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Know Your Bouquet Styles

Shapes and styles for your flowers
Posy Bouquet

When you start to choose your bridal bouquet it can be difficult to know where to start and what to choose — if you don’t know your posy from your presentation then take a look at some of the most popular bouquet styles out there in our guide to bridal bouquets.


Posy Bouquet

A posy is round and can generally be held comfortably in one hand. Choose to have your posy bouquet hand tied and unstructured or wired.

Posy bouquets are a classic style and one of the more traditional bouquet types. Generally made up of the same flower, a posy bouquet is perfect if you have a heavily detailed dress and want a simple style that is going to look elegant and not distract from your gown. A posy is also a great style if you want to toss your bouquet as it’s light and easy to throw!



Teardrop Bouquet

A teardrop bouquet is a long and trailing style that starts large at the top and drops into a flowing point.

Teardrop bouquets (also known as cascade or shower bouquets) are one of the more formal bouquet styles and work beautifully for grand and traditional wedding days. As teardrop bouquets tend to be quite large they work well with ballgown wedding dresses or gowns with a spectacular train to offer some balance. If you really want to make a statement with your bridal bouquet then a teardrop style could be perfect for you.



Presentation Bouquet

A presentation bouquet features long stemmed foliage and flowers that lie across the arms.

If you are planning a vintage-inspired wedding day then a presentation bouquet could be the perfect style for you. The long and slim style of this bouquet makes it a great option for petite brides or brides wanting a bouquet that is simple and unfussy to go with something like a column style wedding dress. Delphiniums, roses and lilies all work beautifully in this style of a bouquet and can create an elegant and timeless style.



Nosegay Bouquet

A collection of different flowers that are hand-tied — typically using ribbons or organza. A nosegay is smaller than a posy and has more greenery.

The nosegay bouquet is also known as a ‘tussie-mussie’ and due to its small size, is often a popular choice for bridesmaids to hold. A nosegay bouquet will also work perfectly for brides that want a subtle and small bouquet that won’t distract from their dress. The term nosegay translates to mean ‘nose-happy’ as this style traditionally features lots of scented blooms and was used in old times to cover bad smells!



Rustic Bouquet

This is a loose arrangement that features lots of different blooms at different lengths all hand-tied together.

Rustic bridal bouquets are very on trend and allow you to get a bit creative and to mix things up. Brides wanting a relaxed style for their wedding will love a rustic style bouquet. If you want to really embrace a rustic theme for your day then ask your florist to include wild flowers such as cornflowers and lavender for a free and more “un-done” style of bridal bouquet.



Crescent Bouquet

A crescent bouquet is a delicate style that falls into a half-moon shape.

If you have a very light and delicate dress or you are a petite bride then crescent shaped bouquet is a perfect option. The delicate crescent bouquet can work beautifully with tulips, roses, daffodils and peonies so you can really create the perfect crescent bouquet to suit your bridal style. Why not carry a larger crescent bouquet while your bridesmaids carry smaller versions.



Pomander Bouquet

A pomander is a spherical bouquet that is suspended from a ball.

The pomander bouquet — sometimes known as a ‘kissing ball’ is a popular style in the USA and is traditional more a bouquet for bridesmaids. The hanging ball of flowers is put together with wire and as it is suspended on ribbon, it’s easy to hold throughout the day. Why not add a string of beads or pearls to the ribbon to add a touch of sparkle.



Basket Bouquet

A basket bouquet is an arrangement of flowers that is placed in a basket and can be carried down the aisle.

With the on-going trend for vintage style weddings, basket bouquets are becoming increasingly popular and are something a bit different for brides wanting to make a statement. If you want to really embrace the style then ask if your florist can also weave blooms into the basket for an extra finishing touch.