Probably the most important flowers you will ever choose, your wedding bouquet will not only take centre stage on the big day but will be immortalised in your wedding photographs too. Choosing your wedding flowers is never a trivial matter, and with so many styles to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Our guide to the different types of bridal bouquets is the perfect place to start when considering what style will best complement your wedding dress.
When it comes to wedding florals, few things are as iconic as the bridal bouquet. It’s one of the aspects of a wedding brides love designing most—and many brides opt to press or dry their bouquet after their big day is over, ensuring they can hold onto those precious petals for years to come. But, with so many bridal bouquet styles to choose from, how do you know which best complements the overall aesthetic of your wedding? Not to fear, brides-to-be! Today, we’re breaking down the ins and outs of seven iconic bridal bouquet styles. Get ready to see the florals through the trees finally. Because committing to a spouse is one thing, but committing to the right set of stems? Now that can be scary.
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Different Types of Bouquets
There are many different types of bridal bouquets – from single stem bouquets with just one type of flower, to overflowing arrangements. With varying styles of a wedding growing in popularity over the years comes new trends in bridal bouquets; however, there are a few tried-and-true favourites that we see consistently. From classic round, bridal bouquets to stylish cascading arrangements, the choice you make will likely complement the formality of your celebration, as well as your wedding theme and wedding venue. Below, we’ve outlined seven of the most popular wedding bouquet styles and bouquet shapes. Which type of wedding bouquet speaks to you and your wedding style?
The basket bouquet is a popular choice for outdoor or garden weddings, partly because of its rustic charm, and partly because the flowers can be arranged in oasis inside the basket so they won’t wilt as quickly as with other styles of a bouquet. Basket bouquets are also popular for flower girls and young bridesmaids as they are easier to carry than hand-tied bouquets or nosegays.
Biedermeier bouquets are round and consist of a tight bunch of uniformly cut flowers wrapped by fabric or wire. However, Biedermeier arrangements align the flowers in concentric circles around each other, creating a striped effect on your bouquet.
This look should be used for a highly creative and artistic wedding, filled with excitement and eccentric arrangements. Use flowers like orchids, roses, dahlias and other texture-filled flowers to achieve this style.
The dramatic cascade bouquets for wedding ceremonies look like a “waterfall” of flowers that drapes down the front of the arrangement. Also known as presentation bouquets or pageant bouquets, these types of wedding flowers are a lovely choice! Groups of fresh greenery and various types of long-stemmed orchids or long-stemmed calla lilies look particularly pretty spilling out of a bouquet on your wedding day! This type of bridal bouquet makes a strong style statement, so make sure to keep your wedding dress and other accessories fairly simple.
Cascade bouquets are fantastic for very high-end, elegant weddings, as well as more inexpensive garden weddings that have a lovely range of blooms.
To make this type of wedding bouquet, use the hand-tied technique instead of using a holder unless you’re going super formal since a silver holder can look very elegant. Almost any flower can be used in this bouquet, but using bold flowers like garden roses or lilies can make this style modern and fun.
This gorgeous bouquet, also known as a glamelia, is composed of individual petals, which are arranged and secured to resemble a single large bloom. The highly stylised bouquet complements a bride who desires a bit of drama!
Composite bouquets require a certain level of innovation and thought to perfect. By using a series of buds, petals, and blooms, you can wire together an arrangement that looks like a single, giant flower made from smaller flowers.
Composite bouquets give off a very extravagant and sumptuous ambience; use them more for refined, luxurious weddings with a softer colour palette. These types of wedding flower bouquets are usually not for the DIY bride unless you are extensive flower experience.
Not all florist is experienced with the composite bouquet as well, so it can be challenging to find an experienced florist, and it may come with a large price tag. That being said, this bouquet is not for everyone, but if you like simple designs with a big impact and price doesn’t matter, this bouquet is for you!
In contemporary wedding bouquets, no particular form is mandatory. Flowers and greenery stick out at unexpected angles, creating a highly unique and complex arrangement. Tropicals work great with contemporary bouquets. Consider using exotic flowers like anthuriums, monstera and birds of paradise.
