What Bouquet Are You?
by Sara Whatley
Confused about what type of wedding bouquet to opt for? Sara Whatley runs down a few of the key styles and looks at the flower trends for 2018
A beautiful bride needs a beautiful wedding bouquet, but which style would suit you best? With so many decisions to make when planning a wedding we have highlighted some of the most popular styles out there, and look at the trends for 2018.
- Mixed botanicals and fragrant garden-inspired designs
- More detailed designs, which include a greater number of flowers, but maintain a lot of depth and intrigue through the use of mixed foliage
- Arrangements bursting with texture, depth and packed with colour. The most popular blooms include garden roses, veronica, fragrant stocks and rosemary
- Popular colour schemes: romantic deep red hues to add warmth and depth
- Showpieces such as ‘flower walls’ are statement designs to add to your venue, bright colours add impact to a brilliant backdrop not just for photos but to cake and gift tables too
- One of the biggest trends this year is ultra violet; this shade transcends the seasons and lends itself to a variety of flowers including roses, orchids and hydrangeas
- Bronze or copper accents added to your wedding flowers bring warmth and luxe to designs. Combine with crisp white flowers for a super stylish look
- Brides will wear their wedding flowers not just in their hair but in place of traditional wedding jewellery. Floral necklaces, tiaras and cuffs are examples.
- Single coloured bouquets and succulents within the bouquet are also in this year
HAND TIED POSY
This is probably the most popular style of bouquet. It is very neat and pretty and can incorporate most types of flowers. It is neatly tied usually with a ribbon around the stems which makes it more comfortable to hold. This type of bouquet is classic, timeless and compliments almost any wedding dress.
Often favoured for bridesmaids, the nosegay is very similar to the hand tied posy but is much smaller and usually contains more foliage. It could be the same colour scheme as the brides bouquet, contain just one or two of the main flowers or it could be a complimentary colour scheme.
The teardrop style of bouquet came into the limelight when Princess Diana wed Prince Charles in 1981. She carried a cascade of white gardenias, freesias, orchids, and lily of the valley, which is reported to have stretched to a whopping 42 inches. The trail of a teardrop style bouquet can be composed of either flowers or greenery.
This style of bouquet is a similar shape to the hand tied posy but is much more relaxed. It is made of differing length flowers and greenery bought loosely together with their stems tied and is much more organic in appearance. The rustic bouquet suits a relaxed bride and a less formal wedding.
FINE ART BOUQUET
For brides who want to make a big impact with their flowers, the fine art bouquet is not for the fainthearted. Typically containing large spectacular blooms and lots of foliage, this type of bouquet is architectural and perfectly expresses the bride’s style and personality. They are often bigger and looser than the rustic bouquet.
Much like the hand tied posy in its neatness and tight structure, the pomander takes it one step further and is a complete ball of flowers. They are most often held with a ribbon or beaded handle, a bit like a small handbag. The pomander can make a very sweet addition to a flower girl’s out t and is fun to carry too!