With more and more couples looking to break away from the formalities and limitations of traditional weddings – and express their creativity – the bohemian-chic wedding has never been more popular. And what better way to capture its free-spirited essence and vintage charm than with a festival of fresh flowers?
Forget the structured and stylised bouquet of the minimalist bride. Go wild with a riot of summer colours in an opulent mix of shapes and textures, from orange protea and poppy-seed pods, to ‘orange ball tree’ flowers and delicate ranunculus.
Or, if you prefer something a little more low-key, opt for a hand-tied posy with that freshly-picked-from-the-meadow vibe. Think daisies, poppies, thistles and cowslips – or for something a little different, add chequered purple and white fritillary.
Fairytale flower crown
Wave ta-ra to tiaras and veils, and embrace your inner bohemian princess with a flower crown. Opt for a simple daisy chain (if it’s good enough for Kate Moss’s flower girls…) or channel A Midsummer Night’s Dream with large, blousy blooms, such as roses and peonies, intertwined with luscious foliage like fern or ivy. Team with a mane of cascading waves or a loose braided up-do to complete the look.
Cascading cake decorations
Tiered cakes are back! But a far cry from the flawless icing and perfect symmetry of traditional wedding cakes, the new bohemian cake is all about rustic charm and elaborate decoration with fresh flowers, foliage – even butterflies – cascading down its tiers. Think Mad Hatter’s tea party-chic! Opt for romantic and dreamy with white anemones and dusky antique roses or go all-out whimsical with a forest theme, incorporating moss, mushrooms and butterflies.Please note: It is important to only use edible flowers which are specifically for consumption.
Gone of the days of sticking a carnation in your buttonhole and thinking that will suffice. The buttonhole has become one of the little touches that can really make a wedding theme come together – and never more so than at a bohemian wedding. Ranunculus and antique roses can be given the rustic treatment with anything from rosemary, heather, lavender and thistles to succulents, poppy-seed cases or even wheat – all bundled together with natural string or hessian. Almost anything goes!
Move over marquee, hello tipi! Tipis and yurts are the perfect alternative to traditional marquees – bringing a magical festival vibe to proceedings. And their wooden frameworks are just perfect for adorning with flowers. Wrap the supporting beams with vines of foliage and your favourite blooms then replicate the look by placing a long branch of silver birch along the head table (all tables if you’re using banquet seating) with flowers arranged along its length. This stunning example uses peonies, roses, ranunculus and dahlias to beautiful effect.