22 Types of Bouquets and Flower Arrangements

Landing just the right kind of bouquet can make gifting or decorating a blissful experience. Here, we cite some of the best arrangement techniques for flowers and bouquets best suited for your particular situation.

Humans have always been obsessed with flowers. The beauty and fragrance of flowers make it worth the effort. From demonstrating love to decorating for occasions, from worshiping to paying tributes, flowers continue to lift our lives in lilting ways.

However, when it comes to choosing the right flowers for specific occasions, one often finds themself bewildered.

15 Best Types of Bouquets to Make Your Day

Posy Bouquets

A reserved choice that can be customized to fit any occasion.

Posies are not actually any particular type of flower but a unique minimalist flower arrangement. Due to their aesthetic size, look and feel, they are ideal for bridal gifts. They also perfectly complement a bride's jewelry and make-up, as an accessory would.

Depending on your taste or preference, these bouquets could be arranged with monolithic colors or a vibrant bunch. However, what's common is that they are tied into a bundle with wire and wrapped with matching ribbons. The stalks are maintained to fit your palms perfectly, with the bulbous and fresh flowerheads bulging out in harmony.

Another cool feature of Posy Bouquets is that it generally has minimal green aspects, as the whole point is for the flower bulbs to pose. Most kinds of round and stout flowers like roses, gerbera daisies, peonies, dahlias, or ranunculus, can be used to make a posy bouquet.

Glamelia Or Composite Bouquet

All for one, one for all.

Glamelia is a vast and petal-rich bouquet with a royal tone, and not so surprisingly, it is also called the rose duchess. Here, the concept of using flowerheads to draw attention goes obsolete. Instead, the bouquet is prepared from the individual, healthy petals plucked from the same type of flowers, then rearranged immaculately in the form of a single, colossal flower.

The individual petals are wired or taped together in concentric circles. Another way of doing this is by rearranging smaller flowers to look like a single, bigger one. It is evident from the process that creating Glamelia's is time-consuming, and its price tag is usually on the higher side. Nevertheless, it is worth it for most kinds of occasions.

Nosegay Bouquet

A bit like a solar system.

Nosegay bouquets are said to have been in existence since medieval times. This round, petite, and compact bouquet is a mixture of different attractive flowers, spruced up with the highlight of greens. The stalks on these flowers are uniformly trimmed and tied firmly with a ribbon or a wire. The choice of ribbon can play a significant role in setting the mood for the bouquet. Try going for a sober choice of color for ribbon, as the primary focus shouldn't take away from the flowers.

The arrangement of flowers is made so that a large one is placed in the center of focus, drawing attention to the collection of smaller ones around it. The greener the periphery is, the more true to Nosegay's essence you are.

Cascade or Waterfall Bouquet

Representing the illusion of motion.

True to its name, a cascade bouquet has a trailing shape, a gentle representation of a waterfall. The wavy leaves cascade downward while the main bunch of flowers perches on your hands. This bouquet is for those who like to make a statement with their fashion. The long trailing vines of this bouquet set against the white bridal gowns add to its beauty.

If you're wondering how to make a cascade bouquet, just hand-tie a bunch of your favorite flowers (preferably lilies, dahlias, roses, and some hyacinths) with a schematic color combination with floral foam and ribbons. Then, while stalking, attach long vines and leaves to give a cascading feel.

Crescent Bouquets

Adding elegant flair.

These moon-shaped bouquets are a royal way to take your gifting experience up a notch. But to mold the moon's shape out of flowers requires excellent finesse. A wide variety of flowers can be used to shape it up prominently. The central flowers are generally round, compact and flashy, with tiny flowers keeping it company on either side.

Long, relevant greens like star asparagus and ivy can be used to elongate the body and be pulled up into the tailing ends of a crescent moon. The crescent shape may face up or down, so ask for the style you like best.

Pomander Bouquet

How's it hanging?

Hung from an elegant ribbon, this bouquet dangles from the bride's hands. This distinctive feature of the Pomander bouquet also allows for hanging them by the trees or walls as ornamentals. A side perk is that you can show off your luxurious manicure, which other bouquets might have otherwise overshadowed!

