Determining what you want your wedding bouquet to look like isn’t always as easy as it seems. Before I began planning my big day and meeting with florists, I didn’t realize just how many options I truly had; you really can make your bouquet be anything you want it to be! That’s why I chatted with Sara Jenkins-Sutton, president and co-founder of Chicago’s Toparius Urban Garden and Floral Design to find out all about the latest trends in wedding bouquet design and impart some ideas from one of the experts to help you create a one-of-a-kind bouquet for your big day.
1. Choose Flowers With Meaning.
Lots of couples nowadays choose flowers that have a special significance, such as the birth month flowers of the bride and groom. You can also pay homage to you and your beau’s “courting” period by utilizing the same flowers as the first bouquet your fiance gave you.
2. Mix it Up.
You don’t need to settle on just one type of flower or one color. Instead, pick a color theme or a seasonal mix of flowers.
3. Ditch the Handle.
Use your creativity, and attach bouquet blooms to a clutch, a book, a fan or any object you wish!
4. Add Sentiment to the Stem.
Wrap the handle of your bouquet with a piece of the dress or veil of a loved one…perfect as your something old! Alternatively, or as an addition, you can also do what I did and pin a borrowed broach to the bouquet stem.
No one ever said a bouquet had to be made solely of flowers! Add sparkle to your special day by adding crystals, beads, pins and acrylic diamonds into the design of the bouquet. For a more modern look, incorporate decorative wire or feathers around the stem of the bouquet. To create an ultra-romantic bouquet, Sara suggests incorporating pearls and pairing soft color flowers such as ivory or light pink with big, plush blooms like Peonies.
6. Incorporate a Locket.
Adding a locket with the photo of a loved one is a great way to include a special guest who could not be in attendance. Couples could also choose a picture of themselves from early in the relationship, their children, even their pets.
7. Change Shape.
Carry a pomander of tightly bundled blossoms, cradle a sheaf of long stemmed flowers in your arms, allow cascading shower to spill over you hands, or go hands free with a bracelet bouquet.
8. Go Green.
Wedding bouquets come alive with opposite lush green leaves. Don’t be afraid to add color and volume by integrating greenery like wispy Bear Grass or long and leafy Lily Grass, says Sara.
Bonus Content: Current Trends
Although the focus is on making your bouquet completely your own, that doesn’t mean you need to ignore the current trends. Here’s what Sara’s been seeing:
- Lilies, Peonies, Hydrangeas, Tulips and Orchids represent the trendier choices of the moment.
- Bouquets with a just-picked and looser casual look replace the more tightly-bound bouquet shapes of previous seasons.
- White flowers never go out of style but simple and elegant bouquets are really popular this summer. Try a hand-tied posy bouquet, or use exotic flowers such as Anthuriums, which can be designed to be classy and modest.
- Create a loose stem bouquet with cascading blooms in bright colors such as hot pinks, turquoise, yellow and jewel tones.
How do you plan to make your wedding bouquet unique?
[Photo credits from the top: Kelly Moore Photography, Toparius, Jennie Andrews Photography, Christine Otte Photography, Photorexit Photography]
About Nicole Denton
With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.