Wedding bouquets have come a long way since their inception. One of the original reasons bouquets were part of the wedding ceremony is also one of the more unsavory.
When the tradition originated during the 17th century, people were not in habit of bathing as regularly as we do today and consequently, smelled more pungent than any self-respecting bride today would ever allow herself to be when walking down the aisle.
Essentially, the bride carried sweet smelling flowers to mask her heinous body odor. However, some of the other reasons brides carried bouquets was more superstitious. Supposedly, the strong aroma from herbs and spices would ward the bride and her new stage in life from evil spirits. Those same herbs and spices would sometimes be eaten to promote lust and fertility so that the bride would become pregnant.
The throwing of the bouquet also has an interesting story that is less potentially disgusting but no less superstitious. Long ago, the bride’s wedding day was considered one of the luckiest days of her life, and the guests would tear strips of her dress to keep as a lucky charm. Understandably, not all brides were the biggest fan of this “tradition” and sought to soothe the heart of the savage masses by offering them a garter belt and bouquet instead.
Still, it was not until a century later that bouquets acquired the purpose they are used for today—simply because they look beautiful and, when paired well with the right dress—make the bride look prettier as well. They can accentuate the natural colors of the bride’s complexion and can create an excellent contrast with the textures of the dress.
Of course, this does not mean that modern marriages are without their own superstitious quirks. It is a well-known traditional belief that the woman who catches the bouquet is fated to be the next one married. This is pure nonsense as many of us know perpetual bachelorettes who have unceremoniously emerged from the heap of bodies scrabbling along the floor with bouquet in hand. Still, that does not make the tradition any less fun.
Regardless, bouquets have evolved from a point of pragmatic necessity and wild superstition to a statement of aesthetic class and sophistication. Of course, not all brides wish to make the same statements, and there are a lot of different types of flowers, colors, and arrangements that each deliver their own message.
On the day that the bride makes one of the biggest changes to her life, the bouquet can represent this transformation. It may be symbolic of the bride’s pre-marriage self, who she was when a legally single woman not bound in matrimony to another person. By throwing the bouquet, the bride is literally tossing that old life behind her.
To some people, a wedding bouquet may simply be an arrangement of flowers that the bride throws to a ravenous group of bridesmaids and guests which often quickly devolves into a raucous melee. However, to the bride, it is one of the most important—if not the most important—accessory of her gown, second only to the ring of course.
That is why we have assembled over 100 of the most dazzling bouquets you can display on your big day. From the extravagant to the simple, the colorful to the minimal, and everything in between, these bouquets are guaranteed to make any bride blush and giggle with glee.
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1. This wedding bouquet is absolutely gorgeous with a wide variety of cool colors and just a hint of warmer orange to give contrast and balance. Moreover, with numerous flower sizes and types, this bunch provides a dizzying array of textures that pairs perfectly with a lacy dress.
2. This darling bouquet gives a delicate touch with dwarf roses while simultaneously evoking a youthful feel with the light spring colors of white and pastel orange and pink. The whole theme is completed with a diminutive round style.
3. This wedding bouquet of white eustomas is fashioned in a bit of a mix between a pageant and nosegay style. A bit too large to be a pageant, but somewhat straight as a nosegay, this bunch pairs perfectly with a simple straight dress.
4. This round wedding bouquet is veritably exploding with large, luscious Peonies blooms in white and pink. The intricate double bloomed flowers match the delicate lace of the illusion dress giving an impression of youthful energy and excitement.
5. The tulips of this pageant bouquet offer a striking contrast with deep red blossoms. The simple straight wedding dress and pared down bouquet are great for putting the bride front and center. It is perfect for bridesmaids too.
6. This full round bouquet of white roses is perfectly matched with a girlish garland to provide a touch of virginal class. The tightly coiled blooms and compact bunch provides a quintessential bride for an outdoor ceremony.
7. This bunch takes some of the best elements of a formal design, like the tightly bunched roses, and blends it with less traditional elements like the rich, dark green leaves and petite size. It is perfect for youthful vibrancy.
8. This is a beautiful round wedding bouquet with a touch of a nosegay or cascade depending on how you look at it. The yellow and lavender roses are complementary colors on the wheel which accent one another.
