Bouquet Basics for Brides

Bouquets are designed in all different shapes and sizes. What would be suitable for one bride may not be for another. Body shape and dress style will be a deciding factor when selecting your flower arrangements. Some brides want a small bouquet while others will want something much larger. It all comes down to personal taste and no one bride is ever the same, (but that's what we like). See below for a simple guide on "bouquets know-how" and if you have any questions then we are always available for a free consultation and/or flower advice.

posies

This rounded-shape bouquet is our most popular type of bouquet. Standard posy sizes are based on diameter, with recommendations as follows:

  • 15cm Small for Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaids
  • 25cm Large for Bridesmaids
  • 30cm Large for Brides

When deciding on which flower bouquet would best suit your dress it can be difficult to know the right bouquet size and shape to achieve balance. Posy Bouquets can be categorised into two styles: Formal and Informal which are shown below. When determining the size of your bouquet take into account your body frame and the size of your skirt. As you would expect, smaller bouquets are generally suggested for petite brides, as is a larger bouquet suggested to complement a full, hooped skirt.

formal posie

A Formal Posy generally has a strictly rounded shape with neat edges using the same flower or flowers of the same size throughout such as Roses or Tulips. Camellia leaves are the most commonly used foliage to surround the posy; however there is an abundance of foliage’s to choose from.

Some Brides prefer not to have greenery at all or go for some modern finishes such as: Feathers, Doda Vine, Wired Beads, Pearls or Crystals to add that extra bling to this very popular posy. Most often these bouquets are made with natural stems with wires taped on the individual flowers to support the head to prevent it from flopping. Orchids and Frangipani's would have their stems replaced with wires and be a fully wired posy bouquet.

informal posie

An Informal Posy can resemble a bunch of hand-picked flowers from the garden and a more relaxed version of the formal posy. It is rounded in shape but not perfectly uniformed. A mixture of flowers are ideal in this posy including: Hyacinth, Freesia, Tulips, Calla Lily, Liliums, Gerbera, Roses, Peonies and Lisianthus. In fact, whatever your favourite flowers are they will all work in harmony together. An informal posy would have a looser look, irregular shape with greenery showing through and is likely to have brighter or varying colours. This style of bouquet is mostly constructed with natural stemmed flowers. Vines, Berries and soft foliage’s can mingle and entwine the posy to create a soft and natural effect.

arm spray

Arm Spray Bouquets are designed to be cradled across the arm with the natural look of stems and a layered display of flowers. The arm spray also looks particularly stunning when held upside-down against the skirt of your gown during you photo shoot. Long stemmed flowers such as Orchids, Delphinium, Stocks, Lisianthus and Cherry Blossom are ideal and create an elegant, soft layered effect. Combine them with any of your favourite flowers and they will all look amazing. The stems can be bound with ribbon and decorated with crystal or pearl accents for a soft romantic effect.

Arm Spray Bouquets are designed to be cradled across the arm with the natural look of stems and a layered display of flowers. The arm spray also looks particularly stunning when held upside-down against the skirt of your gown during you photo shoot. Long stemmed flowers such as Orchids, Delphinium, Stocks, Lisianthus and Cherry Blossom are ideal and create an elegant, soft layered effect. Combine them with any of your favourite flowers and they will all look amazing. The stems can be bound with ribbon and decorated with crystal or pearl accents for a soft romantic effect.

teardrop bouquet

Teardrop Bouquets are a traditional and elegant design that takes its name from the shape. This bouquet begins from a posy with flowers trailing down to a defined point. The flowers are usually fully wired on the tail section to ensure the exact shape and placement of the flowers.

Most flowers are suitable for this bouquet allowing a combination of shapes and sizes to be used. Pretty accessories such as pearls, crystals and berries can be incorporated throughout the bouquet to give it some extra sparkle and interest.

cascade bouquet

Cascade Bouquets are a modern, contemporary design very similar to a Teardrop however the trailing flowers don’t fall to a defined point. The flowers can be positioned more creatively and has a unique style defined by the choice and shape of the flowers being used.

The Cascade Bouquet is designed with grouping and layering techniques to achieve balance and asymmetry. The posy section of the bouquet can have natural stems while the trailing section can consist of wired stems to create length and placement. Bold foliage’s, Berries or Exotic flowers look particularly stunning, while soft foliage’s can fall delicately throughout the trail. Grasses, flax leaves, vines, berries and succulents also look particularly striking when combined with your favourite flowers.

flower girls

Flower Girls grace the catwalk of your wedding aisle and are generally the first of your bridal procession. Just Brides can adorn her with a delicate Head Wreath of Flowers, Hanging Flower Pomander Ball, Basket of Flowers, Pretty Posy, Flower Wand or a delicate Wrist Corsage. She will look like an angel, fresh faced and walking gracefully as she brings a smile and joy to your awaiting guest’s faces.

hair flowers

Brides, Bridesmaids and Flower Girls can all wear coordinated flowers in their hair to match your bouquets and theme. Hair Clips, Combs, Head Bands and Flower Pins call be customised to your needs. Hair flowers can have a practical design holding hair up in place, pinning back some locks of hair or tucked into the side of a chignon. If you select a silk flower option you can get plenty of practice time with your hairdresser in advance to your big day.

buttonholes

Buttonhole flowers are a small arrangement of flowers worn by the Groom, Groomsmen, Page Boys, Fathers and Uncles on the left side of their jacket near the button hole. The flowers can be coordinated with the style of the bride’s flowers and matching colours. Ribbon, Berries, Pearls and Crystals can be used to modernise the flowers depending upon your chosen wedding theme. Simply select your preferred style and colour tone and we will coordinate them with your wedding bouquets.

corsages

A corsage is a delicate arrangement of flowers designed to be worn on the ladies left wrist or pinned to the top left hand side of a ladies outfit. They are ideal for Flower Girls, Bridesmaids, Mothers, Grandmothers and Ladies who have a special relationship with the Bride and Groom. They also make them easily recognisable as part of the bridal procession or a family member. Corsages are also a popular accessory with young ladies attending school balls and special occasions.