Not all bridal bouquets are symmetrical. Each bouquet is designed uniquely and what may surprise you, bouquets also have a good and a "bad" side... well it's more like a preferred side! So this means there is actually a proper way to hold your bouquet to showcase your florists design. This is intended so you get the best visuals for all your photos and to really showcase your florists custom design made specially for you!
Think about the style of bouquet you have ordered. Are all the flowers up front? Usually with more contemporary designs, there will be a bloom heavy side and the back with less blooms and more greenery. Same goes for cascading bouquets, but what makes it even more clear is that the front of the bouquet has the trailing greenery. If your bouquet is a round and structured posy, you wont necessarily have this issue as it will be bloom heavy all the way around.
Florists usually wrap the stems in ribbon and mark the back with pins when fastening together. This lets you know which is the preferred side. That being said, every florist is different and will have their own style when it comes to designing bridal bouquets, so ask your florist how to differentiate the front and bouquet!
To get the best photos of your flowers, it's all about the angles. A great photographer with experience will pay attention to details and direct you to hold your bouquet in different positions so you can showcase the fullness and design. For front facing photos, hold it outwards from your hips enough to angle it forwards about 30 - 45 degrees. Make sure the angle is enough so the flowers sit in front of the ribbon wrapped handle, this way you see more flowers than ribbon and stems. The stems should be cut short enough where you can do this without the bottom of the stems touching your dress.
Upside down can also be an interesting angle for a bouquet when facing to the side or away from the camera. When holding your bouquet upside down, your photographer will still guide you to slightly angle your bouquet so blooms are showing compared to just the underside of your bouquet!
All florals when arranged are beautiful and every bouquet is unique to the bride. These tips will help your bouquet be showcased to its full potential in all of your photos!