The loose round bridal bouquet is a more relaxed version of the classic round posy. Also known as the ‘organic hand tied’ bouquet, it is proving very popular with the modern bride and her bridesmaids. You simply can’t go wrong with this bouquet. Here’s how to style this bouquet, which dresses it will suit best and how to get the most from your florist.
Above: Wedding flowers by Todich Floral Design Ltd
The wedding dress for the loose round bouquet
A style that is perfectly suited to a rustic, organic country style wedding, the loose round bouquet is also highly versatile as it suits all wedding dress shapes.
The ‘elegantly messy’ style of bouquet is ideal against more rustic BoHo style gowns with free flowing, looser lines. It also works equally well with a formal ballgown, mini dress or white trouser suit! If you’re unsure which shape or style of bouquet to go for then this is the one for you. Above: Ballgowns by Mori Lee
Styling a loose round bouquet
The loose round bouquet is different to the traditional classic round posy as it is not a neatly round, tightly packed collection of flowers presented in a formal way. Instead, it’s a more of a free, loosely held together collection of blooms. It’s loose and free look makes it perfect for a more informal wedding style and it sets off a BoHo look perfectly. There are large versions in which many different types of flowers can be brought together to produce a gorgeous and eclectic looking array of colour, shape and scent, all set off beautifully against free-flowing or trailing foliage.
A Scottish wedding theme could have a gorgeous loose round bouquet of purple Scottish heather, blue Delphiniums, white roses, Baby’s breath, pretty thistles and ivy all loosely tied with a tartan ribbon.
It’s more effective with a bouquet of this type to choose more than one colour so go for two or more complementary shades to match your wedding colour scheme or a mix of contrasting colours to add even more interest.
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.
Smaller versions are ideal for your bridesmaids to hold. To create interest, ask your florist to mix different shapes of flowers such as large round peonies against tiny white ‘baby’s breath’ or boubardia, another small white flower. Add in striking, tall delphiniums for a different shape and surround with trailing delicate trailing ivy all tied together loosely with ribbon. Position green leaves, twigs or grasses randomly to create a loose formed shape.
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. And for gorgeous everlasting bouquets visit Budding Sensations for artificial alternatives to the traditional fresh floral bouquet.
If you’re looking for floral expertise or inspiration you’ll find your nearest wedding florist in the Wedding Directory.And we have hundreds of brides ready to help and advise you in our wonderful Confetti forums.
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.