Brooch Bridal Bouquets
I photographed a wedding last fall where the bride had made a bouquet out of brooches. Up until her wedding I had not seen a bouquet made from brooches and I thought it was incredibly unique.
Brooch bouquets are amazing for so many reasons. They are sparkly, they make meaningful keepsakes after the wedding, they are sparkly, you can use jewelry from family members and carry a bit of them with you down the aisle, you make your brooch bouquet well in advance of the wedding, you never have to worry about it not holding up throughout the day and they are sparkly. It will be a keepsake for generations to come and don’t forget they sparkle.
Making a brooch bouquet is quite the DIY project! It takes patience and creativity. But it is a worthy endeavor. Especially when you are ready to walk down the aisle carrying a beautiful brooch bouquet of your own making.
Since that wedding I have done some research on brooch bouquets and where is what I have found. You will need 50-85 brooches, large earrings or necklaces.
When choosing your brooche you should consider a few things when choosing the jewelry pieces you are going to include into your brooch bouquet.
1. Colors- Choose at least three but not more than five color families and stick to them
2. Finish- Choose one metal type. Use either all shades of gold metals or all shades of silver. It gives your finished brooch bouquet a more polished look.
3. Size- Pick jewelry pieces in a variety of sizes. It will give your bouquet depth and dimension.
4. Sentimentality- You may want to include a few pieces of jewelry that have special meaning to you. A brooch your grandma always wore, you and your fiancée’s initials or the earrings your mother wore on her wedding day would all be sweet additions.
5. Value- Reconsider using any jewelry pieces that are worth too much money. The bouquet will be tossed around and set down all day long. It would be terrible to loose a particularly valuable piece of jewelry.
6. Inspiration- If you have a brooch that you love use it to inspire to colors of the entire bouquet
There are some great video tutorials on the internet to help with constructing the brooch bouquet.
As a wedding photographer in Northern Colorado, I love when I see something a little different that I can pass a long to future brides and grooms.