Queen Victoria 1840
The wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took place on the 10th February 1840. A cold season at the beginning of spring; many brides choose to marry during the warmer months. Queen Victoria held a simple posy bouquet which was created mainly with her favourite flower, Snowdrops. The royal bride also added sprigs of myrtle into her bouquet, to keep with the family traditions. Queen Victoria created a new vogue by wearing orange blossom flowers on her wedding day. The blossoms were attached to a fashionable wreath headdress and became incredibly influential to brides during the 19th century.
The myrtle plant flowers beautiful white blooms that were often viewed as sacred; the fragrant flowers were often viewed as sacred, as they represented love, desire and immortality.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark 1863
The wedding of King Edward VII and Princess Alexandra took place on the 10th March 1863. March has always been a popular time to marry because the season brings welcomed warmth in the air and is full of a large variety of new fresh flowers. Princess Alexandra held a posy bouquet which was designed with white rose buds, white lily of the valley, orange blossoms, myrtle and beautiful orchids. Princess Alexandra also wore a stunning white lace wedding dress that was embellished with flower garlands made by traditional blossom and myrtles too.
Princess Mary of Teck 1893
The wedding of Prince George Duke of York and Princess Mary of Teck took place on the 6th July 1893. July is a popular time of year to get married for London brides as the season is blessed with the warmth of summer sun. Many flowers are in bloom during the season which allows new brides a larger variety of choice of wedding flowers. Princess Mary of Teck held a large cascading bouquet which included an abundance of white English flowers. She wore a veil that was embellished with clusters of orange blossoms to keep with the family tradition
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – 1923
The wedding of Prince Albert Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon took place on the 26th April 1923. April is a wonderful time of year to get married as beautiful flowers such as peonies, sweet peas and ranunculis are in season. Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon held a large posy wedding bouquet which included a mixture of Scottish flowers and English flowers due to heritage. Lady Bowes-Lyons incorporated roses and heather into her design which symbolised the union of Scotland and England at her wedding.
Queen Elizabeth II 1947
The wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten Duke of Edinburgh took place on 20th November 1947. November is a cold winter season and very few weddings take place at this chilly time of year. Many flowers become available during the warmer months of springs which leave a limited amount of choice for November brides. Queen Elizabeth II held a large cascading bridal bouquet which was designed with white flowers. The royal bride stayed with the family tradition by including grown myrtle into her bouquet, as well as adding British grown orchids called Cattleyas, Odontoglossums and Cypripediums. Queen Elizabeth II misplaced her bridal bouquet after the ceremony but before the wedding photos. The bride and groom instead had portraits taken after the wedding with a replica bouquet.
Princess Diana 1981
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took place on the 29th July 1981. The nation watched as the royals wed on the joyous summer day. Lady Diana held a large cascading shower bouquet which incorporated flowers that had a significant meaning to the royal couple. The flower bouquet included white Gardenias, stephanotis, scented freesias, lily of the valley, Odontoglossum (British grown Orchids) which were included the Queen Elizabeth II bouquet, Hedera, Tradescantia, home-grown Myrtle, veronica and the yellow Earl of Mountbatten roses which were to pay tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten.
Three bridal bouquets were made for the occasion, the first was for the rehearsals the day before, the second bouquet was held during the ceremony and the third bouquet was held for photographs after the wedding service. Each bridal bouquet weighed just under half a stone (6.6 pounds).
Duchess of Cambridge – Catherine Middleton 2011
The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place on the 29th April 2011. The royal couple were watched by the world as they wed on the glorious sunny day. Catherine Middleton’s bouquet was expected to set the style for modern brides, just like the Royal brides flowers had done before her. Though the bride’s bouquet reflected her modern style, it incorporated some traditional elements of Royal bridal bouquets. The Duchess of Cambridge opted for classical English flowers which were designed into an elegant posy design. The royal couple wanted flowers which had a significant meaning to them and their families. The classic white bouquet was in-keeping with royal traditions as it included sprigs of myrtle, lily of the valley, sweet william, gallantry and scented hyacinths.
Royal Flowers & Today’s Society
Flower fashion has transformed tremendously within the wedding industry, from the traditional herb and plants bridal bouquets to the addition of fresh flowers (pioneered by Queen Victoria). The bridal bouquet has always remained an important accessory to a bride’s special day.
Fliography (language of flowers) was used significantly during the 18th and 19th century in deciding certain wedding flowers, each flower has a hidden meaning which would be incorporated into the bouquet.
The Royal family have played a huge part in the fashion of flowers in the United Kingdom. UK brides incorporate the royal flowers into their bridal designs in the hope of feeling like a queen for a day. The royal family’s tradition of myrtle has played a significant part in royal bouquets in the last 170 years, even the duchess of Cambridge included the flowers within her classic bridal bouquet.
White wedding flowers have always been the most popular for weddings, even in modern times; white wedding flowers prove to be a classic colour that adds a level of elegance, class and sophistication to a bridal bouquet.