March 22, 2017

Bridal Bouquet Flowers

This second of our 3-part series on “All About the Bouquet” will discuss the topic of what flowers to use in a bridal bouquet. In our last post we explored some of the words we designers use to describe the style and shape of a wedding bouquet: rounded, free-form, airy, trailing, and so on.  And now we’re going to take a look at one of the other factors that go into making your perfect bouquet: the bridal bouquet flowers – the flowers themselves!

Recipe of bridal bouquet flowers: dark peonies, roses, weigela, agonis, clematis - by Flora Nova Design Seattle

The Most Common Bridal Bouquet Flowers: Roses, Spray Roses, Peonies

Bridal bouquets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are composed of many types of flowers mixed together; others are made up of a grouping of only one type of flowers.  Some bouquets showcase flowers grown in a hothouse or halfway around the world; others are a vibrant display of seasonal flowers locally sourced.  In this romantic bridal bouquet, roses are the main attraction; sweet-smelling garden roses, fluffy spray roses, and creamy hybrid tea roses rub elbows with blush ranunculus and black and white anemones to create a classic rounded bouquet.

Bridal bouquet recipe for a round, dense bouquet of white and blush roses, garden roses, anemones, ranunculus - Bridal Bouquet Flowers

When it comes to choosing your flowers, roses are a classic choice and available year-round, as are mini calla lilies, and hydrangea. In these rounded bouquets below, you can see that roses and hydrangea are often used in bridal bouquets designed here at Flora Nova, and then partnered with seasonal touches to reflect the individual style and personality of each bride.

Greenery, Ferns, Foliages

We designers have a lot of fun playing around with our flowers — mixing seasons and textures and colors together to come up with a bouquet that is unique and eye-catching. For those brides not into the classic rounded bouquet of hydrangea and roses, greenery is often used to create a more free-form organic bouquet. In this bouquet, it is the maidenhair fern that captures the spotlight, and roses only play a supporting role.

Bridal bouquet flowers and recipe, with maidenhair fern, ivory roses, green hydrangea

Textures, Vines, Branches

As you can see, much like in our last post about style, these bouquets started simple but can get much more complex. Seasonal flowers like sweet peas, clematis vine, viburnum, dahlias, and peonies can pack a big visual punch. With phaleanopsis orchids you add a touch of glamour both when mixed into a bouquet or allowed to cascade freely down the front. In the third bouquet below, quince branches are even incorporated to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind bouquet.

Well, so far in this series we’ve explored different ways you might express yourself in the overall style and shape of your bridal bouquet. And in this post you learned about the individual floral and textural elements that go into creating your perfect bouquet.  Next time we’ll take a look at bouquet pricing.  You’ve fallen in love with your perfect bouquet, now how will it fit into your wedding budget?

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