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Wedding flowers made easy

5 May 2009
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With the bridal bouquet, reception centerpieces, and ceremony decorations, the list of floral requirements for a wedding can seem daunting. However, a little help from your florist and our easy-to-follow guide should keep this aspect of your nuptials under control.

The bouquet that the bride carries down the aisle is often the top floral priority. It's one of the first things guests see as she makes her memorable walk down the aisle. There are numerous arrangement options available, so familiarize yourself with the list below to determine which one best suits you before consulting with your florist.

The Round Bouquet

The most common arrangement style, the round bouquet is either hand-tied or wired and is suitable for both informal and formal weddings depending on the formality of flowers chosen.

The Toss Bouquet

This is a small bouquet usually made of less expensive flowers and used for the traditional throwing of the bouquet.

The Cascade

One of the more formal options, the cascade affair has a free-flowing look and a teardrop shape. It tends to work best for taller women as it's usually quite large. Usually composed of various flowers with greenery, ferns, and ribbons used as fillers to deliver the desired shape.

The Arm Bouquet

An elaborate bouquet style, nothing says elegance like an arm bouquet. Long stemmed flowers with large blooms work best with this arrangement style, which is cradled in the bride's arm and is perfect for modern, chic weddings.

The Hand-Tied Bunch

A take on the simplicity of early bridal bouquets, this classic is perfect for outdoor weddings and typically consists of fresh flowers loosely tied together with a simple ribbon.

The Nosegay

A very popular style, this tightly packed round design is made up of long-stemmed blooms held together with a satin or organza ribbon. User friendly it's easy for the bride to handle.

The Posy

A smaller version of the round bouquet, the posy is ideal for bridesmaids and flower girls, or for a bride who prefers something simple and understated. It's also a great corsage alternative.

The Pomander

A ball of flowers hanging from a decorative ribbon loop, the pomander is often carried by flower girls and bridesmaids. It's easy to carry and a romantic choice for any ceremony.

The Biedermeier 

Characterized by concentric circles of different colored flowers fanning out from the center, the Biedermeier has gained popularity for its dramatic beauty. It's perfect for a contemporary wedding approach.

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