The best thing about this badge-like bouquet is that it can create a theme for the occasion. Like in outdoor weddings, this bouquet can be the bride's signature style, and bridesmaids can hold a miniature version of it while it adorns the trees and walls. You can use gerbera daisies, anemones, roses, carnations, and sunflowers as popular choices, and you can go with your selection. To further accentuate the style statement, you can use jewels and gems as embellishment around the bouquet.

Presentation Bouquets

When you need to show off.

Ideal for pageant shows, presentation bouquets live up to their name when done right. These are known for their careful crafting and comprise lavish and lux ambiance flowers, elegantly bunched into a large floral arrangement. Presentation bouquets are perfect for making a noteworthy entrance.

However, the best part about this arrangement is that you can play around with its size. Pick crisp yet elegant flowers bunched with long greens guarding their essence if you are going for this. You can choose from various tropical flowers, like calla lilies, delphiniums, roses, orchids, sweet peas, and others.

Basket Bouquet

This might just be the most popular flower arrangement in this article. Basket bouquets can hang by trees or walls in an open-sky decoration. However, they're also the preferred choice for flower-girl to carry as they walk down the aisle. As the name gave away, a bunch of flowers is aesthetically arranged in a basket or similar base.

One can use ribbons to decorate the basket's handle or let pieces of ribbons hang by the brim of the basket. You can use greens on the periphery if they must take to customization, though it's not necessary. The setting is glorious in itself without the greens. Moreover, make sure that you use flowers that do not fall out of a specific color palette.

Fan Bouquet

Just don't call it a taco bouquet.

Fan Bouquets are designed to suit tropical weddings or weddings around Asian cultures with a tinge of vintage vibes. As the name suggests, the flowers are arranged over a hand fan.

Two fans are joined at the base to create a gap for flowers over their convex curve. The flower choices can be kept in line with the fan's color or whatever palette you like. Some fan bouquets even have little flowers arranged (tied or pasted) over the edge of a single fan, with greens lacking the handle. Or you can choose to create or buy a fan that comes with flower holdings, then you just have to select your flowers, and you'll be on your way to a perfect wedding style.

Tussy Mussy Bouquet

A typical arrangement found in vases.

Remember your favorite Nosegay bouquet? Now just put it in a vase, and you have a Tussy Mussy bouquet. The specialty comes from the fact that these flower arrangements are placed in a glass, porcelain, or metal container. The choice is yours.

The container should be conical in shape, provide a gripping spot for birds or bridesmaids, and a flat stand at the base, like a wine glass, to put it on a table. You can use a chain to adorn the base container for a more rustic feel.

Round Bouquet

The go-to.

The round bouquet is quite a cliché as it can be spotted on almost every occasion or event. This bouquet is a colossal arrangement of round, bulbous flowers in a round shape. You can use a combination of greens like ferns, leaves, or vines, but that just depends on where you plan to use it. Mainly, these are used for gifting at weddings or as bridal accessories.

This bouquet type is a broader term under which we can consider posy bouquets, nosegay bouquets, pomander bouquets, etc. It is easy to make, with just about any flower thrown in the bunch and made to look round, with greens around.

Single Stem Bouquet

Minimalist to the extreme.

As we inch, day by day, towards the concept of less is more, we pick our styles accordingly. This single stem bouquet is made for such people. Attention-grabbing, bulbous yet elegant flowers can be a perfect choice, provided the color chosen is sober. Just grab them by their long stem. Better if you can manage a couple of flowers in that stem and set the style bar a little higher.

These are also perfect for bridesmaids as they tend not to avert attention from the bride. Or, if you want to move your 'simplistic' style up a notch, get the bride to hold the flower without the bridesmaid.

Contemporary Bouquet

A feast for the eyes.

Highly intriguing, with an undeniable allure, this bouquet is a collection of exotic flowers. The central selling point of a contemporary bouquet is that they are a combination of flowers with contrasting colors. The profound impact on the color front brings out the boldness in the bouquet holder.

