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Every bride dreams of a beautiful wedding bouquet. And, of course, the perfect floral masterpiece consists of certain flowers – for one it is peonies, for another – anemones, for the third – roses. But the professional florist associates bouquets of flowers not so much with the selection of plants, but, first of all, with the choice of the form of the future composition. We will tell you about the types of bouquets, or rather, about their shapes, which deservedly gained the greatest popularity among brides from different parts of the world.

Nosegay – Small bouquet

Tussi-mussi – this is how the famous nosgai bridal bouquet is affectionately called, in translation – “a small bunch of flowers”. Nosgai is a small composition, densely folded from flowers with the same stem length. The cute tussi mussi appeared in the Victorian era and were miniature compositions of herbs and flowers with a bright, expressive scent. Most often, tussi mussi was brought as a gift, and the owner carried the gift with her, enjoying the pleasant aroma.

Small bouquet for a wedding

The modern bridal bouquet nosgai is slightly larger in size, rounded, but just as cute, neat, made with soul and taste! The stems of the composition are tied with a ribbon, and not, as before, with a lace napkin.

Pomander – Pomander (flower ball)

The original and unusual bouquets of flowers are headed by the form of pomanders – a ball of flowers suspended from a satin ribbon. In fact, the mysterious name explains everything, because the pomander (translated from French – “fragrant apple”) is an accessory decoration, a kind of pendant in the shape of a ball, or rather a spherical fruit – an orange, an apple. Christmas pomanders were made of precious metals and filled with aromatic mixtures – something like perfume.

Pomander - flower ball

In wedding floristry, a pomander is a flower handbag with an interesting, flawless shape. In the West, such flower arrangements for a wedding are most often used for flower girls, but pomanders are also a real find for the bride. The flower bag can be hung on your elbow, thus freeing both palms for action.

Posy – Baby

Historically, the types of bouquets of nosgai and posi overlapped, but in modern wedding floristry, posi are distinguished as a separate subspecies. The shape of the Posy bridal bouquet is less rounded than that of the nasal. This look is very popular among brides from different countries, despite the trends of recent years – asymmetric and large flower arrangements. The main advantage of a tiny bridal bouquet is its lightness. If you are not married and are not a florist, you probably have no idea how heavy flowers can be when young!

Baby bouquet for brides

Hand Tied – Free American Bouquet

“Tied by hand” – the literal translation seems to be trying to convey to us the lightness and carelessness with which such color combinations should be created! This look is better known in the world as a free American bouquet – one of the most fashionable options for the modern bride.

Free American Bouquet

In this form of bouquets, the plant is collected as freely as possible, the stems do not need to be tightly tied together. Often this flower arrangement looks surprisingly asymmetric, like an armful, but, of course, Hand Tied is created according to its own strict rules, based on the ideas of oriental floristry. All the stems are stacked in order, and each flowering plant in the overall composition performs a solo, thanks to the spreading general shape.

Composite – Composite wedding bouquet

Wedding floristry gave us another real miracle – a composite bridal bouquet. The essence of this form is to create a composition of petals, open and closed buds, very much like a flower. To create a composite form, floral glue is often used, so that the petals and buds adhere to each other as tightly as possible, creating a single whole!

Composite wedding bouquet

Composite looks bright and aesthetically pleasing, its shape is round, and creation takes time and professional skills of a florist.

Cascade – Flower cascade

This original, rich, majestic form of a wedding bouquet – a cascade – can be called a flower waterfall. Princess Diana made a cascading bouquet for the bride super popular, choosing an unusual magnificent shape for her solemn day.

Flower cascade in bouquets

The drop cascade is very popular among modern brides. Today, a cascading bridal bouquet includes a lot of greenery, twigs and leaves that create volume, and unusual flowers that are located in the greenery. The flower cascade is extremely aesthetic in the photo, so if you are choosing wedding floristry for a photo shoot, be sure to use a complex shape. They hold such a composition, as a rule, for special fasteners – portbouquettes of various shapes, depending on the shape of the cascade.

Pageant – Horizontal cascade

And here is another non-standard form of a wedding bouquet – Pageant, which means “masquerade”, but in fact – a horizontal cascade. Flowers in such a composition seem to be stacked on their side, the stems are tied into one rather dense handle. Such a bouquet is interesting because the bride can wear it, laying it on her hand.

Horizontal cascade in bouquets for brides

The shape of the horizontal cascade is naturally elongated and unusual. This type of flower arrangement looks very elegant, aristocratic and interesting. Also, the shape is great for a bouquet from wedding guests presented by the young as a gift.

Round – Classic round composition

A round bridal bouquet is a timeless classic. This shape looks very nice and neat. Flowers in the form of Round, in comparison with other types of compositions, are most strongly wrapped in a ball. A dense handle is created by plant stems tightly tied together with a ribbon.

Classic round arrangement in a wedding bouquet

A round bridal bouquet looks extremely good in photos and in person, but is not the easiest to wear.

If you want to find the perfect form of composition for your wedding, consider wedding floristry not as a choice of flowers, but as a search for the perfect harmonious combination of some plants with others!

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Patrick Lencioni

I am a founder and president of The Weddng agency Two Rings, a firm dedicated to helping people to have a wonderful wedding day since 1997. I cooperate with multinational corporations,vendors, professional photographers, designers, florists and many other

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