Wedding Bouquet Shape Glossary

Glossary of Wedding Bouquet Shapes

This type of bouquet is a simple, yet elegant and traditional bouquet, designed as either a tight cluster for density, or loosely for an "airy" feel. It works well with all wedding and dress styles. The flowers selected will influence the formality of the bouquet. As a result of its ability to be comprised of either the same type of flower or an assortment of sizes and varieties, this bouquet can easily be tailored in cost.


Also referred to as an "arm sheath" bouquet, this bouquet is made with long stemmed flowers and foliage that the bride cradles in her arm. Can be designed as modestly or elaborately as desired. It's a wonderful alternative for the more modern weddings. The stems may either show at one end, or be arranged without them showing by adding ribbon tied around the stems. The most popular floral choices for this type of bouquet are calla lilies, gladiolus, orchids, long-stemmed roses, delphiniums and larkspur.


This bouquet was originally referred to as the "shower bouquets," and is the most formal and most traditional type. They are designed to spill gracefully over the bride's hands as it flows downward for a sophisticated and stylized look. Almost any flower can be used in this style. They have a roundish shape at the top and then the bouquet narrows into a point at the bottom.


This type of bouquet consists of a compact cluster of flowers, where stems are wrapped tightly, often with sating ribbon, and cute to one, uniform length. Traditionally these bouquets contain more greenery than other bouquets. This is a very popular bouquet type for brides and bridesmaids, with the bridesmaids made in a smaller arrangement to match the brides.

This bouquet is often referred to as a "kissing ball" and is arranged in the shape of a ball. The flowers used are typically all the same size and touch or overlap in design and are suspended form a loop of decorative ribbon. This type creates a unique way to display ordinary or less expensive flowers than a traditional bouquet. It's great for flower girls and as ceremony decor as well.

This type of bouquet are small and round, so it can easily be held in one hand. it's one of more often-chosen bouquets for brides and bridesmaids alike because of their ability to incorporate a wide range of flower types and shapes and still be easily held. They can be constructed loosely with hand-wrapped, wedding color-coordinated ribbon, or by replacing the stems with florists wire for a more structured look with one type of flower. Flowers that work the best in these bouquets are roses, gerbera daisies, peonies, tulips and ranunculus.