I fell in love with the European bouquet holder the first time I used it. Oasis manufactures many great bouquet holders, including the popular Belle holder.
You can see below, however, how large this round holder is compared with the largest Belle. It is capable of holding many more stems of flowers that other holders.
It was originally designed to mimic the "pave look" that is so popular in many European countries. Those usually show clustered flowers, cut extremely short and creating the look of a dish garden.
The advantage is that you can also create a more traditional rounded look that is popular in the United States. The bigger holder makes it easy for the DIY bride to easily create a gorgeous look - yet is more balanced and the handle is not nearly as large as the enormous amount of stems used in a traditional hand tied.
It's fun to be creative and create your own special designs that hold up well in the new MaxLife foam that is part of every bouquet holder that is sold by Oasis. It extends the life of the flowers in every design.
This holder can also be used in the tall, narrow vases to create a large spray of flowers on top of reception centerpieces. (Skip the step of covering the handle with florist tape.)
The holder is much lighter to hold that a hand tie, since the weight of a great deal of the stems is eliminated.
This holder does not, however, have a self wicking handle like the Super-Wet Bouquet holder and the Elegant Holders. You will need to re-add water to the holder again if the bouquet is made several days in advance of the wedding.
Remember - those flowers are a live product and will suck up a great deal of water out of the foam. Keeping the foam saturated is necessary for the flowers to stay fresh up until the wedding day.