You may lace the stalk with attractive ribbons or wires while the top of the bouquet flashes vibrant colors of these exotic flowers. You can add no floral elements like vines, leaves, or seed strands to alleviate the blandness of the periphery. Use flowers like the calla lily, hyacinth, stephanotis, hydrangea, sweet peas, anthuriums, and delphiniums, as they add to the texture and contrast of the bouquet.

The Biedermeier Bouquet

An elegant play with layers and circles.

You'd be amazed at how much you can experiment with the Nosegay bouquet - this time, it's the beautiful Biedermeier Bouquet. This bouquet is a variation from the typical bouquets, with its flowers arranged in concentric circles. It takes focus and an excellent eye for colors to make this one.

Each circle is a circle of similar color flowers. Moreover, you can discard the traditional way of arranging the flowers in concentric circles. Instead, give them a spiraling look, as they originate from one point to spiral.

Hand-tied Bouquet

Do it yourself.

Have you been looking for a bouquet you could make at home without running to the florists? Well, we've been saving this one for the last. Hand-tied bouquets are just the thing you would want for a bohemian or rustic wedding. Just gather your assortment of favorite flowers and bunch them together.

Tie the stalk with ribbons of choice, or if you don't want to invest in ribbons, tear out a piece of cloth from an old piece. They can make your bouquet look more original and true to the setting. Carry it in your hands as if no big deal, and these will readily mix with all the bouquets present at the wedding.

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Traditional Flower Arrangements/Western

Emphasizing the sheer use of the flowers, an assortment of commonly found flowers is used to create a captivating floral display. Unlike oriental displays, these traditional, western arrangements do not focus on the meaning of the flowers, rather on their looks. They can be placed in a simple vase and on focal spots of your house, or entry points, rather than living rooms or bedrooms.

Wrist Corsage

Accessorize and stay dexterous.

Bridesmaids hold a crucial role in a wedding. Holding a large bouquet can impede them from accomplishing some of their tasks. That is why wrist corsages are one of the most preferred accessories as a replacement for flower bouquets. Tiny, pretty flowers are bunched up on a wristband, and that's all there is to it. These are also highly preferred for proms, as they serve the accessory purpose and keep the hands free for dancing.

Oval Flower Arrangements

A fancier, niche design.

This arrangement is often used for ornamental purposes. Bunched up in a basket or a similar container, the flowers are arranged to give an oval shape. Long-stemmed flowers are placed in the center, while short-stemmed flowers are placed around it to provide a perfect oval shape. It is often made with uniform colored flowers, although there's nothing against experimenting with the color arrangement.

Vertical Flower Arrangement

These are prepared with long-stemmed flowers placed in a vertical pot or a vase. Ferns or long leaves provide a backdrop for the bold, assertive flowers used to make this arrangement. A vertical flower arrangement is perfect for side table decorations or placed beside the television on its table. You can also place it in the corner of your bedroom.

S-Shaped Flower Arrangement

The name is a massive giveaway of its look. These S-Shaped floral arrangements are ideal for placing at the entrance of grand houses or hotels for occasions. A chassis made into an S shape is then laden with fresh flowers (sometimes artificial too), with color assortments carefully planned to match the occasion's theme. It can also be used beside the wedding altar or on either side for grandeur.

Horizontal Flower Arrangement

Unlike the vertical ones, horizontal flower arrangements are crafted to lie on a flat surface. They can be a combination of bold blooms, in line with the type of occasion they are being used for. For example, we can use them on fountain pond surfaces made to float, or we can use them on caskets of the deceased. They can also be placed on the dinner tables as a centerpiece, with a candle in the center.

Oriental Flower Arrangement

Make sure to do your research into what the flowers you pick mean!

In an oriental flower arrangement, the flowers are used according to their meanings, what they symbolize, their color patterns, and the message one wants to convey. This arrangement is ideal if you are going for a subtler setting for an auspicious occasion.

Posted by Pavneet Lobana

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