Shapes, types and colours of flowers: how to choose the perfect wedding bouquet? Follow our advice and get inspired!
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In every culture, the flowers used in the wedding bouquet have become the symbol of a great emotion; this is why it is important to know the message we convey by choosing the flowers.
Have you ever thought about choosing your bouquet based on your personality? If you like this idea, let’s see together the meaning of every flower in order to realise which flower composition best represents you.
But first… a little bit of history!
- The wedding bouquet tradition
- Wedding bouquet with calla lilies for the vain bride
- Wedding bouquet with peonies for the devoted bride
- Wedding bouquet with tulips for the original bride
- Wedding bouquet with orchids for the sexy bride
- Wedding bouquet with roses for the romantic and refined bride
- Every season has its flowers: choose your wedding bouquet based on the month!
- Shapes of wedding bouquets: round, cascading, nosegay or pageant?
- Original and creative wedding bouquets
- Original and flowerless wedding bouquets
The wedding bouquet tradition
The wedding bouquet has ancient origins and every population over time ascribed different values and meanings to it (most of them linked to prosperity and abundance). In fact, back in the pre-Christian period, the bouquet consisted in just a little bunch of scented grasses and garlic, and was intended to drive the evil spirits away and protect the newlyweds.
Afterward the flowers were added as a symbol of bridal purity and chastity; during the Middle Ages, flowers were woven with a needle and a thread as a representation of the female duties of the time.
The actual origins of the wedding bouquet are ascribed to the Arab world. In those areas, brides had their heads decorated with orange flowers; in the 15th century, due to the Arab invasions, such tradition was extended to the European brides. Orange flowers represented the inner purity of the young brides.
Moreover, the tradition of the wedding bouquet subsumes the seal of the engagement and the beginning of a new life together. It is a gift done by the future husband to his partner, delivered early in the morning of the big day.
At the end of the ceremony, the bride usually throws her bouquet. According to tradition, the bride should throw it over her shoulders towards her single friends. This because it is thought that the person who catches it will be the next one to get married. Above tradition, the wedding bouquet has to be pertinent to the wedding theme, and even more with the wedding dress.
After a research on the meaning of the main flowers used in the bouquets and the emotions they convey, we have created 5 photo albums; everyone matches a different personality. Which one is your favourite? Tell us in the comment section!
Wedding bouquet with calla lilies for the vain bride
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- pink calla lily bouquet
- calla lily and rose bouquet
- white calla lily bouquet
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- mixed calla lily bouquet
If you think you fall in this category and you’d like to have an elegant wedding bouquet, the perfect choice for you is the calla lily bouquet.
Calla lilies are the flowers brides choose the most. They represent purity and bloom during spring, between April and May.
As regards colours, you can find several different choices: pink, yellow, violet, orange and even black. If you don’t want a unicolour bouquet, you can choose to pair white calla lilies with blue, yellow or white roses, or, alternatively, with Swarovski and hydrangeas.
This flower has a strong symbolic meaning. Its name, “calla”, comes from Ancient Greek “kallos”, which means “beautiful”. In fact, in the past it represented beauty, nobility and refinement, to the point that even the goddess Venus envied its beauty.
At a later stage, this flower began to represent the Liberty style.
With respect to the coupling, if you choose a calla bouquet you can play with many colours and combinations. First of all, you can choose to realise a traditional Calla Bouquet or a cascading one. Then, you can choose to add blue, yellow or white roses, or Swarovski and hydrangeas… you name it!
Wedding bouquet with peonies for the devoted bride
- white peony bouquet
- violet peony bouquet
- mixed peony bouquet
- pink peony bouquet
- mixed peony bouquet
- mixed peony bouquet
Symbol of love, affection, kindness and prosperity: the peony is a very chic flower that is often associated to devoted brides.
According to the Chinese art of feng-shui, in fact, peonies are believed to balance the contraries present in every couple, starting with the opposition male/female. In western countries, during the Renaissance, the peony was symbol of a love that had no obstacles: “the thornless rose”.
Peonies have an abundant blooming which goes from yellow to intense red, by way of white and light pink. Choosing this flower, even in combination with others, can be a real ace in the hole, because it is suitable for a wide range of combinations, like for example with tulips, roses, orchids, and hydrangeas.
In recent days the trend is to realise a monochromatic peony bouquet. This highlights the beauty of the flower and adds a more elegant touch than a mix of more colours.
Going from the traditional formal reception to a vintage or shabby chic ceremony, peony is perfect to ornate your wedding bouquet and it’s ideal both with a lace wedding dress or a wide dress in chiffon.
