Bridal Bouquet Style Guide

Like any detail in wedding planning, when it comes to choosing a bouquet style, you have to go with what feels natural to you, and well as what is best suited for the overall scheme and style of your wedding. From formal to flowing, bold to bohemian, here is our quick guide to bridal bouquet styles and what they say about your affair.

Cascading 

Image via Belle the Magazine

Image via Brides.com

The look: Glamorous and romantic.
Best for: Outdoor weddings, beach weddings.
A cascading bouquet essentially looks like a waterfall of flowers hanging from your hands. They’re a beautiful choice if you want your flowers to be a front-and-center element of your walk down the aisle, or you want to dress up a simple gown. We love the choice primarily for emphasizing the natural feel of an outdoor wedding or the breeziness of a beach ceremony. 

Round

Image via Abby Mitchell Events

The look: Tight and traditional
Best for: Church weddings, fancy indoor celebrations
Because of it’s tailored appearance, a round bouquet is considered a classic choice that complements traditional or formal affairs. If you’re going for a vintage or rustic feel, on the other hand, this style may feel too “stuffy” compared with the rest of your decor. 

Hand-tied 

Image via Ruffled Blog

The look: Loose and bohemian
Best for: Vintage weddings, unconventional locations, casual celebrations
Hand-tied bouquets have a more natural, spontaneous feel about them, almost like you’re carrying a bouquet you plucked from a vase on a table. Hand-tied bouquets are versatile, but we love them most for vintage-themed weddings, outdoor garden celebrations, or backyard parties. 

Nosegay

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Image via Hey Wedding Lady

The look: Prim, not too proper
Best for: Religious ceremonies, formal indoor weddings, formal outdoor weddings
A nosegay is what most people think of when they think of wedding bouquet: a tight cluster of flowers with evenly-trimmed stems, usually wrapped in ribbon or fabric. Consider it the happy medium between a perfectly round bouquet and a loose, hand-tied one. 

Posy

Image via Wedding Wire

The look: Small and subtle
Best for: Complementing short or simple wedding gowns, courthouse ceremonies

A Posy is similarly structured to a Nosegay, but uses fewer flowers. The stems are also trimmed shorter, making for an effect that’s more compact overall. Many brides choose posy-style bouquets for the attendants, but the arrangement is also a beautiful choice for brides who opt for simple or short wedding dresses to ensure the bouquet doesn’t outshine the dress. 

Happy arranging!

Celebrate Earth Day w/ an Eco-Friendly Wedding!

It’s Earth Day! To celebrate this pretty darn amazing planet we get to call home (as opposed to say, Venus with its sulfuric acid and such – perhaps that’s why all us chicks peaced outta there and relocated to Mother Earth), I thought it would be the perf time to share some tips for throwing yourself a green wedding. The best part about these simple to use eco-conscious ideas is that you don’t have to be a hippy-dippy type or have a green thumb to pull off a green wedding. It’s all about your choices, whether you’re going for that all natural boho-chic style or you prefer your wedding served on a more elegant and formal platter. So in the spirit of all things Earthy, here are some of my fabulously green wedding faves:

  • Email invites for weddings are a big no-no, but you can still make an eco-friendly invitation choice by going with Botanical Paper Works seed paper, which is a special paper embedded with seeds and super cute! And after the wedding you can tell your guest to just plant in some soil, give plenty of sun and water, and watch colorful wildflowers grow! So cool!

eco wedding invitation - botanical paper works

  • Choose organic fabrics such as silks, cotton or linen for your entire wedding party’s attire. You can even find eco-friendly vegan wedding shoes that are super cute for some green tootsies.

eco-friendly wedding shoes

  • Have you noticed that rustic weddings are all the rage, and the burlap has become the it-fabric of this charming outdoorsy trend? Well look at you, already using an eco-friendly fabric in your decor! Fancy it up with some eco-friendly lace or use twine for a more down-home country feel.

burlap and lace wedding

  • Cut flowers may be the bees knees when it comes to weddings, but if you want to show the Earth a bit more love, go with an eco-friendly option like succulents that will also have themselves a happily ever after post-wedding day. Another eco-friendly choice is to choose potted blooms, plants or topiaries as centerpieces. This way, you can take them home and replant them after the wedding.

succulent weddingeco friendly wedding single topiary in pot

 

  • Did you realize that your Mojuba Bag is eco-friendly?  You can use the Mojuba bags over and over, as makeup bags to throw in your purse for future occasions or use your larger Mojuba Bag as a fab toiletry bag for your honeymoon or other adventures!

