Glossary of commonly used floral bouquet terms

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

A waterfall-like spill of blooms often composed of ivy and long-stemmed flowers that is wired to cascade gracefully over the bride's hands.

Classic bouquet:
A dense bunch of blooms, anchored in a bouquet holder, wired, or hand-tied.

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

Composed of one full flower and a flowering stem, often orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that can be held in one hand. Designed as either a full crescent -- a half circle with a central flower and blossoms emanating from two sides -- or a semi-crescent, which has only one trailing stem.

Small, round bouquets, approximately 16 to 18 inches in diameter, composed of densely packed round flowers, greenery, and occasionally herbs. Nosegays are wired or tied together.

Special foam used in flower arrangements. Oasis fits in a bouquet holder and retains water like a sponge, hydrating flowers for extended time periods.

A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon. Ideal for a junior or child attendant.

Smaller than nosegays but similar in design, posies often include extras like ribbons or silk flowers. Perfect for children or as an alternative to mothers corsages.

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

Taped and wired:
Arranging technique used on bouquets, boutonnieres, headpieces, and wreaths. The head of a flower is cut from the stem and attached to a wire, which is then wrapped with floral tape. Taped and wired flowers are more easily maneuvered into shapes and styles.