The Guide to Understanding Wedding Bouquets

Flowers are one of the most important elements of any wedding, as it sets a tone for the color palette, decor, and theme. Most brides usually go into wedding planning with a concrete idea of what kind of flowers they want to have for the centerpieces, decor, and bouquets. There’s actually a lot to think about in terms of color, size, and shape. We’re going to give a general rundown of all the things you need to know and consider when choosing the right arrangement for your wedding bouquets.

The Bouquet Glossary


1. Cascade –  Cascade bouquets have been more and more popular in the past couple of years because they bring a dramatic touch to your look. The flowers are arranged to look like a mini blossom waterfall and are perfect for traditional weddings. If you’re a petite bride, cascade arrangements can also elongate your figure. But if the groom is not taller than the bride, then this arrangement may not be suitable because it may make him appear shorter.

2. Posy – An extremely popular choice, posy bouquets are round and small and can be held with one hand. They can be loosely or firmly tied with ribbon and are suitable for most weddings. Posy bouquets are often used for bridesmaids because of its small size. This arrangement may not be suitable for brides wearing large ballgowns because it can get lost in the fabric.

3.  Hand-Tied- Hand-tied bouquets are dense, loosely tied, and anchored in a bouquet holder. They’re typically combined with a lot of greenery. For that reason, they’re perfect for outdoor or garden weddings. Hand-tied bouquets may not be suitable for brides wearing dramatic wedding dresses. For the most part – the larger the dress, the smaller the bouquet.

4. Composite – Composite bouquets have the look of a giant flower because they’re made up of clusters of petals and buds that are wired together. Composite bouquets are usually cleaner and more simple. This means that they best suit dresses that are heavily embellished.

5. Nosegay – Another popular choice, nosegay bouquets are simply round clusters of arranged flowers, typically with one dominant color and tied with ribbon. They can vary greatly in sophistication and can be a good choice for any wedding. Also called ‘tussie mussie’, nosegays were first used to 1300s to cover up unpleasant odor – hence the name nosegay! Concentrically-arranged nosegays are called beidermeier bouquets. Nosegays are flexible and can suit any wedding.

6. Arm Sheaf – This bouquet uses elongated flowers and are meant to be cradled on the arm. They’re usually arranged with callas and tulips. Arm Sheaf bouquets are great for modern brides, who want something a little different. Arm Sheaf bouquets looks great with slim-silhouette dresses by giving them even more of an airy feel.

Other Ways to Carry Your Flowers

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1. Pompander – A blossom covered ball that is typically carried by an attached ribbon. Since they’re easy to carry, they are mainly used for flower girls or other children in attendance. If you’re a bride who wants to do something a little different, then a pompander arrangement could be for you.

2. Flower Basket – Also used mostly by flower girls, a flower basket can also be a unique way for the bride or bridesmaids to carry flowers around.

3. Shoulder Corsage – A truly different arrangement, shoulder corsages is an edgy option for bridesmaids or even the bride. Since they’re worn like an accessory, it’s recommended to keep them small or worn with simple dresses – as to not overpower the bridesmaid.

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