Basic Bridal Bouquet Shapes

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Brides and grooms may not realize it, but there is a lot more artistry that goes into creating a wedding bouquet than meets the eye. One of the first things that professional wedding florists learn is the four basic shapes of bridal bouquets. Learn the most common wedding bouquet shapes, which types of weddings they are appropriate for, and what one best suits you and your wedding.

Cascading Bouquet
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Hand-Tied Bridal Bouquets

Many brides want their bouquet to look unprocessed and organic, so they opt for a hand-tied bouquet. These types of bouquets have the stems of the flowers exposed and tied with a decorative ribbon. Hand-tied bouquets incorporating many different colors or kinds of flowers appear more feminine; bouquets with a bunch of identical blooms are more dramatic, especially when the flowers are a deep, rich color.

Cascade Bridal Bouquets

The most classic and well-loved shape of bridal bouquet is the cascade, otherwise known as the teardrop or waterfall bouquet. These bouquets are rounded at the top with flowers and use trailing greenery like ferns or ivy to create a flowing shape at the bottom. The beautiful flowers together with the draping natural greenery gives a very decadent, elegant appearance.

Round Bridal Bouquet
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Round Bridal Bouquets

The old standby for wedding bouquet shapes is round. A rounded bouquet may be formal or casual, depending on the flowers that make it up. As a general rule, casual weddings feature smaller round bouquets while more formal affairs utilize larger ones. Round bouquets appear more manicured than cascade or hand-tied bouquets, and many brides choose them because they like the clean, neat appearance.

Freeform Bridal Bouquets

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Florists and brides have recently been experimenting with the freeform bouquet, which doesn’t follow any specific conventions. Freeform bouquets feature any combination of flowers and greenery in a completely natural composition. They usually look best with exotic or tropical flowers, and can be used to perfectly complement an alternative or beach wedding. One word of caution: there is a fine line between freeform and chaos, so make sure that your florist has plenty of experience designing this type of bouquet before attempting yours.

When you get married, your bridal bouquet will be front and center in every picture that appears in your album. It is a visual focal point for the entire wedding day, so its importance cannot be underestimated. Wedding floral design is based on the four basic bridal bouquet shapes, so its best to understand each one before choosing your wedding bouquet.

♥ Jenny Evans
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