You’re planning for your special day and now it’s time to start thinking about FLOWERS. As an intimate wedding photographer, I have to tell you – flowers excite me. I love including them in pictures and even featuring them as important images of their own. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most popular (and some of the more obscure) types of wedding bouquet styles and offer a few tips about choosing the best ones for your wedding!
Trendy Wedding Bouquet Designs
Perhaps the most interesting thing about 2021’s upcoming trends is that most of them are straight out of the past. In fact, it’s a trend in many areas of fashion these day to borrow from the days (and decades) gone by. As you’ll see, a lot of the top trends for this year will look QUITE familiar.
Chic White Bridal Bouquet
According to Wedding Wire, white on white is a VERY big trend this yearThis even means scrapping the green stems and foliage that we often see on the classic white bouquet. You can thank the surging popularity of boho style for this white on white variation of the classic white and green colour combination. Of course, if you still want a little contrast you can stick with the stems. In fact, the colour schemes often associated with boho themes still match well with green.
TIP – If you’re going for a white on white (or even cream on cream) colour scheme for your bouquets, try to add a punch of colour somewhere else. Maybe a single colourful flower or a stunning piece of jewelry.
TIP – Biggest is better. If you’re going for the classic look mixed with boho chic, choose large flowers like hydrangeas or lilies for some extra wow factor.
Classic Red & White Flowers
The stunning contrast of red and white flowers will always be one of my personal favourites as a photographer. They stand out beautifully in wedding photos and allow for some really great, artistic shots.
TIP – Don’t shy away from fake flowers. This is perhaps one of the easiest styles you can pair with silk petals, so don’t be afraid to test them out.
Cascading Boho Wedding Bouquet
You might be surprised to hear this, but the artistic flowing beauty of these cascading bouquets actually originated in the early 1900s. Though, they made a HUGE comeback in Princess Diana’s bouquet in 1981.
TIP – Choose a mixture of classic flowers (think roses and carnations) with wild flowers and wild foliage.
Wild Flower Wedding Bouquet
The boho theme comes back again with this bouquet. It’s funny that we don’t think of THESE as “classic” bouquets when they were actually the most popular in the 1800s and made a huge comeback during the Depression and the 1960s.
TIP – Find out what’s in season in your area during the time of year you’re planning your wedding. Not only will your bouquet be beautiful, it’ll probably match your colours better and will be more eco-friendly if locally sourced.
Traditional Rose Charm Bouquet
From dusty rose colours to the actual use of roses, the traditional bouquet a lot of us think of has origins in the 1800s – albeit in the higher rings of society. It made a comeback in the 1980s and 1990s when Victorian-Era styles reigned supreme in some social circles.
TIP – For the fully traditional feel do NOT forget the baby’s breath!
TIP – Want to put a spin on this traditional style? Add lily of the valley instead of baby’s breath.
Elegantly Rich Bridal Bouquet
These are, perhaps, some of the most stunning bouquets trending this year. This is for the bold bride who wants a big POP of colour while also wanting to bring in colours of royalty. Rich reds, deep purples, and evergreens make up these jaw-dropping bouquets.
TIP – A mix of traditional flowers and wild flowers is perfect for this bouquet.
The Most Popular Wedding Bouquet Trend: Being Yourself
With such a vast array of styles coming (back) into popularity it’s easy to catch a major underlying trend. Being yourself.
It seems that one of the most important things, these days, isn’t to copy what everyone else is doing or ride some wave that makes all your wedding photos look the same as everyone else’s. Instead, choose your OWN style and let your flowers (and the rest of your wedding style) reflect who YOU and your future spouse are as people.
Capture the magic of your special day.