A bouquet of wedding flowers provides the perfect finishing touch for any bride, but do you know your posy from your nosegay? We spoke to Sophie Henson, the florist behind Dusty Miller Designs who creates beautiful and rustic floral creations, to find out more about the different styles of flower arrangements for weddings
“Give your flower girls baskets fill with flowers or petals for them to scatter down the aisle,” Sophie suggests. Baskets of blooms can also add to the décor, or you could carry one yourself for an alternative, country style look.
“Bouquets with trailing flowers, such as the crescent bouquet shape, are making a comeback,” explains Sophie. “It’s wispy and romantic and would work well with a long flowing dress and a traditional veil.” Crescent bouquets are a great choice for a petite bride as they flatter a smaller figure, rather than swamp it.
A nosegay is a floral arrangement similar to the posy, but slightly smaller. “This works for a bride or bridesmaid,” Sophie advises, “The bride’s would be bigger than the bridesmaids’, and could differ in colour too. It has a formal, classic style and would typically be bound with double satin and finished with pearl pins.”
“Pomanders are usually used for flower girls, but they also look effective displayed in trees or on chair ends. They suit a garden style wedding with a soft and pretty theme. Roses are the most effective flower to use.”
A classic bouquet style, Sophie describes the posy as: “A formal bouquet, usually in a structured dome shape. The posy would look best with a wedding dress with a full tulle skirt or lace beaded bodice.”
Also known as the ‘wand bouquet’, this is often made from flowers with sturdy stems such as calla lilies or roses. “This can be held in two hands, or as an arm sheath, and works for both the bride and bridesmaids. It would suit a slim cut wedding gown,” Sophie explains.
“The loose, hand tied posy is really popular at the moment. It has a ‘just picked’ look, perfect for more casual weddings. This style of bouquet would work well an outdoor wedding in the country.”
Sophie describes the teardrop bouquet as “an old fashioned, traditional bouquet, where the flowers are wired into shape”. This bouquet is a formal arrangement and would work best with a traditional wedding gown with a train.
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