Updated: Aug 12, 2022
By: Natalie McGrath
Since antiquity, brides have carried bouquets on their wedding day. In ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures, this was to bless the couple with good luck, and drive away misfortune via herbs and spices. In the Victorian era, wedding flowers were used to convey ideals or sentiments of love and fertility.
Today, the bridal bouquet is largely a decorative piece, complimenting the bride's dress, and giving a sneak peak to the rest of the ceremony and reception. For many brides, this is a key component of their big day. However, narrowing in on exactly what it is you want can be an overwhelming task. We’re here to fill you in on all things bouquet. Here are our top 7 bouquets that brides choose to make an entrance:
1. Nosegay Bouquet
Starting off sweet and subtle, a nosegay bouquet is perfect for brides who want to keep their arrangement simple. Usually these bouquets consist of greenery with a few select blooms, or simply greenery on its own. Often these are seen as arrangements for bridesmaids or the mother of the bride, but are also the choice for brides wanting an effortless arrangement.
2. Single-Stem Bouquet
Single-stem bouquets are a great choice for minimalistic, modern brides. Also a popular choice for bridesmaids, the single-stem bouquet makes a statement with a single bloom sometimes surrounded by greenery. When choosing a single-stem bouquet, brides will want to opt for a bloom that carries some weight and visual interest. Some of our favorite choices for the bouquet type are protea, magnolia, and rose.
3. Posy Bouquet
Posy Bouquets are one of the more classic styles of bouquets. They largely feature blooms over greenery, and have a quintessential, rounded shape. These types of bouquets are well-structured, usually with the stems bound in ribbon to help the bouquet hold its shape. Along with the classic silhouette of this bouquet, archetypal wedding flowers are usually chosen. Opt for more rounded blooms such as roses, peonies, tulips, and carnations.
4. Round Bouquet
Similar to the posy bouquet in its classic nature, the round bouquet offers brides a clean yet glamorous feel. These bouquets consist of one type of flower, bound together in a symmetrical, dome shape. Most often this type of arrangement is seen in monochromatic shades, but can have a more colorful take if the bride chooses. Some popular flower choices for the round bouquet are roses, ranunculus, peonies, and hydrangeas.
5. Hand-Tied Bouquet
Hand-tied bouquets are gaining more and more traction in the wedding scene, as they provide a more organic, just-hand-picked feel. With the hand-tied bouquet, there is more freedom in the blooms and greenery chosen, as well as in the structure of the bouquet. Flowers are arranged, then tied at the base with a ribbon or twine, often leaving the stems fanned out. This is often the go-to choice for the ever popular bohemian or rustic wedding theme. Hand-tied bouquets are less focused on the blooms, and leave more room for fun and interesting foliage and greenery. This arrangement gives the bride, as well as the florist, an abundance of choices when building the bouquet.
6. Pageant bouquet
This sweeping bouquet style is generally long and thin in shape, and is held in the crook of the arm, rather than grasped in front with both hands. A popular choice for romantic, garden-style, or vintage inspired weddings, the pageant bouquet flows and drapes beautifully as the bride walks. These bouquets can lean from simple to dramatic depending on the blooms and greenery chosen.
7. Cascading Bouquet
Eye-catching and glamorous, the cascading bouquet features blooms and foliage waterfalling into a tear-drop shape. Elongated flowers and greenery such as orchids or vines are a popular choice for this bouquet type. The cascading bouquet can be as structured or loose as the bride wishes, but it never fails to make a statement. Because this is such an extravagant bouquet style, brides tend to opt for a dress with a more simple, stream-lined look.
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