Budding bouquet trends

It's time to talk bouquets. SheKnows turned to Sara Jenkins Sutton, president of Topiarius Urban Garden and Floral Design in Chicago to get the latest and greatest trends in wedding bouquets. She gave us the scoop on 12 of her favorite looks for unforgettable wedding bouquets, and we couldn't agree with her more. You might even love your bouquet too much to toss it over your shoulder!

Flower choice

If you're not sure where to start as far as your bouquet is concerned, Sutton suggests incorporating flowers that have special significance to you and your man. Think about using your birth month flower (or his) or some blooms from the first bouquet your fiancé gave you.

Mix it up

Rather than getting fixated on one specific flower, opt for a combination of flowers and colors in your bouquet. If you want some uniformity, pick a color theme or a seasonal mix of flowers to maintain elegant yet eye-catching continuity.

Get sentimental

Incorporating something that has meaning to you into your wedding is becoming more and more of a must for brides. We love Sutton's idea of wrapping the handle of your bouquet with a piece of the dress or veil of a loved one – like your mom, grandmother or even a BFF who recently tied the knot.

Look into lockets

Adding a locket with the photo of a loved one is a great way to include a special guest who could not be in attendance. Couples could also choose a picture of themselves from early in the relationship, their children, even their pets as a way to really personalize the bouquet.

Go green

Wedding bouquets come alive with the addition of lush green leaves, Sutton says. Don't be afraid to add color and volume by integrating greenery like wispy bear grass or long and leafy lily grass. The contrast will brighten up your bouquet and add depth to the overall look.

Ditch the handle

Instead of carrying your flowers tied together with something standard like ribbon or lace, opt for something more creative and personal. Attach your bevy of blooms to a clutch, a book, a fan or any object with special meaning to you and your groom.

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Change shape

There are a few alternatives to the traditional bouquet gaining popularity. If you want to do something different, carry a pomander of tightly bundled blossoms, cradle a sheaf of long stemmed flowers in your arms or go hands free with a pretty bracelet bouquet.


Add sparkle to your special day by adding crystals, beads, pins and acrylic diamonds into the design of the bouquet. If you're going for a more modern look, incorporate decorative wire or feathers around the stem of the bouquet.

Royal inspiration

Did you love the royal wedding as much as we did? If you were enamored as Will and Kate made their way down the aisle, we're sure you spied the beautiful bouquet made almost entirely from Lily of the Valley, myrtle and sweet William and hyacinth. Kate Middleton's bouquet was unusually small and subtle, sure to set the standard for bridal bouquets over the next several years.

Revel in romance

What's a wedding without added romance, we say. Sutton suggests adorning bouquets with pearls to create an ultra-romantic bouquet. Pair soft colored flowers such as ivory or light pink with big, plush blooms like peonies for added romantic flair.

Cluster of color

Bright is in and we love the idea of creating a loose stem bouquet with cascading blooms in bold, eye-popping hues such as hot pinks, turquoises, yellows and jewel tones. A fun, colorful bouquet is a great way to add a touch of playfulness to your big day.

Be a trendsetter

Sutton says there are a few blooms making their way back to the spotlight lately. Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent the trendier choices while bouquets with a just-picked and looser casual look replace the more tightly-bound bouquet shapes of previous seasons, she says.

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Photo credit of Kate Middleton's bouquet: Anthony Stanle

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