Author and Floral Expert Rebecca Cole
Brides need not worry about matchmaking when it comes to wedding flowers. From
the bridal bouquets to the boutonnieres, wedding flower trends include
diversity of choice, boldness of color and distinctiveness of design, according
to a leading expert.
Floral and interior designer Rebecca Cole is author of Flower Power, co-host of
Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design and a regular contributor to the Today
show. She describes leading trends.
“Wedding flowers follow fashion trends,” Cole said, “and today, individuality,
rather than convention is in style. No longer do the bridesmaids' bouquets need
to match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and centerpieces.” In some cases,
each bridesmaid may have a different bouquet, according to Cole.
Colorful blooms, in contrast to traditional white, also are en vogue, with
lavenders and plums beautifying bridal parties. Bold and powerful arrangements
dominate over the traditionally romantic. “Modern, Zen and even monochromatic
designs featuring only one flower or color will in many cases replace
traditional delicate mixes of flowers headed down the aisle,” Cole said.
When it comes to dramatic and distinctive design, hand-tied French twist
bouquets incorporating bold ribbons and pearls will make a striking statement.
Cascading bouquets, a current popular selection for brides, will continue to
add drama. And, table décor will become even more of a central focus.
“The containers that hold the flowers and what surrounds them, the candles, are
attracting significant attention from brides,” Cole said. “Even for smaller,
more intimate weddings, flowers can make a big design statement, on any
Wedding Bouquet Trends
By the Society Of American Florists
Today's wedding bouquets are more personal than ever, running the gamut from
classic all-white formal arrangements to unique designs featuring brightly
colored flowers. The following are four popular bouquet styles:
Nosegays - round clusters of flowers - are a very trendy style of bridal bouquet. Also
called a tussie mussie, this style of bouquet dates back to the 14th century,
when it was used to mask unpleasant odors - thus the term "nosegay." Nosegays
can vary in sophistication and are therefore a good choice for any wedding.
Cascade bouquets feature flowers that descend below the main portion of
the bouquet design. The voluptuousness of the bouquet is often the main feature
of the wedding costume. Cascade bouquets are most often used in formal and
Florists create hand-tied bouquets by placing the stems of the flowers,
foliage and accessories in their hand and wrapping them around the center of
the design until they are securely fastened. These arrangements are designed to
show the natural growth of the stems, which are often wrapped in ribbon or
french braided together. Hand-tied bouquets have a more casual air and are
particularly nice for garden weddings and brides who like the feeling of an
unarranged gathering of flowers.
Contemporary bouquets are inspired by unconventional ideas, styles and
patterns and are designed with no specific geometric form. They are usually
created with flowers that have definite form and add character to a bouquet
(such as calla lilies, orchids and anthuriums). Contemporary bouquets represent
the individuality of the bride and are perfect for a sophisticated,
cosmopolitan style wedding. They're simplistic but have the added grace of