Glossary of Bouquet Shapes

Bouquet has been a must have item on every wedding all around the world for centuries. Throughout the years, bouquet shapes have been evolving so much. So, we gather some information about bouquet shapes and make this modest glossary for Bride and Bridesmaids-to-be. Hopefully, it will add your knowledge and give you some inspiration for your big day. 🙂

1. Round
Round BouquetA simple, yet elegant and traditional bouquet, designed as either a tight cluster for density, or loosely for an “airy” feel. This type of bouquet works well with all wedding and dress styles. The flowers selected will influence the formality of the bouquet. As a result of its ability to be comprised of either the same type of flower or an assortment of sizes and varieties, this bouquet can easily be tailored in cost.


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2. Pageant

Pageant BouquetAlso referred to as an “arm sheath” bouquet, long stem flowers and foliage that the bride cradles in her arm, as modestly or elaborately designed as desired. A stunning alternative for a more modern wedding. Stems may show at one end, or arranged without them showing by adding a ribbon or silky soft fabric-tied finishing touch. Popular floral choices to include are Calla Lilies, Gladiolus, Orchids, long-stemmed Roses, Delphiniums, and Larkspur.






3. Cascade

Cascade BouquetOriginally referred to as “shower bouquets”, this bouquet is the most formal and most traditional, designed to spill gracefully over the bride’s hands as it flows downward for a sophisticated and stylized look. Almost any flower can be used in this style. Roundish at the top, the bouquet narrows into a point at the bottom.





4. Nosegay
Nosegay BouquetAlso known as “Tussie Mussie Bouquet”, it is a compact cluster of flowers, where stems are wrapped tightly, often with organza or satin ribbon, and cut to one, uniform length. Traditionally, this bouquets contain more greenery than other bouquets. Trendier bouquet type for brides and also popular for bridesmaids in a smaller arrangement. The term “nosegay” arose in 15th Century. “Gay” then meaning ornament, denoting an ornament that appealed to the nose.




5. Pomander
Pomander BouquetOften referred to as a “kissing ball” for the “ball” of many blossoms, suspended from a loop of decorative ribbon. Flowers are typically all the same size and touch or overlap in design. It creates a more interesting way to display ordinary or less expensive flowers than a traditional bouquet. It is great for flower girls and as ceremony decor as well.





6. Posy 

Posy BouquetSmall and round, it can easily be held in one hand. One of more often-chosen bouquet for brides and bridesmaids alike because of their ability to incorporate a wide range of flower types and shapes that are rich in color and interest. It can be constructed loosely with hand-wrapped, wedding color-coordinated ribbon and an embellished trim, or by replacing the stems with florists wire for a more structured look with one type of flower. Flowers that work well in these bouquets are Roses, Garberas, Peonies, Tulips, and Ranunculus.




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