British Royal Wedding

If we look to a British Royal wedding of the past, we can gain some clues and begin to guess what flowers Kate Middleton will carry in her wedding bouquet. She could be particularly influenced by her future Mother in Law, Camilla Parker Bowles.

Of course, we cannot forget Princess Diana, Prince Williams Mother, who carried a white roses and stephanotis bouquet on her wedding day.

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Camilla Parker Bowles

Most recently, Camilla Parker Bowles wed Prince Charles. Williams father. As this was a second marriage for both of them it was kept low key and Camilla wore a silver silk wedding gown, teamed with a stunning hat created by milliner Philip Treacy. Her bouquet consisted of yellow, purple and white primroses with traditional lily of the valley flowers and myrtle foliage. Like many Royal weddings, her bouquet contained flowers mostly taken from Queen Victorias garden on the Isle of Wight.(see photo above)

Princess Diana

The fairytale wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981, took place at St Pauls cathedral.

Her bouquet was designed by Longmans Ltd. of London. It contained several varieties of flowers and would have been very heavy to carry. One of the most special flowers in her bouquet was a pale yellow rose called the gold medallion rose. Her bouquet was an Edwardian style shower bouquet and these half open, butter colored blooms formed the focal points.
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This rose was referred to on the occasion of their marriage as the Mountbatten rose. This was as a mark of respect to Lord Louie Mountbatten, close friend of Prince Charles and the Royal family. He had been assassinated shortly before the Royal wedding.

Stephanotis bouquet

The bouquet also contained a large amount of Stephanotis. A stephanotis bouquet is very versatile but requires great skill on the part of the wedding florist. These fragile blooms often need to be wired onto manufactured stems in an imitation of the way they grow on the vine.

David Longman also designed all the white floral arrangements that graced St Pauls cathedral for the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

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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

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    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!"

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