Bridal flowers come in all shapes and sizes, every one lovely and suitable specifically for the bride they are made for. Bridal bouquets are the heart of every wedding flower scheme, it should embody the style of the bride and complement her dress perfectly.
I’ve been lucky enough to make hundreds of bridal bouquets, for all sorts of brides from vampy gothic to diamond clad pink princess brides!
In the post, i’d like to share a few of my most favourite bridal creations. But first, here is a run down of the different types of bridal bouquets available…
A rounded modest bouquet, which is light to hold and generally the most popular style of today. This posy can be made to replicate any style such as vintage, rustic or traditional. I generally leave the stems showing in a natural way finishing the bouquet by tying a fabric ribbon around the binding point of the bridal bouquet and fastening with pearl/diamond pins or a blousy bow. This style can be made to be very small, or large with either all flower material, or a mixture of foliages and flowers. I always recommend using foliage, as it tends to support the floral material throughout the day, as some flowers will wilt with not being kept in water.
The Shower Bouquet or Cascading Bouquet
This style of bouquet was most popular in the early 20th century, where they were made in a very exaggerated way with masses of flowers and foliages. The shower, or cascading bouquet is best made fully or partly wired, which makes the whole design light and easy to hold. The over-all shape is long and overflowing, with a rounded top and pointed tail at the bottom. A lot of time and expertise go into this style of bridal bouquet, and so this is often reflected in the price, being one of the most expensive bouquet styles to chose from. Recently, with natural organic style wedding flowers being highly in fashion, the cascading bouquet is making a come back. Below you will see images of a traditional bouquet alongside more recent contemporary bouquets made by myself only a couple of weeks ago!
Over-Arm Bouquet or Sheaf Bouquet
Also known as a ‘presentation bouquet’, which were given as gifts to actresses in the early 1900, this style of bridal bouquet is held cradled over the arm. long stemmed flowers must be used in the design to create the desired effect. Flowers such a Lily of the Valley or Ranunculus wouldn’t work here. This style can look very simple, with just a few statement blooms or very extravagant with a variety of flowers that flow dramatically over the arm.
Floral Accessories and Alternative Bridal Flowers
Hand held flowers aren’t for everybody, there are lots of fun quirky alternatives that can be created with flowers. Recently I created fresh floral necklaces for the bridal party as opposed to hand-tied posies, these were tricky to make and required lots of planning but we’re totally worth it! Brides can also choose floral corsages attached to the dress or worn on the wrist or a flower crown. These options ensure you wear your flowers all day long, whereas you can’t hold a bouquet whilst tucking into your wedding cake! The key to these designs is using long lasting flowers, body heat and multiple hugs means delicate flowers will wilt and get damaged very quickly.
There are many more different types of bridal bouquet, however the above are the main styles that are popular now.
NOW, I get to create lots of lovely bridal flowers and below you will find my very favourites 🙂 x