The origins of the Bride's bouquet are from ancient beliefs that strong smelling spices and herbs, including garlic and onions, protected the Bridal party from back luck, ill health and evil spirits. Then in later years, according to Roman wedding traditions, decorating the Bride & Groom in flowers were a symbol of fertility.
The Greeks and Romans began the costum of throwing flowers at the feet of the couple as they walked in the hope of granting them everlasting love. A lot of these very old traditions are still practiced today. We still have flowers girls strewing petals in front of the Bride as she makes her way to the Altar to marry her beloved.
It can be difficult knowing where to start with the floral arrangements for your wedding, we would suggest planning the Bride's bouquet first which will then set the theme for the bridal party. Remember that the perfect bouquet is the one that you want for your special day, trust your instinct and go with what your heart tells you.
It's tradition for the groom to wear a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet, this dates back to medieval times, when a knight wore his lady's colours as a declaration of his love.
Flowers can be chosen for the shape, colour & scent as well as their meaning and seasonal availability. These days most flowers can be imported at any time of the year to create the wedding bouquet, bridesmaid’s posy’s and button holes required. Local florists can also supply stunning floral decorations for your wedding venue and reception.
If you're stuck for choice, these are some of the more popular flowers for weddings:
A large open flower, perfect for larger bouquets, table centres – a range of colours from white to red.
There are over 100 different varieties of Anemone and in magnificent bright colours for a really trendy bouquet.
Baby' s breath
Most people know the baby's breath flower as a symbol of long lasting love because it's commonly used to round out wedding bouquets and centerpieces. The tiny white flowers represent the purity of emotion that two people should have for each other.
An all-time favourite, bright yellow flower can be single or double petalled and is very popular for spring wed-dings. Mixed with freesias or tulips makes a magnificent bouquet, just hand tied with Raffa and it looks as if they are just picked from the garden that morning.
A splendid small, very highly scented, flower in bright colours. Ideal for mixing with other spring flowers to add a pastel shade and scent, or for headdresses and posies.
These large and very dramatic, daisy like flowers, come in vibrant colours such as orange, red yellow and shocking pinks, ideal for posy, round or included in a teardrop bouquet.
Lily of the valley
These tiny white flowers are bell shaped, with a sweet fragrance, and are ideal for small posies.
Exotic and extremely costly but available in a variety of fantastic colours. If you wanted a very modern bouquet just simply tie a few long stems for a stunning look, works especially well with tall brides.
If you want your bouquet to show the world how you feel about your other half, nothing says it better than roses. Red roses symbolise love, while white symbolise purity and pink symbolise admiration.
This is a very popular wedding flower, very small flowers but very heavily scented with a wonderful per-fume. Added with freesias or anemones for extra aroma.
An all-time classic wedding favourite, sweet pea has very delicate petals and a very sweet lingering scent. Comes in amazing rich colours.
Again, like daffodils can be multi petalled and in a range of colours and some varieties have frilled edges. Added with white flowers, such as roses, stephanotis you will have a very cottage garden style bouquet, but very colourful and scented.