8 Types of Wedding Bouquets Defined

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wedding bouquet of pink and peach roses with dark purple accents and greenery

Until quite recently we didn’t realize the varieties of wedding bouquets out there, which made us think you might not either. Who knew there were so many different kind of wedding bouquets, all with their own names and characteristics? Your bouquet helps convey the style of your wedding—and no matter what style that might be, there is a type of bouquet that’s perfect for you. Do you have an affinity for glitz and glamour, or a natural-minimalist sort of vibe?

To assist in your search for the perfect petals for your upcoming wedding, we’re naming the most popular wedding bouquets, detailing their characteristics, and inspiring you with gorgeous examples of each. So let’s get started—the right of bundle of blooms is waiting for you.

Arm Sheaf Bouquet

Crafted with long-stemmed flowers or foliage, this lengthy bouquet is cradled along the bride’s forearm, almost they way you might carry a baby. We absolutely love this style for a rustic wedding and it’s perfect for the bride who truly loves romantic flowers.

a bride's torso holding an arm sheaf bouquet of red, yellow, and white flowers

Photo Credit || Jen Fariello Photography

bride holding green and white cascading bouquet with trailing ivy

Photo Credit || Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

bride holding cascading bouquet of pink, blue, and purple flowers

Photo Credit || Angelic Edge Photography


Wreath Bouquet

If you’re going for a more causal feel for your florals, a wreath bouquet may be the way to go. Put simply, it’s a bundle of flowers gathered and hand tied with ribbon or burlap. The stems are left exposed so bouquet has a less formal, stiff feel overall. Wreath bouquets are one of the most popular styles of bridal bouquets out there today.

bridal bouquet of white roses and eucalyptus tied with white ribbon with exposed stemsPhoto Credit || Caroline Colvin Photography

bride and groom looking at each other smiling while the bride holds a wreath bouquet of white flowers with blue ribbon

Photo Credit || Pauline Conway Photography

bride holding wreath bouquet of pink roses and greenery

Photo Credit || Two Hodges Photography

Cascading Bouquet

This is the bouquet for the bride looking to make a major style statement. Cascading bouquets are all about drama: florals and foliage are designed to spill over the bride’s hands, creating a waterfall of blooming buds or green leaves.

bride holding a large, cascading bouquet of white roses and green eucalyptus

Photo Credit || James & Company Photography

bride holding a very large cascading bouquet of white, red, and burgundy flowers and green eucalyptus with long ribbons

Photo Credit || Jen Fariello Photography

Bride holding a very long cascading bouquet of white, pink, and dark purple flowers and greenery

Photo Credit || Rachel Red Photography

Posy Bouquet

The exact opposite of a cascading bouquet would probably be a posy bouquet. Delicate and understated, this bouquet can be carried in just one hand and is often adorned with ribbons and pearl pins.

posy bouquet of white and fuschia peonies and roses tied with pink silk ribbon and pearl pins

Photo Credit || Care Studios

bouquet of orange and yellow flowers tied with white silk ribbon in a clear glass vase

Photo Credit || Studio 3511 Photography

bride or bridesmaid holding a posy bouquet of bright pink peonies tied with a white ribbon

Photo Credit || Jen Fariello Photography

Round Bouquet

As you might have guessed, this bouquet gets its name from its shape: its blooms (typically from the same flower and of the same color) form a perfectly round sphere. It plays well with a classic wedding style.

bridesmaid in navy dress holding a round bouquet of white hydrangea with stems wrapped in a navy ribbon

Photo Credit || Lovesome Photography

bride holding round bouquet of white and pale pink peonies

Photo Credit || CRAMER PHOTO

bride holding round bouquet of white and very pale pink roses

Photo Credit || Sarah Murray Photography

Nosegay Bouquet

Nosegay bouquets, which are on the small side and able to be held in one hand, often incorporate more leafy greenery, herbs, and other natural elements. Stems are tightly wrapped, and may also be tucked into a metal holder called a tussle-mussle.

flower girl holding a nosegay bouquet of white flowers and a small floral head wreath

Photo Credit || Jen Fariello Photography

bridesmaid in a sky blue dress holding a nosegay bouquet of white and pink flowers

Photo Credit || JoPhoto

bridesmaid in a light lavender dress holding a nosegay bouquet of white roses and silver dollar eucalyptus

Photo Credit || Michelle Jones Photography

Biedermeier Bouquet

In this bouquet, the blooms of your choice are arranged in a tight circular shape with each “circle” made of a different flower. This result is a bold, geometric statement.

bride holding small beidermeir bouquet with lavender and baby's breath

Photo Credit || Jyn Allen Photography

bride holding a beidermeier bouquet of pink roses with lamb's ear surrounding the perimeter

Photo Credit || Donnell Perry Photography

torsoes of a bride and groom where the bride is holding a beidermeier bouquet of red roses surrounding by a ring of baby's breath

Photo Credit || Eileen K Photography

Composite Bouquet

Truly a work of art, the composite bouquet is made from hundreds of real flower petals wired together to create one giant flower. Unique, out-of-the-box, and typically more expensive, this bouquet is a stunner.

bride and bridesmaids holding composite bouquets made of one single large flower

Photo Credit || Ashley Eiban Photography

Weigh in, friends! Which bouquet speaks to your style?

Featured Photo Credit || Colin Lyons Wedding Photography



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