Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pixie's Guide to Types of Bouquet

There are maaaaaany different bridal bouquet types, so the style that is perfect for you is the one that you a. like, b. shows of your dress to the best advantage, and c. relfects your theme/ venue or your personality. Bridal bouquets are things of beauty and in the eye of the beholder, so your wedding bouquet style is up to you, usually decided upon by personal preference, meaning of the flowers, style of the wedding dress, and the wedding venue. Start your search with bridal bouquet pictures for inspiration and endless design possibilities, keeping in mind the style of your overall wedding (the theme) and your dress. Below are the different bridal bouquet styles:
Arm Sheaf aka Presentation/Pageant Bouquet
The arm sheaf bouquet first became popular in the early 1900's under the name of Bernhardt bouquets; inspired by the presentation bouquets given to the actress of the day, Sarah Bernhardt. They are long stemmed flowers and foliages that the bride carries cradled in her arm, also known as a presentation bouquet.It is a stunning alternative to more traditional styles of bouquets, it is very chic, and best suited to modern style weddings. Tastefully designed to be cradled in the bride's arm and can be as simple or as elaborate as she likes.They can be single-ended, with stems showing at one end, or double-ended with no stems showing. A gorgeous ribbon provides the finishing touch. Popular floral choices for arm bouquets are calla lilies, gladiolus, orchids, long-stemmed roses, delphiniums, and larkspur. LOVE Love LOvE this style ladies.
The Ballerina Bouquet
The ballerina bouquet, is a round bouquet composed of masses of tulle, ribbon, or net and few flowers. This type of bouquet was popular in the early 1940s when flowers were scarce due to World War II. For modern brides or vinatage-theme, a ballerina bouquet offers a cost-effective, yet beautiful solution for a tight floral budget. Maybe it could be cute? I dunno.
The Basket Bouquet
The basket bouquet has flowers arranged in a beautifully shaped shallow basket and is usually and more often used in a garden or garden-like wedding setting. The basket bouquet may be carried by the bride, but are most popular with and often carried by flower girls and junior bridesmaids. The small basket keeps their little hands occupied and out of mischief. I'm not a fan unless the flower girl is dropping rose petals out of her basket. I don't like arrangements in them. That's just me though.The Biedermeier Bouquet
The biedermeier bouquet is European-influenced. The blooms are tightly-structured and carefully-arranged in defined circular patterns of different coloured flowers, each ring containing one type of flower. Originating in Switzerland in the late 1800's, often orange and lemon peels were added for extra frangrance. A bouquet similar to the nosegay and named for a German style of interior design. The biedermeier has a very pleasing geometry and is recently showing signs of popularity again due to its dramatic beauty and contrast. In my opinion, these can look very beautiful, or absolutely horrible depending on flower choice and the skill of the florist.The Cascade Bouquet aka Teardrop or Trail Bouquet
The cascading bouquets were originally referred to as shower bouquets. Also known as a teardrop bouquet or trail bouquet. These replaced the fashion of posies around the time of 1910. This style became exaggerated by 1920, with much larger bouquets, so large they almost concealed the bride. They reached their peak from 1920 - 1930's until WWII. The Cascading bouquet, which is the most formal and most traditional of bouquets, is designed to spill gracefully over the bride's hands as it flows downward for a sophisticated and stylized look, almost any flower can be used in this style. The bouquet is roundish at the top but pointy at the bottom. The traditional shower bouquet is known as the large multi-trail bouquet, subsequently renamed the princess in honour of the late Princess Diana and her impressive bridal bouquet. The modern smaller version is called the teardrop bouquet or trail bouquet. For a formal wedding only, in my opinion, so they aren't for me, but they are indeed, my mother, the florist's, favourite design of all time.The Composite-Flower Bouquet
The composite-flower bouquet dates from the early 20th century, mostly used for brides with an unlimited budget. This bouquet is a variation of the round bouquet. A flower constructed of hundreds of real petals wired together to look like one enormous flower. This style is simplistic in design, but graceful and elegant. It works well in more intimate, sophisticated weddings. Although featured recently in high fashion magazines, this specialised and time-consuming technique is yet to regain its former popularity. Perfect for the bride who loves simplicity. Lovely I say, but a whole lot of work.
The Cone Bouquet
The cone bouquet, as the name implies, forms a cone shape. This style bouquet works best for bridesmaids and flower girls. Depending upon the flowers and foliage selected, this bouquet will compliment any casual or formal event. I am not a fan of cone-shaped bouquets but that pine cone one featured above is interesting enough for me to keep it in mind.
The Crescent Bouquet
The crescent bouquet appears in the shape of a quarter moon, a soft arch, using distinguished flowers with definite shapes, often orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that you can hold in one hand. These bouquets are true floral art and an individualist representation of the bride's personality. This style is perfect for sophisticated and contemporary weddings. Flowers are usually tapered and extended at each end while the center is more compact. It can be symmetrical or not, the left and right side of the bouquet is seen flowing down and has only one trailing stem. This style of bouquet is best carried below the waist to show off its unique beauty. I personally would want to wear it only if I was getting married in a $20 000 dollar couture dress, otherwise it would overpower me:D
The Fan Bouquet
The fan bouquet, is a simple bouquet of flowers attached to a lacy plastic fan. Popular in the late eighties, they were embellished with carnations, baby's breath and plenty of ribbon. This style of bouquet is reminiscent of the Victorian Era, and is popular for old-fashioned, vintage style or Asian-inspired weddings. Perfect for brides who want something a little different. To me, this one could eaaasssily go very tacky if you use cheap flowers, but since you need so few, why not come up with something elegant, like the designs pictured above... The Muff Bouquet
The muff bouquet was very popular in Europe and was created in the early centuries and borne out of neccessity. In mid winter, the bride's hands would sit into the muff, a lovely corsage-shaped bouquet attached at the front. Unusual and unique, a perfect choice for a winter wedding. This bouquet is lovely with long evening gloves. It`s not me but it could be you. I don`t think it is ugly.The Nosegay Bouquet
Traditionally the nosegay was a small round shaped bunch of flowers and herbs, often containing more greenery than other bouquets and mounted in a tussie-mussie (a small, Victorian style, metal or glass, cone-shaped holder). It came back in fashion in the 1980's as a tight posy of small flowers with a stiff tulle backing. It was very popular with flowergirls and bridesmaids. In modern times it has been revived and reinvented with additions of lovely satin and organza ribbons and larger floral arrangements. I don`t like the holder though, you`d have to cover that with a lot of ribbon for me to be happy with it...
The Pomander aka Kissing Ball Bouquet
The pomander bouquet is also known as a kissing ball. A pomander is a ball of flowers suspended from a loop of decorative ribbon. Adult attendants can carry pomanders, but young attendants such as flower girls and junior bridesmaids most often carry them. It is a personaly favourite of mine cuz it is soooooo playful.The Posy Bouquet
The posy is round and small and can easily be held in one hand. There are two styles of posy bouquets, one can be loose, hand tied and unstructured, the other formal and wired, the stems of the flowers are removed and replaced with florists wire, constructed into a much lighter posy with and easy to hold handle. These two styles are widely used where the natural stems are wrapped in a beautiful satin, velvet or organza ribbon and some embellished with pearl pins and beading trims. A personal favourite. I think it is the most popular right now as well.
The Prayerbook Bouquet
The prayerbook bouquet is a small prayer book is used as the platform upon which a small bouquet is placed. The design may be a small cluster of flowers the size of a corsage which is placed on top of the prayer book and can be attached with ribbons or a small armature to prevent damage to the book. Another way of carrying a prayer book is to place a single flower stem through the center of the book. The prayerbook or Bible spray bouquet is a sign of faith and spirit. A long-time favourite of devout brides. While a traditional choice, it can be designed in a contemporary way. Since I am afraid the flower thing might be pagan in orgin (i.e fertility for brides) I have been thinking of using the Qu`ran for what I pose with for pictures cuz my religion is important to me. It was also Grace Kelly's choice for her royal wedding.
The Scepter Bouquet
The scepter bouquet gives a dramatic accent to your wedding day, it takes the shape of an over-sized wand.The handles are extra long, entwined with ribbon, cording, ornaments etc.The scepter bouquets are suitable for any wedding occasion and may be carried by any member of the wedding party. Very unique.

