A fan bouquet is an elegant alternative to the usual floral wedding bouquet. Ideal for the bride looking for something different, a striking fan can be held in place of a posy of flowers with dramatic effect.
The wedding dress for the fan bouquet
The fan bouquet suits most wedding gowns and looks particularly striking against a simple design as this bouquet is a conversation piece in itself!
Different styles of bridal fan bouquet
The most beautiful fan bouquets use a combination of flowers against other gorgeous textures such as wood or a delicate, light plastic for the frame of the fan, enhanced with delicate lace, feathers, ribbons or even fur. Add crystals or gemstones for a real ‘wow’ factor. You could have the fan made all in one striking colour or a mix of contrasting or complementary colours to add interest.
The fan bouquet comes in many forms and you may choose to hold a coloured lace fan decorated with fresh flowers, ribbons, feathers or leaves. It can be held in different ways, by the fan itself or with a handle. You could also have pearls or gemstones, foliage or ribbons trailing from the centre.
A purely decorative fan of flowers will look stunning in your wedding photos and a working fan could keep you cool on a sultry hot summer’s day.
Have a bespoke fan bouquet designed just for you by working with a florist or fan maker to create a truly unique work of art in your chosen colours that matches your overall wedding theme.
After the wedding, the fan can be treasured forever as a special keepsake of the day. You could even frame it behind glass and display it for all to see.
Bride and bridesmaid fan 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 florists in your region!
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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.