A bouquet of choices: Bright or blush, structured or not, selections are as varied as the brides

Whether they’ve been thinking about their weddings since childhood or decided two days before to wed in a drive-through chapel, brides are choosing bouquets that are as individual as they are.

While trends and seasonal considerations can influence their decisions, selections still vary widely.

Color choices tend to be seasonal, said Haben Asghedom, director of wedding chapels at Bellagio. Pastel hues such as pinks, whites, ivory and lavender are popular in spring, while “rich and romantic” colors such as deep reds, purples and oranges frequently are chosen for fall.

Even so, deeper tints are in demand right now at Miss Daisy, a flower shop on Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas, said manager Erin Hancock.

“We definitely do some classic color palettes, but we like to go for a more vibrant look — rich, saturated colors such as pinks, oranges and fuchsia,” she said. They also design bouquets using “some peaches as well as coral, the Pantone color of the year.”

“We can expect to see Living Coral used in many weddings, especially in the summer and fall,” said Hector Rubio, director of catering and conference service for the Four Seasons. But for traditionalists, he sees a slight shift. “Nude-colored blooms will continue trending in 2019 over the traditional bouquet with white blooms.”

English Garden Florist sales manager Teryl Soren said customers of the Maryland Parkway florist currently are more inclined toward lighter tones. “Everybody and their mother right now wants pastel, the muted blush tones, ivories, whites.”

Gaia Flowers manager Gary Griffiths agreed with that assessment. “Most don’t do real bright,” he said of the Charleston Boulevard shop’s customers. “They’ll pick an accent color and stick with the accent color and white or cream.”

But some bouquets bridge the pale vs. vibrant color divide.

“I’m seeing a lot of requests for the ombre effect,” said Christina Lee, manager of Tiger Lily Floral, which has several valley locations. “Starting out in brighter tones and fading off into more pale hues — and even into white. There’s a lot of copper right now … kind of more brassy colors, more requests for a rose-gold hue.”

Even brides who select more traditionally colored bouquets are going with less-traditional, unstructured arrangements.

“You have a lot of very garden-style bouquets,” said Michelle Howard, owner of Flora Couture on Western Avenue in Las Vegas. “As much as Boho was really in last year, it’s still that garden-lush look right now. Bouquets tend to be on the large side because so many of them incorporate a lot of greenery.”

“Lately, they’re shooting for the big, dramatic things,” Griffiths said. “They’re doing a lot larger than they used to.”

“People are experimenting in doing more greenery,” Lee said. “All greenery, in some cases. Loose bouquets still seem to be the go-to. Cascades, too, have come back in style.”

Brides’ flower choices also are influenced by trends and celebrities.

“Everybody wants what Martha Stewart made expensive, so the garden roses and peonies are popular,” Griffiths said. “Ranunculas, freesia — more of the garden look.”

Asghedom said he sees more freesia, Dusty Miller and seeded eucalyptus in the spring, and more dahlias, anemones and peonies in the fall.

“We are getting lots of requests for spring-type flowers, incorporating tropicals,” Lee said. “A traditional bouquet and then adding anthurium or other tropicals.”

“Traditonal whites with heavy accents of exotic flowers mixed in, such as protea, anthurium and even heliconia blooms,” also are in demand, Howard said.

“Another thing we’re seeing is a lot of wild-looking bouquets with a king protea,” Hancock said, to achieve a desert or garden look.

“We do a lot with the succulents and mixed seasonal flowers,” and then leave the roots on them so they can be pulled out and planted later, Griffiths said.

It all depends on what’s most meaningful to the bride. Soren remembered one bride who used the base of a light saber to support her bouquet, and one who used a Freda Kahlo necklace for inspiration.

“It’s awesome when brides have that much confidence to do something like that,” she said. “I think when I get married, I will have all-white. I applaud people who have the courage to go for color.