The peony is much used for ceremonies taking place in springtime, since it blooms between May and June. Its only flaw? The price, which can even reach 18-20 € each.
Wedding bouquet with tulips for the original bride
- orange tulip bouquet
- violet and white tulip bouquet
- multicolour tulip bouquet
- yellow tulip bouquet
- white tulip bouquet
- multicolour tulip bouquet
If you’re looking for something more original which helps you stand out, then the ideal flower for your bouquet is the tulip, symbol of perfect love.
They say tulips were originally created from the blood drops of a boy who committed suicide in the name of love. This is why they are associated to perfect and unselfish love, even more than roses! Isn’t it romantic?
Tulips can be of any colour you like, and they are often used in autumn or spring. The wedding bouquet can be composed of tulips in different colours. If you prefer to use just one colour, white tulips look really enchanting in a wedding bouquet, so simple and yet so classy!
These beautiful flowers must be carefully handled and fixed during the realisation of the bouquet, since they tend to wilt due to the heavy weight of the petals. They need a simple wrapping, which must be easy to handle and rigid enough to keep the flowers upright during the ceremony.
As regards coupling, here are some suggestions:
1) A nice orange in line with the shabby chic style, perhaps with a ribbon of the same colour. It will give your guests the impression it came just on time from Holland.
2) A bouquet of light pink tulips is adorable: simple and romantic. It should be a very light and delicate pink, to successfully match the white of your wedding dress!
3) Yellow is a very peculiar colour: either you like or you don’t. Yet, it’s very sunny and fun. A wedding bouquet with yellow tulips can look great, since it’s vivid but not too strong. Why not?!
4) Red is the colour of love, but it’s also a very strong colour. Many brides these days choose to get married in red, even if it’s quite an original choice. If you like the colour but think that for a dress it would be way too much, you can put a bit of red in your wedding bouquet! Red tulips and white dress, maybe even a red lipstick, and you’ll surely be the protagonist of your big day! 😉
5) If you’d like to add a little bit of violet to your wedding outfit, you can try a bouquet of purple tulips, mixing them with some white to mitigate the colour.
Wedding bouquet with orchids for the sexy bride
- white orchid bouquet
- white orchid bouquet
- mixed orchid bouquet
- mixed orchid bouquet
- pink orchid bouquet
- white orchid bouquet
If you want to feel sexy, then your wedding bouquet should have orchids in it. Orchids represent love in all its shades, even passion and sensuality. This flower has a particular Asian charm and comes in many colours, going from white to strong pink.
Orchid is a tropical flower, and according to Asian culture is symbol of perfection because of its perfectly symmetrical petals. In western countries it represents love; they say that in the past witches and wizards used to put this ingredient in their love potions.
Blooming may vary depending on the species, but today you can find orchids in every season of the year.
As regards their usage in wedding bouquets, different species of orchids may be best for different compositions and shapes. For example, Phalaenopsis orchids, with large and flat petals, are perfect for cascading bouquets. You can also combine them with ivy, which represents loyalty.
Another idea involves Cymbidium orchids, which are very small. They can be used in a round wedding bouquet. In this case, the best colour would be white.
Lastly, you may want to pair orchids with roses. The result will surprise you, I promise!
Wedding bouquet with roses for the romantic and refined bride
- red rose bouquet
- pink rose bouquet
- mixed rose bouquet
- white rose bouquet
- mixed rose bouquet
- mixed rose bouquet
If you are a very romantic bride, then you might want to have a wedding bouquet made of roses. Rest assured! This evergreen never goes out of fashion.
The meaning of roses varies based on their colours. The most popular are red, symbolising passion, white, representing platonic love, and pink, associated to affection.
If you want your bouquet to be more original, you can choose blue roses; they represent wisdom. Otherwise there’s also yellow, expressing joy and vivacity, or coral red, for desire.
There are about 150 varieties of roses, and their blooming periods are different: some roses bloom once per year, some others several times. Usually the blooming months are May/June and in autumn, even if nowadays you can easily find them all year round.
You can pair them with pink peonies or with green ivy, in order to play with colours. Your result will nevertheless be elegant and chic.
The most recent trend in the field of wedding bouquets is to use red roses. For example, you can create a round bouquet with red roses, Swarovski and romantic lilies of the valley.
If you want to dare more, you can choose blue roses, decorated with a white satin ribbon.
If you still can’t make up your mind, try and choose your wedding bouquet depending on the season of you wedding!
Every season has its flowers: choose your wedding bouquet based on the month!
