When it comes to discussing flower trends I always say to my brides go with what you love and what makes your heart sing! However I do think as a wedding florist it is important to keep up to date with current ‘trends’ within the wedding industry and over the past year I have noticed an increase of the trailing bouquet. Brides would once walk down the aisle with a traditional, trailing bouquet which is wired and glued into a holder, and although lovely and still popular, this bouquet tends to look very structured and neat and unless the right soft, flowing foliage is used can look a tad stiff.
I am increasingly being asked by brides to create a trailing bouquet, but one that is natural, rustic and soft looking, a style that suits me down to the ground. I thought it would be a good idea to show you some great examples of trailing bouquets, most of the photos are taken from my Pinterest board dedicated solely to the trailing bouquet which can be found here. The white peony and honeysuckle bouquet is a bouquet I created back in July for a photo shoot at Coombe Lodge, Blagdon.
I love this hand tied trailing bouquet I created in July, filled with the most fabulous ivory peonies, astilbe, ascelpias, and astrantia. The trailing part of the bouquet comes from the honeysuckle and jasmine foliage which has such a soft, flowing nature everything about this bouquet is blousy and romantic. I also used eucalyptus foliage and a variety of natural grasses which add a beautiful soft aspect to the brides bouquet.
It is important to use flowers that have a trailing, flowing quality to them too such as the clematis used in the photo below. Also combined with peonies and David Austin roses this bouquet would be perfect for a summer, country garden wedding. One day I would love a huge archway of clematis that I could just head out to and snip away at when needed!
By using naturally growing foliage you get a more natural flow to the bouquet. I know it sounds obvious but sometimes the most simple things are overlooked! What do you think of this emerging trend to move away from the traditional trailing bouquet and replacing it with this more natural and flowing version?