Bouquet styles...which is your perfect match?
Updated: Feb 27
Your bridal bouquet is one of the most important floral arrangements on your wedding day, also making it one of the most challenging to select! There are several key steps to planning out a bridal look: the dress, the shoes, the veil, the accessories and of course, the bouquet.
But did you know that there are so many different styles and designs of bouquets that can be created for you on your wedding day. They can differ in size, volume, colour as well as the use of fresh or dried flowers.
A classic and popular choice for brides, posy bouquets are small enough to be held in the hands and 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. The posy bouquet is also a popular choice for bridesmaids bouquets.
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 and are becoming more popular in recent times. This type of bridal bouquet makes a strong style statement, so make sure to keep your wedding dress and other accessories fairly simple.
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. Hand-tied bouquets are a popular choice as they have a "fresh-picked flower" feel and are ideal for bohemian, rustic, or garden weddings.
It's all about the shape for this bouquet! Round wedding bouquets are formed into perfect domes, often using a single type of flower bouquet – such as roses or peonies. Round bouquets are also often monochromatic when used as bridal bouquets for weddings, although round bouquets look just as beautiful featuring flowers in a variety of colors for a more unique bouquet option.
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 in lieu of a basket – or pomander bouquet, as detailed next!
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.
This 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.
Last but not least, are presentation bouquets, also called pageant 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.