Personal Flowers – The Brides bouquet, Bridesmaids, Boutonnieres

Since today is the first full day of spring, I thought we should go back to flowers for a bit. So I asked Alicia to write something on personal flowers. Alicia and I have worked together for years now. We both have a great love of flowers, particularly the soft feminine fragrant flowers. When I can’t do the personal flowers myself or not every one of them myself, Alicia is my go to flower girl!



When Dorothy asked me to be a guest blogger, and write about my favorite type

of floral work  “ Personals” I jumped at the chance. The word personals is a term

used to describe everything floral related to the bride and bridal party. Including

Boutonnieres, corsages, flower girl baskets, pomanders, head wreaths, bridesmaids and of course the bride! To me a bride’s bouquet especially is an honor to create. Each one, unique to the bride’s personality…

(Of course being a hopeless romantic doesn’t hurt)

That being said it is important to keep a few steps in mind when choosing the perfect bouquet….

Firstly, although there are many beautiful flowers available today from all over the world, not all varieties work for a bouquet. (This can also be said for boutonnieres and corsages) Just because it looks good in a magazine does not always mean it is suited for a day filled with lots of photos and tons of hugs.

Work with your florist to decide what flowers will and will not work.

Secondly, It is important to take the style of the dress both for bride and bridesmaid into consideration when choosing bouquets. For a more modern look choose flowers that have a cleaner line such as mini Calla Lilies. For a more romantic flowing feel choose flowers that reflect that sensibility, like Garden Roses.

Lastly, No matter how you look at it bridal bouquets are pricey. Flowers themselves

are expensive, not to mention the time and effort it takes to make a cherished memory that lasts for years to come.

choosing flowers that are in their natural season tend to be more price savvy

then flowers that are not in season, but remember flowers in season in places like NY still imported in frost season. If your garden is dormant flowers will be imported from warm weather destinations and almost alway overseas. Not all areas have locally grown flowers in abundance.

The best advice I can give overall is to have fun!!

I leave you with a few photos of some bouquets I have had the pleasure of designing

with Cornucopia flowers and Dorothy Pfeiffer.









Photos by Dorothy Pfeiffer, Zia O ‘Hara and Danny Weiss Photography

Former Guest Bloggers:

Elise Rosenblum/Pronovias

Kim Starr Wise Event Design

Zia O’Hara Photography

About cornucopiaofbeautifulthings

Dorothy Pfeiffer is owner and Creative Director of Cornucopia since 1995. When she first bought Cornucopia in 1995 it was a retail flower shop on the Upper East Side. Since, Dorothy has moved Cornucopia to a studio space in the heart of the flower market and has expanded the business to include all aspects of event design and recently has developed an added Interior Design for Coporate and Home to the services offered at Cornucopia
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