A Blooming Guide to Wedding Bouquets

By Molly Grainger | 13th March, 2024 in Tips

A Blooming Guide to Wedding Bouquets

A Blooming Guide to Wedding Bouquets: Choosing the perfect floral companions for your big day

Weddings are a celebration of love, and every detail contributes to making the day unforgettable. Among the myriad of choices to be made, one of the most cherished and symbolic is the wedding bouquet. It’s not just a bunch of flowers; it’s a floral design that reflects your personality, style, and the essence of your special day. So, how do you choose the perfect bouquet that complements your attire, venue and theme?

Brides, bridesmaids and flower girls traditionally carry wedding bouquets and the flowers they carry can bring all the wedding details together. Whether you’d like to make the bouquet yourself or find a florist fit for the job, there are plenty of ideas to bring your wedding visions to life.

Understanding your Options

Before you dive into the specifics, it’s crucial to understand the various types of wedding bouquets available. Different wedding bouquet shapes can complement different wedding styles. Here are some ideas:

  • Hand-Tied Bouquets:These are casually gathered bunches of flowers, tied together with ribbon or twine. They often exude a rustic, garden-inspired charm and are perfect for outdoor or bohemian-themed weddings. When it comes to tying the bouquet together, the possibilities are endless. Rustic twine, delicate lace, or soft silk ribbons can all be used to secure the stems and add a touch of romance to the arrangement. You can even personalise the bouquet with meaningful charms, vintage brooches, or heirloom trinkets, infusing it with sentimental value and personality.

  • Cascade Bouquets: Also known as shower bouquets, these feature flowers flow downwards in a cascading manner. They are elegant and add a touch of drama to the bridal ensemble, making them ideal for formal affairs.

  • Posy Bouquets:Compact and round in shape, posy bouquets are versatile and suit almost any wedding style. They are typically composed of one type of flower or a mix of complementary blooms, tightly bound together. Unlike larger, more elaborate bouquets, posy bouquets are composed of a tightly arranged cluster of flowers, creating a neat and polished appearance. The compact shape makes them easy to carry and provides a sense of balance and symmetry, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the bridal ensemble.

  • Pageant Bouquets:These are elongated bouquets, also known as an arm bouquet, and are often carried horizontally. They are popular in vintage or retro-themed weddings and can be adorned with ribbons, brooches or other embellishments for added glamour.

  • Composite Bouquets: Also known as glamelia or rose-petal bouquets, these are intricate creations made by piecing together individual petals to resemble one large flower. Each petal is carefully selected and wired together to form the petals, sepals and centre of the flower, resulting in a breathtakingly realistic replica of a single bloom. They are unique and offer a timeless, romantic appeal. Their durable design also ensures that they will hold up well throughout the day, allowing you to enjoy their beauty from the ceremony to the reception without worry.

Choosing the right type of flowers: 

Once you’ve determined the style of bouquet that resonates with your vision, it’s time to select the blooms. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Seasonality: Opting for flowers that are in season ensures freshness and lower costs. Spring weddings might feature tulips, peonies, or lilacs, while summer weddings could showcase roses, dahlias, or sunflowers.
  • Colour Palette: Coordinate the bouquet’s colours with your wedding theme and attire. Whether you prefer soft pastels, vibrant hues, or classic whites, choose flowers that complement your chosen colour palette. 
  • Meaning and Symbolism: Many flowers carry symbolic meanings, so consider incorporating blooms that hold significance for you and your partner. For example, roses symbolise love and romance, while lavender represents devotion and tranquillity.
  • Texture and Shape: Mix different flower shapes and textures to add depth and visual interest to your bouquet. Pair delicate blooms like ranunculus or baby’s breath with more substantial flowers like hydrangeas or peonies for a balanced look.

Personalising your Bouquet

Your wedding bouquet is a reflection of your unique style and personality, so don’t hesitate to personalise it.

  • Add Meaningful Elements: Incorporate sentimental touches such as heirloom brooches, family heirlooms, or meaningful charms into your bouquet to honour loved ones or commemorate special memories.

  • Include Foliage and Greenery: Incorporating foliage and greenery into your wedding bouquet is a wonderful way to add depth, texture, and a touch of natural beauty to your floral arrangement. Beyond simply serving as filler, greenery enhances the overall aesthetic of your bouquet, creating a lush and organic feel that complements your chosen blooms. Consider incorporating foliage like eucalyptus, ferns or ivy for a lush, organic feel. 

  • Consider Alternative Materials: Explore unconventional materials like succulents, feathers, or paper flowers for a creative twist on traditional bouquets. These unique elements can add personality and whimsy to your arrangement. Choosing an alternative material can mean that you can keep the flowers as a cherished keepsake to remember your special day.

  • Consult your Florist: Work closely with your florist to bring your vision to life. They can offer valuable expertise and suggestions based on your preferences, budget, and seasonal availability. Florists can present you with a range of design options, whether you prefer a compact posy bouquet or an elaborate cascading arrangement, your florist can offer guidance on design elements such as shape, size and texture to create a bouquet that reflects your unique style.


Your wedding bouquet is more than just a floral arrangement; it’s a symbol of your love story and a reflection of your unique style. 

Understanding the different types of bouquets opens up a world of possibilities allowing you to select a style that resonates with your vision and complements the overall aesthetic of your wedding day. Selecting the right flowers, and infusing personal touches creates a thought provoking and heartfelt addition to the big day.

Whether you prefer classic elegance, bohemian romance, or modern chic, let your bouquet be a beautiful expression of your journey together as you embark on this new chapter of your life.