Your bridal bouquet may seem to be one of the simpler choices to make in the lead-up to the wedding, but with so many different styles to choose from, you may leave your florist with your head spinning.
Here are ten popular types of bridal bouquets to give you a head start:
A hand tied bouquet, also known as a posy, is one of the simplest styles of bridal bouquet. As the name suggests, it is a bunch of flowers with stems grouped together in an unstructured way and tied; usually with a ribbon. Minimalist hand tied bouquets are popular, with many brides choosing to carry just three or four of the same long stemmed flowers.
A nosegay is a more structured bouquet, consisting of a small, tightly packed group of flowers, all cut to the same length. The stems are wrapped tightly in ribbon or lace, and the bouquet often has a stiff backing to give it shape.
The Biedermeier bouquet is named after a European style of interior design and is similar to a nosegay in structure. The difference is that the flowers are arranged in tight concentric circles of contrasting coloured flowers to give a dramatic effect.
An unusual choice for a bridal bouquet, the pomander is a sphere or ball of flowers carried by a loop of ribbon. Although the pomander, also known as a kissing ball, can look very romantic and youthful for a bride, it is more often used for bridesmaids or flower girls.
The composite flower bouquet is constructed using hundreds of single petals all wired together on a single stem to look like one large flower. This can be an expensive option but adds an elegant touch to your wedding ensemble.
For a glamorous bride, the presentation, or arm sheath bouquet is a striking alternative to traditional bouquet shapes. The bride carries a number of long stemmed flowers such as calla lilies, delphiniums, or long-stemmed roses, cradled in her arms in the style of an actress presented with flowers at the end of a show.
The cascade or shower bouquet is a very traditional and stylish form of bouquet. The flowers are arranged to look as if they are flowing over the bride’s hands and down towards her feet. This style of bouquet can be extremely large, but the smaller modern versions are often known as teardrop or trail bouquets.
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 bouquet. Basket bouquets are also popular for flower girls and young bridesmaids as they are easier to carry than hand tied bouquets or nosegays.
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.
A fan bouquet is perfect for a vintage wedding, and consists of a simple plastic fan intertwined with flowers and leaves. This gives a very striking shape, and it stands out as very different from traditional bridal bouquets.