From ceremony arches to centerpieces, there’s one element of wedding design that’s proven it’s in it for the long haul: flowers. No matter the style, season, or shade, blooms are always ready to show up and do their part when it comes to making a statement.
What Is a Hoop Bouquet?
A hoop bouquet is made when a circular wood or metal base is decorated with flowers and greenery. It is a unique alternative to a traditional wedding bouquet.
The latest trend in wedding-day florals is a non-traditional take on the wedding bouquet known as a hoop bouquet. Versatile, lightweight, and easy to hold, hoops made out of wood or metal are loaded with stems of greenery and florals for a unique alternative to the tried-and-true bouquet for brides and bridesmaids alike.
Using real—or even faux—flowers, florists are designing exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces that make for the perfect accessory. Considering a beachside soirée? A palm frond-focused hoop can accompany your 'maids down the aisle, and then be repurposed as part of a reception floral installation. Tip: Get together with your bridesmaids and assemble your own hoops individually during a bridal brunch the day before the wedding.
For hoop bouquet inspiration for every wedding style and venue, check out our editor-selected favorites below.
Include Elegant Blooms
The hoops from this beautiful Berkshires wedding are teeming with pink and white florals, making them feel lush and romantic. For a modern twist, the brass of the hoops makes the design clean and crisp, yet still luxuriant.
Accent With Greenery
No matter the size of the hoop, using a mixture of small and large blooms adds a layer of intrigue to a bouquet. With greenery and foliage as filler, larger statement blooms, like the peonies and ranunculus in this bouquet, will pop and stand out amongst the rest!
Try Something Triangular
Perfect for a modern fête, these triangular bouquets change the game when it comes to unexpected florals. The combination of the leather cording with fresh florals make a bold statement and are an inventive way to bring an extra touch of geometric flair to the big day.
Make a Musical Note
Planning for a bohemian-inspired wedding? You’ll definitely be sending out music festival vibes with a tambourine for a hoop bouquet. The unexpected touch of an instrument means this idea does double duty as décor and entertainment.
Create Some Drama
Since hoop bouquets are left open in the middle, your bridesmaid dresses are more important than ever. For inspiration, look to these dramatic, jewel-toned gowns, which are accented perfectly with lush, autumnal hewed hoops. While the dresses vary in color and style, the layered florals (of garden roses, sugarbushes, and smilax) create a cohesive look for the bride and her best girls.
Take On a DIY Project
When in doubt, consider making your own hoop bouquet. This bride did just that, taking inspiration from a wreath-making class to make stunning bouquets of baby's breath for each of her 'maids.
Skip the Flowers
You can never go wrong with greenery! Keep it simple and sweet with a hoop made of any number of greenery options, from fern leaves to eucalyptus or even olive branches.
Look to Wreaths for Inspiration
Inspired by harvest romance, this hoop bouquet creates a show-stopping moment for a boho, rustic, or even farm wedding style. Not to mention: Revel Petals use of various dried florals in combination with the delicate silk ribbon bring attention to the warmth and texture of this one-of-a-kind bouquet.
Put a Spin on Tradition
Looking for a modern take on a traditional flower girl basket? Consider a hoop bouquet! If you have more than one little lady making a trip down the aisle, use hoops of varying sizes to mix it up and really make a statement.
Make a Statement
We’re a fan of oversized arrangements no matter how they come. Here, a cascading train adds a dynamic, asymmetrical look to this stunning hoop design.
Keep It Neutral
Simple green-and-white blooms always feel elevated and intentional. But, when used in a hoop bouquet, they also bring a dose of simplicity to an otherwise unconventional look.
Be Wild and Free
Don’t rule out wildflowers! The floral hoops for this boho wedding in the woods, while boasting the same types of flowers throughout each, feel fresh and natural enough to lead you to believe they were picked from the venue’s surroundings.
Keep to a Palette
Choose a timeless color palette of whites, greens, and champagnes for a classic take on something non-traditional. They'll look stunning no matter your wedding style or color palette.
Make It Eco-Friendly
We're all about an eco-friendly idea—especially when it's this beautiful! At this zero-waste wedding in Colorado, the bride wanted the florals to have a life after the event, so she asked Kim Zimmerman of Rowdy Poppy to dream up hoop bouquets of ruscus, strawflower, lunaria, and scabiosa. These stunning designs, which were dried after the wedding, now act as décor in her 'maids' homes.
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