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This Is Your Ultimate Guide To Types Of Bouquet Flowers

Let’s go through the different wedding bouquet styles so you can pick one that's right for your wedding.

This Is Your Ultimate Guide To Types Of Bouquet Flowers

There are so many different styles and colours to choose from when it comes to bouquet flowers that it can get really confusing. Whether you want something big or small, traditional or modern, we’ve got your guide to types of bouquet flowers right here.

In celebration of British Flowers Week, we’re going to talk you through the different types of bouquet flowers, plus what kind of wedding and dress they’d suit. Let’s go!


A hand tied posy is quite a tightly formed bouquet, perfect for a bride who likes things clean and minimal. It can also be made smaller for your bridesmaids.

Posies can range from a bouquet using one type of flower, to a full version featuring different types of flowers, such as dahlias, peonies and roses. You wouldn’t usually include foliage in this style of bouquet – if you do, it’s usually placed to the edge of it.

A posy would be perfect if you’re wearing a mermaid wedding dress and you don’t want your dress and bouquet to compete against each other.


When it comes to types of bouquet flowers, this style was very popular in the 70s and 80s. And it’s now undergoing a bit of a revival. The name says it all – individual flowers are wired to form a trailing teardrop shape.

The new, more modern style of this bouquet is still embracing the shape but in a more relaxed form, using trailing florals and foliage to provide natural movement to the shape. You can make it as formal or wild as you like and would complement a simple gown, so it could act as a statement bouquet.


If your bridal style is contemporary and chic, you’ll love this style. In its traditional form, this bouquet used flowers such as calla lilies, orchids, dephiniums, and long-stemmed roses to create a streamlined look.

Now, with the rise of the rustic trend, the presentation bouquet has become a style statement, creating a draped bouquet over the arm instead of a more structured bouquet that fits along the forearm. It now also uses oversized blooms to create a stunning effect, including hydrangeas, dahlias and garden roses, as well as trailing flowers such as asparagus fern. When it comes to your dress, this style works well with a streamlined or simple A-line wedding dress.


A nosegay and posy are very similar types of bouquet flowers, but a nosegay is slightly smaller and includes more foliage. We love this style for a bridesmaids bouquet.


This is the most popular style of bouquet around for brides right now. And the possibilities are endless.

It’s usually created using foliage and flowers with differing stem lengths to create a relaxed bouquet. This is less formal and much more organic than a posy bouquet.

You can use any type of flowers and foliage in this style of bouquet. It’s perfect for brides who want to add a personal touch to their wedding flowers and style it with their overall theme. The rustic bouquet is for brides who want to go for traditional with a twist, without going too over the top.

If you’re planning your whole wedding around the rustic theme, be sure to check out our ultimate guide here.

Fine art bouquet

This has climbed the popularity ladder in recent years and it’s easy to see why. It’s basically an expanded version of the rustic bouquet, as it’s much larger and looser in form. The bouquet is usually made from a base of foliage with statement blooms incorporated into it.

What’s so creative about this style of bouquet is that the natural form and structure of each flower stem is taken into account. So it results in an overall asymmetric shape that has trailing tendrils and natural movement. If you tie it with silk ribbon, you’ll definitely be making a style statement. Plus, you’ll get to express your personality too.


Types of bouquet flowers like this aren’t seen that much anymore and also involve a lot of wirework. If you’re getting married in spring, this bouquet works really well. It would suit a bride who is opting for a tailored look.

Pomander and basket

Flower girls usually cary these two types of bouquet flowers. A pomander is a ball of flowers, usually roses. It’s suspended from ribbon which can be looped over the arm. This is perfect for flower girls who want to hold something.

The basket is what it is – a small, handheld wicker basket filled with flowers, again, usually roses.

To discover the types of bouquet flowers that are right for you, book an appointment to meet with a consultant today and see the florists we have on offer at The Wedding Gallery.

By Holly Sutton

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This is your ultimate guide to types of bouquet flowers