing in this vintage-inspired gown, and the abundance of flowers hanging from the trees and twined into the magnificent wedding arch was truly breathtaking.

Pure Intentions

One interesting movie fact? Apparently it was so cold during the filming of the wedding scene that the some of the flowers needed to be replaced by the hour, according to designer-in-charge Tammy Polatsek. But, thankfully we don’t need this kind of budget to enjoy a bouquet like Bella’s. This clip from the filming gives us a better look at it. BunchesDirect bridal bouquet picks: Pure Intentions, or Hold Me Close (below)

Katherine Heigl: 27 Dresses

In this movie, perennial bridesmaid Jane always puts the needs of others before herself, even to the point of allowing her sister to marry the man Jane thinks she is in love with. But, Jane gets her happy ending with Kevin, the reporter she met while he was doing a secret story on her life of repeat bridesmaid gigs (you’d have to see the movie to really get it all).

While some of the bridesmaid dresses are shall we say, questionable, we loved this gorgeous yellow and white bouquet featuring roses, peonies and ranunculus. BunchesDirect bouquet picks: Morning Surprise, or Together We Stand (see below) with yellow roses added.

Reese Witherspoon, Sweet Home Alabama

Reese played New York fashion designer Melanie, who gets engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor (played by our own Dr. McDreamy Patrick Dempsey). Her heart, however, still belongs to childhood sweetheart Jake. Melanie may have bailed on this wedding (am I sensing a theme here?) but she looked sleek and stylish while doing it.

 

We picked this movie bouquet as a fave because it is a true classic, and shows that you can never go wrong with white flowers. BunchesDirect bouquet pick: Fancy White .

 

 

 

 

Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia

In this Abba-loving, Meryl-Streep-starring, light-hearted movie, Amanda shone as the sweet and bubbly Sophie. Sophie is set to marry her true love, and decides to use to wedding invitations to try and track down her biological father.

We loved this flowing, non-traditional gown and the hillside wedding venue (remember all the candles up the endless stairs?). If you love this free-spirited look, opt for a bouquet that is less structured and includes a mix of pretty blooms. BunchesDirect bouquet picks: Puppy Love, or Snow White (below).