At first glance, all bouquets might appear the same – a bunch of flowers and leaves tied together and carried down the aisle. But there’s more to it than this.
There are several types of bouquets that you can choose from and picking the right one can really accentuate the beauty of your dress and the theme of your wedding. Your bouquet, like the rest of your wedding, will be an expression of your personal style and values.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 9 most popular wedding bouquet types and the type of weddings they suit.
1- The Round Bouquet
As the name implies, round bouquets are so called because of their defined shape. They’re perfectly symmetrical and neat, often featuring a single color, like pink or purple. While round bouquets typically feature a single type of flower, adding in other flowers, bulbs and other greenery can also make for a very striking look.
Round bouquets are ideal for a traditional wedding and for a bride who likes the familiar and the classic.
2- The Cascade
The cascade (also called the shower bouquet) is a stylish and dramatic design, and ideal if you want your flowers to stand out. Like a cascade of water, the flowers spill over into a beautiful arrangement that can extend as far as you want. Cascade bouquets typically have lots of vines and leaves that really add a confident touch to the overall look.
The cascade bouquet is very traditional and suits a bride who wants a bit of drama and statement.
3- The Nosegay
Traditionally, a nosegay featured herbs or flowers meant to fragrance the air and make your nose happy (nose-gay, get it?). A nosegay bouquet features a group of flowers and greenery held together with ribbon or other fabric around the stems. They’re typically cut to be the same size, with the stems all the same length.
Nosegays are roundish in appearance and typically features one main color that takes the spotlight. Nosegays complement a minimalist, elegant look and are versatile enough to suit most wedding themes. It’s classic without being dramatic and is ideal for an indoor or small wedding.
4- The Posy
Posies are round in shape, feature a group of flowers either tightly packed or loosely put together and tied with ribbon. This type of bouquet mainly features flowers, either of a single variety or a complementing collection beautifully put together.
Posies are very popular because they’re comfortable and small enough to carry with a single hand, unlike the round or cascade bouquet types. Posies are also perfect as bridesmaids’ bouquets. They suit most types of weddings and are a versatile option.
A hand-tied bouquet, also called a natural bouquet, is a contemporary twist to the traditional bouquet. It’s freer in expression and simply consists of a collection of flowers and other flora tied together with ribbon or wire. There’s no limitation with this style and you can really choose any type of greenery that suits your fancy and your wedding theme.
Depending on the type of flowers you choose, a hand-tied bouquet can be perfect for a bohemian, woodland or outdoor themed wedding, or a modern, chic and elegant theme. It’s ideal for a bride who wants to keep it simple, understated yet alluring.
6- Tussy Mussy Bouquet
Tussy mussy bouquets are very traditional and date back to Victorian times when flowers were placed in thin goblet-like metal vases and carried. The tussy mussy is basically a posy with its stems in a holder of some sort. The vase can be made of porcelain, fabric or metal… any material that suits your wedding theme.
A tussy mussy suits a structured, traditional wedding and is perfect for the bride who wants symmetry and perfection.
7- The Composite
Composite flower by Floral Store Style.
At first glance, a composite flower looks like one single very large flower, typically a rose. But in reality, it’s a complex composition of several roses, with their petals arranged neatly to look like one large rose. The way this is done is to place a single rose in the middle of the arrangement and then to place rose petals around this in such a way as to resemble one rose stem.
The composite style has a vintage appeal and comes with a traditional, classic look and was very popular in the middle of the last century. But this type of bouquet also fits beautifully in modern weddings.
They’re perfect for a bride with a love for the vintage or the dramatic, as composite bouquets can really make a statement.
8- Single Stem
There’s no denying the chic, wow factor of a single stem ‘bouquet’. It’s confident, elegant and modest and perfect for the minimalist bride. A single stem is also budget-friendly but doesn’t diminish the overall look. In fact, a well-chosen bloom can be as statement-making as any arrangement of flowers.
Popular options for a single stem bouquet are roses, peonies, hydrangeas, king proteas, dahlias and sunflowers. The flower you choose should perfectly complement your wedding theme and colors. If you like a minimalist, clean aesthetic, then a single stem might be the right choice for you.
The last on our list is the pomander, a very traditional, vintage looking flower arrangement featuring a ball of flowers tied to a ribbon or string. Instead of holding the flowers in her hand, the bride can attach the string to her wrist or hold the ribbon of the pomander in her hand as she walks down the aisle. This gives movement to the floral arrangement as it swings and moves with the bride’s movements and is a fun, youthful look.
Pomanders aren’t very popular for contemporary-themed weddings but are loved by bride’s who want a vintage touch. While typically carried by the flower girls in the bridal party, there’s no reason a bride can’t carry one too.