Bridal Bouquet Styles: Tropical Flowers

Bridal Bouquet Styles: Tropical Flowers

Tropical flowers have such stunning shapes and bold colors that that simple bouquet designs show them off best. Try to upstage an anthurium or orchid with a complicated assemblage of many varieties of blooms and in the end you’ll wish you had left well enough alone.

Case in point: a cluster of dendrobium orchids (pictured below) tied with string or ribbon makes a beautiful bridesmaid bouquet. Knowing when to put the spotlight on the flowers instead of the design is what makes a good designer. Sometimes, nature has it all worked out for you.

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Then again, there are tropical bouquet styles that incorporate multiple kinds of flowers and a range of colors, shapes and textures that, when done well, make absolute sense.

How do you know if tropical flowers are right for your wedding? It’s all about location. If you are getting married in a warm climate where tropicals are native, you can build on the sense of place by using flowers that would naturally come from local gardens.

One of the first weddings I designed was for a couple of good friends who had chosen an outdoor pavilion at a gorgeous park in Florida as the venue for their nuptials. Surrounded by palm trees and live oaks with moss, they promised to stay together forever.

Flower-wise, there are so many directions you can go when a wedding is casual. We decided to play off the palm trees and do all tropicals. It went a little something like this: the day before the wedding, I went to the wholesale florist and bought orchids, anthurium, heliconia, birds-of-paradise and fabulous tropical foliage. I drove out to the coast with my flowers in boxes (tropicals do fine out of water for a few days), empty buckets and my toolkit of florist’s hardware.

All the bouquets, garlands and centerpieces were made on-site in the hours leading up to the wedding, and I did the work myself, following my creative whims. This is a florist’s fantasy: to be given an engaged couple’s complete trust and the go-ahead to be creative in the moment without any parameters but the flowers themselves.

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  1. Rust April 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I think tropicals are such a wonderful idea for brides and wedding settings — generally their smells are wonderful!

  2. Andrea Hoehman April 19, 2013 at 2:36 am - Reply

    If I got married, I would definitely use tropical flowers. So beautiful!

  3. Stephanie Gossett April 19, 2013 at 5:29 am - Reply

    I love the tropical idea. This is an interesting concept. We live in Florida and this would be just beautiful for a beach wedding.

  4. anne conover April 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I loved this post and the beauty of tropical flowers. I will pass this idea off to my daughter!

  5. Samii Meyer April 24, 2013 at 2:03 am - Reply

    These are such gorgeous flowers! And the second picture is such a wonderful combination. thank you so much for sharing this.

  6. Susan Smith April 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of tropical flowers for a wedding, especially a beach wedding.

  7. yenny April 25, 2013 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! I love the idea of tropical.

  8. Vikki Billings April 26, 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

    I have always loved the colors of tropical flowers but I am in Missouri and figure that it would cost too much to have them at my wedding. This was a great article and it is making me rethink some things!

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