One thing I always ask when a couple requests a bouquet from me is what shape they’d like! Oftentimes they send a few inspo images, but I’ve quickly realized that most people don’t know how many different bouquet shapes exist. That’s why in this blog I’m going to break down the history of flower bouquets, why they’ve become such a traditional symbolization of romance, and all the different styles you can choose from when planning your wedding! Let’s get to it!
Let’s start by rewinding all the way back to ancient times. From the beginning they’ve been popular as decorations and gifts. We can find them in Egypt and Greece. During the rise of Christianity around 550 AD, the love for flowers was lost, and wasn’t rediscovered until later.
The Renaissance brought back floral, just as it brought back so many other forms of art. The wedding bouquet specifically, usually filled with flowers and fresh herbs, gained popularity around that time and was known to cover body odor and ward off evil spirits. In the 17th and 18th centuries, bouquets of fresh flowers became a status of the wealthy, since they were the only ones who had gardens for leisure. Tulips were huge at this time!
Fast forward to that last 100 years – in the mid 19th century, flowers became more attainable to all social classes, and vases became more widely manufactured. Bouquets are now our staple in weddings, holidays, and special events.
Round – The classic style we’ve seen for years! There’s no front or back with this bouquet, which makes it easy to display from all angles!
Pageant – The pageant style has been seeing a comeback in the past months, and I think I’m loving it! This bouquet is designed to fit in the crook of your arm, just like you would at a pageant.
Cascading – With this style, the flowers pour down the front of the bouquet. They can vary in size from short to long. Cascading bouquets give off a very boho-chic vibe when done right!
Pomander – This bouquet is made up of a ball of floral, and tied with a ribbon for the bride to hold.
Crescent – This bouquet is tight in the middle but cascades slightly down either side. Some use this as the perfect combination of traditional and boho.
Natural – This style makes you feel like you just plucked your bouquet straight from a wildflower field!
If there’s one thing I know for sure, the history of bouquets proves they are here to style. There’s a bouquet style for everyone, no matter your vibe! Which is your favorite out of the options above? Make sure to head on over to my socials and join the conversation!
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