There are a lot of options to create an original wedding bouquet and to have it simple, but also chic. You only need to know which kinds of flowers will bloom in your wedding season. Based on that, you’ll have plenty of choices and will also be able to cut down the total budget!
If you love roses, don’t worry: they keep blooming also in autumn, alongside a bunch of other beautiful flower species. If you are going to get married in September, October or November, then we suggest you to add to your flower bouquet also berries and autumnal leaves, in order to add a bit of originality.
September: you can find several types of hyacinths, orchids, irises, freesias, snapdragons, and hydrangeas.
October: Lilies are perfect for an October wedding. If you like small and delicate flowers, I suggest you to pick orchids or lilies of the valley. Otherwise, roses, hydrangeas, callas, magnolias, snapdragons, carnations, and the very particular Queen Anne’s lace!
November: In November you have roses, snapdragons, hydrangeas, carnations, and again: peonies, dahlias and Peruvian lilies. Moreover, you can find larkspurs and the very delicate hoary stocks.
Some couples love to arrange their wedding in winter, so they can use a winter or Christmas leitmotiv! Of course, the bouquet has to be carefully chosen in order to be appropriate to the subject, this is why we suggest a white bouquet, pure and candid like the snow.
December: You can find roses even in the coldest season of the year! As for callas, carnations, and gerberas. Even though in winter you have other options open, like for example Madagascar jasmines (stephanotis), or hydrangeas, poppies, several types of chrysanthemum, and anemones.
January: in January you have dahlias, snapdragons, roses, gerberas, ranunculi, liatris spicata or lisianthus.
February: You can opt for calla lilies, alstrœmères, gerberas, hydrangeas, magnolias or lisianthus. Furthermore, it’s easy to find lilium, delphinium and larkspur, which is a Californian flower.
Everyone knows it: spring is the flower blooming season. Trees are in bloom and gardens are full of colours. Moreover, the sun shines and the weather is just fine to get married!
March: this is the month of gerberas, irises, tulips, cornflowers and freesias.
April: perfect for sunflowers, orchids, roses, peonies and snapdragons. Even better for gerberas and tulips.
May: Peonies, roses, tulips, snapdragons, gerberas and freesias are wonderful in May. Alongside lisianthus and lilies.
Summer is also a very appropriate season to get married. Plus, several flowers are available in summer!
June: Sunflowers, peonies, roses, orchids and gerberas boss around! Nevertheless, you can also find narcissi, daisies, lilies or callas. June bonus: lavender. Its flowers are lovely scented and their colour is beautiful: they are absolutely worth a bouquet! You can think about match lavender with roses or ears of wheat.
July: In July brides can enrich their wedding bouquets with colourful zinnias, beautiful gladioli, dahlias or carnations. Another flower not often taken into consideration, when it comes to weddings, the chrysanthemum, which blooms precisely in this period.
August: As for the other summer months, we have roses, narcissi, snapdragons, zinnias, gerberas, chrysanthemums, lilies, carnations and, of course, sunflowers.
Well, I think now you have enough ideas to get inspiration from, and you can finally choose how to realise your personal wedding bouquet! Now you only have to choose the shape of your bouquet, and then is all done 🙂
Shapes of wedding bouquets: round, cascading, nosegay or pageant?
To choose the most appropriate wedding bouquet, the bride has to think of it as part of the overall outfit, matching the decorations and above all the wedding dress. This is why the florist must match it with the dress, and never the other way round!
To match your wedding bouquet with your dress, follow the following (and very simple) rules:
- Simple dress, elaborate bouquet;
- Elaborate dress, simple bouquet.
Overall, the bride’s outfit has to be harmonious and balanced, without disturbing or overlapping elements.
These are the characteristics required for a bouquet in order to be perfect:
- Light and easy to handle;
- It must not soil.
There are plenty of types and shapes of wedding bouquets. First, I’m going to show you the most traditional ones.
Round wedding bouquet
This is the most traditional one, appropriate for every occasion since it is easily matched with any outfit. It can consist of one or more flower species, and comes in one or several colours. It’s often used for a romantic, traditional, feminine and classic look. It also goes with simple or short wedding dresses. It’s ok for tall and short brides, very delicate and fair.
Cascading wedding bouquet
Cascading bouquet is elegant and “wow” and it adds a touch of drama to the bride’s outfit. Usually the dimensions of this bouquet are quite big; this is why we suggest this shape of bouquet for tall brides, for example with a dress train. Short brides should avoid it, to prevent the bouquet from stealing the scene!
Nosegay wedding bouquet
It is a smaller bouquet, whose flowers seem to be freshly collected during a stroll along the countryside. It’s ideal for brides loving simplicity and for shabby chic or country chic ceremonies.