9. This round bouquet of vivid pink peonies is practically bursting with life. The wide-mouthed blooms provide an excellent complement to a dress with just a bit of extra drape or flouncing with the gown.
10. This is a very daring bouquet that requires an incredibly skilled wedding planner to incorporate properly, but if it is, this design will provide a paradoxically modern feel combined with a roughhewn touch. It contrasts wonderfully with the elegance of a sweetheart wedding dress, tiara, and full length veiled gloves.
11. This white rose posy has a single pink rose accent which is quite possibly the ideal combination for the bride who is looking for her bouquet to subtly stand out. The gypsophilia also matches the floral designed jewelry, tiara, and the delicate veil.
12. This bunch harkens a bit back to the more traditional styles of the original bouquets with a wide variety of grasses and leaves which give the pink and white truss roses a lush bed of green on which to pop. The long grasses also give a great contrast to a straight wedding dress.
13. This round of eustomas, freesias, and hydrangeas is a bit looser than is more traditional while the choice of flowers decreases the degree of formality. Moreover, the papery, ruffled petals match the dress’ exquisite lacework.
14. This nosegay is fairly non-traditional and informal. Not only does it use irises, but it also uses a deep purple color as opposed to a lighter, pastel that you would more regularly see. However, the sharp curves of the petals will accent a more elaborately flounced gown nicely.
15. This pomander bouquet is the perfect complement for a late spring or summer wedding. In fact, the vivid infusion of orange, yellow, and pink can even pair well into early fall. The tight, compact design with large blossoms and long grasses also contrasts well with the tight sweetheart bodice.
16. This bouquet mixes a number of arrangement style including posy, cascade, but ultimately sticks with an unconventional round. With most of the colors along softer warm hues, it is a gorgeous bouquet for a less formal ceremony.
17. This bunch is practically bursting with life. The wide variety of flowers and leaves gives it a natural, wild feel while the different floral textures blends well with the different textures from the sleeved, illusion wedding dress.
18. This wedding bouquet was made especially for the cooler fall and even into the later winter seasons. The rustic colors heavy in deep red hues with splashes of orange, yellow, and green bring vivid color to the luxurious fur coat worn over the wedding gown.
19. This posy bouquet is excellent for a rather trim and tightly designed wedding. The accents of white and light blue soften the bold purple, while the open and intricate petals provide a nice contrast with a simpler dress.
20. This pomander bouquet uses eustoma flowers, much like the previous entry, except this time the beautiful petal work is arranged in a compact ball. This allows the bunch to be paired with a variety of dress designs and accessories—like the umbrella on display.
21. This posy bouquet in white and royal purple eustomas is accented by an almost lavender forget-me-not addition. The flowing gown and delicate lacework are complemented in equal measure by the bouquet.
22. This round bouquet of buttercup and eustoma gives a nice simple accent to an exquisite and ornate outfit. The strapless scoop with extravagant embellishments, gloves to match, and ornate necklace steal the show.
23. This posy bouquet provides a diverse collection of colors, flowers, and textures to create a unique centerpiece among a relatively simple sweetheart dress. A bit informal, this is an excellent design for less elaborate ceremonies.
24. This nosegay clearly requires a color themed wedding with soft off-white roses paired with white and royal blue gypsophilia. The dress’ bodice is flaunted and folded to match the petal designs for the true flower of the wedding: the bride.
25. This wedding bouquet uses the breadth and round shape of the pomander style to accent a tight sweetheart bodice and ball gown skirt. The soft warm colors of orange and yellow are perfect for early to mid-fall weddings.
26. This bunch is quite unconventional and would likewise fit better in a wedding with an unconventional design. The light irises framed in coarse hay offer a contrast of textures and impressions for an unforgettable bouquet.
27. This nosegay bouquet is an excellent option for those informal weddings on a budget that want to add a touch of class. The elegant orchids sit awash a sea of deep greens and is perfect for a mid-summer wedding.
28. This simple posy bouquet in red and white roses is an excellent accent for a less traditional wedding dress. The Red bow and short skirt provide a youthful aesthetic enhanced with the bouquets petite size.
