We have noticed a growing trend in the industry, and that is that the beauty of a bouquet doesn’t just stop at the flowers but is also found in the details; in the little things. One of these trends are the varying types of treatments that can be done to wedding bouquet handles. The norm for years was to tie a simple ribbon around the handle with several pins inserted in a vertical line to hold the ribbon in place. Many times, these pins mimicked the button treatments on the back of many wedding gowns. Now, it seems that brides are opting for a more dramatic look. Something that really stands out when in hand, and when placed strategically on the head table.
Inspiration for these handles can be found all around you! They can be pulled from your relationship and activities you love to do together; they can be pulled from your wedding theme. Although the possibilities are endless, here are some ideas we came up with.
In this sample, I created a treatment that tied the peacock feather from the bouquet itself into the handle by adding appliqué’s of feathers. This would definitely be a treatment that is designed to tie into a wedding theme.
What you may have already seen a lot of, is the buckle treatment. This is an extremely popular trend. A great way to bring in a pop to this treatment is by adding different tones of the same colour to the handle. In this example, I have a great taffeta as the base covered with a lighter shade of grey ribbon holding the buckle in place.
These bouquets are great for the brides looking for the garden or natural weddings. Burlap was a major trend in 2011, which we see spilling into our 2012 weddings. The yellow bouquet is brought ‘down to earth’ with a moss handle. The moss is held into place with a great “apple green” alumnimum wire by Smithers Oasis. Check out their website for a great selection of colours to match your wedding theme and talk to your florist about incorporating them into your wedding florals. For a really natural look, an aspidistra leaf wrapped around your bouquet is a simple and inexpensive way to dress it up.
Many articles this year have said that the trend for 2012 is bling. With many of the weddings we have booked, this is ringing true! This sample is a great way to bling up a bouquet without necessarily using diamonds. This beaded wire is another product by Smithers Oasis; make sure to discuss the possibilities of this product with your florist. As it comes in a variety of colours, it can easily be matched to a great fabric, such as this grey taffeta to create a textured look.
For those on a tight floral budget, a unique handle treatment is a great way to dress up a simple yet stunning bouquet. Take the red rose bouquet shown above as an example. This treatment was designed with the fashion crazed bride in mind! The girl who is obsessed with Betsey Johnson. Why not build that trademark zipper into the handle of your bouquet? Uniqueness is not limited to the bride with a big budget…anyone with a creative mind (or who’s hired a florist with a creative mind), can have a touch of flair to their bouquets.
When thinking about what kind of treatment you would like to tie around your bouquet; be creative. Everyone has different tastes as to what they expect or want from their flowers. Be creative and try to come up with ideas of how you can incorporate your wedding theme, or your life interests and family memories into the handles of your bouquets.
- Jennifer* of Akiko Floral Artistry Inc.
Photography: Capture It! Photography
Flowers & Fascinators: Akiko Floral Artistry Inc.
* Jennifer shares a floral themed post once per month