Every bride wants to carry a stunning bouquet as she walks down the aisle. Roses represent the most recognized wedding flower and most common bouquet flower choice. No one can argue their beauty and timelessness. Yet nature offers a huge variety of other blooms that can work beautifully on their own, or mixed with the traditional rose.
The Victorian meaning for this flower is “marital happiness.” These star-shaped flowers grow on a flowering vine, and each must be individually wired. They are especially impressive and sweet when adorned with pearl centers. Also known as Madagascar jasmine, stephanotis are about 1-2 inches in size and only come in white.
Peony blooms are amazingly fluffy and full. Seen as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage, they come in just about every color but blue. Consider the Pink Parfait, the Lady Orchid, and the Pink Double Dandy for a range of pink perfection.
Ranunculus contain a plethora of paper thin petals on each bloom. They come in spectacular oranges, pinks, yellows and reds. Choose Clementine for a sunset orange, or Giallo for a bright yellow. My absolute favorite are the Bianco Sfumato, which are bi-color with white and pink.
4. Calla Lilies
Not really a lily, calla lilies provide a unique shape in a bouquet. Most of us think of them in white, but they come in many colors. “Calla” comes from the Greek word for “beautiful”. Traditionally calla lilies represent faith, purity, youth and rebirth. Don’t give these to your young flower girl though, as parts of the plant are poisonous.
Dahlias are the National flower of Mexico. Many shapes of this flower are available, from petals that resemble daisies to ones more like pompoms. Rich in color, deep purples and pinks can add drama to your bouquet. However, plenty of pastel options exist as well. The Prince Charming white dahlia makes a stunning wedding bouquet.