Bright Bouquets for Every Type of Bride
David Stark rounds up some of his favorite wedding flowers.
From the wedding cake to the centerpieces, your big day should be infused with your unique personality-and the colors that make up your wedding flowers are no exception. Your bridal bouquet should leave a lasting impression, and the easiest way to do that is to use bright colors. But with so many rich hues, luscious textures, and whimsical combinations of wedding flowers to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin.
If you haven't been able to choose a wedding color scheme, sometimes flowers are the best way to start. Often a bride will head straight to the bridesmaids dresses for color inspiration, but we believe bouquets work even better. Maybe one shade, like a fiery orange or a sunny yellow, will start with the flowers and further inspire everything else. Here are a few of our favorite blooms, along with some key advice, to help inspire your own beautiful bouquet.
Primary flowers: rose, tulip, and sweet pea
Primary flowers: mimosa, yellow peonies, and tulip
Primary flowers: sunflower, dahlia, and parrot tulip
Primary flowers: lilac, tulips, sweet pea, and fern
Another great way to choose your bridal bouquet is by starting with your favorite flower, and allowing its color to lead the way. A few examples include orchids, sunflowers, and lilacs. For example, surround fragrant lilacs with other blooms from the same purple color spectrum. The pale and dark contrasts add drama and sophistication.
Primary flowers: rose, ranunculus, passion vine, and olive
Primary flowers: fritillaria, Japanese ranunculus, and French anemone
Your bouquet doesn't have to stick with shades from the same family. We love nothing more than a great color clash. Take your main shade, orange or pale lavender for example, and pair it with a color on the other side of the color wheel, like a fresh, verdant green. This combination always looks both modern and classic.
Primary flowers: rose, clematis, peony, and dill
Primary flowers: garden snow rose, delphinium, nigella, andromeda, and astrantia
Your bouquet can help set the tone for your wedding by selecting colors that will instantly create the specific feel you want to convey. So if you can't decide by color, think about the mood some shades represent: Want something fun and upbeat? Try a bright mix of vibrant blooms. Or if your celebration is more of a serene and tranquil affair, enhance that vibe with a cool combination of blues, greens, and creams.
Primary flowers: verbena, dahlia, plectranthus, autumn ferns, and leaves
Primary flowers: lady slipper, astilbe, and dahlia
Flowers are usually the focus, but there's no rule that says they have to be. Fresh, luscious foliage can make just as big an impact as flowers. For a fall wedding we love the idea of adding a seasonal selection of autumn leaves, while long layers of ferns and other leaves elevate a simple white flower arrangement.
Primary flowers: dusty miller, jasmine, and lisianthus
Primary flowers: sweet pea, rose, hydrangea, and chamomile
Finally, when it comes to a bouquet, we can't forget about what ties it all together-literally. And sometimes this finishing touch can start you on a journey of possibilities. Let a little bit of delicate white lace inspire your bouquet shade palette. After all, whether it's a favorite flower, standout color, or some memorable material, inspiration for an unforgettable wedding bouquet can come from anywhere.
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