So, you are getting married and are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of bridal bouquet and wedding flowers inspiration out there.... ‘HELP!’ I hear you shout! I totally get it, you can get lost in Pinterest and spend hours on Instagram. There is an incredible amount of beautiful bridal bouquet images spread across the internet and magazines. I advise my clients to collect ideas of images they absolutely love and also ones they just hate! It's great as a wedding florist to get an idea of what you don't like as well as what you do. Sounds strange but it’s true. I also always make clear to clients that images are for inspiration not something to copy. Your bridal bouquet needs to be one of a kind, unique to you.
Look at the shape of bouquets, pretty much any shape can be achieved. Many of my brides are opting for very relaxed designs and not the usual rounded shape. Horizontal designs are becoming more popular as are asymmetrical bouquets. Something a little bit different is the way to go for my clients, be brave!
Photo: Sabine Darrall
Think about the overall look and feel of your bouquet, would you like it to be neat and tidy, or wild and free?! I have to say the latter has been more popular recently but that certainly doesn't mean you should follow the trend. Here at Foxy Buds we are all about creating designs that reflect personalities and love being incredibly bespoke. Foliage tends to play a big part in our bouquets, there are so many gorgeous varieties that add texture and a feel of natural luxury to your wedding flowers.
Photo: Capture by Lucy
Colour is another aspect to consider. Do you want your bouquet to compliment the overall colours of your wedding, or would you prefer it to make a statement and stand alone? The decision is yours but always remember to discuss this with your florist. She or he will ultimately want to create the perfect bridal bouquet for you. It has to be right no matter what!
We like to use many tones, shades and tints of colours to help create that depth which adds to the feel of luxury. A little bit of the colour nerd in me wants to explain a few things:
A shade darkens a colour when black is added.
A tone is a colour with grey added.
A tint lightens a colour when white is added.
A hue refers to the origin of a colour we see (basically one of the six primary and secondary colours).
I could talk about colour all day! I studied Textile Design at University and it certainly brought out the colourist in me. It’s been incredibly useful when creating colour palettes for clients.
Photo: James Green
When working with your florist on your bouquet design consider the flowers that are in season. It’s so nice to use seasonal flowers, they are always far better quality than flowers that are out of season.
Photo: Maria B
Your wedding dress is also a factor to think about, we always ensure brides have a bouquet to suit their wedding dress. It might be that certain colours do not compliment the dress or a petite bouquet is all that is needed to make sure that the detail of your dress can be seen. This is something that your florist will advise you on, it’s really important not to outshine that dress!
Photo Kate Southall
Your bridal bouquet is something that you will always remember, it needs to be right for you - no one else, just YOU! Whether that is a huge high impact bouquet, or a delicately discrete luxury bridal bouquet go with what you want and nothing less!