Let me paint a picture for you:
You’re walking down the aisle on your wedding day looking gorgeous as ever and you’re slowly placing one foot in front of the other. You don’t trip, you don’t ugly cry, and your future spouse looks hottttt.
You make it flawlessly all the way to the end of the aisle and your first thought after everyone sits down is, “Shit, what do I do with this bouquet!?”. Not anymore! I’ve got you covered.
The easiest and most common answer is to hand your bouquet to your Maid/Matron of Honor/Man of Honor.
They can hold any bouquets and be a rock star for you. You’ll be hands-free and able to hold hands with your best friend, wipe away tears, and exchange rings. Perfect.
Well…what if you don’t have a Maid/Matron of Honor/Man of Honor? Or what if you want to break free from tradition?
Hand the bouquet to a Mom or Grandmother! They’ll love holding your bouquet for you and will feel extra-important.
What if I don’t want to do that either?
Have a table behind where your vows will take place. Gently lay the flowers directly on the table. Or, be super prepared and have a vase all ready to go with water and place the flowers in the vase.
Whatever you decide, you’ve got this!
What Do I Do With My Bouquet During the Wedding?
Almost every wedding, I get asked how to hold a bouquet when it comes time for the ceremony or any pre-ceremony photos. I am here to provide you with the best tips and tricks photography-wise to get those great shots and look picture-perfect.
Here are my tips on how to walk down the aisle with your bouquet:
Hold the bouquet at your belly button.
So many times I see the bouquet being held up high, even blocking part of a person’s face! This is not photogenic and is not pleasing to the eye. Have it at your belly button with your arms slightly bent and relaxed. Your arms will look slimmed down and you won’t look nervous or awkward.
Hold the bouquet on an angle so guests see the blooms, not stems
You want to practice holding the flowers in a mirror so you’re comfortable with both the blooms pointing the right way and your arms slightly bent with the bouquet at your belly button. You’ll look like a rock star!
Hand off your bouquet to someone else
Hand off your bouquet to the Maid/Matron or Man of Honor/Mom when either you are standing face to face and will need to hold hands to do your vows and place rings or choose to hand it off right after walking down the aisle and when your future spouse joins you up at the front. Just don’t be like me and forget to take it back at the end of the ceremony (oops!). I was so nervous and happy, I walked to the back of the church without my bouquet and my MOH had to walk with two bouquets…..whoops.
When in doubt, ask your florist!
A good florist will still be there to check on you when they deliver the flowers, so ask them how they recommend holding it. They’ll know better than anyone where the front and back of the design is and how often you need to water it, how easily it’ll bruise, etc.
Hopefully, these tips will make you feel comfortable and confident with your flower-holding skills. Because you got this! *high five*