Bridesmaid Bouquets

A complement to the bride's bouquet and the overall wedding flowers, our expert florists from London will guide you in the difficult task of choosing the right bridesmaid bouquet, posy or pomander.

Styles of Bridesmaid Bouquets

Hand Tied Bridesmaids Bouquets - Many brides like to keep their bridesmaid posy shapes similar to the bridal bouquet (but of a much smaller design). There are many hand tied bouquet shapes to choose from; such as, classic round posy, loose round bouquet, pageant bouquet, cascading bouquet, teardrop bouquet, crescent bouquet, oval bouquet and heart flower bouquet.

Pomanders (Kissing Ball) Flower Bouquets - The bridesmaid pomander bouquet was very popular in the eighties era. The wedding piece was traditionally designed with chrysanthemums, carnations and gypsophila, and tended to be made into one bold colour that was finished off with satin ribbon. The bridesmaid Pomanders have recently made a comeback into modern trend, and are now seen on the catwalks and in bridal magazines. The wedding pomander is back into fashion with a modernised twist. Today the wedding piece is designed with small scented flowers such as roses and freesias. There is always a mix of colours in shades of pastel pinks and creams. The design is finished with pretty lace fabric that is held around the bridesmaid’s wrist. Pomanders are best suited to young bridesmaids or flower girls as they are light to hold and are difficult to break apart. Pomanders can also be designed as a bridal bouquet, a table centrepiece of even quirky flower pew end for a church wedding.

Bridesmaids Wrist Flower Corsages - Many modern bridesmaids do not hold a traditional flower bouquet as it can take the attention away from the bride. Instead to incorporate the floral theme, delicate wrist flower corsages are popular for UK and London bridesmaids as they are light, in-expensive and can be easily preserved too. Bridesmaid’s wrist corsage can be designed with many fresh flowers and fastened to a piece of jewellery or ribbon.

Bridesmaids Flower Hair Pieces - Like Pippa Middleton, bridesmaids can opt out of bridesmaid’s bouquets and corsages and instead wear a floral hair piece which incorporates similar flowers to the bridal bouquet. Wedding hair flowers can be designed on a clip, hairband, a tiara or even designed a traditional halo design. Flower hair pieces can add an elegant touch to a wedding.

Contemporary Bridesmaids Flowers – from time to time, we are asked to design unusual contemporary bridesmaid flowers. At the recent National Wedding Show in London’s Earl Court, we fashioned a delicate handbag made entirely with flowers and foliage, this became very popular at the show and was even adapted for a brides bridesmaids flowers. If a bride doesn’t want to stick to conventional flower bouquets then bridesmaids bag bouquets, or fan bouquets may be the perfect choice. Todich Floral Design wedding florist in London finds that the round bridesmaid posy and loose round bouquet are the most popular amongst London brides in the UK. Bouquets in the shape of teardrop are more common amongst more extravagant UK weddings, where brides can spend more money on their flowers.

Wedding Flowers Colours

Colours can set the mood of a wedding; your special day is likely to have a key colour theme. The colour choice can be determined by either a season, a favourite colour or even a shade that holds a hidden meaning to you and your partner. Colours are a great way to link a wedding theme. Many bridesmaid flowers copy a key colour of the main bridal bouquet. The floristry team at luxury wedding florist Todich Floral Design; find that many brides choose to have at least 2-3 colours in their bridal bouquets. This year’s most popular colour schemes saw the return or deep purples, dusky pinks and whites. Many bridesmaids’ bouquets were designed with all-white flowers with an aspect of pink, Lilac and peach.

Customised Bridal Flowers

A bride may wish to add a personal touch to her bridesmaid’s flowers; this could be adding bespoke jewellery such as pearls and brooches, or even adding fabric swatches from her dress. Many London vintage weddings are embellished with mismatched paraphernalia which adds charm to a wedding ceremony. A bride may want to stick to traditions by adding ‘something old, something new, and something borrowed, something blue’ or simply add a loved family heirloom into the flowers.

Wedding Flowers Prices - Best Affordable Bridesmaids Bouquets

Wedding flower prices can vary tremendously because of seasonality of certain flower varieties, the florists and consultants at Todich Floral Design will be able to guide you through flower choices whilst staying within a required budget. Bridesmaid Wristlets & Hairpieces are the most affordable bridesmaids flower and generally start at £12.95 each. The bridesmaid wristlet and hair pieces include one or two delicate flowers with foliage; the wedding piece is then expertly tied to a beaded bracelet or fabric ribbon. The most popular bridal wristlets and hair pieces include roses, calla lilies and orchid flowers.

