Wedding Bouquets Demystified: The 8 Shapes You Have to Know About

It’s time to plan your wedding bouquet with your floral designer, which we think is so exciting! But are they really that different from the everyday arrangements your sweetie gets for you or that you gift to your friends? Not exactly, and that’s because of what they’re meant to do. For one, everyday bouquets are typically prearranged, and you don’t have too many options to customize them. They also don’t have the durability you need for an entire wedding day. By contrast, wedding florals are crafted to be strong enough to last for hours, look fabulous in tons of photos, and be carried and passed around. It’s also lovingly designed to embody your vibe. Whatever vision you have, then — whether you plan to add charms or are obsessed with the crystal-stemmed design trending on Instagram — your wedding bouquet is 100 percent an expression of who you are.

Are you the kind of person who loves planning, daydreaming, and keeping up with the latest trends? If so, you probably already have a clear vision of what your wedding bouquet should look like. Whether you envision timeless roses paired with ranunculus or classic lilies mixed with sunflowers — and whether your color preference is blues and whites or even Pantone’s 2024 color of the year, peach fuzz — you probably feel pretty confident in your choices. However, you may not have thought about the shape of the bouquet or design type that resonates with your vibe. Fortunately, we can help! The team at Rose Hill Weddings in Nashville, Tennessee will get you up to speed on eight wedding bouquet style options that everyone – including us – seems to love.

Natural and Freeform

You’ll love the natural or freeform bouquet style if you call yourself a free spirit. Serving a boho energy, the “shape” of this popular bouquet style has a relaxed and organic feel that highlights nature’s organic beauty — with lots of verdant greenery included. Remember, though, there are no real rules! So let your creativity be your guide and design something that speaks to your one-of-a-kind spirit.

Couple with natural and freeform bouquet


Unlike the organic nature of freeform and natural, crescent bouquets have a defined shape, and we think you know what it is. If you’re envisioning a half-moon, AKA crescent, you’re absolutely correct! These bouquets make a bold statement with abundant blossoms and lush green foliage. So, if you’re all about symmetry and lots of flowers, a crescent wedding bouquet is the perfect choice for you.

Bride holding crescent bouquet


On the other hand, semi-crescent bouquets each have an asymmetrical silhouette, making them a modern and playful choice for trend-setting couples! Also known as “bespoke” because of their custom look, this bouquet style serves pure individuality. And what bride and groom doesn’t love having a one-of-a-kind bouquet that speaks to their unique love?

Woman holding semi-crescent bouquet


If you’re obsessed with the “old money” trend, this one’s for you! Round bouquets are as timeless and classic of a style as you can get. These bouquets are super traditional, but you can easily modernize yours by selecting the hottest wedding blooms of 2024: lush ranunculus and posh peonies (the official 2024 blossom of the year!). Arrange them with accent blooms that complement the beauty of these heavy hitters.

Bride holding round bouquet


Another top pick, which we think is perfect for brides dreaming of a boho-style, romantic, or chic wedding, is the waterfall or cascading bouquet. Brimming with blooms and greenery of different textures and lengths, this bouquet’s vibe is all drama and romance – ooh la la! What’s unique about a cascading arrangement is the fluid movement it brings to your wedding ensemble, from the sway of your veil to the sweep of your gown’s train.

Bride holding cascading bouquet


A long-stem bouquet is all about elegance intertwined with simplicity. These bouquets are designed to be comfortably held in one hand and frequently feature statement flowers like protea, sunflowers, hyacinths, or calla lilies. With their long stems, these bouquets are great for personalization with sentimental charms, such as treasured family heirlooms.

Bride holding long-stem bouquet


If you want to set your wedding bouquet apart from those carried by your bridal party, mini bouquets have the energy you’re after. While echoing the style of your bouquet, these petite arrangements are cute and easy to manage. They’re also fab for junior flower girls and junior bridesmaids. Whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony or have a whimsical, quirky style yourself, mini bouquets can be perf for you, too!

Bride holding mini bouquet

Floral Hoop

If a classic floral wedding bouquet isn’t your cup of tea, opt for something outside the box, like a floral hoop. Crafted with a metal, gold-colored ring as the base, these trendy “bouquets” come in a bunch of finishes, sizes, and shapes, from glossy metals to earthy materials. Flowers are usually attached to the hoop’s bottom or side, creating a minimalist look that’s bound to have you obsessed!

Bridesmaids holding floral hoop bouquets

Thanks to the expertise of the pros at Rose Hill Weddings, you’re bound to find the wedding bouquet shape that complements your style to a tee. Our wedding flowers promise to hold up beautifully of your special day, ensuring they look perfect from beginning to end.