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What Kind of Bouquet Should You Carry?

Flowers have a very important role in your wedding. While bouquets are traditionally carried by the bride and other members of the wedding party, choosing the right shape and size will speak volumes.   When you place your initial consultation appointment with the florist, ask them to have a few bouquets to show you in the various shapes mentioned below.  It will not only help make your decisions easier but will also help you  understand the differences in floral varieties and bouquet types. Here are some key terms you should know from A to W:

Arm or Crescent: Flowers are nestled over the arm.

Assembled in Foam: Flowers are held in florist’s foam that is placed in a plastic holder. This form of construction is less labor intensive than wiring.
Ballerina: A round bouquet made up of a few flowers arranged with tulle or netting.. This bouquet was popular in the early 1940s when the war made flowers scarce.

Biedermeier: A tight, rounded bouquet made up of concentric circles of blossoms. Using different flowers for each circle can give a striped effect.
Boutonniere: Flowers worn on the lapel by the groom and the male members of the family. Bigger is not better, in this case, and some men may opt out altogether.

Cascade: A bouquet anchored in a hand-held base. Flowers and greenery hang or “cascade” down the front.
Colonial: Large bouquet of the same shape as a nosegay.

Composite: Individual petals and leaves are wired and put together to create the appearance of a single giant blossom. Give the labor involved, this method results in a rather expensive bouquet.

Corsages: Flowers usually worn by the mothers of the bride, as well as grandmothers and married sisters. They could either be pinned to the dress or worn on the wrist. They should not be so large so as to actually cover a great part of the outfit or of a color that would clash with it.

Hand-Tied: The stems of the flowers are tied together with ribbon or tulle. That would be the method used for an arm bouquet.

Mono-botanical: all one type of flower.

Nosegay: A round, densely packed cluster of blooms, all cut to the same length and then tightly wrapped with ribbon or in a hand-held base.

Pomander: The flowers form a small ball, often carried by a loop of ribbon. This bouquet is often carried by flower girls.

Posy: small scale nosegay made up of buds.

Presentation or Pageant: a bunch of long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms.

Single Stem: one long-stemmed flower, which may have ribbons around the stem is carried, a good complement to a minimalist style gown.

Spray:  flowers gathered in a triangular-shaped cluster.

Teardrop: a variation on the cascade bouquet; it is rounded on top and comes to a point at the bottom.

Tussy-mussy: a Victorian style of nosegay carried in a silver cone holder.
Wired: The top part of the flower is removed from most of its stem. Wire is threaded through the top of its stem, allowing the flower to be twisted and turned to form the bouquet’s shape

Wristlet: This small flower bouquet worn on the wrist.

While there are so many shapes and sizes to choose from, there are no written rules as to what your bouquet should look like.  Be different, have fun.  After all, it’s your wedding and you are the star of the show.  Let your bouquet stand out and be a reflection of your personality!


One Response

  1. Mine was white-ish.

    Callas…roses…stephano…however you say those…

    loved it, though.

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