Every Bridal Bouquet Needs Depth

When you create depth in your wedding bouquets, you add interest and visual excitement. Flat bouquets and arrangements are boring and not as pleasing to look at. Artists who work with 2 dimensional mediums such as canvas need to create the illusion of depth. They do this using angled lines and objects overlapping each other. When you create you own bouquets, you can create depth by angling stems and overlapping foliage or flowers and by strategic use of size and color.

Angling Stems

When you create arrangements that are one-sided, you should angle stems to create depth. For instance, if you want a tall, narrow, one-sided arrangement, your tallest stem should be angled backwards and your lowest stems at the front should be pointing downwards over the rim of your container. All the stems between should be angled gradually to make a smooth transition from the tallest stem to the downward angled bottom stem. You want the rhythm or eye movement to be uninterrupted for a more pleasing design.


You can overlap both flowers and foliage. having one flower partially hidden behind another makes one look close and the other further away. When you overlap, you can vary the height, width, and depth of the flowers. This creates a more natural look, like flowers naturally occur. If you have all your flowers at the same length, the same size, and at the same angle, your design will look forces, unnatural and boring.


When you paint a picture you can create depth by painting close objects large and by painting objects smaller that are supposed to be farther away. The size of the objects indicates their depth. You can do this with wedding arrangements as well. You can use large flowers near the base right at the front and then put smaller flowers further behind the larger ones. Remember to put some transition flowers between these so you don’t go from huge flowers to tiny flowers. You need to create a smooth transition to maintain rhythm and balance.


You can also create depth in a one-sided bouquet or arrangement by placing bright or dark colors at the bottom near the front of your design. Dark and bright colors have more visual weight and therefore appear closer. Use lighter and duller colors further back in your design. These colors have less visual weight so they look farther away.

One-sided bouquets and arrangements have a danger of looking flat or boring. Create depth in your bouquets to achieve harmony, balance, and most of all – visual pleasure.

Nadine Visscher has arranged flowers for more than 15 years and has written The Beginner’s Guide to Wedding Flowers found at http://www.WeddingFlowerDirections.com

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