The style of your bouquet is just as important as the colors and types of flowers you choose. In addition to taking the theme of your wedding into consideration, you also want to think about how elaborate or informal your dress is as well as the personality you want to portray with your overall look. Here are some of the most common options:
- Cascading bouquet: Flowers are grouped together above the bride's hand and drape over her arm in a waterfall like fashion -- this is arguably the most traditional and recognizable option.
- Nosegay bouquet: This is another common choice for brides, though it's much smaller than the cascading bouquet. It's made with sparsely packed flowers and typically incorporates ample amounts of greenery. It's most frequently tied together with ribbon or wire.
- Posy bouquet: This grouping is lightweight and easy to hold. It's a globular bouquet that places most of the emphasis on the blooms themselves, not the greenery surrounding them.
- Arm sheaf bouquet: Also known as a pageant bouquet, this option works best with long-stemmed flowers such as roses because it rests across the bride's arm.
So, what about pricing? Some of the less expensive floras include tulips, delphiniums, roses, carnations, poms, daffodils, anemones, lilacs and bells of Ireland. Moderately priced options include calla lilies, gerber daisies, tulips, orchids and hyacinths. The most expensive flowers include lilies of the valley, stargazer lilies and proteas. Know that the exact prices will vary depending on the florist you choose, and, of course, your bouquet style. Cascading bouquets tend to be much more expensive than nosegay arrangements, for example, because they use so many more blooms. If you're on a budget, you can save money by choosing only one or two types of flowers or only choosing blooms that are in season (which shouldn't be hard in the spring).
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