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boquetsNo matter how beautifully presented a bride happens to be, there is a very special finish to her stunning appearance. And that, quite simply, is the gorgeous bouquet of flowers that many brides are choosing to carry today.

Months of thought – to say nothing of immaculate tailoring work – go in to transforming the bride into a never to be forgotten, much photographed and videoed beauty and the flowers she selects to carry can make or mar the overall effect.

A shalwar, kameez, dupatta affair or a ghararah looks best when the bride is decked out in a traditional flower garland of motia, marigolds and rosebuds which, in many ways, are enough on their own. But if she also wants to carry flowers in her artistically hennaed hands, then something such as a simple posy or a small gilded, beribboned basket of matching flowers is just about the best idea.

If she is elegantly draped in a sari, then a reasonably sized, not too small, not too large, bouquet of flowers made from fragrant freesias, wildly perfumed roses, delicate gypsophila and carnations or other seasonal blooms, all contrasting tastefully with the main colour of her outfit, are perfect for the occasion.

On the other hand, if she decides to don a white or cream affair then her bouquet can be as brightly coloured as she pleases – though red roses for love should be included in number. And this bouquet, complete with ferny greenery, can be allowed to trail down as far as her knees but no further.

If western custom is adhered to all the way, at the ceremony’s end, she will stand high and fling her bouquet into the crowd, and as the legend goes, the woman who catches it will be the next one to get married!

– B Khan

First published in The Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 3, 2013.