This very detailed and complex arrangement needs a detailed and complex wedding to fit into; use this type of bouquet if your wedding will be over-the-top with versatile, strange, and unconventional arrangements to show your abstract creativity.
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The crescent bouquet is a unique style that is shaped in a soft arch. The flowers are usually more compact in the centre, then extend out of each side into a more tapered shape. Think of a quarter moon shape. Depending on your style, it can be symmetrical or asymmetrical.
This bouquet is a great choice for brides that want something a little different. It can be used in modern, romantic or whimsical settings. To create your own crescent-shaped bouquet use greenery with a natural drape like cascading ivy or star asparagus. As for flowers, you can use hanging amaranthus, ranunculus and other wispy blooms.
Ideal for vintage weddings, tropical weddings or weddings around an Asian theme, fan bouquets are a really attractive floral arrangement. They can be of two types. Usually, fan bouquets refer to flowers arranged in an outward spreading style. However, sometimes the leaves and flowers are placed in a container that looks like two Japanese fans placed side-by-side. This gives a very striking shape, and it stands out as very different from traditional bridal bouquets.
Freer than other bouquet styles, hand-tied bouquets can include a wide assortment of flowers and greenery, and as their “hand-tied bouquets” name suggests, are secured simply using ribbon, fabric, or twine (other bouquet styles utilise wire to achieve a precise look). Hand-tied bouquets are a popular choice as they have a “fresh-picked flower” feel and are ideal for bohemian, rustic, or garden weddings.
Hand-tied bouquets provide a more relaxed form perfect for a rustic or boho wedding. This type of arrangement incorporates stems of different lengths as well as flowers and foliage in a variety of colours and textures to produce the seemingly effortless effect of a bouquet plucked straight from the garden.
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Highly traditional and popular, nosegay bouquets are round bouquets consisting of a tight bunch of flowers cut to uniform in length and style. The flowers are packed in very tightly, and tied by an accenting fabric wrap or wire.
Though similar to posy bouquets, nosegays place more emphasis on greenery rather than flowers – though popular flowers include roses, calla lilies, or orchids. The style works well as a bridesmaid bouquet, due to the small, compact size of the flower arrangement. They may also work well for older flower girls to hold instead of a basket – or pomander bouquet, as detailed next!
Generally, one focal flower or focal colour defines the bouquet. This is a very elegant and classic look; choose this bouquet for a chic and small indoor wedding that’s more focused on the romance and intimacy of the day.
Perfectly round spheres of flowers form the sweet pomander bouquet, a style that includes a ribbon handle at the top for carrying or displaying. We’ve seen them suspended from shepherd hooks along the aisle, and they are also well-suited for flower girls since these bouquets are easily held by little hands or in one hand!
Typically, a pomander bouquet will be enhanced with colourful jewels and gems. To achieve this bouquet style, use sturdy flowers, such as roses, carnations, sunflowers, and gerbera daisies. Let your imagination play when choosing flower and colour combinations.
A classic and popular choice for brides, posy bouquets are small enough to be held in the hands. They feature mostly flowers – as opposed to greenery and other foliage typically used in bridal bouquets for wedding events. These types of bouquets often feature a rounded shape and are wrapped with ribbon to create a timeless style. Consider tulips, roses, peonies, garden roses, or ranunculus flowers!
Posy bouquets are the go-to wedding bouquet for brides who prefer a minimalist look. They are also well suited for brides who are more inclined to wearing heavy jewellery and fancy accessories and thus, want a small and simple bouquet to avoid a gone-overboard-look. These floral arrangements are versatile in the sense that they can be used for decorating the venue as well. Hang the small posy bouquets around the aisle or let flower girls hold them as they announce the arrival of the bride.
The unique thing about posy bouquets is that they feature very little to no greenery. Round blooms such as peonies, gerbera daisies, roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and the likes are the perfect fit for this type of bridal bouquets.
Presentation bouquets are also called pageant bouquets. This style is traditionally used in competitions like Miss America, but they’ve become an exciting staple of wedding flower bouquets.
These bouquets can be either simple and chic for an elegant and crisp look, or elaborate and detailed for a lavish and regal look. Either way, this bouquet should fit easily into the crook of the bride’s arm so she can carry it easily.
