Which shape and style bouquet will best compliment your special day?
There are many different types of bridal bouquets, to help in your decision making; here is a selection of my favourites:
Posies are round and small, and can easily be held in one hand. You can have the choice of hand-tied, loose, and unstructured, with exposed stems. Or the slightly more formal approach, where the flowers are wired. Wired posies are very light, as the stems of the flowers are replaced with florist’s wire.
To add a lovely touch to either type, finish with colour match ribbon and pearl pins. Posies can take most flower choices. Modern posy creations have witnessed less, or no foliage. Posies can suit most dress styles, but in particularly compliments A-line, column and empire-line dresses - and florists can suggest variations such as flower type, and bouquet size, to custom them further to compliment the dress.
The arm-sheaf, or presentation bouquet offers a different hold for brides. The design lends to brides to draping these bouquets over their arm. The flowers included within the design need long stems, and can be complimented with foliage or just sit by themselves.
These bouquets are very chic and best suit, in my opinion, column, empire-line or wedding dresses with a slight A-line. They can be single-ended, with stems showing and finished with ribbon or, double-ended with no stems showing. Popular flower choices for arm-sheaf bouquets include orchids, calla lilies, roses, gladioli, and delphiniums.
Shower Bouquet or Cascading Bouquet
People also refer to this design as a ‘teardrop’ or ‘trailing’ bouquet. This type of bouquet arrived on the wedding scene in the early 1900’s, and they reached their peak in popularity during the 1930’s. They again became popular in the 80’s, in-part due to how well the design complimented the dress-du-jour, ‘the meringue’.
The teardrop bouquet is again making a strong march on the wedding scene – with the style being revitalised:
1. By using bold, colourful flowers, to encapsulate a modern take;
2. Or in complete contract, with the use of delicate small country-style flowers, which give it a ‘period’ feel.
This style suits a variety of dresses, particularly the full-skirt, mermaid or A-line shapes. The bride usually holds this type of bouquet with both hands together, relaxed, in front of her.
The Hand-Tied Bouquet
The hand-tied or clutch bouquet is a loose-tied arrangement.
This style of bouquet consists of a simple gathering of flowers, bound and tied with ribbon leaving the stems left exposed. In effect, a larger and longer version of the posy. Offering the natural, organic feel, the style works well with column, A-line and empire dresses.
The unstructured design suits themes and flower choices such as, French chic, meadow, medieval and winter mystical. A good solid bunch of flowers that a bride can hold with one or two hands – to disguise the nerves!
The Pomander Bouquet
A slightly more unconventional bouquet for the bride to choose but, that does have distinct advantages – we all want to be a little different sometimes.
A pomander bouquet is a ball of flowers suspended from a loop of decorative ribbon, hung around the bride’s wrist. Adult attendants can carry pomanders, but young attendants such as flower girls like to carry them too.
The flowers best suited for this arrangement have strong, sturdy heads, like roses, carnations or gerberas. It could work well with an unusual style dress - it will lend well to most shapes and designs.
The Fan Bouquet
The arranged flowers are attached to a fan, making a simple, elegant bouquet. Popular in the early 1900’s, and then again in late eighties, they tend to comprise a delicate foliage and a sturdy headed flower, i.e. carnations or roses with gypsophila.
It is very popular for vintage-style, Asian-inspired or Latin weddings. Again, a little unusual – and in-line with the eras that they are popular with, they work well with Victorian vintage dresses, or full skirts.
The Muff Bouquet
A perfect choice for a winter wedding! An arrangement of flowers tied on to a muff. Sorry I have no photos – try Google images, they have a good variety on there.