With so many styles to choose from; choosing your bouquet can be a bit confusing. Here are some of our favourite bouquet styles to give you some inspiration
The custom of carrying a bouquet of flowers is a throwback from ancient times. Women would carry bunches of herbs, spices and garlic to ward off evil spirits. Granted, these are not ideal for the modern bride- unless you want to smell like a curry buffet. Flowers carry a much less offensive and feminine aroma!
Whiz forward to Victorian times and the traditional bouquet had been given a re-think. Herbs and spices had generally been replaced with flowers; especially marigolds. Edible flowers still made an appearance along with Dill. Dill was commonly thought of as the “herb of lust” and the sprigs used in the bouquet would be consumed by the entire wedding party at the reception to increase sexual desire!
This was also when the use of flowers to convey messages was at it’s peak; though today, modern brides tend to pick flowers depending on their colour-scheme or personality. Different flowers create different looks and it is often the case that they will influence the style and shape of your bouquet.
With so many styles to choose from; and so much floral jargon to remember, choosing your bouquet can be a bit confusing. Have a look at some of our favourite bouquet styles to give yourself some inspiration.
No sniggering in the back row. “Nosegay” is genuinely the name of this bouquet. Traditionally it’s a small round shaped bunch of flowers and herbs, usually it’s quite heavy on the greenery compared with other bouquets and is held in a tussie-mussie (Who thinks up this stuff?), a metal or glass cone-shaped holder. As they are usually quite small they are popular with flowergirls and bridesmaids but can be made larger with the addition of satin and organza bows.
You will have almost certainly come across this bouquet as it is one of the most widely used styles. It’s popularity comes from it’s simple round shape and are either hand-tied or wired together. It has become quite fashionable to wrap the natural stems in colour-coordinating ribbon which makes it easier to hold.
The Arm Sheaf
These bouquets were originally called Bernhardt bouquets; inspired by the presentation bouquets given to the actress of the day, Sarah Bernhardt and became popular in the 1900s. This bouquet is an elegant variant on the traditional hand-held bouquet and is favoured amongst brides who prefer a long-stemmed floral arrangement. The bouquet can be single or double ended with no stems showing; however, a single ended arrangement is most favoured and is usually finished with trailing ribbons.
This is one that you don’t see too often anymore. Popular in the 1980s this style harks back to the Victorian era. Flowers are attached to a lacey, plastic fan - a simple but effective idea for a bride that wants something a bit different. Popular flower choices include Carnations and Baby’s Breath, and don’t forget: plenty of ribbon!
Also known as Shower, Teardrop or Trail bouquets this style replaced the popular Posy back in 1910. This is thought to be the most traditional and formal of bouquets and can be as small or as extravagant as you like. The flowers are arranged to spill down over the bride’s hands and as the arrangement is so long almost any flower can be used.
This is not a bouquet for the faint-hearted as it is the most modern style of all our bouquets. This bouquet is highly dramatic and usually takes the shape of an oversized baton or wand. The handles are supersized and often intertwined with ribbon. Because of their simplistic yet dramatic nature they can be held by all members of the bridal party
If you want to know more about flowers and their meanings, check out Top 5 Wedding Flowers and their Meanings