Royal Wedding Bouquet

May 2, 2011

Did you get up early to watch the Royal Wedding on Friday, April 29?  I sure did, I was up at 4:20am, I know I’m crazy!!!  I had to see Kate’s flowers and dress for myself, as a floral designer it is essential I know all the details about the wedding, especially Kate’s bouquet and the dress she wore.  My reasoning is Prince William and Kate’s wedding will affect the trends in the industry for years to come and I’m just trying to keep myself well informed!

As for the wedding, I have to say it was along the lines of what I was expecting, simple and classic, without to much royal fluff.  Every part of their day was a perfect represented both Price William and Kate, from the venue to the flowers right down to the dresses.  And speaking of dresses was Kate not stunning in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress?  And her flowers were exquisite, absolutely perfect.  I fell in love with her bouquet the minute I saw it, simple and so elegant.  It was a delight to see a Royal carrying a small, natural bouquet.

(image: Getty Images via

London based floral designer, Shane Connolly, was the mastermind behind all the gorgeous flowers.  He was chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton due to his creative approach on using flowers and plants that are in season, locally found and organic.  I appreciate his sustainable approach to floristry and think they made and excellent choice.

Here a few of the floral arrangers working for Shane Connolly discuss the preparations of the flowers for the Royal Wedding.

All the flowers the couple selected for the wedding were chosen with reference to the “language of flowers”, a floral code made popular by Queen Victoria.  Kate also kept with the Royal tradition of having sprigs of Myrtle from the Myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 at Osborne House, Isle of Wight.  This tradition was started in 1858 when Princess Victoria used it in her wedding bouquet.

The simple yet elegant, shield-shaped wire bouquet created by Shane Connolly consisted of the following flowers, included are the “language of flowers” meaning of each flower used:

  • Lily-of-the-Valley – “trustworthy”
  • Hyacinth – “constancy of love”
  • Myrtle – “hope and love”
  • Ivy – “fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection”
  • Sweet William – “gallantry”
(image: Ian West/AFP/Getty Images via The Telegraph)

One of the things I love most about the Royal Wedding flowers is what can be replanted will be and what cannot be will be donated to charities.   For the time being the flowers will be on display in Westminster Abbey for the following week.  If you are in London go see!!!

What did you think of the wedding??  Did it appeal to the little princess inside you?  The little princess in me enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing the changes it will bring to the wedding industry.

  • Dorina

    I loved her dress as well…flowers were perfect…my favorite varieties …can you imagine the fragrance holding the bouquet…I only wished that it was just a touch bigger …all wired! bouquet…and the handle just fitted in her hand. That day I was so glad I thought all of you the technique of wired bouquet…something that is not practiced and used too often in the floral design here in N.A….but it might now. Tried to count the blooms….probably more than 100 Lily of the valley…I am sure they were wired in small clusters not individually…still labor intense…but labor of great love and respect. Let’s all try one when our plants are in bloom…have “tons” in my garden…Tina, you can come and get some. [when the time comes…with this weather it might be end of June].
    Great work on your blog!

  • i loved the bouquet. it was stunning yet simple. It will certainly create a trend towards lily-of-the-valley…..which, as a Canadian florist frightens me a bit (our growing season of this little beauty is so short). Last week my shop called a floral supplier to get a price on lily-of-the-valley for a customer who wanted to recreate her mother’s wedding bouquet for her 50th anniversary….only to discover it was $100 wholesale for one bunch (Holland import)!!! YIKES!!! It’s situations like this where you suggest a top quality silk instead – worked in with other fowers…who will know??

  • @Dorina Thank you! I love the idea of recreating her bouquet! Lets do it!

    @Deb $300!!! Yikes! Silk Lily-of-the-valley is a great idea, I have seen some really nice looking silk/plastic look-a-likes.