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Five Types Of Wedding Flower Arrangements Defined

When it comes to wedding flowers, the choices are overwhelming. Your florist or silk flower arranger may start talking a language you do not understand, using words and phrases like "brooch bouquets," "nosegays," "toss bouquet," "boutonierres," and "bridal bouquet." Wait, are not all wedding flowers the same? Does everyone have to wear flowers or carry them? So much confusion can be sorted out easily. Here are five types of wedding flower arrangements defined to lessen your confusion.

Bridal Bouquet

This is the big, flowery bouquet most brides carry with them down the aisle. It is considered your "keeper" bouquet because it is part of your wedding ensemble. Most brides choose to keep this one and have a "toss bouquet" made for the bouquet toss later in the day/evening/celebration.

Toss Bouquet

As mentioned above, this is the little bouquet made specifically for tossing over your shoulder at all of the available ladies in the room. If you decide to include this ceremony in your wedding day festivities, you may want a toss bouquet so that you can keep your big, beautiful bouquet for your very own. The florist or silk flower arranger can make an exact replica of your large bouquet but on a smaller scale, or he/she can create a small bouquet that uses just a couple flowers and colors from your wedding party.


Nosegays are little bouquets of flowers tied off with a little ribbon and/or lace. Your bridesmaids can carry them, or you can use them as table decorations. Real flowers are often used for the nosegays as they provide a light, pretty scent wherever they are and with whomever carries them.


A boutonnierre, or "button hole" arrangement is the small set of flowers attached to a pin for your grooms and groomsmen. Any other men in the service of your wedding may also have and wear a boutonniere. They are not a mandatory flower for the men, but they do add a splash more color to the tuxedos. Sometimes the mothers of the bride and groom may wear these as well, but it is more common for the moms to wear "brooch bouquets."

Brooch Bouquets

Rather than wrist corsages, mothers of the bride and groom can wear brooch bouquets. These are much larger arrangements of flowers than the men's boutonnieres, but attach in much the same way—by pin. The flower arrangements themselves then become brooches worn on the shoulders of the mothers' dresses or on the lapels of the mothers' dress jackets. They contain a lot more ribbon and lace than the men's adornments too. For more information, contact local professionals like Fabulous Brooch Bouquets.