When you are planning your wedding flower purchase you will want to consider what style of bouquet to choose for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girl. Various wedding flower bouquet styles are depicted here.
Round Bridal Bouquets:
Simple, elegant, traditional bouquet that is suitable for both formal and informal weddings. This type of bouquet does not have to be perfectly round in shape and can be designed as a tight cluster for a denser look or loosely arranged for an “airy” feel. The flowers chosen for a round bouquet can influence the bouquet’s formality. For example, roses project a more formal look while daisies project a more informal and casual look.
A European-influenced bouquet with blossoms of different type and/or different color placed in a defined circular pattern. A bouquet similar to the nosegay and named for a German style of interior design.
A hand-tied bouquet consists of a simple gathering of flowers which is bound and tied with ribbon, with stems left exposed. It is generally round in shape.
A cascade bouquet features fullness and an abundance of blossoms at the top of the bouquet then tapers downwards with flowing foliage, floral streamers, or ribbons at the bottom. This bouquet can be designed very dense with flowers and foliage or can be more loosely arranged for an “airy” or “wispy” look.
Over the Arm:
Arm bouquets are long and slender and are designed to be carried over one arm. They are made of long-stemmed flowers that rest naturally across the inner bend of the elbow. A ribbon or bow is generally used to keep the bouquet together. Popular floral choices for arm bouquets are calla lilies, gladiolus, orchids, long-stemmed roses, delphiniums, and larkspur.
Freeform / Contemporary:
As the name implies, this style bouquet often has flowers or greenery coming out at various angles with no specific, recognizable shape. Freeform and contemporary bouquets are most often designed with tropical flowers and foliage that have unique shapes.
This bouquet is a combination of both a cascade and a round. It is elongated in shape, but features rounded shapes on both the top and bottom. Generally the bottom is narrower than the top, but the overall shape resembles an oval.
While not technically a bouquet, single stem arrangements have gained in popularity over recent years, as simplicity has become the trend. Single stem designs generally feature a unique design element, such as an intricately wrapped stem (for a long-stemmed flower), elaborate bow, streamers, or a decorative lace bloom collar (for a shorter stemmed flower) to give the design more interest and appeal.
A flower or foliage covered ball or cone suspended from a loop of ribbon. Adult attendants can carry pomanders, but young attendants such as flower girls and junior bridesmaids most often carry them.
Flowers arranged and carried in a shallow basket and often used in a garden or garden-like wedding setting. Most often carried by young attendants (flower girls and junior bridesmaids).
Technically more of a corsage than a bouquet, this style is comprised of a small floral arrangement worn on the wrist. Flowers and foliage are mounted on a small base that is attached to a strong elastic bracelet that fits around the wrist. Worn by brides and bridesmaids who want something near their hands for the look of a bouquet, but want the freedom of having both hands free from carrying anything.