Bridal Bouquets 101: Your Crash Course to Wedding Flowers


While most brides have undoubtedly received flowers at some point in their lives, after spending a few minutes meeting with a wedding florist, you can feel like a foreign exchange student in an overwhelming bridal wonderland. Tussie-mussie? Hand tied? Huh?! Let us help. Read on for a crash course in bridal bouquet styles to help you choose the perfect one for your big day.

Typically oblong or non-symmetrical, pageant bouquets are often a combination of cascading, over-the-arm style with a modern and dramatic twist. With its name deriving from its most popular occasion — pageants — to best envision this bouquet, simply think of what pageant winners cradle in their arms while they are being crowned. Also known as an arm-sheath bouquet, these make beautiful accessories for brides.

Hand-Tied Wedding Bouquet

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Hand Tied
Much like it's name says, this bouquet is one of the most popular floral silhouettes for brides. For its classic, rounder shape, florists simply hand gather the arrangement, and wrap or pin it for its shape. (Hence the name!) This style is also incredibly versatile, as you can change the look and feel of the bouquet depending on the style of flowers you wish to showcase.

Nosegay (also known as Posy or Tussie-Mussie bouquets)
These bouquets are typically a bit smaller and simpler than other bouquets and are smaller versions of a full hand tied bouquet. Perfect for brides and bridesmaids alike, these mini bouquets often consist of more greenery and leaves combined with florals in a tightly wound arrangement. These bouquets are great for brides who don't want or need a show-stopping bouquet, or are on a tight floral budget and still want a gorgeous flower arrangement to accompany them down the aisle.

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This is certainly a statement bouquet and we L-O-V-E it. For brides looking for dramatic florals, the cascading bouquet is perfect. Arranged so that longer flowers and greenery literally cascade centrally over the bride's hands, a cascade bouquet typically adds a touch of drama and "wow" to the brides big day ensemble.

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