TO the Feathered Arrow blog. I'M Kari! A WEDDING PLANNER, PODCAST HOST, BIZ EDUCATOR, AND A LOVER OF COFFEE, ALL THINGS OUTDOORS + A SUCKER FOR A GOOD LOVE STORY.
Flowers are my favorite detail at a wedding! The design element it brings to the day is always beautiful! The right floral design for your big day sets the tone of the event and compliments your dress. (Additionally, they compliment your wedding party attire). Before you jump on Pinterest, we teamed up with one of our favorite florists, Stacey of Create Floral Design, to find out more about the most common bouquet shapes and what separates them! Take a look + see the arrangement type that fits your style best!
A compact bouquet can range in size but packs a big punch! These are wrapped in ribbon with the stems fully or partially covered. You can use a variety of flowers including roses, orchids, hydrangeas, etc.
Pro-Tip from Stacey: “They can be made in your hand or in a bouquet holder with a water source. Using a bouquet holder is less common but great for those weddings in the heat of summer!”
I have a precious B&W photo of my grandmother on her wedding day holding the most epic cascade bouquet! People compare this to a “waterfall” of flowers + greenery that literally “cascades” down the front.
If you want something small, this is your go-to. As with the round style, the nosegay or posy is made with a compact arrangement of flowers. For a unique look, add more greenery than flower ratio to the bouquet. Additionally, the stem wrapping can vary from fully to partially wrapped.
Fun Fact from Stacey: “[the stems] were traditionally wrapped with doilies but nowadays are usually wrapped with ribbon like the other bouquet styles.”
Recently, a really popular choice is the hand tied style. It’s looser in arrangement + the bottoms of the stems are exposed with ribbon or string tied just above the hand. Mix in flowers like larkspur, peonies, lisianthus, and jasmine to make this bouquet feel organic.
Fun Fact from Stacey: “If it is a European style hand tied bouquet, the stems are assembled in a spiral and bound at the spiral point. This type of bouquet can actually stand on its own! Pretty cool!”
Thank you to Stacey for sharing your tips! For more flower inspiration, check out this post here. And if you’re ready to bring your dream wedding to life, contact me on my homepage here and let’s start planning!
Written by: Jodi Beale (Intern for Feathered Arrow)