Bridal Bouquet Styles

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One of our most recent unique bridal bouquets!

We’re celebrating this Wedding Wednesday with a little bridal bouquet style information!

Whether used for superstition, symbolism, fragrance, or aesthetics, the bridal bouquet has played an important role in weddings throughout history. Today, brides tend to choose their bouquet based on their own personal sense of style and aura. But, with so many bouquet styles, where to begin!? Most florists, like us, offer the four most popular types of bouquets of today: cascading, contemporary, hand-tied, and nosegay bouquets.

The Cascading bouquet features flowers that descend beyond the main portion of the bouquet design. The lusciousness of the bouquet is often the main feature of the wedding costume and are most often used in formal and traditional weddings.

Contemporary bouquets are inspired by unconventional ideas, styles, and patterns and are designed with no specific geometrical form. They are usually created with flowers that have definite form and add character to a bouquet (such as calla lilies or orchids). These bouquets represent the individuality of the bride and are perfect for a sophisticated, cosmopolitan style wedding. They are simple with the added grace of asymmetrical design.

Hand-tied bouquets are created by placing the stems of the flowers and foliage in the hand of the florist and wrapping them around the cent of the design until they are securely fastened. These arrangements are usually designed to show the natural growth of the stems, which are often wrapped or French braided in ribbon. They are more casual and are particularly nice for garden weddings and brides who like the feeling of an unarranged gathering of flowers.

Nosegay (round clusters of flowers) bouquets, also called tussie mussies, are a more trendy style of bridal bouquet.  This style dates back to the 14th century when it was used to mask unpleasant odors. They can vary in sophistication and are therefore a good choice for any wedding.

The great variety of shapes, sizes, and styles  of bouquets today allows a bride to show her unique style and make her feel even more extraordinary on her special day. For all of our wedding flower information and photo galleries, visit our wedding website at http://www.billyheromans.com/events/

The Wedding Bouquet Toss

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In medieval Europe, nearly everything a bride touched was considered to be good luck — from what she was wearing to what she was holding. Therefore, wedding guests would chase after the bride, ripping at her dress and flowers, hoping to get a piece of her luck. Many times, the bride would have to throw something to the guests as a means of distraction to get away. And so forms the tradition of the Bouquet Toss…

Today, however, it is a much more anticipated event for the guests AND for the bride. She will usually have her own bridal bouquet and a separate toss or throw bouquet. She will toss it into a crowd of unmarried women who gather to try and catch the bouquet because whoever catches it, of course, is said to be next in line for marriage.

Today there are also many alternative versions or twists to the tradition. Such as giving the extra bouquet to someone specific or giving it to the couple at your wedding who has been together the longest.

No matter what tradition you pick for your special day, it is important to make sure it reflects YOU!