Five Beautiful Flowers for your Wedding Bouquet
08 Jan 2016
From hydrangeas to ranunculus roses to poppies, each flower a bride chooses for her wedding day can represent part of her personality. Get a feel for the varieties that catch your eye with these five beautiful blooms.
Interflora Expert Wedding Florist, Natalie Stanyer of Natalie's Florist in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, shows us what to combine them with for a gorgeous bridal bouquet.
1. Ranunculus roses
These intricate, soft-headed flowers have won over many brides due to their layered petals and romantic appeal. The fact that they’re available in vibrant colours also make them ideal for adding a dash of interest to a colour scheme, from the bright sunset orange shades, to the softer pinks and deep reds.
What to pair them with: “When working with ranunculus roses you want a simple bloom to pair them with, something like a lisianthus or hydrangea which will allow the texture of the ranunculus to shine through. Conversely, thistles would be an interesting addition, adding a dramatically different texture to the arrangement,” says Natalie.
Fluffy peonies are a firm favourite in bridal bouquets with their large heads and timeless character. Available from late spring to early summer they are well suited to weddings in these seasons and look stunning in their shades of cream, pink, white and red. Did you know that this bloom is the traditional floral symbol of China?
What to pair them with: “Being a large-headed bloom, peonies need to be accompanied with another particularly full bloom like hydrangea. However, varieties like gypsophila and sweet pea with their compact groups of small flowers also work really well,” Natalie explains.
From the soft lavender-tinted varieties to the antique blue and pinky-green tinged versions, hydrangeas are known for their leafy appearance and are a popular choice for brides. Actress Michelle Keegan opted for ivory hydrangeas within her bouquet for a classic look, which can be seen here.
What to pair them with: “The hydrangea is a very pretty flower available in a variety of colours,” says Natalie. “It can easily be the solo star of any arrangement. However, when paired with flowers such as protea or veronica, arrangements can take on a very different texture, losing the typical ball shape people have come to expect from hydrangea bouquets.”
4. Oriental Poppies or anemones
Both of these varieties offer delicate petals and a stylish accompaniment within a bouquet. Their distinctive centres add another dimension to floral arrangements.
What to pair them with: “Very popular in spring time, oriental poppies or anemones are perfectly paired with other spring varieties such as paper whites or narcissi. As a small-headed flower, it is not wise to pair oriental poppies with anything too large as it will overpower them; something more dainty like a spray rose is a great accompaniment,” advises Natalie.
These distinctive, exotic South African plants have differing textures, colours and shapes, with 1,400 varieties. Bound to make an unusual centrepiece in a bouquet, the larger varieties are the chosen flower for modern brides.
What to pair them with: “Small-headed blooms, such as hypericum berries and germini lend themselves to protea as they really let the beauty of the protea shine through,” Natalie says. “For an alternative look, a bride could try adding something equally as exotic such as cymbidium orchids to complement the protea adding shape and texture.”
Check out the Interflora Wedding Collection for more bridal flower ideas: www.interflora.co.uk/weddings.