While most clients come to us knowing exactly how they want their wedding bouquet to look, you’d be surprised by how many refer to their hand-held florals as an afterthought only to become incredibly excited in the design process. A symbol of style, personality, and love, the bridal bouquet means so much to the woman who carries it. We’ve been fortunate to have helped create some unforgettable arrangements over the years. These big day florals exceeded expectation and challenged convention with the use of a bold palettes, unique accents, and distinctive styling.
When we think of a statement bouquet, images of over-the-top flowers from magazine and blog editorials or celebrity weddings come to mind. The common reaction is “Absolutely breathtaking, but how could I actually manage that in real life?!” What’s so great about the bouquet examples we are about to share with you is that they were featured in Real BB Weddings. While show-stopping, these arrangements made a statement by accentuating the bride’s unique beauty and style rather than detracting from it.
Knowing that they wanted untraditional wedding colors from the start, Real BB Weddings couple Dayna and Matthew headed to their local paint store for inspiration. “I would recommend this to any bride,” Dayna says. “We pulled out various paint chips and arranged them into really unique color schemes.” A vibrant, jewel-tone palette carried over to Dayna’s eye-catching bouquet, which featured dahlias, stock, delphiniums, ranunculus, roses, marigolds, rose berries, agapanthus, and eremurus with fresh ivy and Italian ruscus.
Since we are on the topic of color… bride Alexandra was the center of attention at her New York Botanical Garden wedding when she carried a whimsical wildflower inspired bouquet composed of soft pastels with bold pops of magenta, blue, and orange. The extensive floral recipe listed roses, daisies, poppies, marigolds, delphiniums, astroemeria, veronica, cosmos, freesia, and craspedia balls accentuated with organic greenery.
“It was like wearable sculpture,” BB Featured Bride Elana said of her Viktor & Rolf wedding dress. Elana’s high art-meets-fashion style carried over to her flowers as well. Clean and architectural in form, her one-of-a-kind bouquet featured white calla lilies, ranunculuses, and phalaenopolis orchids with a slight cascading effect.
Put a fresh twist on a classic bridal bouquet by incorporating unexpected natural accents into the floral recipe. Here, a hand-held arrangement of pale blush peonies and white ranunculuses gets a gorgeous makeover with the addition of white cherry blossom branches.
We’ve seen fruit used in wedding decor before, but how to edible accents work in a bridal bouquet? Judging from bride Katey’s personal florals pictured here – beautifully. Katey carried a bold arrangement featuring a single peony alongside roses, ranunculuses, tulips, delphiniums, tweedia, and greenery punctuated by a mini mandarin orange.
“At first, I didn’t think I would really care about my bouquet,” BB Featured Bride Lauren said. “Then Rachel showed me some pictures of what she had done before and I absolutely loved the idea of incorporating a succulent.” The surprising choice of greenery popped against the soft colored garden and quicksand roses, lisianthus, and ranunculuses complemented by silver dollar and spiral eucalyptus.
Swaying far from the traditional rounded bouquet, bride Dannielle chose to carry an asymmetrical arrangement that harmonized gardenesque florals with exotic blooms. The unique floral recipe centered on a pale pink Protea and cascading white phalaenopsis orchids alongside roses and ranunculuses complemented by natural and lunaria silver dollar eucalyptus.
Whether you are getting married on a secluded island or on the coast of New York, a lush, tropical wedding bouquet is going to command attention from guests. For her waterfront wedding, which was profiled in Bridal Guide magazine, Asya turned heads carrying a show-stopping arrangement featuring a white king protea, phalaenopsis orchids, and anthuriums with monstera and palm leaves.
Some wedding experts predict that we will see a return of rustic decor in 2023. This style walks a fine line between looking charming and effortless and messy and unsophisticated. So we would like to introduce the term ‘refined rustic’ as observed in bride Taryn’s gorgeous bouquet featuring dahlias, ranunculuses, roses, cosmos, craspedia balls, astrantia, and lisianthus complemented by dried magnolia leaves and silver dollar and gunni eucalyptus. The key here is to focus on a cohesive color palette while balancing texture and dimension with a tailored look.
Real BB Weddings couple Joye and Scott’s sky-high celebration at Tribeca Rooftop was the epitome of modern-boho meets sophistication right down to the last detail. For her bouquet, Joye chose a recipe of flowers that felt elegant and organic at once. The neutral-colored arrangement featured blush and white roses and phalaenopsis orchids accented with dried pampas grass and whitened Italian ruscus tied together with a cascading ivory ribbon.
Some bouquets are so simple and understated in beauty, they leave a lasting impression. For her wedding at Burden Kahn Mansion, bride Natasha complemented her romantic look with a lovely, all-greenery arrangement of silver dollar, seeded, gunii, and blue spiral eucalyptus.
Typically thought of as a flower filler, baby’s breath, because of its airy and delicate character, makes a high-impact impression when used as the focal element in wedding decor. Bride Holly complemented her floral detailed Suzanne Neville dress with an ethereal bouquet made entirely of white baby’s breath.
What these statement bouquets have in common is that they allowed the bride to carry the arrangement rather than the other way around. From classic with a twist to vibrant and playful to lush and opulent, we hope these examples inspire you to dream big with your wedding flowers.