Red, white or multicolored? Roses, tulips or orchids? Round or flowing? When it comes to the perfect wedding bouquet there are many shapes, flower combinations, and colors to choose from, and the choice is limited only by your imagination.
Maybe you’re a determined bride, who knows exactly what she wants or maybe you haven’t decided yet, and you feel overwhelmed by the numerous available options.
Regardless of your situation, this article will break down all the information you need to consider when choosing your wedding bouquet and hopefully serve as a source of inspiration.
The first thing you need to consider when you think about your wedding bouquet is its shape. Known or less known, there are 20 types of bouquets that will satisfy even the most demanding tastes and brides. But, beyond personal preferences, you also need to consider your silhouette, height, dress, venue and wedding theme, season and range of colors used in the décor.
To help you make the best choice, I have prepared a detailed article full of tips and images to inspire and ease your decision.
Types of Wedding Bouquets
Round Wedding Bouquet
Neither too big, nor too small, with a compact design, the round wedding bouquet is perhaps the best-known shape and certainly the most popular choice among brides.
The most common flower composition for this type of bouquet is roses. However, its shape allows you to choose from a wide range of flowers such as tulips, lilies, chrysanthemums, gerberas, peonies, orchids, freesias and so on.
To add a personal touch to your wedding bouquet you can use a satin bow in your favorite color or choose the flowers in an interesting color combination. Also for the bottom of your bouquet, you can choose veil, lace or different types of nets and fabrics.
Pageant Wedding Bouquet
This bouquet is made starting from a round bouquet, but it features a few longer strands of flowers or beads that seem to be hanging from the edge of the arrangement. Thus, the wedding bouquet takes on a much more sophisticated aspect.
Classic Wedding Bouquet
The classic bouquet is the simplest design in the bunch, but it’s just as beautiful since its unstructured grouping has a special charm and natural look.
The flowers used for this type of arrangement are garden flowers, which makes this bouquet a perfect choice for outdoor weddings.
Cascade/Shower Wedding Bouquet
The cascading wedding bouquet, known for its elongated shape, it is very fashionable this year, putting on various styles, some more sophisticated than others.
Being large in size, this kind of bouquet is characterized by floral arrangements that are gracefully set in a line running down from the hands of the bride. To achieve this type of bouquet only certain types of flowers can be used. Thus, the most common ones are orchids, but a skilled florist can create a cascade wedding bouquet from roses, lilies, and tulips.
What you need to know before you opt for such a wedding bouquet it’s that, due to its size and the many flowers from its composition, it may weigh up to two kilos, making it quite heavy to wear.
Biedermeier Wedding Bouquet
The Biedermeier bouquet has a round shape but it’s not as compact as the round wedding bouquet. It can be created from one type of flower or by combining several varieties such as roses, tulips, callas, gerberas, sunflowers, hydrangeas and more. But what distinguishes it from the rest, and at the same time makes it special, is the concentric arrangement of the flowers. To highlight its unique design, my advice is to use at least two colors for the rings of your bouquet.
Posy Wedding Bouquet
This bouquet is quite similar to the round bouquet, except that the group on the top is not as compact and it’s not perfectly round. In contrast, the bottom is the same, both designs feature stems cut at the same level and are closely tied with a ribbon.
This type of bouquet can be created from a wide range of flowers from roses, tulips, callas, freesias, poppies, peonies and gerberas to hydrangeas and amaryllis. You can choose a single type of flower or two, three or even more, to create a unique and special wedding bouquet that will reveal your personality.
Arm Wedding Bouquet
This type of bouquet became popular among brides in the early 20th century, bringing a touch of elegance to all who bear it. But for such an effect, it is absolutely necessary to use only long stem flowers like roses, callas or delphiniums.
Also, I must warn you that this wedding bouquet is quite difficult to hold.
Teardrop Wedding Bouquet
The teardrop bouquet is actually the modern version of the cascading bouquet. The difference between the two is that the teardrop variation has a significantly reduced size and therefore a more compact structure.
Unconventional Wedding Bouquet
Beyond these wedding bouquets which I might describe as classic, there is another category that falls into the unconventional side. I can’t exactly say how many of these are out there, but one thing is certain, they all stand out of the crowd either through an unusual shape or an extraordinary item.
Pomander Wedding Bouquet
This wedding bouquet is a romantic and sophisticated floral arrangement, whose form resembles a globe or a ball. It’s mainly popular for bridesmaids, but it’s also suitable for brides since it’s easy to wear, it hangs on the wrist. It also has a unique, nonconformist design, and a multitude of flowers you can choose from to create it.
Handbag Wedding Bouquet
The handbag wedding bouquet has emerged as an alternative to the classic lace and satin handbag that brides generally wear on their wedding day. It’s constructed in a moist sponge and, generally features small flowers like chrysanthemums or mini roses, but if you want you can opt for roses or orchids.
Today, this type of wedding bouquet is very appreciated by women who want something out of the box, because it lets you play with forms. Also, depending on your preferences you can choose a “handbag” made entirely out of flowers, with a metal frame to support it or you can reinvent the envelope bag by adding flowers that represent you.
However, before you say “yes” you should think about the fact that the sponge is wet and it can be difficult to wear due to its weight.
Half-moon Wedding Bouquet
The less known crescent or half-moon wedding bouquet is an extremely sophisticated choice. But if you want the flowers to arch enough to acquire the desired shape it is absolutely necessary to use long and resistant stem options.
Birds Nest Wedding Bouquet
This bouquet, as the name suggests, is very similar to a bird’s nest. This design uses very thin wires, ribbon, and twigs and the result is truly spectacular.
If you want to walk down to the aisle holding a birds nest wedding bouquet you should know that you can choose from a wide range of flowers which you can combine at will. However, don’t overdo the size of the bouquet, or you’ll risk a kitsch appearance.
Composite Wedding Bouquet
The composite wedding bouquet has its origins in the early 20th century, being classified as a highly sophisticated design. It’s achieved by linking dozens or even hundreds of petals of the same type of flower to create the impression of a single flower.
The flowers that can be used for such a bouquet are roses, lilacs, and callas, but you can also opt for others, provided that they have large petals. Regarding the construction of the bouquet, it may be in a circular shape, round or elongated.
However, keep in mind that because of its complexity and the time necessary to create, the composite wedding bouquet can be quite expensive.
But who said that your wedding bouquet needs to be made of flowers? As I said earlier, for daring brides who want something different, there are unique variations and only their imaginations is the limit. Thus, brooches, fruits, sweets, shells, pieces of paper, Christmas decorations are just some of the items that you can use to create a very special wedding bouquet.
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