Before visiting a florist to order wedding flowers, it is important for couples to have a basic idea of the bouquet type or types they wish to utilize in their wedding. The following list provides information about bouquet possibilities to assist couples with this decision.
Posy and Nosegay Wedding Bouquets
- Both posy and nosegay bouquets have a traditional, round shape with wrapped, tied or wired stems.
- Either type of bouquet can be mounted in a pewter, copper, gold, or silver cone known as a tussy mussy.
- Nosegay wedding bouquets differ from posy wedding bouquets as they typically contain greenery or herbs while posy bouquets consist solely of flowers.
- Posy and nosegay bouquets are appropriate for the bride and her attendants, as well as any junior attendants or flower girls.
- One benefit of posy and nosegay bouquets is that they are easy to carry in one hand.
- Some brides feel that both bouquet types are too traditional or that they are not dramatic enough for a very formal wedding.
Biedermeier and Ballerina Wedding Bouquets
- Biedermeier bouquets have a round shape made up of rings of flowers that are contrasting colors. A ballerina bouquet can be made up of any color combination of flowers, but is offset with tulle or fabric skirting that surrounds the arrangement.
- The stems of both bouquet types may be wrapped, tied, or wired.
- Ballerina wedding bouquets can be carried by any member of the wedding party, but the dramatic color contrasts of Biedermeier wedding bouquets are traditionally reserved for the bride.
- Like posy and nosegay bouquets, these bouquets can easily be carried in one hand. Though their designs are quite old, the Biedermeier and ballerina styles are recently coming back into fashion, giving it a very unusual look to guests who are not accustomed to seeing its use.
- Brides that are interested in using only one main color for wedding bouquets will not want to select a Biedermeier bouquet. The ballerina bouquet is usually not appropriate for a formal wedding.
Cascade Wedding Bouquets
- This type of bouquet features a large gathering of flowers in a semi-circular design that then trail downward, forming a rounded upside-down triangle shape.
- In a cascade wedding bouquet, the stems are hidden by the trail of flowers and are often secured into a plastic holder.
- Normally, the cascade style is reserved for the bride; however, attendants may carry smaller versions of the cascade bouquet as well.
- Cascade wedding bouquets are very eye-catching and are the most formal of bouquet types.
- The cascade bouquet can become very heavy during the course of a long service and must be held with two hands.
Arm Sheath Wedding Bouquets
- This type of bouquet is vertically shaped rather than round and is cradled over the arm rather than held at the center of the body.
- The bouquets can be double-sided with flowers on both ends of the sheath or one-sided, giving the bouquet a flowered top with stems at the bottom.
- A decorative ribbon is typically utilized to hold the arm sheath bouquet together.
- Arm sheath wedding bouquets are typically carried by the bride and her attendants with other bouquet shapes carried by junior attendants and flower girls.
- Arm Sheath Bouquets provide a modern look and can be very simple or quite elaborate to match the overall style of the wedding.
- The arm sheath bouquet can become unwieldy during the ceremony, particularly if the maid or matron of honor must hold both her own bouquet and the bride’s. In addition, only flowers with long stems can be utilized in arm sheath styles, limiting the couple’s choice of flowers.
Fan, Muff, and Bible Wedding Bouquets
- These types of bouquets typically feature a limited amount of flowers used to accent or decorate an object.
- In fan wedding bouquets, the flowers line the very outer edge of a fan. This type of bouquet can be carried by any female member of the wedding party, though it is most popularly carried by bridesmaids durring an outdoor summer wedding in a hot climate.
- Muff wedding bouquets feature a spray of flowers placed upon a fur or wool muff that the bride tucks her hands into. Muff wedding bouquets are reserved for winter weddings in cold climates.
- Bible wedding bouquets are bibles or prayer books covered with silk or satin and decorated with flowers. Normally, this style of bouquet is only carried by the bride, or it may be presented to her by her parents at the altar before the ceremony begins. In the latter case, the bride hands the book to her maid or matron of honor and has a second bouquet that is carried during the processional and recessional.
Pomander, Hoop, Basket, Scepter and Cone Wedding Bouquets
- These are the types of bouquets typically carried by flower girls and junior bridesmaids.
- Pomander wedding bouquets are small balls of flowers that are tied to a ribon loop, which can be carried or worn on the wrist.
- Hoop wedding bouquets are wire circles covered with fabric and flowers that usually have cascading chains of flowers or rows of ribbons. The hoop may be attached to a ribbon for carrying or simply clutched at its top.
- Basket wedding bouquets are simple wicker baskets that are decorated with flowers along the rim or the handle. Usually, the flower girl or junior attendants carry additional flowers or flower petals inside the basket.
- Scepter wedding bouquets are made from greenery or wheat that has been sculpted to resemble a scepter or a long stick with a rounded top. The top of a scepter bouquet may be covered with flowers and is especially appropriate when the wedding has a medieval or fairytale theme.
- Cone wedding bouquets are a wicker cylinder filled with flowers. The cone may have a wicker loop at one end that is worn over the pinky or thumb or it may be secured by a ribbon.