Decoding your bouquet style: How different shapes create different impressions
Selecting a bouquet is an important decision (as are so many others in the wedding planning process). Your bouquet is an accessory, as well as a decor element. It’s where you begin to incorporate wedding style & color. And for some, sentimental meaning. From carrying a rose bouquet like your grandmother to including freesia for innocence and friendship, your bouquet is the most personal flower choice you’ll make on your wedding day.
The size, shape, color and floral selection in your bouquet all matter for conveying your wedding “theme”
Posy – The timeless option that most people think of when they say “bouquet of flowers”. A “tight” yet slightly organic style bouquet with lots of blooms, often hand tied or wrapped. We consider this the most popular for modern weddings.
Round – The other timeless option that many people immediately think of when referring to a wedding bouquet. This is a “dome” of flowers in a very tight, round ball shape. However, this isnt’ to be confused with the pomander, because the stems are still included. They’re usually wrapped pretty tight with ribbon, lace, twine, etc.
Cascade – We’re seeing a BIG comeback with cascading bouquets. This what what almost every bride married in the 70s and 80s had. Bountiful blooms cascading down the front. Large and in charge. Princess Diana’s has been one of the most memorable cascading bouquets.
Hand tied (aka garden style) – some people may refer to this style as bohemian, and we must admit, it does have a strong boho vibe. The nature of the design is very free form, loose and organic, with flowing, cascading ribbons and soft ‘edges”. It’s been a popular choice over the last couple of years and we don’t see any major changes in the near future. A greenery bouquet often fits into this category as well.
Nosegay – A small bouquet, also known as a tussie-mussie. These are really just bouquets that are smaller in size from the brides, great for mothers, grandmothers, flower girls and even bridesmaids. They’re usually in a more rounded or hand-tied style and often compared or confused with a posy. They’re very similar.
Pomander – This is an adorable option that is often seen carried by flower girls. It’s a full rounded circular bouquet suspended/hanging from a ribbon. Usually a single color of hydrangea or roses.
Composite – One giant flower! If you’ve ever pictured yourself walking down the aisle with a single stem but would prefer it to be the size of a more “traditional bouquet”, a composite style is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s basically a deconstructed and reconstructed flower. The best example would be a rose. We take hundreds of petals and recreate the “rose” in a gigantic, no way you could find this in nature, size. It’s quite the statement piece!
We think this article by Inside Weddings gives some great examples of what we’ve described above.
Although not defined yet, we’re also seeing a trend for bridesmaids to carry something a touch different- from a geometric open terrarium to a wire wreath with floral accents, couples are breaking the bouquet mold and trying something completely different! We’re ALL for expressing individuality and always up for a good challenge 😉
We specialize in floral artistry in all shapes, styles & sizes. We pride ourselves on creating the style that is best suited for our couple’s preference! We’d love to show you our portfolio and discuss YOUR perfect bouquet! Contact us today to schedule your free consult in the studio (or via video chat).