The wedding bouquet is the main floral decoration of the wedding day, which complements the bride’s outfit and is combined with the general decor of the ceremony. There are many styles of flower arrangements depending on the shape, type of flower used, style of ceremony. A classic medium-sized bouquet is suitable for a church wedding, while a larger, casual flower arrangement will complement a garden ceremony. This quick guide will help brides choose their perfect match.
How to create a wedding bouquet
The creation of a bouquet begins with the choice of a flower or a form of composition. If the flower has already been chosen, even without a color scheme, a suitable bouquet shape is selected. Peonies and roses are well suited for round wedding arrangements, options with greenery look great in a cascading style. If the shape of the bouquet is initially chosen, it is worth choosing the right flowers that will look good depending on the color, season, and venue of the celebration. Flowers for wedding bouquets are chosen depending on their appearance, seasonality, symbolic meaning. Roses, peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, sweet peas, hydrangeas, tulips, orchids and other plants you can find in flower catalog.
Popular forms of wedding bouquets
Wedding bouquets are available in various forms, the most popular of which are:
- Round — a voluminous flower ball that looks the same from all sides and is held with both hands. Round wedding bouquets are usually collected from flowers of the same type without the addition of greenery or a combination of flowers of the same color and texture. The stems are tied tightly together with silk ribbon. The bouquet should be uniform and symmetrical. It is best to use bulb-shaped flowers, including roses and anemones. Solid round bouquets in light colors are popular, but mixed multi-colored arrangements also look beautiful, emphasizing a unique style. Round bouquets are found at classical ceremonies and usually consist of roses, peonies, ranunculuses, gerberas, compositions of parrot tulips are possible.
- Crescent — a bouquet that repeats the shape of a crescent in a horizontal view. The flowers are densely folded in the center and taper down on both sides. Spray roses, calla lilies, clematis, tulips, fritillaria, greenery branches look most organically in an inclined sickle-shaped bouquet. A great option for a wedding in a romantic boho-chic style, a garden ceremony.
- Cascading — an elongated vertical bouquet, where flowers cascade down like a waterfall. Cascades come in different lengths and volumes, look harmoniously with fresh hanging greenery, like a vine. A long cascade emphasizes a dress with a long train. Orchids are often added to the composition, as they grow in a natural cascade, callas on long stems. There are many other varieties of flowers, such as garden roses, peonies, holly, Japanese anemone, clematis, amaranth, eucalyptus, ivy, clematis, sandersonia, scabiosa, poppy, lupine, foxglove, fritillaria. Popular cascading compositions of vine branches, fresh foliage, intertwined with flowers to achieve a crescent shape. This type of bridal bouquet is a statement piece in itself, so the bride’s wedding dress and accessories should be fairly simple. A lush, voluminous cascading white bouquet of gardenias, freesias, stephanots, orchids, lilies of the valley, roses, lilies, jasmine, Mountbatten roses, ivy, and myrtle adorned Princess Diana’s outfit at her wedding to Prince Charles.
- Drop-shaped — a classic bouquet in the form of a drop, the predecessor of a cascading composition. Much smaller than the cascade. The flowers are stacked more tightly. Kate Middleton chose a white drop-shaped bouquet of hyacinths, lilies, ivy, myrtle for her wedding to Prince William.
- Posy is a minimalistic round bouquet held in one hand. This is a smaller version of the classic round version. Flowers are collected in a round dome. The stems are cut to the same length and tightly tied. The bouquet can be supplemented with a small amount of greenery. This type of composition was chosen by Meghan Markle for her wedding to Prince Harry, who carried to the altar a small symbolic white bouquet with greenery, consisting of astilbe, astrantia, lily of the valley, forget-me-nots, sweet pea myrtle.
- Hand-tied — a bouquet of natural, relaxed shape, hand-tied with a simple ribbon, cloth or twine. Often contains three or four identical long-stemmed flowers, such as delphinium, calla lilies or peonies, and several types of greenery. Hand-tied bouquets create the feeling of a freshly picked flower and are perfect for a garden ceremony, rustic ceremony, boho chic event.
- Asymmetric — a horizontal arrangement of flowers and greenery with an asymmetrical shape. Usually one side of the bouquet is noticeably higher than the other, which looks original and natural. The asymmetrical bouquet is tied with a ribbon, often includes greenery, a wide variety of flowers with different stem lengths.
- Nosegay is an elegant miniature round bouquet that dates back to the Victorian era. The bouquet of Nosegay, like Posy, is small and tightly tied by hand. This is a bunch of flowers of one predominant species. The stems are cut to the same length and wrapped with silk ribbon or lace, which adds sophistication and elegance. Thanks to its compact size, it is convenient to hold the composition in one hand. More emphasis in the composition is placed on greenery, and not on flowers, although roses, callas, orchids are often popular. Neat, small wedding compositions are often collected from buttercups (ranunculus), sweet peas, hyacinths, peonies. This type of arrangement pairs well with a bridesmaids, flower girls or mother of the bride bouquet due to its small compact size.
- A pomander, also known as a kissing ball, is a round ball of tightly folded flowers in a vintage style. Has a loop of decorative ribbon worn around the wrist. The composition is usually assembled by florists, as creating a 360º flower cover, compared to the standard 180º, is a labor intensive process. Pomander is usually harvested from one or a combination of different types of flowers without foliage — garden roses, buttercups, tulips, peonies, carnations, gerberas. The stems are hidden inside the ball. The pomander is adorned with precious stones. Due to the possibility of hanging, it is used as a decoration. The smaller version is suitable for flower girls as it is easy to hold.
There is no single rule for choosing a wedding bouquet. The decision is entirely up to you.Brides can choose the composition themselves or seek advice from a professional florist, flower designer. You can look for such ideas for inspiration here.
In floristic companies you can order flower delivery and production of an individual composition. Unique wedding bouquets, selected according to the type of flower, color scheme, size, form of composition, season, place and style of the celebration, look special. A properly selected bouquet from all possible options — from classic round domes to original cascading compositions — complements the bride’s outfit and the general decor of the celebration, enlivening the entire ensemble and setting the mood for the holiday.