Flower bouquets are appropriate for any special occasion in which flowers are going to be carried. Bouquets are designed to be mobile, and while the choice of flowers to be arranged in the bouquet is an important and personal decision, the design of the bouquet is the first thing to determine. There are several different types of flower bouquets, and each has a very different feel.
Round bouquets are sweet, simple and elegant. Nosegays are round bouquets that are composed of round, tightly compact flowers, greenery and ribbons. Posy bouquets are similar to nosegays but less fussy and lighter. The stems of posies are often left bare and tied with a simple ribbon, or removed entirely and replaced with floral wire. Beidermeier bouquets are round bouquets with flowers arranged in rings, or circles. Each ring features one type of flower in one color.
Trailing bouquets do just as their name implies: They trail down over the arm or hands of the person carrying them. Arm or presentation bouquets are cradled in the arm, with the flowers resting at the crook of the elbow and the stems, ribbons or even ivy trailing down the forearm. Crescent bouquets are arranged in the shape of a crescent. They are carried at the waist and have foliage that trails down on one side, in the front or on both sides. Shower or cascading bouquets are in the shape of an upside-down teardrop, with the flowers appearing to spill over the top of the hands and trailing down to a point. In some cascading bouquets, there is less of a formal point and more of a waterfall effect.
Some bouquets do not easily fit into any category. Free-form bouquets are just that: They are free in form, and are often composed of tropical flowers. Composite bouquets are painstakingly created by connecting single petals of many different flowers to make one large flower. Cone bouquets are flowers placed in a cone. These are inexpensive and easy to carry, a natural choice for young children.