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Top 10 Bridal Bouquets

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The bridal bouquet is one of the most iconic floral symbols of any wedding day. With so much to choose from it can be hard to know where to begin, here’s our top ten.

There are many different bridal bouquet types, so deciding which is right for you can be a tricky business! Start your search with bridal bouquet pictures online and in magazines for inspiration. It's your day so make sure you pick your favourite.

1)The Posy Bouquet

The posy is round and small and can easily be held in one hand. There are two different types of posy bouquets, one can be loose, hand tied and unstructured, the other formal and wired.
These two styles are widely used where the natural stems are wrapped in satin, velvet or organza ribbon and some can be embellished with pearl pins and beading trims.


2)The Tussy-Mussy

The tussy mussy first appeared in France during the eighteenth century. It is a nosegay bouquet in a small metal hand-held vase. Some have attached ring chains for easy carrying.

They were used primarily during the Victorian era and were considered art forms as each one was unique. The vase or cone could be made from pewter, cobalt glass, silver, gold, porcelain and even plastic.

You have the option of tying lace and ribbons to the tussy mussy to dress it up. Today, the tussy mussy can elegantly display your bouquet on the reception table during the wedding festivities, and then serves as a lovely keepsake for the bride and bridesmaids.

3)The Biedermeier Bouquet

The biedermeier bouquet is influenced by the Europeans. The blooms are tightly-structured and are carefully-arranged in defined circular patterns of different colored flowers, each ring contains an individual type of flower.

The biedermeier has a very pleasing look and is recently showing signs of popularity again due to its dramatic beauty and contrast.

4)The Arm Sheaf Bouquet or Presentation Bouquet

The arm sheaf bouquet first became popular in the early 1900's under the name of Bernhardt bouquets; inspired by the presentation bouquets given to the actress Sarah Bernhardt. They are long stemmed flowers and foliages carried in the arm of the bride. They are also known as presentation bouquets.

It is a stunning alternative to more traditional styles of bouquets and is a good choice for the more contemporary bride. Popular floral choices for arm bouquets are calla lilies, gladiolus, orchids, long-stemmed roses, delphiniums, and larkspur.


5)The Composite-Flower Bouquet

The composite-flower bouquet dates from the early 20th century, mostly used for brides with an unlimited budget. This bouquet is a variation of the round bouquet.

A flower constructed of hundreds of real petals wired together to look like one enormous flower. This style is simplistic in design, but graceful and elegant. It works well in more intimate, sophisticated weddings. Although featured recently in high fashion magazines, this specialised and time-consuming technique is yet to regain its former popularity.

6)The Fan Bouquet

The fan bouquet, is a simple bouquet of flowers attached to a lacy plastic fan. Popular in the 1980’s they were embellished with carnations, baby's breath and plenty of ribbon.

This style of bouquet is reminiscent of the Victorian Era, and is popular for old-fashioned, vintage style or Asian-inspired weddings. It is a great alternative for the bride who is looking for something a little different.


7)The Crescent Bouquet

The crescent bouquet appears in the shape of a quarter moon, a soft arch, using distinguished flowers with definite shapes, often orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that you can hold in one hand. This style is perfect for sophisticated and contemporary weddings.

Flowers are usually tapered and extended at each end while the center is more compact. It can be symmetrical or not, the left and right side of the bouquet is seen flowing down and has only one trailing stem. This style of bouquet is best carried below the waist to show off its unusual beauty.


8)The Muff Bouquet

The Muff bouquet was very popular in Europe and was devised out of necessity.
During weddings in winter months the bride's hands would sit into the muff and a lovely corsage-shaped bouquet would be attached at the front. Unusual and unique this makes a perfect choice for a winter wedding.



9)Shower bouquet or Cascading Bouquet

Once known as a shower bouquet the cascading bouquet is also referred to as a teardrop bouquet or trail bouquet. In the early twentieth century these bouquets replaced the fashion of posies around the time of 1910. They reached their peak from 1920 - 1930's until the advent of World War Two

The Cascading bouquet, which is the most formal and most traditional of bouquets, is designed to spill gracefully over the bride's hands as it flows downward for a sophisticated and stylized look, almost any flower can be used in this style.

The bouquet is roundish at the top but pointy at the bottom. The traditional shower bouquet is known as the large multi-trail bouquet and was renamed the ‘Princess’ in honor of the late Princess Diana who used this style as her wedding bouquet. The modern smaller version is called the teardrop bouquet or trail bouquet.

10) Clutch bouquets

The hand-tied bouquet is a loose-tied arrangement. These hand tied styles are also referred to as clutch bouquets. This type of bouquet consists of a simple gathering of flowers, bound and tied with ribbon and the stems left exposed.

This is a beautiful choice for an outdoor wedding as it has that just picked from the garden look. It is arranged in a looser manner with the stems left longer and a large ribbon is used to tie it together.