When you're looking for a clever way to cut flower costs, florists will always tell you that bridesmaids can carry single-bloom bouquets. What does that mean exactly, and, more important, what does that look like? Here's an example of one done well. Choose a large flower with graphic appeal—in this case, the heat-resistant protea—and tie a ribbon loosely around the stem. If one looks too spare, go with a couple tied together, like this bride did for her wedding. Proteas come in orange and gray, too, and are available year-round, and the flower head can grow to be almost 10 inches wide, making it ideal for this bouquet style.
—Denise Penny Shepard
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