Pageant wedding bouquet
This type of bouquet doesn’t pass unnoticed; it consists of long-steam flowers like irises, roses, tulips or callas. Their steam are handled with one or both hands, like a scepter.
It’s appropriate for tall brides with long arms and a strong personality.
If you are still not sure, why don’t you have a look at the next section, dedicated to bouquets that are more unconventional?
Original and creative wedding bouquets
If you are not the conventional type and, even at your wedding, you’d like to stand out, the following original bouquets are perfect for you!
Ring wedding bouquet
This bouquet is not conceived to be handled; on the contrary, it has to be wore! Perhaps it’s not so comfy, but it surely makes any bride stand out! You will need a good wedding florist or smith able to create this particular item. In this case, the best flowers are roses or orchids.
Bag wedding bouquet
Among the most original wedding bouquets, the latest trend is the bag bouquet. Differently from the bouquets proposed before, this one is more comfortable; yet, it is not very appropriate to be thrown.
You can use actual small bags filled with fresh flowers, or bags with flowers and gems attached decoratively around the outside. In the second option, the guests will not see the bag underneath the flowers; they will only see the bag shape. The handle of the bag bouquet can vary depending on the shape and material used.
Bracelet wedding bouquet
Bracelet bouquets are the alternative option to the previous bouquet, and they are smaller and easier to handle. With bracelet bouquets, brides have free hands and this is very comfortable and smart! By wearing one of those bouquets, your vintage charm is assured!
Fan wedding bouquet
A fan bouquet is an elegant and romantic alternative to the usual floral wedding bouquet. Ideal if you are looking for something special and different. Thanks to its flowers, feathers and delicate lace, the dramatic effect will amaze everyone. It’s perfect for brides of every height and body-shape, even better if accompanied by a retro wedding dress. I only discourage it if your dress is minimal and modern.
You don’t like flowers at all? No problem! We have plenty of other ideas to show you! Keep reading!
Original and flowerless wedding bouquets
Not every bride loves flowers, because of allergies or other reasons. If you fall in said category, don’t worry! There are many different options, and they are cheap too! Just get inspired by browsing the following selection of flowerless wedding bouquets.
Cotton wedding bouquet
Cotton bouquets are nice, uncommon, ecologic (cotton is a vegetal fibre) and cheap. It’s just perfect for winter weddings: its white colour and texture will remind everyone of snowflakes.
Wedding bouquet with shells
Among the original wedding bouquets, this one is suitable for summer nautical or marine themed weddings. You can do it yourself and keep it as a souvenir after the ceremony, and later pass it down to your children and grandchildren as a luck charm!
Wedding bouquet in fabric
Surely, the most discussed and loved wedding bouquet of recent years. You can create your personal fabric bouquet using the same fabric as your wedding dress. The flowers are not real, but they are present anyway!
Paper wedding bouquet
Why is a paper bouquet a wonderful idea? Well, because paper bouquets are original, pretty, ecologic (if you choose recycled paper), versatile (suitable for any kind of dress and look) and do not provoke allergy rushes! The paper used to compose the flowers can vary according to your decisions and to the reactions you want your guests to have. Cardboard, flimsy paper, shipping paper, old newspapers or books… it’s totally up to you!
Wedding bouquet ‘bijoux’
This is the most glamour and expensive option among the flowerless bouquets. It’s realised with the use of bijoux and brooches (which are often vintage). It comes in different shapes: round, nosegay or cascading, as the one you can see in the picture. If you are an elegant and fashion bride, this bouquet is right for you. Especially with a siren dress. Very sexy. Otherwise, you can match it with a dress inspired to a particular period in history.
Wedding bouquet with buttons
I don’t know if you ever realised it, but buttons are real design jewels! On the market there is plenty of choices: vintage, colourful, metal or mother-of-pearl buttons. They can be found at haberdasheries, vintage and antique stores and markets, or in your granny’s closet! The bouquet created with button is very cheap and ecologic, and it’s a good choice also for your maids of honour!
Wedding bouquet with butterflies
One of the most popular wedding bouquets in 2017 is that made of fake butterflies. As for the shell bouquet, this is also a DIY option and very cheap. In fact, you can find your paper or fabric butterflies in any household product store. The final effect will be “wow”! Easy to match also with quite simple and traditional wedding dresses.
Now it’s up to you to choose your wedding bouquet! Thank you for reading our ultimate Wedding Bouquet Guide, and feel free to write a comment if you look for some more personalised suggestions!