A wedding bouquet can be as simple as a single flower or as ornate as a cascading rainbow of colorful blooms. Design the bridal bouquet to stand out against a crisp white dress, or to blend in with a more delicate monochromatic display. There are no set rules for a wedding bouquet; a bunch of hand-tied wildflowers can be as lovely as a group of the most exotic orchids.
Create an elegant wedding bouquet by adorning flowers with pearl headpins. White stephanotis flowers are simple star-shaped flowers with five petals. Insert a pearl into the center of each flower to create a delicate wedding bouquet. Plumeria and ixora are other types of four- and five-petal flowers that you can enhance with a pearl center. Create mounded bouquets with a single type of pearled flower, or combine the pearled flowers with sweetheart roses, ranunculus, narcissus, sweet peas and other small blossoms to create a picturesque grouping.
Roses are often used in wedding bouquets, partly due to the array of available colors. Create a rose bouquet with multiple shades of the same color palate to create a monochromatic arrangement. If you use red or another deep-colored rose in your bouquet, add a few pearled stephanotises to the mix for a white burst of color to add dimension to the design. The contrast of the white stephanotis and the deep red roses is a striking combination. Other flowers that pair well with roses in a wedding bouquet are baby's breath, pee gee hydrangeas, calla lilies, sweet peas and passion flowers, just to name a few.
A bouquet that cascades over the bride's hands and trails onto her dress creates a visual impact against a simple wedding gown. Flowers in a cascading bouquet may include lisianthus, peonies, calla lilies, sunflowers, roses, tulips and other long stemmed selections. Add lady's mantle, ivy or seeded eucalyptus to add green texture to the display.
A single, long-stemmed calla lily tied with a gossamer ribbon is an elegant choice for a wedding bouquet. Like roses, calla lilies are available in an array of colors including shades of white, yellow, pink, purple and red. A monochromatic grouping of callas is another way to enjoy this striking flower on your wedding day. Callas need not stand alone; they mix beautifully with roses, orchids, peonies, dahlias and oriental lilies.
Cymbidium orchids are favorites for many wedding bouquets. These exotic beauties can stand alone or blend with other exotics such as Asiatic lilies, plumeria and hibiscus. Surround one cymbidium orchid with sweetheart roses or blend several with a multicolored display of orange blossoms, calla lilies, peonies and tulips for a fragrant floral statement.