A Guide to Bouquet Styles

Emma Frankart Henterly
Orchard Lane Flowers: Large and loose, this wild hand-tied bouquet features roses, garden roses, peonies and scabiosa. The ruffly blooms are complemented by structured hyacinth, mini calla and leucadendron blooms. Fern, ruscus and blackberry leaf add volume and texture.

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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