You may be well versed on the different wedding gown silhouettes like A-line, Empire, Ballgown or Mermaid, but did you know that wedding flowers come arranged in different shapes too? You’ll find that the same combination of flowers can look very different depending on the shape of the bridal arrangement. Though shape is important for your wedding centerpieces and other flowers, the biggest place where shape has an affect on your wedding flowers is in your bridal bouquet.

When you choose the shape for your bridal bouquet, you’ll want to make sure that it blends with your wedding theme. For example, a heart shaped bouquet would clash with a modern and minimalist wedding where a cascade shaped bouquet would look quite lovely. You’ll also want to keep in mind the level of formality of your wedding when you choose the shape for your bouquet. Loose organic bouquets are best suited for garden and beach weddings while pageant bouquets are ideal for formal affairs.

Your bridal bouquet should also flatter the look of your wedding gown. With the right shape, your wedding flowers will lend a beautiful touch to your wedding ceremony and be your best bridal accessory. Large ballgown silhouettes will go well with ornate arrangements like the cascade shape. Simpler gown silhouettes like a classic A-line will work better with simpler bouquets in a round or loose form.

No matter what your wedding theme is, you’ll find that there’s a bouquet shape that’s just right for you. If you’re familiar with the 7 most popular bridal bouquet shapes, once you choose your wedding florist, you’ll easily be able to talk to her about the type of bouquet you want.

Read on to discover the 7 most popular wedding flower shapes and find which one is right for your bridal bouquet.

Round

Round bouquets are the most popular wedding flower choice for brides. Round bouquets are, as the name implies, bouquets with flowers arranged in a round or globe shape. Though the round shape is a very traditional look for wedding flowers, modern brides appreciate its versatility. Simple and elegant, round bridal bouquets are appropriate for both formal and casual weddings.

Crescent

A dramatic shape that consists of flowers and greenery arched from the center and then tapered at the ends, the crescent shape is best suited for formal weddings. Because of the natural way that the flowers seem to fall around your hands, the crescent shape is favored by many brides. Crescent bouquets can be created with a symmetrical look or they can be created asymmetrically by arranging flowers in a graduated fashion for a more contemporary look.

Pageant

Pageant shaped bouquets are characterized by long stems arranged in a sweeping fashion so that the bouquet can fit nicely into a bride’s arm. Named for the way that a beauty queen carries her bouquet, the pageant shape can be used for formal or informal weddings. For casual weddings, the pageant shape should be created loosely to lend an organic and wispy look to the bridal bouquet.

Cascade

Also known as a waterfall, the cascade shape features great amounts of flowers at the base of the bouquet that slowly taper along the length of the bouquet. The Cascade shape gives the appearance of flowers spilling over the edge of the bridal bouquet. Sophisticated and elegant, bridal bouquets done in the cascade shape can be used for formal or casual weddings.

Heart

Because the heart is the symbol of love, a heart shaped bridal bouquet is ideal if you want your wedding flowers to have a romantic quality. Arranged in a dense heart shape, heart bouquets add a girlish sweetness to your wedding flowers. If you’re carrying a heart shaped bouquet, you’ll only want to select one or two different flowers to include so the shape of your bridal bouquet is clearly discernable.

Loose

Also known as organic or hand-tied, loose flower arrangements are the epitome of casual elegance. Loose bridal bouquets are characterized by the stems of flowers and greenery loosely tied together by wire or ribbon. Bridal bouquets done in a loose style appear unfussy and are perfect for beach weddings and other more casual wedding ceremonies.

Now that you know what’s available, you can start thinking about which wedding flower shape is right for you. With so many beautiful options, you’ll have no problem in finding a bridal bouquet that will compliment your wedding theme and wedding gown perfectly.

Source by Elizabeth Reuth