20 fabulously eclectic wedding bouquet ideas from our real brides and top UK floral designers
We’ve featured some incredible bouquets on English Wedding in recent weeks – and with Valentine’s Day this weekend it inspired me to put a little collection together to inspire you! I’ve had a little whizz through our recent archives and found these stunning wedding flower ideas. There’s something for everyone – real flowers for every season, in every colour you can dream of. Some of our favourite bouquets are wild and flowing; others neat and pretty. There are bouquets with oodles of foliage; and some with simple blooms and statement flowers. And we’ve picked (pun intentional!) examples from florists around the UK to share with you today. I hope you fall in love with some of these – do Pin away if your Pinterest boards are ready for some floral inspiration!
Real brides’ wedding bouquets – eight beautiful examples to inspire your wedding planning!
1. Bride Rebecca chose these stunning winter florals from Shilpa Reddy in London.
“I’d looked for florists local to the venue as that would save on high delivery charges. London florists can be quite pricey so I’d looked at smaller businesses and found Shilpa Reddy Florists on my research. We had a chat and I liked her work (again through Instagram) and we booked her in. My colour theme was navy , gold and greenery. I’d found that the flowers I’d liked were in season (pandas) and they looked perfect in my bouquet with a few other key white roses and beautifulness!”
(coming to the blog in March)
2. Sophie’s florals are bright and oh so beautiful!
“Our florist was The Floral Roundabout in Worcester and she was amazing! we booked our wedding only three months before the big day so when i went to meet the florist i hadn’t bought bridesmaid dresses or completely decided where we wanted flowers, we just knew we wanted lots. She was so friendly and helped us decide which ideas would work in our venue and even let us change some of our center pieces to tall ones quite late on. We didn’t have a clear idea of what flowers we wanted so just showed her some pictures we liked on pintrest and the colours we liked, she created us a mood board so we could see what ideas she had for us too. She suggested picking the best flowers at auction on the day so we decided to trust her to pull it all together and it was absolutely the best decision, they blew us away. There were some really unusual flowers in there which we loved and it made it look so special. We would highly recommend her.”
3. Becky’s bouquet is fabulous with roses and anemones, and winter berries for texture. We love it!
“Our florist was Lockwoods of Tickhill. As a Sheffield Wednesday fan I wanted the bouquets to be blue and white so we went for blue viburnum berries, blue centered anemones and, of course being from Yorkshire, white roses! We were having long tables for the wedding breakfast and so Bridget at Lockwoods put together autumnal table runners consisting of ivy, viburnum berries, conkers, white roses and autumnal coloured leaves picked from our back garden! Bridget could not have been more helpful and really brought to life our autumnal theme.”
4. Danielle’s beautiful bouquet of (faux) blooms is a work of art – and by her father-in-law!
Danielle’s creative Father-in-law did all the flowers for her 2020 wedding. The blues and soft and subtle, and perfectly arranged – sprigs of eucalyptus and berries add texture and we think it’s just perfect!
Having a faux flower bouquet is an option worth considering if you need to build flexibility into your wedding plans – of course, only if you haven’t already booked a florist. If you’re looking for a new project while we’re in lockdown, faux floral arrangements are lots of fun to create. Check out the stunning floral arrangements from Danielle & Lewis’s wedding feature here.
5. Bride Steph’s bouquet is the most summery thing I’ve ever seen – and the curling tendrils and breakout sprigs of leaves are absolutely stunning.
“We were recommended our florist, Kat at Ivy Floral by our wedding planner Jo at One Curious Dream. After some discussions over a few cups of tea we developed a vision for a huge green leafy feature in our marquee, to really wow guests when they came in and make the most of the “outside-in” feel at Barrington Hall. She completely understood our vision and helped us to create the perfect mix of green above our heads and beautiful pale pink and champagne roses everywhere else. It brought a warm, classic and summer feel to the room that not only brought it to life, it truly delivered that ‘wow’ factor!”
6. Beautiful English Wedding bride Meredith chose Flowers of Bath to create these beauties for her Priston Mill wedding
“Ella at Flowers of Bath did an incredible job with the flowers inside the venue and then for the bridal bouquets. She worked really well with Meredith’s mum to design the “scene” and as we hadn’t necessarily chosen specific flowers beyond what was seasonal, it was amazing to be surprised and see how they actually looked inside the Tythe Barn, after all of our ideas over the planning year(s)! Ella was super and really responsive and encouraging of our ideas, even though we were not flower experts.”
7. Sophie created her own beautifully simple bouquet for her Suffolk farm winter wedding
“I bought a lot of realistic fake flowers and arranged my bouquets and decorations myself. It was very rewarding and gave me such freedom to have what I wanted. It also saved me a lot of money!”
