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Floral Terminology


A small cluster or arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present. A mixed bouquet is a made up of seasonally available flowers. The bouquet is colour combination and the arrangement and is presented in colourful wrapping materials with a large nice ribbon bow.The bouquet is popular and suitable for any age people, male or female and can be made up to meet any occasion. A bouquet can be also presented in a vase without disturbing the arrangement if required.

Hand-Tied Bouquet

Created by placing the stems of the flowers, foliage and accessories in the florists hand and wrapping them around the centre of the design until they are securely fastened. These arrangements are designed to show the natural growth of the stems, which are often wrapped in ribbon or French braided together.

Linear Handtied

Handtied with emphasis on line and strong focal grouping. Suitable flowers include tropicals, orchids, proteas etc. Can be finished with minimal wrap.


Features flowers that descend below the main portion of the bouquet design. Cascade bouquets are most often used in formal and traditional weddings.

Contemporary Bouquet

Are inspired by unconventional ideas, styles and patterns and are designed with no specific geometric form. They are usually created with flowers that have definite form and add character to a bouquet.


Small, round bouquets, approximately 16-18 inches in diameter, composed of densely packed round flowers, greenery, and occasionally herbs. Nosegays are wired or tied together. More Moms’ are asking for nosegays. Also called a tussie mussie.

Arm or Presentation

Also known as the pageant bouquet, is a bunch of long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms.

Tussie Mussie

From the Victorian era, a tussie mussie is a posy carried in a small, metallic, hand-held vase. Today, the term is often used in reference to the holder itself.


A handmade creation in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single stem to create the illusion of a giant flower.


A tightly arranged nosegay consisting of concentric circles of various differently coloured flowers. The blooms are wired into a holder, with one flower variety per ring.


A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon. Ideal for child attendants.


Medium to shorter stemmed, smaller blooms. Smaller than nosegays but similar in design, posies often include extras like ribbons or silk flowers. Perfect for little hands.

Continental Bouquet / or All Round Bouquet

A continental bouquet is a selection of fresh flowers presented in a round shape that is already arranged and tied, it can be placed straight into a vase or rearranged into several vases.


This copy of the bridal bouquet is used solely for the bouquet toss ritual.

Bouquet Seasonal Cut Flowers

Large stemmed cut flowers arranged in bouquet presentation

Mixed Cut Flowers

Mixture of loose cut flowers ready to be vased and in appropriate warp.