When I’m not tucked at my desk, writing about weddings, you’ll often find me outside and at this time of year, the great outdoors is particularly beautiful with wildflowers galore. These blooms are gloriously natural, wonderfully romantic and absolutely perfect for bridal bouquets so here’s a little guide to wildflower bouquets…
Wildflowers make truly delightful bouquets. They can bring a natural, almost informal touch to a classically elegant wedding or they can underline a rustic or boho vibe in a more laid-back celebration. The softness of wildflowers means that your bouquet will have a rambling, unstructured, almost undone look that manages to be on-trend right now but also timeless. What a perfect combination!
For me, one of the most fabulous things about wildflowers is that they’re so seasonal. Each month gives you a different choice and style. You can find some great online guides to English wildflowers so take a look and find out what will be available when you’re getting married.
Images: Top Row Left via Ruffled | Top Row Right via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Second Row Left via Wedding Sparrow | Second Row Right via The Wedding Chicks | Third Row Left via Rustic Wedding Chic | Third Row Right via The Wedding Chicks (as before) | Bottom Row Left via Ruffled (as before) | Bottom Row Right via The Natural Wedding Company
Happily, there are dedicated growers of wildflowers such as the brilliant Common Farm Flowers or even Clements Farm who can supply you with buckets of home-grown cut wildflowers if you like the thought of crafting your own wildflower bouquet. Alternatively, your florist should be able to source them for you and prepare them properly so they look their best for as long as possible.
Wildflower bouquets can also include other natural elements and sometimes, it’s these little unexpected additions that make a bouquet special. If you’re marrying in autumn, how about including some berries in your bouquet or sprigs of blossom in spring? Heavenly scented herbs could add another dimension to your bouquet and grasses can add movement and lightness. Don’t forget the possibility of coloured stems and dogwood stems come in reds, oranges and greens.
Images: Top Row Left via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (as before) | Top Row Right via The Natural Wedding Company (as before) | Second Row Left via Rock My Wedding | Second Row Right via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (as before) | Bottom Row Left via Inspire Styling | Bottom Row Right via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (as before)
The Grow Wild project is an excellent source of information, especially if you’re planning on growing your own flowers for a really personal bouquet. Their seed mix includes varieties such as Cornflower, Oxeye Daisy, Red Campion, Wild Carrot and Field Scabious, all of which make excellent cut flowers. You’ll also find some brilliant step-by-step instructions for making a wild bouquet on their website.
If you opt for a wildflower bouquet, you could also use wildflower elements throughout your wedding day. Little sachets of wildflower seeds would make heartfelt wedding favours or you could use jars of wildflowers on tables or to decorate styled areas of your day. Or how about wildflower as table names or even use them to decorate a naked cake? Don’t forget that you could also use lavender instead of paper confetti for a scented spectacular and complete your bridal ensemble with a headpiece from the Glitzy Secrets Hair Flower collection.
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