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Wedding Flowers: A Glossary of Bouquets

Photo: Wendell Webber

Traditionally, the entire wedding party -- and other special guests -- carry or wear flowers on the wedding day. The conventional arrangements for the bride, maids, and flower girls include the following bouquet styles:

Beidermeier:

A nosegay made up of concentric circles of different flowers for a somewhat striped effect.

Cascade:

A waterfall-like "spill" of blooms and greenery that's anchored in a hand-held base. Looks like a miniature floral train.

Classic Hand-tied Bouquet:

A dense bunch of blooms either anchored in a bouquet holder, wired, or hand-tied.

Composite:

A handmade creation in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single stem, creating the illusion of one giant flower.

Nosegay:

A small, round cluster of flowers, all cut to a uniform length, which was all the rage in Victorian times and is enjoying a renaissance today. Usually made with one dominant flower or color, nosegays are wrapped tightly with ribbon or lace for a delicate effect. Or, for an all-out Victorian look, insert the nosegay into a silver carrying cone (also known as a tussy mussy).

Pomander:

A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon, perfect for child attendants.

-- The Knot

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