Having been in the floral business for nearly 27 years, I’ve seen a great change in the taste for florals for weddings. Does anyone remember the rainbow weddings? Every bridesmaid in a different color dress, with color coordinated bouquets of course! The traditional bridal bouquet, long and cascading, seems to have fallen out of favor in the last several years. We seldom have a call to wire long tendrils of ivy, single stephanotis blooms and individual gardenia flowers anymore.
Wedding Flowers: Changes for Better or For Worse!
Martha Stewart was instrumental in bringing about many of the changes in bridal styles that we see today. The hand tied bouquet is the bouquet of choice these days. This style of bouquet is much less structured, more natural and garden like. The individual flowers used can be as varied as the brides themselves.
The wedding date may dictate some floral choices as far as color is concerned. Hot summer colors for the June bride or deep reds for a winter occasion. Almost any flower can lend itself to the hand tied style. The future bride has a huge selection of colors and blooms to choose from to make her bouquets as special as her day! Popular choices I’ve seen include, gerbera daisies which come in a wide variety of gorgeous colors, garden roses, fragrant stock, oriental lilies, calla lilies and hydrangea.
The hand tied bouquet can easily be placed in a lovely vase to adorn the head table and even be taken home and enjoyed for quite some time. The stems are normally wrapped in a quality, silk ribbon to compliment the dress. This ribbon can be wrapped or braided and decorated with pearl pins or other sparkly accessories.
As a designer, I personally welcome the changes I’m seeing. Variety makes floral design a unique career and this type of bouquet gives us a chance to match each unique bride to be with her own special taste in flowers and colors. Laura L.
Here are a few ideas that you might consider when choosing flowers to make your wedding day special.
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- Accessories: Add “bling” to your bouquet with beads, rhinestones or crystals for a touch of flair. You can even add feathers or decorative wire for an even more modern look.
- Shape: Instead of carrying your flowers tied together with something standard like ribbon or lace, opt for something more creative and personal. Attach your bevy of blooms to a clutch, a book, a fan or any object with special meaning to you and your groom.
- Color: Be daring! Opt for a combination of flowers and colors in your bouquet. If you want some uniformity, pick a color theme or a seasonal mix of flowers to maintain elegant continuity. Bright is in and we love the idea of creating a loose stem bouquet in bold, eye-popping hues such as hot pinks, turquoises, yellows and jewel tones.
- Flower Choice: There are a few blooms making their way back to the spotlight lately. Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent some of the trendier choices. While you can still go with the traditional (roses, orchids etc.), we can incorporate just about any flower that has meaning to you.
- Sentiment: Incorporating something that has meaning to you into your wedding is becoming more and more important for today’s brides. We like the recent trend of wrapping the handle of your bouquet with a piece of the dress or veil of a loved one – like your mom, grandmother or even a best friend or sister who recently tied the knot. Adding a locket with the photo of someone special is a great way to include a guest who could not be there for your special day. Couples could also choose a picture of themselves from early in the relationship, their children, even their pets as a way to really personalize the bouquet.