Standard calla lilies are a popular choice for this bouquet, but you could also use roses, orchids, gladiolus, tropical flowers or other long-stemmed flowers.
It’s all about the shape for this bouquet! Round wedding bouquets are formed into perfect domes, often using a single type of flower bouquets – such as roses or peonies. Round bouquets are also often monochromatic when used as bridal bouquets for weddings. However, round bouquets look just as beautiful featuring flowers in a variety of colours for a unique bouquet option.
This type of bouquet is one of the most commonly used styles of flower arrangement. Round-shaped bouquets go well on various occasions be it a formal or a casual event. They come in a variety of sizes, flower forms, and colour combinations. Although ferns, leaves and other forms of greenery are included in round bouquets, flowers remain the dominant element. Virtually any type of flowers can be used in these bouquets as long as it has a bulbous shape. For example, garden roses, dahlias, chrysanthemums, ranunculus, and anemones are commonly used in making this type of flower bouquets.
The loose, hand-tied posy is popular at the moment. It has a ‘just picked’ look, perfect for more casual weddings. This style of bouquet would work well at an outdoor wedding in the country.
Shower bouquets were made popular by Princess Diana, who held a long and cascading floral arrangement on her wedding day. The upside-down teardrop-shaped bouquet reportedly weighed 2 kg and was composed of gardenias, orchids, lilies, stephanotis, hydrangeas, and roses, to name a few.
Instead of having an abundance of flowers, choosing one gives you a simple and humble appearance. However, don’t think this budget-friendly bouquet is less for it; the quiet accent of a single flower held by a beautiful bride can be a touchingly romantic and sweet look.
If you want a simple and elegant look, this is the bouquet for you. Use statement blooms like garden roses, king protea, hydrangea, or peonies to create a chic look.
The teardrop bouquet as “an old fashioned, traditional bouquet, where the flowers are wired into shape”. This bouquet is a formal arrangement and would work best with a traditional wedding gown with a train.
Tussy mussy bouquet
A tussy mussy bouquet is simply a nosegay style bouquet carried in a small vase made from metal, porcelain or any other material that works with your wedding scheme. Some tussy mussy bouquets come with a small chain to make carrying them easier. This style of bouquet is easily displayed during your reception, and the vases make perfect thank you gifts for your bridesmaids.
Types of Flower Arrangement
A wrist corsage is a type of flower arrangement that is worn on the wrist and considered an alternative to traditional bouquets. It is an essential item for proms and serves as an extraordinary way to accessorise a wedding dress. They are favoured amongst brides who want to keep their hands free rather than hold a flower bouquet throughout the whole ceremony.
Oriental Flower Arrangements
Oriental flower arrangements are a highly structured and well though-out type of flower arrangement. It is mainly used to express the beauty of flowers by harmoniously arranging them. Oriental styles of bouquets use the principles of line, form, and meaning to bring out the beauty of these gems in nature.
Traditional/Western Flower Arrangements
Contrary to oriental arrangements that place emphasis on the underlying meaning of the flowers, Western flower arrangements emphasise the use of flowers itself. These arrangements focus on using a wide assortment of flowers to create and captivating floral display.
Oval Flower Arrangements
Flowers in this type of arrangement are organised in a basket or container in an oval shape. This is achieved by placing tall and bright flowers in the centre and enveloping them with compact and short-stemmed bloom around the sides.
Vertical Flower Arrangements
Mostly arranged in pots and baskets, vertical flower arrangements are intense floral displays that extend high up in the air. Ferns and leaves serve as the perfect backdrop to brightly coloured blooms.
Horizontal Flower Arrangements
The exact opposite of vertical arrangements, a horizontal arrangement is meant to lie flat on a surface. They are commonly placed on caskets to honour the deceased or used a stunning centrepiece on dinner tables.
S-Shaped Flower Arrangements
This is a truly artistic floral arrangement that will take the beauty of any place to a whole new level. Typically housed large and sturdy pots, S-shaped floral displays made from fresh or sometimes artificial flowers are placed near the entrance or stairways of grand houses as well as arranged on either side of the altar for a magnificent look.
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