Mojuba Bride bag

These options are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to green wedding choices…an iceberg that will melt away if we don’t start doing our part to help our home! Will you be tying the eco-friendly knot soon? Share your top green picks in the comments below!

 

 

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Jackie James

 

Photo Credits: Invitations; Shoes; Burlap; Succulents; Topiaries; Mojuba Bag

Everything’s Coming up… Succulents

We love flowers just as much as the next girl…send away! But when it comes to our current crush on succulents, they could give a fresh dozen roses quite a run.  Maybe it’s the fact that some of these cute little guys can fit in the palm of your hand or that they require way less TLC…either way we can’t get enough!

From centerpeices to the wedding bouquet there is no shortage as to how you can incorporate succulents into your wedding day. Still a huge fan of roses, peonies and hydrangeas? Succulents pair perfectly with wedding flowers. They add a whole new level of floral design and create a stunning texture to any bouquet or centerpeice. Take a look at some of our fav ways to style succulents for inspiration and get to pinning!

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life happens. be prepared.

Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

alter- Amy & Jordan Photography / wedding bouquet- Wedding Chicks / wedding cake- Leila Brewster Photography / centerpiece- Brandon Kidd  / boutonniere- One Love Photo / headpiece- katie Lamb

 

Happy New Year!

Well it has come that time again…

Where we all get together with our closest friends and family and countdown to a new year with new beginnings, fresh starts and a reaffirmation of love and promises for a brighter future. All of us here at Mojuba would like to thank you for all that we have accomplished in 2014. We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for us … so bring it on 2015! Thanks for all your support!

 

Happy New Year!

 

Sweet on Succulents

Now that Spring is in full bloom (it really took it’s time this year!), I can’t help but be sweet on succulents in weddings! These green flower-looking plants are just so pretty, but they’re also eco-friendly – unlike cut flowers, they don’t die once they’ve been cut. Plus, they retain water, so no wilting under that hot summer sun. Pretty and perky – that’s the way we like things! Not sure how to pair a plant with your wedding decor? Here are a few of my fave ways for a little succulent inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascading Bouquets

The new trend in bouquets? Cascading bouquets! We haven’t seen these beauties find their way into weddings in quite a while, and we happen to think they are absolutely gorgeous. Talk about making a statement! These are perf for outdoor garden weddings or for an indoor over the top glam affair. Opt for one “look-at-me” flower like cascading white orchids or create a garden of flowers with roses, branches and draping vines. Here are a few of my faves!

Adore this white orchid bouquet from Style Me Pretty. So elegant!

white orchid bouquet

 

This bouquet of soft blooms from Bridal Musings looks like it was picked right out of a garden!

pastel cascading bouquet

Holy cascading bouquet! Love the drama of this oversized bouquet from Burnett’s Boards. Now that’s an attention grabber.

large cascading bouquet

This smaller cascading bouquet proves that just a few hanging flowers can add a gorgeous effect. Love the green berries! via Style Me Pretty

cascading bouquet

What do you think? Would you design a cascading bouquet for your wedding?

