The teardrop bouquet is an elegant and classic shape with blooms that flow down towards the floor narrowing at the lowest tip. Similar to the cascading shower bouquet but with a more pronounced teardrop shape, here’s how to style a teardrop bouquet and what style of wedding dress will suit it best.
Like the cascading bouquet, this is another elegant shape of floral arrangement that suits many styles of wedding gown. The teardrop bouquet looks particularly stunning against a dramatic mermaid, or fishtail gown because of its interesting shape. As it is generally smaller and neater than the looser cascading bouquet, it can look more effective against a classic or slim A-line dress than a ballgown or full skirted wedding dress.
Styling a teardrop bouquet
Roses, orchids and lilies are perfect in a teardrop bouquet. Having your florist arrange different shapes, sizes and colours of flowers into your bouquet will add texture and interest, as will adding in brooches, a chiffon or silk ribbon bow, beads or pearls for even more sparkle.
The flowers and colours you choose for your bouquet will depend on your wedding colour scheme and overall theme. You could have one colour for a simply classic look or a mix of contrasting or complementary colours to add interest.
As the teardrop bouquet is such a striking shape, it can be even more effective to have the bouquet made up of one solid, bold or vibrant colour. If you have a wedding theme of two or more colours then you could ask your florist to arrange the colours as if they were coming out of the bouquet from the centre of the teardrop or graduate shades of the same colour from the top to the bottom of the teardrop for a different effect.
Two contrasting colours such as a bright green and a vibrant blue will make a dramatic looking bouquet whereas pale and pastel shades will create a much softer look. Complementary colours such as lilac and pink or yellow and orange will work well together and can be picked up in the rest of your wedding theme, from the invitations through to the take decorations and bridesmaid gowns.
An array of different flowers of contrasting shapes and sizes will add to the texture of the finished bouquet.
Bride and Bridesmaid bouquets
As the bride, you may want to have a slightly larger bouquet to your bridesmaids to ensure yours stands out. You could have different flowers packed into yours and just one flower in theirs or have yours in a vibrant colour such as red with theirs in white. This works beautifully against a white or ivory wedding dress and red bridesmaids dresses.
Working with your florist
Your florist is the wedding flower expert so discuss your options with them and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want even if they haven’t yet suggested it. Look through their portfolios for inspiration and discuss all the different flower, colour and style options open to you and the finishing touches such as ribbons, bows and tiny gem stones on petals for added sparkle.
Please see the Wedding Directory to find a wedding florist in your region.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.