Bridal Posy - The round posy is the most affordable hand-tied bouquet for bridesmaids. The posy can still look beautiful even when made with a limited number of bride flowers. If you are on a tight budget but would like a larger bridesmaid’s posy then we would recommend including less main flowers (such as roses and peonies) and include more filler flowers such as freesia, bovardia and phlox with a hint of seasonal foliage. Bridesmaid’s hand-tied posy’s can start from as little as £19.95.

The History of Bridesmaid Bouquets

Bridesmaid bouquets have been part of a wedding ritual since the Victorian era. The women would carry fragrant nosegays and tussie mussie bridal flowers to ward off evil spirits. Holding fresh bridesmaids flowers was also believed to protect from contagious diseases. Queen Victoria added ivy to her wedding bouquet to indicate friendship and fidelity. Bridal flowers were designed to follow the traditions set by the queen; this resulted in flowers becoming a key part of culture, society and etiquette during the 20th century. Thus began the tradition for the bridesmaids’ bouquet.

Symbolic meanings are attached to flowers and the flowers carried by the bridesmaids are supposed to carry special messages. Orchids to show love, beauty, wisdom and thoughtfulness, bridesmaids were carrying different colour bouquets with special colour supplement flowers like roses of various colours. Cherry blossoms represent new beginning and good virtues as many cultures use this. Interestingly, there are superstitions and misconceptions attached to flowers that are avoided in the bouquets of bridesmaids. To avoid such controversy, many prefer silk flowers as a safe escape. But the convention that prevails is to match the bridesmaids’ bouquet with that of their respective dresses. This makes an overall impact in the ceremony and bites the budget sometimes. The bridesmaid’s flowers are normally designed to be of a similar but smaller design to the main bridal bouquets. The bridesmaid’s blooms generally match an aspect of the wedding.

Royal Wedding Bridesmaids Flowers

The Royal family have always been deeply respected by the British public. Royal London weddings are a truly exciting occasion where the nation joins in congratulating the happy couple for their special ceremony. The Royal brides and bridesmaids choices sets the trends in many fashions, this includes bridal flowers, wedding dress designs, hair styles and even jewellery. Many brides wish to feel like a Queen for their wedding day.

Queen Elizabeth II - 1947 - Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten joined in matrimony on the 20th November 1947. A cold winter season; November is one of the rarest months for weddings in the United Kingdom, England is normally greeted with a bitter chill in the air and many flowers are not available until the warmer months. Queen Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids who held bridesmaids flowers similar but smaller to her bridal bouquet.

The bridesmaid’s flowers were in a cascade design that included white orchids and sprigs of myrtle. Cascading bouquets were very popular in the 1950’s as they are a large design which shows wealth and prosperity. The all-white flower bouquet is classic and timeless and was very popular during the twentieth century.

Princess Diana - 29th July 1981 - Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles joined in matrimony on the 29th July 1981, a beautiful summer season; it was the next biggest royal wedding after Queen Elizabeth. Princess Diana had five bridesmaids who held flower baskets which included ivy, lisianthus, freesias and gypsophila in shades of cheery yellows, pinks and whites. The flower colours incorporated each had a significant meaning to both the royal bride and groom.

Wedding Flower baskets are traditionally held by flower girls but were becoming popular in the eighties for bridesmaids.

Catherine Middleton - 29th April 2011 - Catherine (Kate) Middleton and Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor joined in matrimony on the 29th April 2011; the wonderful day was blessed with glorious sunshine and the warmth of wonderful spring: the world watched in awe at the royal family’s special day.

Katie Middleton’s wedding dress and bridal wedding flowers were loved by many and copied around the world, she had started a new fashion trend amongst English brides. Her lace wedding dress was classical, elegant and a similar style to Grace Kelly’s, The Royal wedding saw the return of the English country garden look which saw the brought traditional bridal flowers in a simple white and green colour palette back into fashion.

The Duchess of Cambridge had one bridesmaid and four flower girls. Pippa Middleton was the chief bridesmaid and even though she did not hold a bridesmaids flower bouquet, she wore a lily of the valley flower hairpiece in a half up hairstyle. Two of the eldest flower girls held white flower posy bouquets which were smaller versions of the bridal bouquet. The youngest flower girls held pomander flower bouquets on their wrists. All four of the youngest royals wore a flower circlet which was made with lily of the Valley flowers. All flowers were in-keeping with the traditional wedding theme and were in shades of greens and whites.