The classic round posy bouquet has always been one of the most popular choices, for its versatility as much as for its beauty. The traditional round posy typically includes small delicate flowers arranged tightly into a hand-held posy which is light and easy to hold in one hand. It is a classic, as popular nowas it was in Victorian times.
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Styling a posy bouquet
There are large and more intricate variations of this classic style including posies made of one flower type such as roses or peonies and posies with a variety of different blooms. They tend not to have much foliage and instead feature long cut stems tied, most usually, with ribbon. Stems can be hidden completely by ribbons or left natural with just a ribbon tied around the top into a bow.
Oversized ribbons are the latest trend with different colours of silky ribbons tied into a large, eye-catching bow, trailing down from the tied flower stems.
The flowers and colours you choose for your bouquet will depend on your wedding colour scheme and overall theme. You could have one colour for a simply classic look or a mix of contrasting or complementary colours.
To add interest to a posy bouquet a florist can position leaves at regular intervals to each flower to create a pattern. Twigs and grasses can also be used to great effect to create shape across the round posy just as ribbons, pearls, crystals and gems will add sparkle.
The wedding dress for the round posy bouquet
This is a style of bridal bouquet that suits most wedding dresses and goes particularly well against an empire line or A-line bridal gown. Plus-size brides may prefer to go for a longer-line trailing cascading shower bouquet to draw the eye up and down, giving the illusion of taller, longer, narrower lines as a round posy will accentuate a rounder bridal gown shape.
Bride and bridesmaid bouquets
As the bride, you may want to have a slightly larger posy bouquet than your bridesmaids to ensure yours stands out. You could have different flowers packed into yours and just one flower in theirs or have yours in a vibrant colour such as red with theirs in white. This works beautifully against a white or ivory wedding dress and red bridesmaids dresses.
Working with your florist
Your florist is the wedding flower expert so discuss your options with them and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want even if they haven’t yet suggested it. Look through their portfolios for inspiration and discuss all the different flower, colour and style options open to you and the finishing touches such as ribbons, bows and tiny gem stones on petals for added sparkle.
Here’s how to get the look
If, for instance, you’re planning a blush pink and sage green wedding with gold accents and a hint of sparkle, you could discuss with your florist the possibility of creating a posy bouquet of blush pink roses, tied with a sage green ribbon, finished with a dab of golden glitter to the petals.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.