When it comes to heading up the aisle, you might not want to carry a classic bouquet of neat red roses or purple tulips. You might prefer the slightly more untamed and whimsical beauty of wild flowers in your bouquet. (Especially if you’re a bit of a wild flower yourself!) Plus if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, British wild flowers are a greener option too – given an estimated 90% of the flowers in UK florists, and supermarkets are flown in from the likes of Holland, Colombia, Kenya and Ethiopia. (Websites such as Flowers from the Farm will help you find locally grown flowers near to you.)
Ideal to pair with a boho wedding dress and flower crown, wildflower bouquets are becoming more and more popular. (Just ask Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.) So what goes into a wildflower bouquet? Well it’s not just flowers, but also grasses, grains and herbs. So you might want to start with colour. As wildflower bouquets tend to be multi-coloured, it’s worth picking a few flowers that fit with your theme, e.g. the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, or the season you’re getting married in. (Your florist should be able to advise you on this.) Also think about the colours you usually wear, which shades you’re drawn to, etc.
White wildflower bouquets. Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash
In terms of flowers, wild bouquets tend to feature the types of blooms you’d find on a walk through the English countryside (so orchids and tiger lilies are out!) Think more poppies, lavender, narcissi, large daisies, baby’s breath, sunflowers and peonies. You might also want to dial up the wild element with a helping of wheat, bulrushes – even a few rosemary sprigs. It’s a good idea to work closely with your florist so you can put together a bespoke bouquet that truly ‘gets’ what you’re all about (and you can sport flowers in your hair to match).
Bride with a wildflower bouquet. Photo by Fuu J on Unsplash
If you’re still unsure, there are plenty of options on Pinterest to give you some inspiration. Make sure that you tell the florist if you (not to mention your groom and your bridesmaids) have any allergies to certain types of flower, so noone is sneezing their way through the ceremony! Otherwise go for it, and feel free to be as colourful and creative as you like!
Want some more floral inspiration? Here are 28 ways to wear flower crowns at your wedding.