Brides are seeking out a rustic look for their wedding flowers - and bouquets, buttonholes, table centres and floral displays all work well with this natural style!As florists, we are often asked to create arrangements with a casual, ‘just-picked’ style for wedding flowers and event space decor. If you want to go boho, our advice is to be quite flexible on flower varieties for your big day. Start by finding out which flowers will be in season around the date of your wedding before making any decisions. It’s a good idea to involve your florist early, so we can advise you from the outset.
Autumn is probably peak season for the boho style, simply due to the flowers, berries, seed heads and berried foliage around at this time of year, as they lend themselves perfectly to an informal look. The colours in Autumn are also very muted and romantic - but if rustic is what you are looking for at another time of the year, don’t worry - an ‘unstyled’ look can be achieved anytime.
Remember, too, that achieving the look doesn’t stop at your choice of flowers; neutral ribbon, lace, jute string or cotton can be used to bind bouquets and to finish accessories such as glass jars or old milk bottles used as vases on the tables at dinner. It’s all about using natural colours and materials, adding to the relaxed look and feel for this type of wedding.
It’s always good to search online for inspiration before choosing the theme for your wedding flowers. Sites like Pinterest can be invaluable for brides-to-be who are looking for ideas. The next stop is to find a talented florist who can realise your vision - and we can help!
Your guide to choosing flowers for a rustic wedding
If you want to create a rustic look for your wedding flowers, the main advice is to choose flora that is in season. You’ll be reflecting what is naturally available and this will feel right and work best with the weather and backdrop for your photos.
Autumn wedding flowers
Flowers in natural, muted colours, such as creams, oranges and pinks are abundant in Autumn and these work beautifully with fleshy berries, scabious seed heads, corn and the season’s (sometimes berried) foliage.
Winter wedding flowers
In Winter, the colour palette is based on the simple beauty of white and red flowers. Often, flower arrangements are accessorised by glitter and sparkles which represent the frost and snow. If you want rustic Winter flowers, choose from roses; spray roses; lisianthus; freesia; nerines and tulips. Your table centres might include amaryllis and hyacinths - popular flowers of the season.
Spring wedding flowers
Spring’s colour palette is broader because the warmer temperatures bring brighter flowers in shades of yellow, blue and cream. Highly scented narcissi is popular with Spring brides, as are grape hyacinths and tulips.
Summer wedding flowers
Bright colours, including blues, pinks, purples, orange and whites are available in Summer. Along with the wealth of vivid colours options comes a wider choice in terms of the flower species you can choose from, including wildflowers; roses; peonies; delphiniums; snapdragons; scabious flowers; and scented stocks.