During your first meeting with your wedding florist, the subject of bouquet shape is likely to come up. Would you like a round or natural bouquet? Or perhaps a wild freeform design or sculptural crescent shape? If you’re confused, don’t worry we’re here to demystify any questions you may have regarding wedding bouquet shapes.
It helps to understand the different shapes of wedding bouquets so you can communicate what you have in mind and choose the shape that best complements your dress and overall wedding style. It’s not complicated and once you know what’s what, you’ll be able to identify them as you scroll through inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.
Round Wedding Bouquets
The round wedding bouquet is probably the most well-recognised wedding bouquet shape and remains a popular choice with classic brides who favour a neat and orderly style. Simple and symmetrical, it is round in shape with more flower blooms than greenery. This bridal bouquet focuses on being well-balanced in colour and shape, and looks best in a medium size that is no wider than the bride’s hips.
Natural Wedding Bouquets
By far the most popular wedding bouquet shape, natural hand-tied bouquets are arranged more loosely to create an organic-looking shape with more foliage and loose tendrils than a typical round bouquet. This bouquet focuses on a rustic ‘just-picked’ and unstructured look, making it a great choice for outdoor weddings and brides that want a natural garden look for their flowers.
Crescent Wedding Bouquets
The crescent bouquet echoes the shape of a crescent moon and can be angled either horizontally or vertically. Depending on the flowers you select and whether you go for a manicured or wild look, the crescent bouquet sits between artfully modern and naturally rustic. Crescent wedding bouquets look particularly striking with a single flower, like these Tess red roses.
Cascade Wedding Bouquets
The elongated cascade bouquet takes the shape of a waterfall, with a large concentration of flowers leading to a looser spray that extends towards the floor. Natural cascading bouquets typically incorporate trailing vines and tendrils of foliage loosely intertwined with wired blooms to achieve the shape, while a more traditional take on the cascade bouquet (also known as a teardrop bouquet), is a more formal design with a more defined shape.
Pageant Wedding Bouquets
A pageant or presentation bouquet typically has longer stems and is designed to sit in the crook of your arm, rather than held in front of your tummy like a traditional bouquet. Pageant bouquets are growing in popularity with brides wanting something a little different to the norm and a great choice for outdoor weddings with a relaxed bohemian vibe. Here we have paired this pageant bouquet of Leonora, Beatrice, Purity and Edith with an elegant patterned Monique Lhuillier wedding dress.
Asymmetrical Wedding Bouquets
Asymmetrical bouquets are having a real moment as they embrace the natural beauty of flowers rather than styling them into a specific shape or pattern. By using the flowers’ natural colour, form and movement, and carefully selecting blooms that will define its outline, this organic contemporary style creates a more unusual shape that steers away from symmetry. Below we have opted for the soft pink shades of Constance and Miranda, with just a touch of red highlight, courtesy of Tess to complement the structured, blush-pink Paolo Sebastian bridal gown. The second asymmetrical bouquet incorporates the pastel pink blooms of Constance, Keira, Eugenie and Purity along with a peachy pop of colour from Juliet to accompany the soft feminine bridal gown by Ouma.
For further bridal bouquet inspiration dive into our favourite Pinterest board and start saving your favourites.
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