The Bride's Guide to 7 Popular Types of Wedding Bouquets

Which bouquet style will you carry down the aisle?

flower bouquets
To non-brides, all bouquets likely appear basically the same. They're simply an arrangement of flowers tied with ribbon, right? In fact, not all bouquets are created equal! There are actually a variety of styles that a bridal bouquet can fall under, depending on the shape and type of blooms. It's up to you to decide which style complements your gown and ceremony style. For example, a larger bouquet may be a better fit for a formal vow exchange at a church, while a smaller, looser arrangement will match a casual garden celebration. Your florist will thank you for being able to tell her exactly which type of bouquet you want!

Below, we've outlined seven of the most popular wedding bouquet styles. Which type speaks to you and your wedding style? Let us know in the comments!

Cascade
cascade bouquet
The dramatic cascade bouquet features a "waterfall" of flowers that drapes down the front of the arrangement. Vines and orchids look particularly pretty spilling out of a bouquet! This type of bouquet makes a strong style statement, so make sure to keep your gown and other accessories simple. Photos by Aaron Delesie Photographer (left) and Justine Ungaro (right)

Posy
posy bouquet
A classic and popular choice for brides, posy bouquets are small enough to be held in the hands and feature mostly flowers. These types of bouquets typically feature a rounded shape and are wrapped with ribbon. Photos by B&G Photography (left) and Chrisman Studios (right)

Hand-Tied
hand tied bouquet
Freer than other bouquet styles, hand-tied bouquets can include a wide assortment of flowers and greenery, and as their name suggests, are secured simply using ribbon, fabric, or twine (other bouquet styles utilize wire to achieve a precise look). Hand-tied bouquets have a "fresh-picked" feel and are ideal for bohemian or rustic weddings. Photos by Elizabeth Messina (left) and Heather Kincaid (right)

Round
round bouquet
It's all about the shape! Round bouquets are formed into perfect domes, often using a single type of flower like roses or peonies. Round bouquets are also often monochromatic, although they look just as beautiful featuring flowers in a variety of colors. Photos by Darin Fong (left) and Clane Gessel Photography (right)

Nosegay
nosegay bouquet
Though similar to posy bouquets, nosegays place more emphasis on greenery. They work well as bridesmaid bouquets, due to their small, compact size. Photos by Katelyn James Photography (left) and lunaphoto (right)

Pomander
Pomander bouquets
Perfectly round spheres of blooms form the sweet pomander bouquet, which includes a ribbon handle at the top for carrying or displaying. We've seen them suspended from shepherd hooks along the aisle, and they are also well-suited for flower girls since they're easily held by little hands! Photos by Kim Fox Photography (left) and Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography (right)

Composite
Pink glamelia composite bridesmaid bouquets
This gorgeous bouquet, also known as a glamelia, is actually composed of individual petals, which are arranged and secured to resemble a single large bloom. The highly stylized bouquet complements a bride who desires a bit of drama! Photo by Marianne Lozano Photography

Opening photo by Ryan Phillips Photography

Authored by: Erin Migdol

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