A Guide to the Different Types of Wedding Bouquets

Wedding Bouquet

Flowers are one of the most important considerations for weddings, since they play a large decorative role in everything from your dress to the venue, and even the cake. However, the art of choosing a wedding bouquet isn’t as simple as picking a few blooms and hoping they will look good together. You’ll need to consider your overall wedding theme, if you have one, as well as the dress you’re wearing, and the colours you want to see at your ceremony and reception.

Whether you plump for a classic rounded style, a romantic cascade, or a traditional hand-tied arrangement, there’s a bouquet for every bride. At Blooming Haus, we offer wedding flowers that are beautiful, inspiring, and certain to fit whatever aesthetic you’re going for. Here, we detail some of the different types of wedding bouquet.

Nosegay

Nosegays are an elegant, classic style of bouquet that dates back to the Victorian era. Traditional round in shape, they are relatively small, and consist of a tight bunch of flowers, normally with one dominant type of bloom. These are cut to a uniform length, and wrapped together using a fancy piece of fabric or ribbon. The nosegay is perfect for a small, chic wedding, and works well for bridesmaids’ bouquets due to their typically compact size.

Cascade

A cascading bouquet looks like a waterfall of flowers, and is meant to hang down in front of the bride’s hand to form an upside down teardrop shape. Any flower can be used in this style of bouquet, but bold blooms like garden roses and lilies can enhance its fun and modern feel. Other flowers popular for a cascade bouquet are peonies, hollyhock, poppies and foxgloves. The arrangement is then finished with trailing ivy and fresh foliage, creating a beautiful tapering effect. The cascade bouquet is feminine and fairytale-like, making it most fitting for taller brides wearing a long-flowing or princess-style dress. Its clean shape and style has a slimming effect, and can range in length and fullness.

Cascading bouquet. Photo by Voyteck Photography

Posy

This is a classic choice perfect for petite brides due to its small stature. A posy can use a single type of flower or a combination, but will always emphasise petals over greenery, ofton comprising blooms like roses, peonies, ranunculus and gerbera daisies. This type of bouquet is often loose, as the flower stems are tied together using ribbon or fabric. The posy bouquet can be held in one hand, making it suitable for brides who plan to wear heavy jewellery, and an excellent choice for minimalist weddings.

Posy Bridal Bouquet, Photo by Charlotte Wise Photography

Round

The most well-known style, these bouquets are round in shape, again prioritising flowers over greenery. It’s a bigger form of posy, with blooms arranged into a perfectly shaped dome, a timeless arrangement which works well for both modern and traditional weddings. This style usually only includes a few types of flower, though using only one type of flower is the most effective for a round bouquet to keep it uniform and symmetrical. The best blooms to use are those with a bulbous shape, such as roses or anemones.

Hand-tied

This bouquet is simply a cluster of flowers, tied together with a ribbon. This is a popular choice for brides wanting a natural looking wedding. A hand-tied bouquet is very easy to create yourself so perfect if you’re heading down the DIY wedding route. This style typically starts with one focal flower, before more blooms are added in a spiral fashion. Some brides choose just three or four of the same long-stemmed flowers, like delphiniums and peonies, the stems of which are then wrapped with floral tape to secure them and finished with fabric or ribbon. These loose stems provide a casual feel, and brides often pick a hand-tied bouquet for its fresh-picked feel, perfect for a rustic or bohemian wedding.

Hand-tied bouquet. Photo by Voyteck Photography

Pomander

This style of bouquet is typically held by the flower girls, though it can also offer a fun and unique twist on the traditional bridal bouquet. Stepping away from tradition, the pomander is a round ball of flowers suspended from ribbon or twine, carried in a handbag-like fashion. Sturdy flowers such as roses, carnations, sunflowers and gerbera daisies are ideal for this arrangement. A florist can create a pomander with either a single type of flower, or a mix, as long as the blooms don’t have much foliage, with the stems hidden inside the ball. A pomander will look romantic and youthful on your big day, and is often adorned with colourful jewels and gems, so if you want to make your wedding bouquet stand out, the pomander is a great choice.

Composite

Also known as the Carmen Rose, a composite bouquet is a particularly modern style, arranged with hundreds of individual petals wired together to look like one gigantic flower. This style is simple yet elegant, and will add glamour to your big day, though it can be quite expensive due to the level of craftsmanship it requires to create. Composite bouquets can be made using the petals of any type of flower, but larger, thicker petals are preferable. For a lasting effect, consider opting for orchids or lilies, as these will stay fresh for longer.

Biedermeier

The biedermeier is a visually striking bouquet with flowers formed into circles, spiralling out from the centre. You can have any number of circles, and each one typically has a different coloured flower or a different bloom altogether. These symmetrical circles offer a dramatic visual effect, so if you want to make a bold statement with your bouquet, the biedermeier is ideal, particularly if you pick orchids, roses or dahlias. It also makes use of plenty of lively green foliage, such as textured leaves and ferns.

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