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Your go-to guide to bridal bouquet shapes and styles

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If you don’t know your pomanders from your posies, take a peek at our go-to guide to bridal bouquets.


A bit of a modern favourite, the cascading style is, as the name implies… cascading. Opt for a mix of big blooms, leafy greenery and feathery ‘filler’ flowers (like fairy statice) gathered in a wild-and-free arrangement. This style looks incredible at rustic-, bohemian- and modern-style celebrations.

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Again, the shape of this bouquet is all in the name. A shape that essentially fans out from the centre, the crescent bouquet style has great impact. This interesting style suits pretty much any wedding theme – winner! Much like cascading bouquets, crescent bouquets work best with a mix of big blooms and ones with a natural ‘drooping’ effect.

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A classic option for decades, round bouquets look like a full, rounded bloom made up of smaller flowers. A timeless favourite, round bouquets look spectacular at pretty much any wedding but they look especially lovely at elegant, more formal affairs.

Bound together in a tight cluster, the flowers should cover the whole bouquet and there should be minimal stem showing above the binding/ribbon.

Round bouquets are great for variety – either use a range of varied flowers or stick to just the one.

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If you want to visualise the pageant bouquet style, just picture a pageant queen being handed a long, arm-ascending bouquet. Depending on what flowers you use, the pageant bouquet looks amazing at modern-, industrial- and rustic-themed weddings. The key to nailing the pageant bouquet? Drooping greenery. Look for things like amaranthus and maiden hair ferns to get you started. Don’t forget – long stems are also important.

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A sweet and timeless option, the posy bouquet is usually small in size and is bound as a small cluster with a ribbon or string for easy gripping. Full of old-world charm, the posy bouquet looks utterly enchanting at celebrations of all themes. Keep in mind that there are two different types of posy bouquets: loose posies are bound by hand and are less tightly-gathered, while the more formal posy is typically bound in a cylinder made of florists’ wire to keep the stems compactly secured.

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A cute style typically carried by flower girls, the pomander bouquet is arranged into a ball-like shape and can feature a ribbon attachment, often used as a handle. Pomanders are a somewhat formal look, so they work best for uber-glam black-tie events and stylish garden weddings. Much like round bouquets, pomdanders suit a mix of varied flowers or just one. Small-petalled blooms like roses and hydrangeas work well for this style. 

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Similar to a posy, nosegay bouquets are a classic shape but are typically smaller and use predominately flowers and less greenery.

A fairly versatile style, nosegay bouquets work well with virtually any wedding theme – it all comes down to what flowers you use. Nosegays typically feature a combination of small and medium sized flowers with minimal greenery. Stems are also normally short and are either bound by ribbon or paper and ribbon.

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In its simplest description, a wrist bouquet is a corsage worn on the wrist. An eye-catching addition to a bridal or bridesmaid look, these babies can work well as accessories. They’re also super convenient, ensuring that all brides and bridesmaids have their hands free. Boho and beach brides, this look is for you. A wedding in the woodlands, a seaside celebration, a ceremony under a tipi – they’re all settings that can work well with a wrist bouquet. A combination of tight, closed-petalled ranunculus and roses plus tiny ‘fillers’ like brunia berries and dusty miller look simply beautiful for this style.

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