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Wedding Bouquet Styles
The bridal bouquet is one of the iconic parts of the wedding day. The bouquet defines the bride's style, complements her gown and expresses the theme of the day - all with one bunch of blossoms! So making your choice on flowers and bouquet styles can sometimes be overwhelmingly difficult for brides to be. Before you choose a style, ponder these questions:
- What sort of gown will you be wearing? A more formal gown demands a structured bouquet and a casual garden ceremony suggests a looser bouquet for the bride.
- What flowers are in season? Visit our guide to seasonal flowers because unless you have an unlimited budget, choosing flowers in season will be the best option for your day and may dictate the style of bouquet you can choose.
- What is your body shape? If you are tall, you can generally suit a larger bouquet and smaller brides suit easier to handle smaller bouquets that don't overwhelm a small frame.
- How would you like to carry the bouquet? If you have always dreamt of a large bouquet, remember you will need to carry it with both hands all day and this may change your mind about the size and style of flowers.
Here's our guide to the types of bouquet styles to choose from and the sorts of themes and styles of weddings each generally suits.
Cascade Bouquet - A cascade bouquet literally cascades down the brides gown. They are often teardrop shaped and can be exaggerated to create a large bouquet which suits tall brides. Some of the flowers that best suit this style include peonies, lilies, lilacs, roses and alliums. Modern interpretation of a cascade bouquet may include pretty ribbons and streamers attached to a more rounded bouquet or greenery cascading from the bouquet as shown right. Australian bush flowers and leaves also look amazing in a cascade bouquet such as wattle and eucalypt. Famous brides to have carried a cascade bouquet include Princess Diana and Princess Mary.
Dome Bouquet - A dome bouquet has been extremely popular over the past 5 years. The shape is literally a dome either very tightly compacted together or more loosely gathered. The dome suits a more formal wedding gown and the best flowers for this design have lots of tight petals such as roses, peonies, stephanotis, orchids, roses, and daffodils. Often the stems are wound with a complementary ribbon and you can exaggerate the dome shape with a large contrasting ribbon at the base. The dome shape also suits a summery and exciting beach wedding idea when you choose frangipanis to create a pretty and unexpected bouquet design. The one left is by Port Douglas Wedding Flowers.
Nosegay Bouquet - The nosegay is usually looser than the dome and includes more greenery but is a similar shape. It can be a posy size, so slightly smaller than the dome. Generally, you would choose flowers of a similar shape and size for the nosegay bouquet style. This style is often also called the cluster bouquet. Great flowers for this type of bouquet include roses, peonies, asters, ranunculus, carnations, tulips, freesias, gerbera daises or Monte Casino. If you are taller and like a rounded shape, choose the dome bouquet, but the nosegay is the perfect choice for smaller brides. A beautiful example of a nosegay is the pink rose bouquet to right.
Collared Bouquet - The collared bouquet includes a collar under the flowers that may include greenery or other contrasting flowers, or even ribbons, feathers or other materials that make the bride smile!These red rose bouquets include a collar of green leaves by Holly Chappel Flowers. Collared bouquets suit almost any style of flower from roses and astible, lillies and hydrangeas to tulips and daisies. There are so many choices for this pretty design - we love brides who incorporate a collar into their bouquet that has special meaning or has been handmade to be incorporated into the design. Some of our favourite ideas are bolts of silk fabric tied into big bows as collars, crystal collars made of garlands of wired Swarovski crystals, pretty feathers which give a magical and fairytale feeling to the bouquet and paper flowers homemade and incorporated into a professional bouquet.
Tailored Long Bouquets or Arm Sheafs - Arm sheafs or tailored long bouquets are both very long arrangements of flowers such as lilies, orchids, or roses. If you choose an arm sheaf, the stems rest in the crook of your elbow as your walk down the aisle. A tailored long bouquet is held at the front of your gown with one or both hands and has a more formal look. This tropical arm sheaf is by Lily and Rose.
Gathered or Casual Bouquets - Gathered or casual bouquets are perfect for the less formal wedding day and suit garden weddings and beach weddings perfectly. Beautiful blossoms to be casually gathered together and tied with a bow include hydrangeas, tuplips, hyacinths, roses and peonies. Some brides make these bouquets themselves using flowers available in their garden, which can have special meaning for a wedding held in your own backyard. An example of a gathered bouquet are the lilac bouquets below by Wedding Flowers.
Whichever style you choose, your wedding flowers should be a personal choice that reflects your loves and style. Your wedding day flowers will hold a powerful memory for you in photographs and the smell will linger with you throughout your life.
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