A Glossary of Wedding Flower Bouquets

Traditionally, the entire wedding party -- and other special guests -- carry or wear flowers on the wedding day. The conventional arrangements for the bride, maids, and flower girls include the following bouquet styles:


A nosegay made up of concentric circles of different flowers for a somewhat striped effect.


A waterfall-like "spill" of blooms and greenery that's anchored in a hand-held base. Looks like a miniature floral train.

Classic Hand-tied Bouquet:

A dense bunch of blooms either anchored in a bouquet holder, wired, or hand-tied.


A handmade creation in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single stem, creating the illusion of one giant flower.


A small, round cluster of flowers, all cut to a uniform length, which was all the rage in Victorian times and is enjoying a renaissance today. Usually made with one dominant flower or color, nosegays are wrapped tightly with ribbon or lace for a delicate effect. Or, for an all-out Victorian look, insert the nosegay into a silver carrying cone (also known as a tussy mussy).


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

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