Nov 13, 2012

A Traditional 1930's Brides Bouquet

A few months ago I came across this wonderful photograph of my dear grandma on her wedding day in 1938. I wanted to share it with you all to show how much brides bouquets have changed over the years.


The major difference in the bouquet is its size - approximately 7 times larger than the traditional shower bouquets of today (see pics below). The foliage trail reaches the floor and covers all of the lower part of her dress. The majority of the design is made up of asparagus fern and trailing leaves, along with approximately 20 white roses throughout the bouquet.


In the 1930's 'Great Depression' money was scarce and people had to use what was readily available to them. Unless they came from 'wealth' they would use locally grown flowers. The shower bouquet (or cascade bouquet as it was known) was considered to be the most formal brides bouquet of the time and it perfectly complemented the bias cut bridal gowns which were fashionable in this era. Until the 1950's white was the only colour seen in wedding flower arrangements and ribbons were often added to the bouquets to add interest and texture.


My lovely grandma was a dressmaker/designer and like myself she LOVED flowers, always having a vase of crysanths or carnations in the house. Her cousin too was a florist owning the flower shop on Oxford Road, Guiseley (and her daughter is still a florist!). So perhaps this is where this wonderful gift has been passed down the generations. As a child I would delight in walking into her Guiseley florist shop seeing all the beautiful flowers, with my head barley reaching the counter. My grandma didn't live to see my change in career from teaching to wedding floristry but I do know she would be really proud!



Photograph 2 courtesy of