A Trend That Blooms

Ready to start picking out the flowers for your big day? Welp, for 2014 it’s time to stop and smell the roses…garden roses, to be exact! These lush, pretty petaled stems are becoming one of the flower must-haves for your bouquets and centerpieces, and their slightly larger than the traditional rose size allows you to use fewer stems while still creating a full looking bouquet. If you’re a floral trend follower, the blossoming of the garden rose into one of the new IT flowers isn’t a big surprise. It looks pretty gosh darn similar to the pretty peony, 2013’s biggie bloom that has stayed at the top of the “flowers brides are fawning over” list again for this coming year. Opt for one or the other or do a lovely lush, soft and oh-so-romantic combo of peonies and garden roses. And, expect to see these blooms looking pretty in pink, as this girly color is making a comeback down the aisle!

white garden rose bouquet

White Garden Rose Bouquet

hot pink garden rose bouquet

Hot Pink Garden Rose Bouquet

White Peony Bouquet

White Peony Bouquet

pink peony bouquet

Pink Peony Bouquet

Garden Rose and Peony Bouquet

Garden Rose and Peony Bouquet

Garden Rose and Peony Bouquet

Peach and Pink Garden Rose and Peony Bouquet

 

Photo Credits: White Garden Rose Bouquet; Hot Pink Garden Rose Bouquet; White Peony Bouquet; Pink Peony Bouquet; Peony and Garden Rose Bouquet; Pink and Peach Peony and Garden Rose Bouquet

Winter Wedding Bouquets

April showers may bring May flowers, but there are still plenty of stems growing in even the colder months, and these are the perfect flowers to use as part of your wedding bouquets. Not only will they evoke the feel of winter, bringing the season into your wedding, but local flowers in bloom during your wedding cost less! Thats just more bouquet for your buck, and what bride can’t get on board with that?!

So, to help plant some winter wedding bouquet ideas in your pretty little veiled heads, I though I would share some of the best winter wedding flowers.

Anemone – Perf for the black and white wedding!

anemone

Amaryllis – a tad more pricey, but bigger flowers mean you can use fewer stems! (like with hydrangea)

amaryllis bouquet

Carnation – Inexpensive and available all year long – plus, if they’re good enough for Carrie Bradshaw, they are good enough for us!

carnation bouquet

Ranunculus – A fab alternative to roses in the winter months

ranunculus bouquet

Poinsettia – Known as being a Christmas plant, you can go with white for a more wedding feel!

poinsettia bouquet

 

Photo Credits: Anemone; Amaryllis; Carnation; Ranunculus; Poinsettia

 

 

Fall for Fall Wedding Flowers

OK, seriously – who went and made it August already? Fall is just around the corner! While I sit here and try to figure out where in the world summer went, I figure I might as well help us all get into the Fall wedding spirit! Autumn is a fab time of year for weddings, especially outdoors. In fact, (depending on where in the country you live, of course) September and October have been giving June and July a run for their money in the wedding month popularity department. Just think about all those gorgeous natural colors Mother Nature brings to the wedding party, and the cool air sure beats the heat (and the constant reapplying of the deodorant from your Mojuba Bride Bag!). Can you smell that crisp Fall air yet? Or maybe it’s all the gorgeous orange, red and yellow flowers that are perf for  a fall wedding that you’re smelling! Think Sunflowers, Calla Lilies, Gerbera Daisies, Dahlias, Roses, Asiatic Lilies and Chrysanthemums. OK – I’m definitely getting into the Fall spirit thinking about these pretty pretty flowers! Bring the season into your bouquets and decor by mixing and matching any of the fragrant and bright bulbs in bloom during these cool Fall months, and throw in some leaves, berries, pine cones or branches to truly let the season pop! Here are a few of my fave Fall bouquets for a lil’ inspiration.

fall bouquet

fall bouquet

fall bouquet

fall bouquet

Photos: Bouquet 1; Bouquet 2; Bouquet 3; Bouquet 4

 

White Wedding Floral

At Mojuba, we love the timeless and elegant look of using white flowers on your wedding day. Even though you may think it’s been done, the look never goes out of style. Billy Idol said it best, it’s always a nice day for a white wedding!

Here are some rockin’ white floral arrangements: clockwise from top left: Floralia (New York City); Preston Bailey (New York City); Mark’s Garden (Sherman Oaks, CA); Floralia (New York City); Chestnuts in the Tuileries (New York City); Dilly Lily (Chicago).