F is for Flowers

Perhaps one of the most important areas of planning your wedding is choosing your floral arrangements and other wedding flowers. The right arrangements and flower types chosen are key in expressing your wedding vision.

And what is the most important arrangement that a bride will choose? Her bridal bouquet.

All the latest magazines are filled with beautiful bridal bouquets – but guess what? Most of them are a hand-tied style – where the flower stems are gathered and tied together with a lovely ribbon. Hand tied bouquets are gorgeous, but there are several different bouquet styles that you might want to consider.

The following glossary will show you some other beautiful bouquet styles.


Bride's Cascade Bouquet

A waterfall-like spill of blooms, often composed of ivy and long-stemmed flowers, that is wired to cascade gracefully over the bride’s hands.

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crescent bridal bouquet

Composed of one full flower and a flowering stem, often orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that can be held in one hand. Designed as either a full crescent — a half circle with a central flower and blossoms emanating from two sides — or a semi-crescent, which has only one trailing stem.


floral pomander kissing ball

A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon. Ideal for child attendants.

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Tussy mussy:

tussy mussy wedding bouquet

From the Victorian era, a tussy mussy is a posy carried in a small, metallic, hand-held vase. Today, the term is often used in reference to the holder itself.


Small, round bouquets, approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter.


A tightly arranged nosegay, consisting of concentric circles of various flowers, with one flower type per circle. Each circle of flowers is often a different color.


Also known as the pageant bouquet, this is a bunch of long stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms.

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Photo credit (bride’s cascade bouquet): Thomas Bartler Photography

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