The wedding blossom are likely the most important flowers you will ever have to choose. Not only a traditional part of the wedding, the bouquets are also another outlet for creative expression on your dream day. But similarly to most traditions and fashions, the wedding flowers have started out with more functionality in mind.
The origin and the traditions of the wedding bouquet
The tradition itself of a bride carrying flowers dates all the way back to antiquity. Much like the high heeled shoes which find its roots in the more functional than fashionable uses being originally worn by butchers to not walk in mud and animal remains, the wedding bouquets had the not-so-romantic purpose than a beautiful accessory.
In the ancient times, the bridal flowers, often arranged as head wreaths, would be composed of herbs and spices, such as garlic, thyme and dill. The two main functions of the herb arrangements were masking the body odour and other smells, as well as protecting the bride from evil spirits and bad luck. This was particularly relevant in the Middle Ages, where the guests and the bride herself would likely not smell so divine.
In various cultures the choice of herbs carried a different meaning, and some of those traditions are still being practiced. For example, dill in the X-XV centuries was representative of lust and sexual desire and was carried by the bride to ensure the happy marriage consummation. However, in Tudor England it was replaced by marigolds that were actually eaten by the bride, as they were believed to be an aphrodisiac.
- Think of the flower petals sprinkled over the bride and the groom at the end of the ceremony – in India since the start of times this is strongly believed to bring the kindness from good gods.
- The greenery and herbs bouquets are dating back to Ancient Rome and Greece: so put some garlic in your wedding bouquet – for guaranteed evil protection.
- And of course, everyone’s favourite: throwing your bridal bouquet to a group of your besties – the tradition goes back to the Victorian era, and by doing this the bride was offering the wishful girl who caught her garlic and herb bouquet the luck and protection from the evil.
Wedding Bouquets Types
The modern day bride is not restricted in any way, and that is what makes the wedding flower choice so hard. Typically, brides tend to choose the round arrangements, as they are easier to carry, as well as aesthetically pleasing. There are generally five types of round wedding bouquets.
First on the list, due to its popularity, the posy bouquet – which is small, easy and works for most types of weddings. The flower arrangements, of course, vary greatly and that versatility only adds to the convenience of the posy style.
Pomander is a more extravagant but not any less elegant version of a round wedding bouquet. Flowers, arranged into a perfect sphere, are carried on a decorated ribbon. The ribbon usually ends up quite large, so some brides opt for a pearl thread.
The Composite Bouquet
Also known as Carmen Rose or Glameria, this style is composed of individual petals rather then flowers – watch out for the prices, as the labour that goes into making them is quite ovrwhelming. The end product looks like one flower and while brides everywhere tend to go for a rose as the final version, the more creative you get with this type of bouquet, the more it pays off – think a giant peony or different colour petals.
The Nosegay Bouquet
Popularised largely by Queen Victoria, this style is also known as ‘tussie-mussie’. The arrangement tends to center the brighter and emotionally/spiritually significant flowers, while surrounding them with the filler flower and leaves. Throughout the years this style became a lot larger and more round, but do consider the more subtle and smaller versions that Queen Victoria wore on her wedding – the smaller size really adds to the elegance of this type of arrangement and would help to divert attention to the dress. Keep in mind the regality of the style – both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle chose tussie-mussies on their big days.
The idea behind this type is quite similar to the nosegay bouquet, with the “main’ flowers in the centre. However, the rest of the bouquet is arranged with different colour and types of flowers on each ring of the bouquet. Similarly, it tends to end up quite large.
While the round bouquets dominate the industry, the less conventional styles live on and produce even more of an effect during weddings. If you are looking for something a bit more fun, try one of the following arrangements.
The Shower, or Waterfall Bouquets are designed in a way that they flow out of the bride’s hands and cascade down, normally using trailing plants, such as ivy to achieve that effect. The popularity of this style is largely due to Princess Diane, whose wedding flowers inspire generations of brides to this day.
The Presentation Bouquet was extremely popular at the beginning of the 20th century and is trendy ever since, this style is paralleled with the art-deco tendency to combine extravagance and subtle elegance. Using long-stemmed flowers, this style is arranged in a way that the bride cradles it in her arms and tends to be quite large in size.
The Corsage. For many brides who are not feeling like holding something throughout their big day, a flower arrangement on a corsage can be a great option. Usually worn on the wrist, this type is also often used as the bridesmaids flowers.
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