Bridal bouquets change with the times.
In the 1930’s, many brides carried a long cascade of white roses almost reached to the floor. In the 1960’s, those bouquets were shortened so that the flowers cascaded down only about 12” from the bride’s hands. Now, brides are adding different shapes, colors, textures, and architectural elements which make their bouquets as unique as they are.
At Sedona Sky Weddings, here are a few more of our favorites in this continuing series:
7. Painted leaves: Leaves painted with gold or silver look gorgeous, adding a metallic shimmer to a very modern bouquet at a contemporary wedding or to a very rustic selection of flowers and greenery for a barn, country, garden, or farm wedding.
8. Cotton: Depending upon your theme, cotton could be just the embellishment you need! If you have round elements in bouquet such as Echinops (globe thistle), ranunculus, and berries, cotton can play up the circular shapes in your bouquet. Having a romantic wedding with delicate peonies in your bouquet? Add soft, white cotton to enhance the romance. You might even wrap your bouquet with a raw silk ribbon to add a rough texture which will juxtapose with the cotton’s softness. For the guys, cotton makes an awesome boutonniere option.
9. Berries: Initially, berries debuted in wedding bouquets to add a pop of color to winter weddings. Now, we are starting to see berries in spring, summer, and fall to add color, texture, and possibly a completely different shape to your bouquet.
10. Fruits and vegetables: As the farm-to-table movement grew from restaurants to wedding catering, we began to see more freshly harvested vegetables and fruits included in the cuisine here at Sedona Sky Weddings. Now engaged couples are carrying that theme of home grown/home town charm into their floral designs. Not only are leafy greens good in your salad, they are great in your bouquet! Swiss chard, kale, and cabbage are beautiful additions to (or substitutes for) lush foliage in your bouquet. If you want to make a bold textural statement or architectural element, add half-cut fruits like figs or pomegranates. Selecting what is in season can help keep your floral budget in line.
(Down side: fruits and vegetables are primarily water—which adds weight to your bouquet. This may not be an issue if your ceremony is short and your photography session a quick one. If you are getting married in front of the bishop with 300 of your closest friends packed into the cathedral for High Mass, fruits and veggies might not be the best choice. Just sayin…)
Come back next time for our last installment on creative embellishments for your bridal bouquet!