Breaking down what defines seven popular bouquet styles

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in June 2018.

Do you know the difference between a posy and a nosegay? Is a composite bouquet stylistically appropriate for your bohemian gown? Wonder no more. These illustrations explain everything there is to know about different types of bouquets; real-life examples on the following pages show local florists’ take on a few of the most popular.

CASCADE

What it is: A dramatic “waterfall” of flowers and greenery that literally cascades from the hands of the holder

Perfect for: Outdoor and formal ceremonies alike, depending on stems used and the size of the arrangement

COMPOSITE

What it is: Less common but no less striking, this arrangement is composed of the buds and petals from a single type of flower, arranged to look like an enormous version of that flower.

Perfect for: Brides who want to make a big impact without carrying an armful of blooms

ROUND

What it is: A classic bridal bouquet, characterized by a large, even globe of similarly colored or sized flowers

Perfect for: A formal wedding in a church or ballroom

POMANDER

What it is: A perfect sphere of flowers that dangles from a ribbon, which doubles as a handle

Perfect for: Flower girls and junior bridesmaids, as well as aisle décor

HAND-TIED

What it is: A large, densely packed arrangement of blooms with a healthy dose of greenery and a variety of shapes and textures

Perfect for: Bohemian brides and outdoor weddings

NOSEGAY

What it is: A versatile, compact cluster of blooms with stems cut to a uniform length and wrapped in ribbon

Perfect for: Brides and bridesmaids in casual and formal weddings alike

POSY

What it is: A petite arrangement of flowers, often small enough to be held in one hand

Perfect for: Bridesmaids, as well as brides who don’t want to haul around a large arrangement