29. This posy bouquet takes a few notes from the nosegay design to create a piece that simultaneously accents and matches the bride. The gypsophilia accents combine nicely with the simple beaded necklace.
30. This bunch has a big job pairing with an asymmetric and flounced wedding dress. The nosegay combination of carnations and fern leaves provides a nice textural contrast with the flowing lines of the dress.
31. The cascade bouquet of white freesia is an amazing and daring combination with a wrapped flow straight dress and expansive skirt. The formalities of the two play-off of each other providing a youthful whimsy.
32. This nosegay is another hybrid of styles taking the overflowing design of the cascade mixed with the traditional round. The floral choices likewise reflect this mix of styles and allow wiggle room with respect to the ceremony’s formality.
33. This posy of traditional roses is all attitude. The dark red colors with deep green salal leaves excite while giving freedom to the rest of the wedding dress and ceremony’s design.
34. This wedding bouquet takes elements from the straighter pageant and bursting nosegay to give a controlled, yet bustling, feel. This youthful aesthetic is heightened by young buds not yet blossomed.
35. Continuing with the youthful approach, this bouquet does not really stick with a given design style but has elements of both a cascade and pomander. The delicate, pink blooms amidst deep green foliage are capricious.
36. This wedding bouquet just screams that it was made for a late summer or early fall wedding. With orange and yellow ringed around a deep purple center, the pink dress’ color pops and blends simultaneously.
37. This posy bouquet and wreathed garland to match provide a wild, natural feel. The bright, warm colors are ideal for a summer wedding with a non-traditional ceremony. The whole arrangement inspires a sense of vibrant vitality.
38. This round bunch is about as traditional and formal as you can get. The deep red roses with white gypsophilia are excellently paired with the elegant cowl wedding dress and intricate lacework.
39. This wedding bouquet and posy hybrid bouquet lay on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of design and formality. However, the overflowing green and early buds rounds out the bouquet that is perfect a simpler straight dress.
40. This wedding bouquet is the same in the prior picture, but it is paired with a more elaborate dress highlighting its versatility. The lacework is magnificently complemented with the variety of floral textures.
41. This nosegay blends the gushing growth of the cascade design with both nosegay and round. The variety of textures, colors, and flowers make this a unique choice best suited for less traditional weddings.
42. This wedding bouquet sits nicely in between formal and informal with both roses and eustomas in varying shades of white that creep into pale yellow. The posy design likewise allows a diverse selections of dress or wedding designs.
43. This posy bouquet of gerbera adds a lively touch of cascade with broad, rich salal leaves. The simple but elegant design stands out against the backdrop of a minimalistic v-neck dress to accent the bride’s face.
44. This can either be seen as a small round or large posy, but the light, warm colors of white, tallow, and pastel orange rose blend beautifully for a summer wedding. Moreover, the design pairs glamorously with an ornate wedding dress.
45. This posy bouquet adds a touch of the nosegay design with broad, rich green salal leaves. The petite size bursting with life adds a fashionable vitality to an exquisitely embellished spaghetti strap wedding dress.
46. This nosegay’s vibrant colors in the soft, warm hues of pastel orange and red orange with a rich pink are prefect for a late spring or early summer wedding. The zantedeschia accent also allows a variety of dress and design pairings.
47. This posy bouquet blends the vertical, straight line elements of a pageant design in a truly enchanting fashion. The multiple layers of the bouquet mirror the multiple layers of the bride dress with Watteau train.
48. This nosegay is a gorgeous posy in deep red roses with an extravagant accent of long, thin bear grass to create a truly spectacular design. This piece steals the show and pairs amazingly with an unembellished illusion dress.
49. This wedding bouquet of red and white roses and whit gypsophilia accent is an adorable complement that speaks to a youthful sense. The petite size centers the bride and allows her face and the dress to focus attention.
50. Another posy posing as a pageant design, this bouquet offers a sense of modern daring with deep blue colors that accent a soft yellow Lillie and pale blue wildflower arrangement. It is an amazing outdoor wedding design.
These bouquets are just the thing to get your creative juices flowing. From round to cascade, posy, to nosegay, and everything in between. You are sure to be inspired by these elegant bouquets.