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Blooms by numbers

Blooms by numbers


Written by Katie Byrne


Author Annabel Beeforth reveals the floral trends over the decades with her petal timeline

 

Early 1900s

Headpieces made from wax orange blossom were hugely popular.

1920s

Huge shower bouquets filled with white flowers – from orchids and lilies to orange blossom, gardenias, jasmine and myrtle were in-demand.

1930s

Small posies with the stem wrapped in ribbon or fabric and studded with pearls or beads were popular. The ‘nosegay’ trend, a more rounded bouquet with flowers packed tightly with lots of greenery, also emerged around this time.

1940s

Small, eclectic bouquets of mixed seasonal flowers were in fashion. Large bouquets were often considered frivolous in the post-war era. Some brides even opted for a simple wrist corsage.

1960s

Reflective of the hippy movement, daisies became popular and were seen in lace motifs on wedding dresses and other elements. Tight posies of daisies, sunflowers, echinacea and gerberas were also common.

1970s

Brides started choosing more elaborate and pretty floral headpieces.

Images taken from Annabel’s book, Style Me Vintage: Weddings, available to buy here (£14.99, Pavilion Publishing).


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