Wedding Flower Terms To Know

Cascade bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres!? In the floral word there can be confusing words, terms and terminology that can leave your head in spins! Luckily for you, I’ve designed a little bit of a floral dictionary so you can become more familiar with floral terms!

Bouquets are not a ‘one size fits all’ creation! Each bouquet that I create is unique to the bride’s personal style and preferences. Below I’ve listed a few of the most popular:

Bridal Bouquet Styles

Cascade: Think a waterfall-like spill of flowers and greenery at the base. Cascade bouquets look like they have a floral train.

Composite: Blooms are wired together on a single stem, making it look like there is one giant flower.

Hand-tied: An earthy feel that screams wild blooms which are tied together by ribbon, fabric or wire.

Nosegay: This is perfect for a more uniform bloom look. This tends to be made up of one flower and one color. The flowers are all cut to a uniform length for a seamless look.

Pageant: Think Miss America, long stems that is to be cradled in your arms.

Centerpiece Shapes
Photo by Monique Hessler Photography

Photo by Monique Hessler Photography

Your table arrangements and centerpieces should reflect your wedding aesthetic and theme. Just like bridal bouquets, not every centerpiece is the same!

Breakaway: A small amount of arrangements short in height, that are grouped together to make one centerpiece.

Pedestal: This is based mostly on the shape of the vase, which looks similar to a trophy.

Tiered: This floral design is a series of arrangements that are stacked in tiers. They typically for form small to big.

Globe: Flowers are arranged in a circular shape.

Types of Vases

The vessel is what is holding your blooms together. The vase is important because it helps complete the look of your arrangements. Here are some times that I common vessels to bring up with your florist.

Bubble: This vase has a spherical shape. These look gorgeous for both casual and formal venues.

Cube: This vessel creates a more modern feel. As the name describes it is a rectangular vase shape.

Pilsner: This is the wide on the top and narrow on the bottom shape. This typically contains flowers that are loosely arranged in a circular shape.


Other Arrangements
Photo by Monique Hessler Photography

Photo by Monique Hessler Photography



Boutonnieres: A small arrangement attached to the left lapel of a jacket. Boutonnieres can be worn by grooms and other men involved with the bride and grooms bridal party.

Corsages: Corsages is another small arrangement of little buds that pin-on. It normally goes on the wrist of the mothers and grandmothers.

Garlands: A strand of greenery and blooms that adorn doorways and chair backs.





Now that you’re flowing with floral terminology, you’ll be able to describe exactly what you want to your florist!

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