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Bouquet Basics

A flower arrangement cheat sheet

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Beidermeier: A small, round bouquet made up of concentric circles. Each circle is created using a different flower for a kind of striped effect. The flowers are wired into a holder for easy handling.

Cascade: A waterfall spill of long-stemmed blooms and greenery such as ivy that is anchored in a hand-held base. The arrangement is wired together to drape gracefully over the bride's hands.

Classic Hand-tied Bouquet: A dense bunch of blooms that are anchored in a bouquet holder, wired, or hand-tied with ribbon.

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, tightly-packed cluster of flowers, all cut to a uniform length. Usually made with one dominant flower or color, the bouquet is wrapped tightly with ribbon or lace. This delicate arrangement was popular in Victorian times.

Pomander: A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon. This arrangement is perfect for child attendants. If you want to take this arrangement one creative step further, have your florist use the technique to create floral "purses" for your bridesmaids.

Pageant Bouquet - a bunch of long-stemmed flowers that the bride cradles in her arms.

Posies - similar to nosegays, but smaller in design, these bouquets often include ribbons or silk flowers. Their small size make them easy for child attendants to hold.

Tossing bouquet- a copy of the bride's bouquet that is used for the bouquet toss.

Tussy Mussy - a posy hand-held and carried in a small, silver or other metal vase.

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