Crowning Glory - the floral kind.

The realisation that flower crowns have become mainstream occured one Saturday afternoon in Oxford in a record store whilst flicking through some vinyl (as you do), when a woman squeezed past me wearing one. Four o'clock in the afternoon in the middle of the Cowley Road - jeans, trainers and that lovely faux crown. I realise in hindsight this blog may be a little over due!

In case you didn’t know, flower crowns are very much “a la mode." Whether you want to look like you’ve stepped out of a midsummer’s night dream or look like a bohemian queen, never has it been more in vogue to wear one.

Coronet, garland, wreath or flower crown call it what you will, these beautiful creations are having something of a revival - a moment of bohemian glory you might say.

Let’s consider the practicalities shall we? Here are a few cautionary and practical notes for any bride considering embracing the romantic vision of the flower crown on her wedding day 

I should stress I'm not wanting to talk you out of wearing one, on the contrary; I absolutely love them, I wore one myself when I got married and can concur they are utterly gorgeous. Naturally it goes without saying I get to try on all those I make in the privicy of my studio when no one else is looking (!) which brings me nicely onto my first point that one size does not fit all.

It may not be obvious but I have a smaller than average head. This means that larger flower crowns look frankly ridiculous on me! Choose carefully and decide if your head can actually take a larger styled flower crown; I’d suggest if you are in any doubt that you ask your florist to make up a sample, not necessarily using the luxurious blooms you may want on your wedding day but with something which gives an idea of what size crown would suit you, in proportion to your head and face.

Here at The White Horse Flower Company I've made a faux flower crown, so that I might spare my brides' the possible disappointment of finding out on the actual day that the floppy, wispy, flower laden creation she pointed out to me on Pinterest was not, after all, for her. There can be nothing more disappointing than having to remove your crowning glory half way through the day because it felt unwieldy and impractical (not that anything impractical should necessarily be considered as negative on a wedding day), but you will want to glide around gracefully, embracing, imparting the odd peck on the cheek and quite possibly end your day by dancing the night away, so consider these factors carefully.

Anecdotes of the unexpected size and weight of a full and blooming flower crown abound; this may be due to an enthusiastic florist using too many large blooms, quenching a desire to make something worthy of a magazine shoot. However a fashion shoot does not involve the practicality of gliding graciously around all day in the heat of mid summer, so be sure to ponder this important aspect before you order your crown.

Variety is indeed the spice of life yet some of the beautiful floral creations I've seen can only, I assume, have been made for photoshoots, assembled and placed immediately onto the waiting model's head where she immediately strikes a pose for the money shot.

Flowers wilt, and when they do they look dreadful so choose varieties which will last throughout the day. Alternatively consider incorporating more foliage into the design. Sweet peas, blossoms and lilac are all blooms which really should be avoided at all cost in a flower crown as they last for such a short period of time before wilting and looking very sorry for themeselves (sorry and dreadful are not words I like to use as a florist).

I have a natural inclination for simple and uncomplicated details when it comes to flowers. The flowers you wear or indeed carry, form part of what I call the “bridal ensemble” this is essentially the bride in her exquisite dress with pretty flowers. Her flowers should not be the primary attention grabbing focus obscuring the beautiful bride in her fantabulous dress, it is all about proportion: 1st bride, 2nd dress, 3rd flowers in my rule book (the groom comes in fourth in case you were wondering) although I jest here I am primarily, referring to the vision that is the bride as she enters the room and makes her way down the aisle to marry her man! 

Simplified hair flowers can work perfectly well whilst not obscuring an intricate hairstyle. I like to use gypsophilia as it gives body whilst remaining lightweight, add in a few little spray roses and it is both delicate and balances the requirement for flowers without overpowering. One of my brides this year had originally planned to wear a full flower-filled crown but we have since amended this when she discovered at her hair trial, her hairstyle was completely obscured by the crown of flowers.

It is also worth considering flowers individually wired as they too look utterly gorgeous; small single flower heads, do not overpower but link the bouquet to the hair details looking both pretty and delicate. Even one large single bloom pinned into the hair may be all that is required.

So there you have it, plenty of  food for thought when considering wearing an achingly fashionable flower crown, big, beautiful, small and exquisite, choose one that suits you. Alternatively why not get them out of your system at your hen do, perhaps make your own over cocktails, fake or faux with your girlfriends and you can all be flower fairies toegther (I hear they're very fashionable in Oxford). 

With the exception of the model in the first photo who happens to be wearing a WHFCo "full" flower crown, these are all real brides that I have had the privilege of creating flowers for - as you see one size does not fit all (so choose wisely).

Photo Credit: Benjamin Stuart Photography, Studio Rouge & Jade Lisa Photography