A major focal point and essential finishing touch, wedding flowers are quite possibly one of the most important aesthetic factors in any wedding. From bridal bouquets, groomsmen’s buttonholes to reception and cake flowers, there are various aspects to consider when organising your wedding flowers.
The bridal bouquet is the obvious major piece and is usually available in several shapes and sizes with any type of flowers you wish. Some common styles for brides and bridesmaids are:
Round Bouquet: Fairly self explanatory, the round bouquet is a half sphere of flowers also known as a cluster or round posy.
Teardrop Bouquet: This type of bouquet is essentially a round posy with a tail or point. It is aptly shaped to look like a teardrop.
Cascade Bouquet: The long trailing cascade is a more wild and showy version of the teardrop bouquet. Vines and flowers flow down to form a point. They can often be quite long so it’s best to double check measurements.
Arm Sheaf Bouquet: Designed to lay flat in the bride’s arms, this bouquet can also be hung from the hand. One side will generally be flat to make it easier to cradle.
Biedermeier Bouquet: This bouquet is arranged as three or four rings of different coloured flowers not unlike a target.
Throwaway Posy Bouquet: This is a cheaper bouquet designed to be thrown, as the name suggests. Most brides have this bouquet made so that they don’t have to give their bridal flowers up in the ‘throwing of the bouquet’ tradition. Depending on your flower supplier and how much you spend, some companies may even ‘throw’ this one in for free!
Other flowers you may want to consider include bridesmaid flowers, flower girl flowers and buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen. Bridesmaid flowers are generally the same type used in the bride’s bouquet, but the bridesmaid bouquet will be smaller. Flower girl bouquets can vary in style. Some common forms are baskets of flowers, small posies or floral balls composed of the same flowers as the rest of the bridal party.
It is common for the groom and groomsmen to wear a flower that matches the wedding’s theme. It is also a common addition to the father of the bride’s ensemble. Buttonholes can be a simple single flower or include leaves and more elaborate elements.
Once the wedding party is sorted, you will need to decide if you want flowers to decorate the ceremony venue with. Other things to consider are cake flowers and reception flowers. It is a popular trend to match the wedding cake flowers with the bride’s bouquet.