Bridal Bouquet … in a Clutchby J. Robbin Yelverton on July 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm
A true clutch is an elongated bouquet that is carried on the arm, like you would an infant, or carried to the side clutched in the hand with the tip of the bouquet downward. Its name “clutch” implies that it is a gathering of casually arranged stems clutched or bound together with ribbon, twine or some other binding material.
However, in the world of Pinterest, and other social media platforms, the term “clutch bouquet” is being used to describe everything from a true clutch to what is more accurately called a nosegay or round hand-tied bouquet. These definitions are incorrect and could lead to a disappointed bride on her big day. On the other hand, the clutch bouquet can also, at times, be called a presentation, pageant, or arm bouquet.
The clutch bouquet is a casual, informal yet graceful bouquet that typically has a lot of movement as the materials are not tightly controlled. It is perfect for an afternoon ceremony, an outdoor garden setting or an intimate gathering of a friends and family.
To create the “cascade” or the longest line in the bouquet, your wedding florist might recommend delphinium, larkspur, or calla — or even linear foliage such as lily grass, long stems of plumosa fern or Italian ruscus. Additional florals and foliage builds layers, gradually decreasing the length of the stems, creating a tapered look. A prominent flower is added close to the binding point to create a more defined focal area. Accent flowers and foliage increase the bulk of the bouquet. A bow and ribbon streamers add casual beauty to the design.
The clutch bouquet shown began with an armature of curly willow and a cluster of lily and bear grass. Eucalyptus, hanging amaranthus, larkspur and ruscus are added, creating the main structure of the bouquet. Sweet peas, hyacinth, green viburnum, and roses create the body of the bouquet. Additional accent materials add volume and interest. A couple of aspidistra leaves and a fatsia leaf add a bold note to the mix. Finally, the clutch of the bouquet is finished off with a binding of sheer peach ribbon. Voila! The bouquet can be carried in the arm as the bride walks down the aisle to the altar and then carried gracefully to the side as the couple recesses.
Remember, when talking with your professional florist, use the correct terms when describing your bouquet wishes, or at least have pictures so that you are both talking about the same style bouquet. You never want to have a miscommunication on your wedding day and be clutching the wrong bouquet. So whether you choose to call it a clutch, pageant, arm or presentation bouquet, it will be beautiful.