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Wedding Bouquets 101: The Flower Basics

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, wedding planner Tami Smallwood-Brown, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM gives tips to help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, Tami shares a few basic tips for selecting your wedding bouquet style.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

I like to think of the bouquet as a noteworthy accessory to compliment your wedding day ensemble. Just as the way the perfect clutch can enhance your look on a night out with the girls, your bouquet should be used to complement your dress and reflect your personal style. If you are having difficulty designing a unique bouquet that has your name all over it, read on to discover popular styles and tips that will help start you in the right direction.

The Cascading Bouquet

This style is known to be a more formal and traditional option for bouquets. Modern cascading bouquets are chic and glamorous. I personally love this style for weddings with an island focus—perfect for a combination of orchids!
The Round Bouquet

Flowers are perfectly arranged to form a flawless circle for this popular style. There is usually a small variety of types of flowers and few fillers are used. This arrangement is usually hand-tied with ribbon.
The Nosegay Bouquet

I love these miniature-sized bouquets. They are a perfect substitute for the corsage for mothers and grandmothers. They are also perfect for a junior bridesmaid, if you have one!

Though I only discuss three styles of bouquets, there are many more. With a little research, you will soon be a bouquet expert! Just remember when designing bouquets for your wedding:

1. Your bouquet should be a marvelous accessory to your look and a reflection of your style.

2. Consider the dress and body size of the person carrying the bouquet.

3. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and combine a couple of bouquet styles to make yours unique!


YOUR TURN: Which bouquet style would you choose for your big day?


  • The Ballerina Bouquet is another beautiful one, which can save money if you're on a budget!

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