There is so much planning that goes into a wedding that it feels like every detail needs to be perfect. We've all had an idea of what we want our wedding day to look like from the time we were really young. By the time we get engaged, those ideas had likely blossomed and searching for the dream wedding -- and nailing all those small but important details becomes essential. Now, just imagine if the wedding wasn't just an event that a hundred or so of the closest friends of the bride and groom got to be a part of. Imagine the pressure that would build up to have all those details nailed down to perfection if the couple knew the whole world was watching.
Sounds stressful, right?
Well, for most of us that is a pressure we don't feel but for some brides and grooms, that's a reality. Marrying into or already being a part of a royal family comes with that pressure. Becoming a real-life prince or princess is something most of us just imagine as little kids, but it's a reality for a select group of people. Planning a wedding for that occasion sounds like it would be a logistical headache -- and every detail is just that much more important.
We all know that the wedding gown is an important piece of the puzzle for weddings. Finding the perfect one isn't easy, and everyone has a say on what was ultimately chosen. With every royal wedding dress comes a bouquet, and it has the task of complementing the gown and should be able to make a statement of its own.
There are a million and one options when it comes to the wedding bouquet, but these 21 royal weddings had a bouquet that stood out from the rest.
Queen Elizabeth's 1947 nuptials to Prince Philip were lavish, but like any other wedding, not everything went according to plan. The Queen's orchid-filled bouquet was misplaced right before the wedding. Despite being personally delivered to Buckingham Palace, the bouquet went missing sometime between the newlyweds' return to the palace and the wedding breakfast. Thus, the Queen was left empty-handed for her wedding photos.
The florist created a replica and the royal couple recreated some shots from their wedding later on, but since then, royal florists have learned from the mistake, always creating a replica bouquet just in case.
Grace Kelly's 1956 nuptials to Prince Rainier III of Monaco featured a bouquet as stunning as her iconic wedding dress. The Princess of Monaco carried a small bouquet made of lily of the valley and a small Bible for her walk down the aisle. The Bible was given to the bride as a gift and covered in silk faille from the MGM wardrobe department and featured a lace appliqué overlay, embellished with seed pearls.
Queen Elizabeth's sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, tied the knot with Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon in 1960. She carried a similar but smaller version of her sister's orchid bouquet from 1947.
Possibly one of the most iconic brides of the 20th century, Princess Diana and her 1981 wedding look has been the inspiration for countless bridal trends over the past few decades. Princess Diana's cascading bouquet was as grand as every other aspect of her nuptials. The floral arrangement was made up of gardenias, stephanotis, odontolglossum orchids, lily of the valley, earl mountbatten roses, freesia, veronica, ivy, trasdescantia, and—you guessed it—myrtle. The late Princess set the trend for an overflowing bouquet look for brides-to-be for many years to come.
Queen Rania of Jordan
When Queen Rania of Jordan married King Abdullah II in 1993, she opted for a bouquet made up of more fresh greenery than florals featuring notes of white and yellow to match her white and gold gown.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Princess Mette-Marit of Norway's 2001 wedding bouquet was anything but traditional. Not only did she forego the typical white blooms, but even the vine-like shape of her bouquet was out of the ordinary. The arrangement consisted of purple and pale blooms (called brudeloperen) and was designed by the bride herself, along with the help of floral director Aina Nyberget Kleppe of Oslo.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands carried a gorgeous teardrop cascade bouquet filled with white roses, gardenia, and lily of the valley during her wedding to King Willem-Alexander in 2002.
Queen Letizia of Spain
As journalist Letizia Ortiz married King Felipe of Spain, she carried a stunning cascade bouquet that consisted of white roses and other spring blooms at their 2004 wedding ceremony.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Crown Princess Mary married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004. The bride, a native of Tasmania, chose to carry an elegant cascade bouquet of antique roses, stephanotis, azaleas, and spirea. The bouquet also featured hints of eucalyptus, which was flown in from Australia to pay homage to her homeland.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden opted for a cascade bouquet for her 2010 wedding, which included lily of the valley, orchids, clematis, peonies, roses, and gardenias.
Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark
Tatiana Blatnik, later Princess Tatiana of Greece, walked down the aisle with her father carrying a posy of jasmine and lily of the valley when she married Prince Nikolaos of Greece on the island of Spetses in 2010.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Though Kate's bouquet was small, it fit perfectly with her elegant wedding day look. When the Duchess of Cambridge walked down the aisle in 2011, she carried a small, wired posy—designed by Shane Connolly—made of lily of the valley, sweet william, hyacinth, and myrtle. Following the ceremony, the bride left her bouquet in Westminster Abbey at The Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
At her 2011 wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock carried a chic teardrop bouquet designed by Giorgio Armani and assembled by the groom's gardeners. The arrangement featured hints of cream and white flowers, which looked flawless against her Armani wedding dress.
Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, tied the knot with rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh in 2011. Phillips carried a Biedermeier bouquet made up of calla lilies, hydrangeas, Senecio foliage, and thistles, which are Scotland's national flower.
Stéphanie, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
When Stéphanie de Lannoy married Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume in 2012, she walked down the aisle carrying a cascading bouquet of white orchids, created by Maison Lachaume. The bouquet perfectly complemented the ceremony's decor, consisting of nearly 3,000 blooms that filled Our Lady of Luxembourg cathedral.
Princess Sofia of Sweden
Princess Sofia of Sweden chose a unique bouquet for her wedding to Prince Carl Philip in 2015— a round cluster of colourful coral and cream garden roses. The Princess didn't forget tradition, though. Sprigs of myrtle were included in the arrangement, brought by Princess Margaret of Connaught. Swedish brides have also upheld the tradition of myrtle accents in their bouquets since 1935.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden
Princess Madeleine of Sweden opted for a classic, round bouquet of white garden roses for her 2013 wedding to Christopher Paul O'Neill. The arrangement consisted of a variety of flowers, including Austin roses, schneewittchen, Winchester Cathedral, alabaster, lily of the valley, and sprigs of myrtle.
Alessandra De Osma
On March 18, 2018, Alessandra de Osma married Prince Christian of Hanover in Lima, Peru. The bride carried a traditional bouquet of white, seasonal flowers, which paid homage to Princess Grace of Monaco's bridal look.
Meghan Markle's simple posy of white flowers was extra special. According to the palace, Prince Harry himself picked a handful of flowers from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bride's bouquet, which also contained scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, that traditional sprig of myrtle, and forget-me-nots—Princess Diana's favorite flowers. After meeting Prince Harry at the altar, she handed her bouquet off to a bridesmaid and it was later placed on The Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
Princess Eugenie's bouquet was a mixture of traditional elements with a pop of color to celebrate the season. Handcrafted by Rob Van Helden, it featured lily of the valley, trailing iris and ivy, blue thistles, and white spray roses, incorporating elements to match the emeralds in Princess Eugenie's tiara and playing on the seasonal colors of her fall wedding.
Princess Beatrice chose an arrangement filled with trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink o’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astilbe for her wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The bouquet even matched the floral archway constructed at the chapel door in honour of the big day. The princess also included sprigs of myrtle in her bouquet, a royal tradition that dates back to the 1858 wedding bouquet of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest daughter, also named Victoria.
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