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What's Your Bouquet Style?

03/16/2017 Colin Cowie

By Colin Cowie - Best Selling Author & Celebrity Wedding Planner

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Just when you thought deciding the types of flowers for your bouquet was all you had to do, brides also need to identify the style of arrangement that works best with their wedding’s personality.

So, before you sit down with your floral designer to discuss, read on to identify which kind of bouquet fits your Big Day’s tone best.

For a classic, traditional, even formal wedding

You’ll like: Nosegay bouquet

What it is: This is the most common bouquet style today, though it originated in the Victorian era. It’s defined by a closely packed, uniform, globe-like arrangement of flowers. The stems, all cut to the same length, are wrapped tightly with ribbon and fastened. Often one color or type of flower dominates. It’s a simple style but don’t let that mislead you. It makes a huge impact.

Best with: Roses, peonies

For a romantic, fairy-tale, girly wedding

You’ll like: Cascade bouquet

What it is: This is the ultra-feminine, princess-y style of bouquet. Lady Diana carried it to marry Prince Charles in 1981. As its name suggests, think of a waterfall of flowers pouring out of a base and flowing downward. A variety of flower types can be used in this style of bouquet.

Best with: White flowers like gardenias, stephanotis and orchids

For a casual, understated wedding

You’ll like: Hand-tied bouquet

What it is: This is also a hugely popular bouquet style. But unlike the nosegay, this arrangement is more loosely gathered for a more natural tone. The stems are also loosely tied with ribbon than the nosegay to add to the

laid-back look.

Best with: A mix of hydrangeas, dahlias, gerbera daisies, mini Calla lilies and thistle

For an over the top, lavish, extravagant wedding

You’ll like: Composite bouquet

What it is: Imagine the illusion of carrying one giant flower the size of a bouquet rather than a collection of flowers. This is the unique look that is achieved with a composite bouquet—a sophisticated style that not all florists are capable of making. Why? Because the look is achieved by hand making

a flower (dubbed a glamelia) by gluing or wiring together individual petals, one by one, onto a single stem.

Best with: Roses, white lilies

For a “homecoming queen for a day” wedding

You’ll like: Arm bouquet

What it is: It is arranged so it can be nestled in one arm, not clutched in the hand (the better to wave to your guests this way.) The flowers are often long stemmed and loosely tied with ribbon. Though not the most popular style of bouquet today, when it is made, it is crafted with minimal, sculptural blooms to give it a more modern look.

Best with: Calla lilies


He is the author of 10 best-selling books that are sold around the world, a regular contributor to the Today Show and now is at the helm of a new digital venture that is revolutionizing the online wedding planning industry