8. Jess’s beautiful countryside bouquet is by The Wilde Bunch, based in Bristol.
“We adored the flowers The Wilde Bunch arranged for us. My bouquet was absolutely beautiful, they made gorgeous flower crowns for my flower girls and they decorated the venues with little vases of flowers and tealights. They have a huge range of accessories you can choose from which are included in the price and returned after the wedding – this was a big draw for us as we didn’t want to be wasteful and buy lots of things we wouldn’t use again. We had a consultation with Abby to decide on what we wanted – she was really knowledgeable and picked up straight away on our style (laid back, countryside flowers). We’re both keen gardeners and Abby let us pick our favourite species of flower and worked them into our design. On the day of the wedding, they delivered and arranged all of the flowers with absolutely no hassle and dropped off my bouquet in plenty of time. After the wedding our guests took small bunches of flowers from the vases to enjoy at home. We would 100% recommend The Wilde Bunch.”
Our favourite picks from UK wedding florists – eleven exciting and inspirational bridal bouquet styles for 2021 and beyond!
9. Rustic rainbow styled elopement (Kent)
These vibrant bouquets complemented our model brides perfectly! Bryony Mae designed such fun, colourful yet stylish florals with a mixture of dried and fresh flowers, grasses and leaves. Pastel & bright colours mixed together to create a bold yet soft colour scheme.
10. Sunset wedding inspiration from Willow Farm
Photographer: Becky Harley Photography
Floristry: Feather & Ferns
Becky is the talented floral designer at Feather & Ferns. “The brief perfectly suited the style of Feather & Ferns and I was instantly drawn to the colour palette of soft pastel tones and some colour hues. I created foliage filled urns, meadow style growing arrangements, pretty table florals and arches. The bride held a garden inspired bouquet with matching circlet dressed with flowing silks in powder blues and soft peach hues.”
11. Breathtakingly beautiful RSA London wedding bouquet styling
Pops of gloriously vibrant colour make this bouquet breathtaking – the palest of ivory and blush roses are lifted with stunning deep pinks and my favourite, anemones. The eucalyptus and ruscus sprigs give a bolder, more ‘gathered’ shape to this beautifully styled bridal bouquet by Studio-Chi Weddings.
12. Quintessentially English elegance for a Notley Abbey bouquet
Natural style flowers by Sorcha Herbert create the perfect style for a quintessentially English wedding. The addition of cow parsley and so much texture shows how beautiful a natural bouquet can be – and the greenery is simply sublime!
13. Mermaid inspired, alternative modern wedding bouquet by Out Of The Bloom
This wonderfully elaborate bouquet has EVERYTHING in – and it’s one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen. Tendrils of white ferns and delicate fronds of unusual things balance the romantic, soft blooms. It’s a masterpiece by Yorkshire florist Out Of The Bloom
14. Pure white bouquet with lush foliage, for a classic and timeless look
This elegant bouquet by Flourish and Grace has a classic and luxurious look. Pure white weddings have been a classic for many couples for centuries, and this worked wonderfully with gold accents on the tables and throughout the styling. The mix of blooms and soft, rounded eucalyptus leaves make this a romantic, soft and beautiful bouquet.
15. Sweet pea bouquet for maximum fragrance and fabulous colour
This shoot we featured in January has the most incredible floral styling. Wedding flowers can be everywhere… held in your hand as a beautiful bouquet, but also lining staircases and in stunning structures above dining tables. There’s an incredible wow factor of fresh flowers in an intimate setting, realised perfectly here by Flowers by Donna, www.flowersbydonna.co.uk
16. Contemporary black and pink bridal bouquet for a stately home wedding
Including black in a wedding design can be super stylish and one that not many people think about adding or are brave enough to create, but when softened with another colour, like this pastel pink, it just gives it that little touch of romance without being too harsh. This stunning bouquet by English Wedding member Fantail Designer Florist takes our breath away – the David Austin roses teamed with darker lisianthus and delicate stems work beautifully together.
17. Classic luxury bouquet for a stately home wedding
The texture in this bouquet is infinitely beautiful. Pure luxury is created with soft and neutral colours by Dorset Flowers. The garden roses are simply divine – the fern fronds and delicate stems with a peek of palest blue delphinium are perfect for a summer wedding.
18. Dahlias take centre stage in this late summer bouquet from our Merriscourt Barns feature
I fall in love with dahlias towards the end of every single summer. As a feature flower, they’re unbeatable – and with so many tantalising colours to choose from, we’re spoilt for choice with fabulous collections from UK grower-florists. This beauty of a bouquet by Bramble and Belle surrounds that feature dahlia with roses in ivory and blush, lots of lovely leaves and delicate cow parsley for a true taste of summertime.
19. This alternative bridal bouquet has all the WOW and then some!
Creativity is everything – and the further in advance you plan your wedding, the more you can play with alternative concepts and busting all the ‘trends’ the wedding industry tries to throw your way. This beauty of an alternative wedding bouquet is all leafy luxury, with exotic blooms, palm leaves and seedheads. Out Of The Bloom Flowers are blowing our minds!
20. Jewel tones and a bouquet full of ALL the colours!
This autumnal bouquet combines traditional flowers – roses and clematis – with a vibrant modern colour palette and plenty of texture and form. Felicity from Amega Fleur created this beauty for a photoshoot we featured on English Wedding back in December, and it feels like the perfect floral note to end today’s wedding flower inspiration blog on a real high!