Brides have been carrying bouquets since ancient times, and while the style of these floral arrangements has changed throughout the years, there are a few main types that women choose to incorporate on their wedding day. From classic round bouquets to stylish cascading arrangements, the choice you make will likely complement the formality of your celebration, as well as your wedding theme and venue. Your floral designer can help you select which one is right for you, but we've also gathered some inspiration to ignite your interest.
You may have a particular flower that you want showcased in your bridal bouquet – and this can influence which type you choose. Roses and peonies work extremely well for round bouquets, while brides who want to focus on greenery may choose a cascade style or arm sheath for a more glamorous celebration, or a hand-tied bouquet that fits beautifully with an alfresco ceremony or rustic fête. Others decide on their bouquet style first – perhaps you've always envisioned walking down the aisle with a perfect round arrangement of orchids. For these brides, we recommend letting your florist know so they can recommend the blooms that will work well depending on color choices, season, etc.
Take a look at some of the most popular wedding bouquet styles, below! To get more inspiration, click each photo to view the rest of the real wedding.
One of the most popular types of wedding bouquets is the round style. While most round bouquets showcase one type of blossom, such as roses or peonies, many brides feature a variety of flowers with a similar look. These types of arrangements don't have to be monochromatic either – feel free to mix up the colors! Photo by Duke Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Also known as a pageant-style bouquet or arm sheath, these gorgeous arrangements feature long-stem flowers and foliage that the bride cradles in her arms. It's elegant for a modern wedding and allows the bride's dress to take center stage since its held off to the side. Photo by Justine Ungaro
Made popular by the late Princess Diana, the cascading bouquet features blooms that fall gracefully towards the floor. It's beautiful, regal, and makes quite the statement as you walk down the aisle. Photo by Brandon Kidd Photography
Also known as a kissing ball, a pomander bouquet features a tightly arranged sphere of flowers that's held with a loop of decorative ribbon. It's mostly carried by flower girls as it's easy to hold – plus it looks adorable! Photo by Images by Berit, Inc.
Also known as a glamelia bouquet, these arrangements feature individual petals that are designed to look like one large flower. They're quite popular for brides to hold, as well as bridesmaids. Photo by Studio This Is
These types of bouquets are popular for a number of wedding styles, but they're mostly used for boho-chic and rustic fêtes. The casual, loose look appears freshly picked from the garden, which also beautifully complements an alfresco ceremony. Photo by Ryan Ray Photography
This particular bouquet features three stems, but it provides the same look as a single-stem arrangement. Often a great choice for small-budget weddings, brides can carry just one long-stemmed bloom that can make quite a statement. Photo by Kir2ben Photography
Since many brides feel that a bouquet covers the most beautiful part of their dress, a recent trend is the arm bouquet. Showcasing the same blooms that would appear in a traditional arrangement, this one wraps around the arm with ribbon to stay out of the way. Photo by Christine Bentley Photography
This final popular wedding bouquet doesn't even feature blooms. A great choice for brides who want to keep their wedding bouquet as a keepsake for years to come, jewelry and brooches are arranged into a round bouquet-like shape in lieu of fresh flowers. Photo by KLK Photography; Venue: Vibiana