There seems to be a return to old-school flower designs but in fresh-updated ways. We’ve previously featured cascading bouquets, and earlier this year we shared the long stemmed rose bouquet trend which is on the rise, and today we’re shining the spotlight on another bouquet style inspired by the past. Pageant bouquets (also known as a presentation bouquet, cradle bouquet or arm sheath bouquet) were a bridal favourite in the 1900’s, and known for a time as the Bernhardt bouquet after the many bunches of blooms presented to much adored actress Sarah Bernhardt, are fast gaining popularity in modern weddings. They’re perfect for the bride who loves the look of long stems and wants a bouquet that’s extra dreamy. These beautiful bouquets have a classic, vintage vibe and when held correctly, over the arm, add a hint of drama due to the arrangement’s elegant shape and lines.
A pageant bouquet, typically has longer stems and is designed to fit into the crook of a bride’s arm (rather than held in both hands like with typical bouquets). The presentation or pageant bouquet design has to be very intentional. You can make it as modestly or elaborately designed as desired, but a limited number of stems can fit (to carry it comfortably) and you’ll need to incorporate some long, reaching stems such as orchids, delphinium calla lilies, gladiolus, long-stemmed roses, and larkspur, alongside naturally cascading varieties such as amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus, ivy, and clematis to create the unique shape. As well as vintage-inspired brides, a pageant bouquet also lends itself well to a boho bride as it offers a carefree, just picked appearance.
We have all the heart eyes for this dreamy, vintage-inspired pageant bouquet Magdalen Hill filled with wild grasses, chincerinchee, tweedia, Bells of Ireland, freesia, ranunculas, roses, laurel bud, Sweet William and cascading pierus all tied together and finished off with a silk ribbon.
This rose and lush foliage pageant bouquet by Calie Rose would work equally well for a summer as it would a winter wedding.
Pageant bouquets are the perfect choice for cherry blossom lovers, due to their natural cascading stems like evidenced in this beauty by Jill Loves Lace.
This dreamy English-garden style bouquet features carnations, roses, foxgloves, clematis, sweet pea, fritillaria and ranunculus in dreamy, dusty tones.
If it’s a more jewel-toned style you’re after, this Roberto Monaldi creation featuring trailing amarant, roses, stock and eucalyptus would be perfect.
Just how gorgeous is this jaw-dropping pageant bouquet by Plume Events!?
This white and greenery bouquet by Kate Fiore looks so effortlessly romantic.
WEP Events dreamed up this modern sheath spray using soft peach Stock and tiny white floral stems in varying lengths.
A gorgeous colourful modern sheath design by Stone House Weddings featuring colourful spring blooms.
A winter take on the pageant bouquet filled with evergreens and roses.
One Fine Day are responsible for this drop-dead-gorgeous dark and moody pageant bouquet featuring gladiolus, red roses and amaranthus!
For a more classic take on the trend, ask your florist to cut the stems evenly across, like Fieldwork created here.
A cluster of blue Delphiniums carried pageant style like this beauty by Flowers Living is the perfect ‘something blue’!
This lush, long-stemmed arrangement by Team Flower & Philosophy Flowers features naturally cascading Spiraea, astilbe, mock orange, foxgloves, tulips and ranunculus.