Wild, unstructured wedding bouquets are slowly replacing the traditional symmetrical, formal shapes. Fashion savvy brides prefer looser and more creative styles with a variety of seasonal blooms which look like they have been just picked from the garden. This shift towards more natural-looking, organic floral arrangements feels more romantic and personal.
There are no strict rules on how to shape your bouquet and what should be included in it. You can use beautiful Australian natives or more traditional flowers like the rose and add lots of foliage, branches or fruit. These modern bouquets often resemble still life paintings as they blend together so many different natural elements.
The key to achieving the perfect unstructured look is to carefully select blooms to create a voluminous, overflowing structure that is horizontal rather than round. And it is crucial that it looks like the flowers and foliage had been inadvertently gathered together and tied with a piece of ribbon. This style of bouquet is especially popular with brides who love bohemian and vintage themes.
While clean, monochromatic bouquets are no longer the most popular type, the accent is on blending different shades together to make a design that is complex and visually stunning. Trendy colours include vintage pastel hues such as blush pink, peach, apricot, washed coral, lilac and light blue. These soft shades blend well together and look very romantic, but if you want to make your bouquet even more colourful, add a pop of burgundy, coral red, bright yellow, rich orange or bubble gum pink to the mix.
Greenery can be used in abundance to enrich the texture and make the colour palette even more versatile. Brides who love bold, colour-blocking combinations can toss together many different vibrant shades to create a bohemian look that contrasts against the white of the wedding gown. If you want to keep white blossoms in your bridal bouquet but still have that modern edge, mix them with foliage then tie with loose coloured ribbon.
You are probably wondering which types of flowers are ideal for this bouquet style. From opulent Australian native blooms to classic wedding flowers such as roses, peonies and tulips, any type of flower can be used to create breath-taking unstructured bridal bouquets. Feel free to mix up foliage with old-fashioned blooms such as zinnias, dahlias and chrysanthemums, or opt for slightly more eccentric dark tulips, scabious, hellebores, anemones, bougainvillaea, parrot tulips or jasmine.
Beautiful king protea can be used mixed together with other native flowers and foliage to create a bouquet with depth and texture. Even fruit can be added to wedding bouquets, so consider using mini pineapples, persimmon, rose-hips or artichokes. You can also pair traditional roses and peonies with green eucalyptus, lemon leaves and dusty miller, or opt for very simple, organic bouquets made from only one type of seasonal flower such as lavender.
Now that you have selected your flowers and decided on colours and texture, it is time to start thinking about the finishing touches. While traditional round bouquets are usually finished with a satin ribbon that covers the stems completely and is secured with pins, these contemporary, free-flowing bouquets are usually tied with garden twine or a long, flowing ribbon. You need to expose the stems so that your bouquet looks more natural, but the ribbon is important too, so you can even select two or three different ones if you want to add a special touch to the design.
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