Brooch The Subject

After more than 40 years creating wedding bouquets, My Secret Garden owner Ruth LaHue thought she had done it all — but she had never done anything like the brooch bouquet she created for a bride last spring.

“It had more than 100 brooches — I stopped counting at 120,” she says. “I had made fresh flower bouquets with a few brooches in them, but I’d never done a bouquet that was just solid brooches. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it turned out amazing.”

LaHue shares tips for brides interested in their own brooch bouquets.

Decide if you want a scheme. Do you want the bouquet to feature certain colors or shapes?

Collect a few dozen brooches — at least. If your bouquet is all brooches, it will take at least 75 for a sizable bouquet.

Be sentimental. You don’t have to include heirloom brooches, but if you have them available, it will add meaning to the bouquet.

Don’t be too strict. Have a brooch and earring set? The earrings could also go into the bouquet.

Think about movement. “A brooch bouquet is more like a sculpture than a floral arrangement; it has very little movement,” LaHue says. To make it less stiff, add flowing elements such as stringed crystals.

Consider placement. Are there brooches you want placed together? Do you have a particular brooch that you want to be more prominent? These are details to share with the designer.

Communicate priorities. Tell your designer about any brooches that are absolute musts and which ones could be left out, in case there are too many.

Treasure it always. “An advantage of a brooch bouquet is it will last forever,” LaHue says. Display it under a dome — a brooch bouquet would not be fun to dust — and place it on a surface lower than eye level for the best view.