Flower madness: how the fashion for wedding bouquets changed

The modern bride, after choosing a dress, thinks about how her wedding bouquet should look so that it blends in harmoniously with the image. But even in the last century, the bouquet was not only an ornament, but also had a great sense. Let's understand ...

Historians have found the mention of the first bouquet among the ancient Egyptians. And in the Ancient East, even the language of flowers was invented, according to which each plant has its own energy and significance. Subsequently, this knowledge has become a whole art, handed down from generation to generation. The first wedding bouquets were more like a bunch of greens: parsley, garlic, dill, rosemary and other herbs were used to scare away evil spirits, attract success and as a perfume to hide unpleasant smells. The Greeks and Romans came to the feast with whole garlands of greenery and flowers, so they wished the new family well-being. In medieval Spain, not a single wedding party could do without the branches of citrus plants as a symbol of a long and happy life.

In Russia, wedding festivities also could not do without flowers.The most popular were myrtle and rosemary, of which the bride wove a wreath, and after the wedding gave one of her unmarried friends. Such a gift predicted the imminent marriage of a friend.

Wedding bouquets in the XVIII century

18th century European brides loved exotic scents, and the most popular adornment of a wedding dress and headdress was orange tree flowers. They cost a fortune and were considered a rarity. Many began to make orange silk flowers. A wedding bouquets of noble persons, it was decided to choose an incredibly lush. Queen Anne of England has chosen 15 white roses, 15 white orchids and 50 garden lilies for her bouquet. Just imagine how much he weighed!

Wedding bouquets in the XIX century

Queen Victoria's Wedding
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The tradition of a modern wedding bouquet originates in the 19th century from the wedding of English Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her bouquet had a symbolic meaning and consisted mainly of snowdrops. All brides picked up this fashion, and now the bouquet could be �read�: daisies - innocence, lilac - first love, dandelion - abundance, rose - tenderness, orchid - eternal youth.Necessarily the bouquet should have been tied with a ribbon of blue color, it bears in itself a symbol of the marriage union. In England, still in the wedding bouquets of the royal families insert a myrtle twig according to the testament of Queen Victoria.

Wedding bouquets of the twentieth century


At the beginning of the twentieth century, strict long bouquets with a bunch of greenery became fashionable. They were made of flowers with very long stems, falling to the floor. The tone of these wedding bouquets was set by the then popular Art Nouveau style, which was based on wavy lines, fancy forms of plant and animal life. Therefore, the bouquets looked like a real work of art with a rich decor.


Queen Elizabeth
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Cecil Beaton, a famous English photographer and designer with three Oscars, had a great influence on the wedding fashion of this period. He organized the wedding of his sister Nancy and created the image of the bride, like a snow queen. His assistant florist Constance Spray dipped the bridal bouquet in bleach and achieved the effect of ephemerality and airiness. This wedding hit the pages of Vogue magazine and brought popularity to the florist.A little later, the same Constance Spray was engaged in decorating with flowers the wedding of Queen Elizabeth. She preferred a luxurious wedding bouquet of orchids.


Grace kelly
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In the postwar years, wedding bouquets have noticeably decreased in volume. Restraint and elegance were considered the trend of this period. The future first lady, Jacqueline Kenedy, went down the aisle with a small bouquet of orchids, and her veil was decorated with white flowers - orange blossom. And the famous American actress Grace Kelly chose a bouquet of lilies of the valley. A similar bouquet was chosen by the chosen one of Prince William Kate Middleton at the most discussed wedding in 2011.


Princess margaret
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Wedding bouquets in the 60s remained as compact as in the previous period, only they looked bright and almost artificial. For drawing up a bouquet used tinsel, sparkles and motley ribbons. At this time, the wedding of the royal person began to show on TV, and the whole world took an example from them. Princess Alexandra chose an elegant bouquet of spring flowers - jasmine and camellia. And another princess, Margaret, chose orchids popular at that time for her wedding bouquet.


Actress Audrey Hepburn
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Very dramatic changes in wedding fashion occurred in the hippie period. Brides were married in trouser suits and miniskirts, and instead of a veil they put a bandage on their hair. As for the bouquet, the trend was motley and contrasting combinations of colors, with the addition of feathers and dried spikelets. British actress Audrey Hepburn, getting married a second time, went down the aisle in a mini-dress and scarf, and her wedding bouquet consisted of freesias.


Princess Diana
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During this period, bouquets of roses, gladioli and even carnations were considered fashionable. They were tied up with a wide ribbon or bow. The cascade bouquet has returned to fashion again, this is exactly what Princess Diana has chosen. Her bouquet consisted of orchids, freesias, roses, lilies of the valley, myrtle, ivy, gardenia, tradescantia and an exotic flower from Madagascar stephanotis. All this beauty weighed more than two kilograms!


Singer Mariah Carey
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In recent years, cascading bouquets of hippeastrum, gerberas, roses, orchids, callas, irises or other meadow flowers remained in fashion. Wife Smith Smith Jada Pinkett and American singer Mariah Carey walked down the aisle with flowing bouquets. Also during this period, trendy bouquets of dahlias, peonies, roses, lilacs or mimosas were in trend.

Wedding bouquets of the XXI century

Nowadays, the bridal bouquet reflects her personality. It is decorated with lace, ribbons and sparkling stones, which, according to the texture and color, are combined with the dress and the general style of the wedding. In 2010, at the romantic wedding of Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, the bridal bouquet was made of white roses and gardenias.

The most wedding flowers of the last years are peony roses, anemones, peonies, orchids, roses and wild flowers. Bright and saturated colors go hand in hand with powder and tender.

An interesting option is considered mono-bouquets of one type of flowers. Such a bouquet was chosen by Ksenia Borodina for her divine day. Bulk bouquet leading consisted of white peonies.

Modern brides are not afraid of experiments and prefer bold combinations: berries and fruits or dried flowers and small twigs are added to the flower composition. The form of bouquets can be different, but more often a wedding bouquet is collected in the form of a ball with tightly bound stems, so that it can be easily held in the hands. Glamelia are also considered popular compositions (one big flower is stuck together from petals, and a pen is decorated)a round bouquet (the stems of flowers are arranged in the form of a spiral), a structural bouquet (flowers, at first glance not combined with each other, are arranged at different heights, and the bouquet looks slightly disheveled), the hemisphere (the flowers are arranged tightly to each other so that the top is it looked round, and from the side - like half a ball), a ball, a cascade, a tussi-mussi (the composition is formed in a cone-shaped vase).

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