Wedding Bouquet Styles

Wedding bouquets come in a variety of shapes or styles. The below descriptions cover the most common wedding bouquet styles. Before you make your final decision on the style of bouquet you want, you should consider the logistics of holding it (large bouquets can be very heavy!) as well as what is going to suit your size and shape and the style of your wedding dress. For example if you are petite, a large bouquet might overwhelm you whereas a small nosegay bouquet might look completely out of proportion if you are tall.

Arm Bouquet

A natural stem bouquet designed to be held in the crook of the arm or sometimes in a downward direction. Usually consists of long-stemmed flowers such as roses and lilies. A loosely tied ribbon or bow is sometimes used to keep the bouquet together.

Trailing Bouquet

This classic style bouquet can either look like a 'waterfall', falling straight down, or it can resemble a 'teardrop'. In general it is slightly rounded at the top and falling to a point at the bottom. Can be formal or informal, open and airy to full and compact.

Hand-tied Posy

Bouquet of blossoms and greenery with an unstructured appearance rather than a precise round shape although it can still be roundish in shape. The natural stems create the ‘handle’ and stems can be left exposed or completely ribbon-wrapped.

Round Bouquet

Circular in shape, a round bouquet consists of a large number of flowers and sometimes greenery in a compact space. In general, the bouquet is held together in a round bouquet holder.

Nosegay Bouquet

In general, nosegays or ‘tussie mussies’ follow the same shape as a round bouquet but are usually smaller and not as dense as a round bouquet, and may include more greenery and the addition of ribbon streamers

Freeform Bouquet

This bouquet often has no discernible shape. As the name implies, this style covers a looser bouquet that often has flowers or greenery coming out at various angles.

Single Stem

While not technically a bouquet as it consists of only one flower a single stem arrangement can be a very simple and elegant look. This stem is held in the same manner as the arm bouquet, and is generally placed in the crook of one’s arm. The calla lily seems to be the most popular flower for this arrangement.

Instead of a bouquet you or your attendants may like to carry:


A sort of ball of blossoms created by inserting the stems into a globe-shaped base that is suspended from a looped ribbon. The ribbon can be held in hand or slipped over the wrist.


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