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How to Make a Wildflower Wedding Bouquet
Wildflower wedding bouquets are a big trend for 2019, with many couples opting for a look that is more whimsical and bohemian than classic and structured.
When brides ask us for a wildflower wedding bouquet, they’re usually after a loose, just-gathered-from-a-field shape, with trailing fronds of ferns and grasses and a subtle colour palette. Whilst this may look easy on Pinterest, it’s a tricky arrangement to pull off – but if you’d like to have a go at making your own wildflower wedding bouquet, here are some top tips from Gardenia’s florists to get you started:
Practise makes pretty
Give yourself plenty of chances to practise tying your bouquet before the big day. Our florists train for years to create wedding flowers so don’t expect to get it right first time. There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube that will show you the basic techniques – alternatively, come along to a Gardenia Flower School class and learn from us. We also offer private and small group classes (a great hen party activity!) so get in touch if you’d like to arrange one.
Go heavy on the greenery
For a hedgerow feel, you need plenty of foliage. Choose three types as a minimum and mix up the shades and textures. Eucalyptus is a lovely, silvery-grey colour; ivy adds some deep, glossy green; and grasses add all kinds of movement and texture – ideal if you want your wildflower bouquet to have more of a ‘dried’ look. Don’t forget seed heads and berries too - particularly if your wedding is taking place towards the autumn.
Add texture for interest
Texture is really important for a natural-looking bouquet – we’re talking about wildflowers gathered from a field, not a pristinely pruned rose bush. Wild and woody ‘filler flowers’ like waxflower and clematis will help you evoke a garden style and set off your feature flowers perfectly. Choose a variety of shapes, sizes and colours – here we used black-centred anemones, memory lane roses and mixed lisianthus, set off with waxflower and astrantia.
You could also tie your wildflower wedding bouquet with ribbon, lace, twine or burlap for even more texture. Leave the ends long and flowing – this is not the time for neatness!
Keep the shape loose
As with any wedding bouquet, you’ll need to tie the stems together firmly to prevent you losing bits as you walk down the aisle – but try to keep the shape of the arrangement loose and informal. You can do this by pulling out different lengths here and there, and by using varieties that have a natural ‘droop’, such as fronds of trailing jasmine, nigella, astilbe and amaranthus. Remember that wildflower bouquets don’t always have to be a traditional, rounded shape. Experiment with a wider ‘landscape’ design or even an asymmetric shape.
Be more boho
Flower crowns are not just for the little ones. If you’re going for a relaxed, laid back vibe for your wedding, they’re a great choice for adult bridesmaids and even the bride. The Swedes have been making their own wildflower crowns for Midsommar celebrations for years and it’s not hard to do. Make the base from covered wire (or use an existing hair band), then simply wrap your foliage and flower stems around it and secure them with florist’s tape.
We’d love to see how you get on with making your own wildflower wedding bouquets, so mark your photos with #gardeniawildweddings. And if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, we’re always happy to help – you can book a wedding flowers consultation with one of our expert florists here.