Purple is a classic and sophisticated colour for a bridal party. All shades of purple are rich and luxurious and look wonderful in photos.
One of my favorite purple flowers to use in bridal work is eustoma (lysianthus). These delicate rose-like blooms are available in a dark purple shade and compliment white beautifully. They are also available in a hybrid variety where white blooms are edged in purple. Eustoma are also a lovely flower to use in gents button-holes. The great thing about choosing eustoma is that it is available all year round and it will definitely add a touch of class to your wedding theme.
Another year-round favourite is freesia. Freesia is not only a beautiful flower but it has a fantastic fragrance and is available in dark purple and a lavender shade (as well as many other colours).
Summer brides can choose a purple variety from the hydrangea group of flowers. The last purple flower I want to mention here is purple anemone. Anemone is available to spring brides only unfortunately – the colour is simply fantastic – they are a ‘single’ bloom with dark purple colour and a satin sheen to them.
Brides who are thinking about incorporating purple into their wedding theme have a huge selection of flowers to choose from, only are few of the most popular are mentioned above.
Blue for Bridesmaids was a recurrent and very successful bridal party colour scheme in 2011 and I loved it. Blue has always been a favourite colour of mine and when it comes to matching flowers to it, it is so versatile. Soft pink is fabulous with blue, as is white.
If you are a spring bride and want blue flowers incorporated into your bridal theme you will have a wonderful choice at your finger tips, ranging from hyacinths, to nigella (love in a mist), delphinium and muscari. Early summer brides have the wonderful blue hydrangea , sweetpea and eryngium to choose from.
Dyed-blue fresh roses are available but I am reluctant to use them for that very reason – they are dyed! I dont take chances around wedding gowns. If your heart is positively set on blue roses you could either use blue stablized roses or the best quality silk you can find. I have seen both and they are fantastic (I have personally used silk flowers incorporated along side fresh flowers – see if you can spot it from the gallery below).
You either love the ‘shower’ bouquet or you don’t. When I meet a bride for a consultation one of the first things I do is out-line the basic options open to her for her own flowers – posy, over-arm, tear-drop, crescent, semi-crescent, extension, pomander, glamelia or shower, and I always get an immediate reaction to the shower and it will be an absolute yes or no – there is no middle ground.
I love making shower bouquets – the introduction of the osasis holder has made life so much easier and enjoyable. When I did my training I was told to wire every bloom. I found this made the bouquet very heavy, not to mention a considerable drain on time.
A bridal shower bouquet is at its best when carried by a bride wearing a full a-line skirt and train. They compliment each other perfectly and can be made as voluminous or as dainty as the bride wants. I like to use at least three flower varieties (my favorites are roses, freesia, dendrobium orchids and eustoma) and two foliage types – I generally only use two colours in a shower as I feel that any more just makes it a jumble.
Thankfully the ‘shower’ has come a long way from the 1980’s of just open lilies, red roses, ivy and leather-leaf fern and is something any trend-setting bride would be proud to carry on her wedding day.