Types of Flowers for Wedding Bouquets

Few things are more personal than a wedding bouquet. Each bride wants as bouquet that is as uniquely hers as it is beautiful. Although any type of flower can be used in a wedding bouquet, a few stand out as time-honored favorites that are used by brides time and time again in unique ways.

Roses

Used alone or in combination with other flowers, roses (Rosa spp.) are the quintessential flower of love. Choose roses that are highly fragrant, in colors that complement your wedding colors. Full size blossoms of hybrid tea roses (the same type sold in bouquets by florists), as well as miniature or "sweetheart" roses lend themselves well to a wedding bouquet.

Lilies

The large, spectacular and fragrant blossoms of Asiatic lilies (Lilium asiatic var.) can steal center stage in a wedding bouquet, even from the rose. Asiatic lilies come in a wide range of colors, including solids, stripes and solid colors with specks on the inner petals. Remove the stamens from the center of the lily before assembling the bouquet to prevent the yellow pollen from staining the other flowers.

Calla Lilies

Traditionally used as a bouquet without any other type of flowers, calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are usually fastened together by their stems with their flower heads arranged in a domed or flat-topped configuration. They can also be cradled in one or both arms, fastened together in a loose, casual-looking bouquet that would be perfect for a wedding at the beach.

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