British Royal Wedding - What Flowers Did Kate Middleton Carry in her Bridal Bouquet?

by Kathryn

Well it finally happened, the day we have all been waiting for, the British Royal Wedding of Catherine Middleton to her Prince - William of Wales. The build up to the reveal of the dress was intense and there was so much speculation about the designer, the style and the cut. Kate didn't disapoint her public, she was truly stunning in a classic bridal gown with lace sleeves and a plunging V-neck line, emphasising her slender figure. She indulged traditionalists with a long train to her gown, carried by her bridesmaid and sister Pippa Middleton.

As for the bridal bouquet, the biggest suprise of all was the understated elegance. I don't know why it was such a surprise, we have come to expect nothing but the most tasteful of touches from the future queen but somehow for a Royal wedding, one expects something more extravagent! The lily of the valley and myrtle creation was delicate, fresh and intricate. Kate insisted on seasonal, British grown flowers and really stuck to royal tradition in her floral choices.

She followed Queen Victoria's passion for the language of flowers, choosing the blooms for her own bouquet as well as those that adorned Westminster Abbey according to the message they carried to her love.

In contrast to Diana's heavy and ornate bridal bouquet, Kate's lily of the valley wired posy looked so light that she carried it with ease - quite important when you are under the pressure of having your marriage ceremony broadcast live on TV to every country in the world!

Rumours that Kate was to wear flowers in her hair proved untrue and instead she stuck to Royal tradition and wore a tiara, a gift from the Queen for her marriage to the Queen's grandson and originally owned by the Queen Mother. The flower girls looked adorable in their floral hair wreaths however and I think this is a trend that will be sure to make a come back in the coming wedding season.

So will you follow Kate's lead and use lily of the valley in your bridal bouquet? It requires a skillful florist to work with the delicate blooms and keep them in peak condition for the ceremony and it can be difficult to source these flowers outside a narrow window of seasonality but if you do manage to find a florist who can conjure up a bouquet fit for a princess, you can be sure you will walk down the aisle in the very latest of wedding floral trends.

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The Language of Flowers

You can use the 'language of flowers' to give a special meaning to your bouquet

Here are some of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings...

  • Allium - good fortune
  • Aster - beginnings
  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - calm
  • Gardenia - grace
  • Gypsophilia - everlasting love
  • Heather - passion
  • Lily - virtue
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Red rose - passionate love
  • Tulip - hopeless love
  • White rose - purity 

  • Hints and tips

    For a bit of fun for the girls at your wedding, why not tie this cute poem to your bouquet before you throw it?"Congratulations Missy! You pushed your way up front. You caught the bride's bouquet. Good luck with your groom hunt!"