The Tussy-Mussy Bouquet
The tussy mussy first appeared in France during the eighteenth century. A nosegay bouquet in a small metal hand-held vase. Some have attached ring chains for easy carrying. They were used primarily during the Victorian Era and considered art forms as each one was unique. The vase or cone could be made from pewter, cobalt glass, silver, gold, porcelain, plastic and even beaded. You have the option of tying lace and ribbons to the tussy mussy to dress it up. Today, the tussy mussy elegantly displays the bouquets on your reception table during the wedding festivities, and then serves as a lovely keepsake for the bride and bridesmaids. I don`t like them AT ALL though.
The Wrist Bouquet or Flower Bracelet Bouquet
A wrist bouquet or flower bracelet is a small flower bouquet worn on the wrist. More corsage than bouquet, this style is comprised of a small floral arrangement. Flowers and foliage are mounted on a small base attached to a strong elastic bracelet fitted around the wrist.A great alternative to a traditional bouquet. Worn by brides and bridesmaids who want the look of a bouquet, but want the freedom of having their hands free. The wrist corsage can be made in any combination of flowers and is occasionally complimented with ribbons and beads

The hand-tied bouquet is a loose-tied arrangement. These hand tied styles are also referred to as clutch bouquets.This type of bouquet consists of a simple gathering of flowers, bound and tied with ribbon with stems left exposed. Queen Anne's lace, phlox and cosmos are magnificent examples of this style.This is a beautiful choice for an outdoor wedding with that just picked from the garden look. It is arranged in a looser manner with the stems left longer and a large ribbon or exotic fabric tied together.