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Bouquet Types & Styles

Bouquet Types: Posy Bouquet

When people thing of wedding bouquets, they think of the traditional wedding bouquets they generally thing of the posy or the arm-sheaf bouquet. But did you know that there are many other styles. Today we look at 10 different bouquet types:

Bouquet Types

The Posy Bouquet

The posy bouquet is small, round in shape and has the added advantage of being able to be held in one hand. The 2 main styles of this bouquet type are generally hand tied, unstructured and loose or held together by florist wire by removing the the greenery and some stems, making it structured and well rounded.

Generally speaking minimal to no greenery is added to the later.  Popular flowers for this style are roses, tulips, lisianthus, peonies, carnations, ranunculi (AKA buttercup) and orchids.

The Nosegay Bouquet

The Nosegay has been around since medieval times and they were carried or worn around the head and or bodice. Interestingly the actually term Nosegay appeared around the 15th century and is comprised of 2 words being literally ‘nose’ and ‘gay’ (gay in this instance means ornament). Technically speaking it means nose ornament, thus meaning it was to be worn around the nose as an ornament. This was because it was to mask unpleasant odour’s.

It came back into fashion in the 1980’s with bridesmaids and flower girls. Generally a Nosegay is comprised of scented flowers as originally it was used to mask unpleasant odours. Popular flowers for the Nosegay include roses, gerberas, gerberas, freesia ,ranunculus, monte casino, mini carnations, freesia, asters, ranunculus, mini carnations and asters.


The Tussy-Mussy

The Tussy-Mussy is an interesting one of the bouquet types because a Tussy Mussy Bouquet is actually about the holder which is called a Tussy-Mussy. Originally from Victorian times they a re a small and traditionally made of various metals such as silver or gold.

They have also been known to be made of glass and porcelain. One great feature of this is that they can also come with as stand which can be used to display the bouquet.


The Biedermeier Bouquet

A fun fact about the Biedermeier Bouquet is that is named after the Biedermeier style of design. This design style originated in Germany and become popular in Europe in the 1800’s. That being said the bouquet is a based on having concentric rings of flowers tightly packed.

The each circle can be different by colour and type of flower. Generally speaking bridesmaids will generally have a 2 layered biedermeier bouquet.


The Pomander Bouquet or Kissing Ball

This bouquet is literally as it say, its a big ball. Normally with a ribbon as a strap, this rather curvey and literally round bouquet. It comes from the French word pomme d’ambre which literally translates in to “apple amber” as the originally use for the word was a ball of perfume. While keeping the same shape and making it into a ball, thus the Pomander Bouquet was born.


 The Composite-Flower Bouquet

Just as the name suggests, the Composite Flower Bouquet is put together by many other flowers in order to make one large flower bouquet. It is a more vintage or old English style bouquet or the bouquet types.

They are normally made with one whole rose in the middle and petals are added to made it much larder and fuller.


The Arm Sheaf Bouquet or Presentation Bouquet

The Arm Sheaf goes by many names including presentation bouquet and the over-the-arm bouquet. It lays over the brides arm and is made from long stemmed flowers. This type of bouquet is suited better for more modern styled weddings.

They are generally made from calla lilies, orchids, long-stemmed roses, gladiolus, delphiniums or tropical flowers such as Birds of Paradise.


 The Ballerina Bouquet

This type of bouquet was popularised in the 1940’s during war time when flowers were scarce as a result. The ballerina Bouquet is comprised of a few flowers that are surrounded by tulle or net to give it an extra touch.


Flower Hoop Bouquet

Just as the name suggests, this type of bouquet is in the shape of a hoop. It is one ore the more unique bouquet types listed here today. There are a few ways to create this bouquet (depending on how big the hoop is). The 2 most popular methods are tying twine and naturally bendy branches in the shape of a hoop.

The other popular way is to literally get a hoop and decorate it with your favourite flowers. While this type of bouquet is not as common, depending on how it is put together it an suit a very traditional or contemporary wedding.


Whatever your style we are sure it will be great. Also if you are looking for styling its generally a good idea to get the bouquet from the same place as your stylist to make sure everything matches,

What type of bouquet are you considering for your wedding? Join the discussion and comment down below 🙂

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