The significance of the bridal bouquet has changed considerably over time. Originally it would have been a posy of herbs and spices designed to keep evil spirits away from the wedding, and later it would have been a symbol of the innocence and purity of the bride. These days wedding bouquets are usually chosen for their colours, and the beauty of the flowers, rather than for more symbolic reasons.
Here are seven top trends in wedding bouquets:
Multiple shapes and textures
Multi textured wedding bouquets featuring unusual combinations of flowers will be making a comeback this year. Try combining astrantia, blackberries, peonies, hydrangeas, and roses for a wide variety of forms and colours. If you are looking to combine bold shapes, try white antirrhinums on top of a base of green chrysanthemums.
Purity and simplicity
At the other end of the bouquet scale, many brides are looking for very simple wedding bouquets, and following the trend for pure white weddings hand tied bouquets with a single type of white flower are fashionable, White roses are a classic choice, but paperwhites are a pure and innocent alternative with a fresh fragrance.
Hand tied posies
Hand tied bouquets will be by far the most popular style of wedding bouquet this year as brides try to get a more natural feeling to their flowers. Hand tied bouquets can be tied with ribbon or tulle, and can be fastened with an antique brooch or a row of pretty buttons. For a more formal look, the stems can be entirely wrapped in ribbon.
Non floral elements
Incorporating berries, herbs, and fruits into wedding flowers is a fashionable option and wedding bouquets are no exception. As well as creating a stunning visual effect, adding berries and herbs to your bridal bouquet can add to the scent of your flowers as you walk down the aisle.
We have already mentioned fastening an antique brooch to your bouquet, but other types of bridal jewellery are finding their way into wedding bouquets to add glamour and sparkle. Crystal headed pins are an ideal way to make the flowers themselves shimmer or you could tie pearls or beads on wires into the bouquet. Other bridal accessories such as wire butterflies can look stunning attached to your bouquet.
Pastel shades are still popular with brides looking to inject some subtle colour into their wedding bouquets. This season olive green foliage will combine well with pale pinks, creams and lilac to create understated beauty.
Single flower bouquets
For wedding bouquets that really make an impact, a strong colour such as red, hot pink, or deep purple will stand out well against a white or ivory gown. Choose a simple hand tied bouquet using just one type of flower in your statement colour, such as grand prix roses, freesias, lisianthus, or sunflowers.