Bridal bouquet

9 main types of wedding bouquets and their features
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:
  1. 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.