Types of Flower Bouquets
Traditional Flower Bouquets
The traditional flower bouquet is a flat bouquet and usually long stemmed, although on some occasions the stems may be cut to length. This type of bouquet is preferred by a person who likes to arrange their own flowers to add their own creative touch. The traditional bouquet is not arranged in an aqua pack and will need to be placed in a vase. The stems should be cut at an angle, to allow the flowers to absorb more water, in order for them to live longer. To ensure a longer lasting freshness the flowers should also be topped up with fresh water every couple of days. The traditional flower bouquet generally includes Chrysanthemums, Roses and Carnations, simple yet sweet.
Hand-Tied Flower Bouquets
Even though most flower bouquets are tied by hand, the "hand-tied bouquet" was given its name due to its complexity when being arranged. There is a defined skill to arranging a hand-tied bouquet, adding a flower at a time with twists and turns to create an almost posy shape with the flower heads and then tying them tight where all the stems meet. Most florists wrap the bouquet in cellophane, add water and tie with a beautiful bow, allowing the flowers to stand in water, magic! With this bouquet the recipient can enjoy their flowers and continue to remember them as they arrived because they don't need to be put straight in to a vase. This is particularly handy for offices, hospitals and such like, although please ensure you check with the hospital and/or ward that flowers can be accepted.
Designer Flower Bouquets
The ever so popular designer flower bouquets (arrangements) are made up of unusual and exotic flowers, such as bright Anthuriums, stunning Strelitzia (Birds of Paradise) and heavenly Calla Lillies. This flower bouquet (arrangement) is generally arranged in a vase with differing shapes and sizes. The designer flower bouquets (arrangements) are more expensive, primarily due to the increased cost of the rarer flowers and the cost of glassware and sundries used.
Other Flower Bouquets
Traditionally a bride will carry a small "nosegay" or as it is now more commonly known, a small posy flower bouquet. However, a nosegay can also be given as a gift. The word nosegay dates back to the fifteen hundreds, where the word "gay" meant ornament, so the nosegay was an ornament for the nose due the fragrant nature of flower bouquets. Other names for a nosegay include tussie-mussie or posy. In floriography (the language of flowers) it is believed there are different flowers and different colours of flowers for the different messages one wishes to send, although these change geographically and over a period of time most florists will use floriography as a guideline when making flower bouquets.