A bouquet for a bride is one of those wedding traditions that is never going to go away.
Beautiful flowers will enhance your look, are an essential accessory and having something for your hands to hold when you’re nervous is always helpful.
But what style of bouquet should you choose? What will enhance your dress and your day?
To help you make this all-important decision, we will take you through some options.
Let’s start with a classic simple posy. It’s a no fuss, straightforward and timeless way of carrying flowers.
If you have a very elaborate dress maybe with a lot of detail and a train then this is a good choice, because the flowers won’t overpower the frock and vice versa.
You can use just one type of flower maybe roses or sweet peas, or mix it up with large flower heads like peonies.
Posies are a traditional choice for flower girls and bridesmaids as they are easy to carry and can complement a bride’s fuller bouquet.
Famous posy carrier. Eva Longoria when bridesmaid for a friend (above).
This is just perfect for a rustic wedding. It’s a bit like a posy but less structured and hand tied. It usually contains more greenery than a posy which may have none and has more ‘flow’. Again, it’s a good choice for bridesmaids and the bride could carry a larger version if she wished.
You can choose a variety of flowers but talk to your florist about petal ‘drop’ as you want blooms that are fairly robust. Orange blossom looks and smells wonderful and is traditional for brides. If you’re marrying in autumn you could choose hedgerow fruits and in spring fragrant spring flowers.
Make sure the ribbon complements your wedding colours!
Famous nosegay carrier. Jessica Biel when marrying Justin Timberlake (above).
This is beautifully elegant and a timeless style. Long stemmed flowers and greenery fall from the bride’s hands creating a waterfall effect. If you want to add some extra inches to your look, this is a good way of doing it. Princess Diana had a stunning cascading bouquet, which you can see in the video above.
Hand tied bouquet
This is possibly the most popular bouquet chosen by brides at the moment. It’s based on a classic round shape and then wrapped and pinned into place by the florist. You can choose a variety of different flowers this is a look that demands different sizes and colours.
This is larger, more dramatic and usually has trailing ribbons and blooms. It’s having a real moment right now. An art bouquet is a fabulous choice if you have a simpler style of wedding gown with little embroidery, as it will add detail and drama in its own right.
The bouquet is based around a foundation of different greenery, with blooms in different sizes and colours arranged alongside. It’s certainly eye-catching and one to choose if you want your guests to remember the flowers you carried!
Look at photographs of brides marrying in the 1920s and 1930s and you’ll see that presentation bouquets were very en vogue then. Brides would carry a sheaf of flowers usually calla lilies.
Today brides choosing this style often opt for orchids, delphiniums or romantic long stemmed roses.
It’s a style that looks fabulous with a long column design wedding dress.
What about your bridesmaids and flower girls?
They’ll be carrying flowers too. Here are a couple of styles to consider…
Ideal for young flower girls who need something simple to carry. A floral pomander is a globe of blooms, usually of one sort, with a ribbon loop which goes around the wrist which is why it’s easy for little ones to deal with and not leave behind.
Hydrangeas, sweet peas, roses all work well with this style of bouquet.
Again, a practical choice for your flower girls who will LOVE having a cute little basket of flowers to carry. Tie the handle with a contrasting ribbon or loop it around and fill the basket with blooms that match the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Don’t forget, baskets don’t have to be one colour you could mix it up with multi-colours so that each flower girl knows which is hers.
Have more baskets on hand full of confetti for when you leave the ceremony. Tip – don’t give these to the flower girls before the ceremony, as they might start throwing confetti around too early!
Princess Diana chose floral baskets for her young flower girls.