The Bridal Bouquet

Style of the Wedding Gown

A professional florist will ask the style of the bridal gown and the color of the bridesmaids' dresses. Take a swatch of material from your gown and a picture of the gown with you. There are so many colors of white, about 17 shades, the florist will want to match the color.  Also bring pictures of the bridesmaids' dresses.

The florist will also take into consideration the style of the bride's veil or headpiece, the color scheme of the wedding, the season of the year and the degree of formality of the wedding.

Cut out pictures of bouquets that you like and take those with you. This will give the florist an idea of the style you prefer.

The bride's bouquet should be in proportion to her size. It should not overpower her or be undersized to her body type.

Basic Types of Bridal Bouquets

The basic types of bridal bouquets are:


This is a cluster of blossoms arranged in a triangular shape.


A nosegay is round and consists of a tightly bound cluster of small flowers. It comes in various sizes.


Another Nosegay



A cascade is a tear-shaped arrangement that looks like the blossoms are spilling downward.

Another Cascade


This is a curved arrangement, designed to be held on one arm.

Another Crescent

Biedermeier Bouquet

This is an intricate design consisting of concentric circles of flowers, with each circle being a different color to distinguish it from its neighboring circles.

Biedermeier Bouquet

Hand-tied Bouquet

This is a simple cluster of long stems, tied together with a ribbon.


A ball of flowers suspended from the wrist by a decorative ribbon.

Heirloom fan

Other Bridal Bouquet Options

Not all brides carry bouquets. Other possibilities are:

An heirloom fan

A family Bible decorated with flowers and/or satin ribbons

A flower filled straw basket

Family Bible with Flowers

Basket of flowers

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Great pictures, good research.

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judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

Thanks, fastfreta. I just love anything to do with weddings and have made silk flower bouquets for friends. Love working with beautiful things.

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

I love this hub. The bouquets are gorgeous. My niece just got married in June and your hub brought back all the wonderful memories of one of the most beautiful garden weddings or any wedding I have ever attended. Thank you.

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judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

Thank you Smireles. It's good to have you back. Wedding flowers make me feel happy. I have made many bouquets for my friends' weddings!

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Kamran100 5 years ago

great collection of pictures, i just wanna say. this is really beautiful hub!

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judydianne 5 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL Author

Thank you Kamran100 for your great comments. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

George 2 years ago

- That low, low shot of them surrounded by all the greneery with the hillside of homes in the background is just absolutely lovely!Ring shot is the money shot though! LOVE it! Bokeh is fantabulous!As an aside, your blog design is lovely! Really reminds me of Nienie dialogues blog, which I adore. Swoon!

judydianne 2 years ago

Thank you George. I had a good time picking out the bouquets I wanted to use.

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