Royal Wedding Bouquet-Beautiful Blooms Events Interpretation

By Donna on May 11, 2011 | 6 Comments

It should be no surprise that here at Beautiful Blooms Events we are major wedding junkies!   Being that, we felt absolutely compelled to devour every single last bit of Royal wedding coverage from the weeks prior to the day itself.  And to be truthful, once it was finished and we changed out of our pajamas and went to work, we felt a little sad that it was all over.   Which is when we got the bright idea to recreate Kate’s stunningly intricate cascade bouquet!  We wanted to know what was in it, how it was made and how much one of our brides might have to pay to hold it on her wedding day.  We put our very own, amazingly talented Design and Studio Director Bill Schaffer and our talented team of designers to work on the project and here is what we came up with.

Kate’s bouquet was composed of blooms native to the U.K. selected for their significance according to the Language of Flowers.  The main component, Lily of the valley indicates a return to happiness and Sweet William, a nod to her beloved means Gallantry.  There were also hand-wired Hyacinth blooms (consistency of love), Ivy leaves (Fidelity), and Myrtle (the emblem of marriage; love.)  Some of the Myrtle used was actually cut from the same plant that was used Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet in 1947!  The other amazing thing about her bouquet is that it was incredibly and completely hand-wired. For those of you that aren’t florists, that means the designer took each individual stem, or flower or floret, taped it to a piece of wire and then formed her handle from the covered wires.  Certainly well over 200 wires!

For our re-creation we decided to use the very same blooms but to work in a bridal bouquet holder instead of hand-wiring all the blooms.  The significance here is that the holder, topped with wet floral foam, allows the flowers to draw water throughout the day’s events. By using a bouquet holder we dramatically lengthen the life expectancy of the bouquet.  It’s quite possible that Kate could have had two or three duplicates made to switch out throughout the day if hers became wilted.  At a retail price of $1,250 each though, we commoners thought one bouquet would be enough!

As an option, Beautiful Blooms Events can certainly create the bouquet similar (no access to Queen Victoria’s myrtle plan) to the original by hand wiring all of the flowers and florets but the cost would come in even higher than $1,250 because of all of the intensive labor. With us creating the bouquet with only some hand wiring we are able to offer our clients a less expensive option. Either way our amazing design team can create one beautiful bouquet!

Photographer: Marie Labbancz
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  1. Alice Waterous AIFD, CF,CFD,PFCI May 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Enjoyed your recreation of the Royal Bouquet and analysis.
    One note: Queen Victoria died in 1901, so believe you may have meant her wedding was in 1847, rather than 1947.
    Darn historic details!
    Beautiful job!

    • Donna May 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Alice,

      Thanks for catching that typo!


    • Silvia June 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Beautiful version of the lovely bouquet! A great job.

  2. Vicki May 17, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Stunning… makes me want to go strip my mothers “Lily of the Valley” patch and start wiring:)Too bad I’m just a commoner!

  3. Silvia June 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    What a great bouquet! Great Job.

  4. Dana - Bellevue flowers August 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Looks great! I’m a little surprised she went with something so simple, but I guess that speaks for her elegance.

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