We’ve all witnessed in weddings, both in real life and in the movies, brides looking lovely and walking gracefully down the aisle. Apart from their beautiful white gown and the lace veil covering their face, there’s one essential item that’s always present – the bouquet.
We also see a bouquet, not necessarily the same one used when walking down the aisle, thrown to the single ladies in the crowd during the reception.
The bouquet, then, is an essential and traditional item for weddings. Just imagine how awkward it would be for the bride to walk down the aisle without having to hold anything. For the crowd, it would be equally as uncomfortable to watch the bride with her arms hanging at her sides.
It’s safe to say that without these bouquets on the brides’ hands, the wedding simply wouldn’t be the same and it would be incomplete.
Furthermore, there are also individuals who collectively think that the bouquet is simply a bunch of flowers put together. This isn’t entirely wrong as a bouquet is indeed made from flowers grouped together.
However, there’s more to wedding bouquets than just a bunch of flowers. If you carefully look at different wedding photos and scenes from real life and in the movies, you’ll find that there are actually various types of wedding bouquets. Wedding bouquets have also evolved over time, with more DIY versions and some even made of artificial flowers! This is actually a better choice for many women as it lessens chances of allergic reactions and the bouquets can be kept instead of being thrown away after it wilts away.
If you’re set to walk down the aisle yourself and are looking at options for your floral piece, here are a few wedding bouquet styles that you can choose from for your big day:
One of the most popular and traditional bouquet styles, the nosegay takes a circular form. Flowers cut in uniform length are then grouped and held together by a wire and then ribbons or fabric. A focal flower is then best for this style, with two colours on the entire bouquet. Due to their simple form, the nosegay is the best option for small and indoor weddings.
Another popular style, the Biedermeier style is similar to the nosegay bouquet, with its form. It is also made of flowers in uniform cut and held together by a wire, ribbon and fabric. However, the Biedermeier bouquet is much more complicated in terms of the arrangement of flowers. Usually, the flowers are arranged in concentric circles.
This is another classic bouquet style that looks similar to the nosegay. However, posy bouquets are mostly flowers and with less greenery. Due to their smaller size, they are best for the bridesmaids, flower girls and petite brides.
This bouquet is named for its design – a single composite flower. This is achieved by arranging petals, buds and blooms of the same colour and shade to form a giant flower. Creating this piece should be done carefully to ensure the colours and sizes of petals match. This bouquet can also come at an expensive price and best matches extravagant ceremonies.
This bouquet style is also known as the “pageant bouquet”. This is due to their form and shape being inspired from the bouquets that are used in beauty contests. The presentation bouquet can be of a large size and is shaped to fit the crook of the bride’s arm. Brides can then easily carry this bouquet with one arm.
This style is one of the unique and lesser used ones by brides. The pomander is a sphere of flowers. It is held by the bride through the attached loop of ribbon. They can also be used by the bridesmaids and the flower girls. Other than being a bouquet, pomanders can also be used as decorations for the venues as they can easily be hung on tree branches and chair ends through their loops.
One of the easiest bouquets to complete, hand-tied bouquets are completed by a focal flower and surrounding flowers shaped in a spiral structure. The stems are then tied together by ribbons. Due to their casual look, they are perfect for laid-back, outdoor and smaller kind of weddings.
Another unique form, crescent bouquets consist of flowers and greenery shaped together to create an arch. Most of the flowers are placed in the center and smaller ones and green stems extend to the sides to complete the arch. This bouquet is also a great choice for petite brides or brides who have simpler gowns and dresses as the bouquet can be the finishing touch.
Also called the “teardrop”, the cascade is an old-fashioned design. The flowers and greenery are shaped like a waterfall or a teardrop, creating a hanging look from the bride’s hand. To achieve this, flowers and other elements are rounded at the top and pointed at the bouquet’s bottom. One of the most popular cascade bouquets is the late Princess Diana’s during her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.