Unfortunately, between the brides schedule and various other circumstances, (which shall go unnamed!) I was unable to meet directly with the bride to discuss her wedding. All I had was an order form filled out and priced by someone other than myself. I had no idea what the theme of the wedding was, what the look was supposed to be. I had never even met the bride! I can remember to this day the bouquet she requested was all white, with snap dragons, white freesia and white roses. She wanted it hand tied, presentation style, (think Miss America), with the stems wrapped in white and thin gold ribbon over the white. I remember looking at the amount charged for the bridal bouquet thinking, "Wow! She must want a big bouquet!".
The size of your bridal bouquet should be in proportion to your figure, your height and your gown. You must also consider the style of your gown when choosing your bouquet. No bride should look as if she is hiding behind her bouquet. Nor should it be so small it looks like an after thought.
As a rule of thumb, I don't like to see bouquets that are wider than the brides hips/waist.
Here are some examples I hope will demonstrate my thoughts.
This bouquet is beautiful, but I think it is too much for this gown and bride. Her frame and the silhouette do not support such a large bouquet. This bouquet would work much better for a plus size bride or a ball gown . The style of this bouquet is called cascade. Cascade bouquets and formal gowns are stunning together.
Either of the above dresses are much better suited for a large cascade bouquet. Because the skirts have such volume a large bouquet would not detract from the bride.
This cascade is better for a more form fitting dress - but still maybe a bit wide for a thin or average size bride.
I love the look of this presentation/arm bouquet. This is a great way to have a long bouquet without the bulk and size of a regular cascade.
For more informal gowns and/or thin petite brides, small and simple is better.