While classically feminine, a pink bouquet can sometimes be a bit of a yawn. But not this French-inflected bunch, in which swirls of pleated ribbon dance above voluptuous tree peonies, garden roses, and striated double tulips. Hot-pink ranunculus and lacy nerine add depth to the ballerina hues. And cascades of ribbon in varying widths at the handle complete the transformation from girlish to gorgeous.
This 30-blossom bouquet is made from four types of peach and pink roses -- Versillia, Mystique, Oriental Curiosa, and Singing in the Rain -- and studded with eight blush-tipped tuberoses. The stems are bound and then tied with a peach velvet ribbon for an end-of-spring bouquet that is elegant and fragrant.
From the bold hues of the scabiosas and tulips to the softly shaded roses, the range of pinks in this bouquet by Livia Cetti spells romance. The dangling white tuberose and wisps of amaranth balance this classic arrangement, which is tied with a picot-edge pink-and-brown ribbon.
A monochromatic palette is most interesting when the chosen color is expressed in many shades. Iridescent runners of pale-pink silk shantung overlay an off-white tablecloth on this candlelit setting inspired by formal 1940s dinner parties.
Fluted clear-glass vases show off a spectrum of pink flowers: dahlias, sweet peas, ranunculuses, scabiosa, nerine lilies, and garden roses. Place cards sit on Japanese fabric fans, which are spread open on luminous shell-pink plates. Off-white napkins cascade over the edge of the table.
The cheery mood of the colors on this reception table matches the fresh style of the centerpieces and favors. We used fabrics and flowers in a range of tones, from pale to saturated, giving the room a soft glow. The arrangements are azaleas snipped from potted plants: You'll get more blooms for the price that way. At each place, inside the folds of the napkin, is a prettily boxed favor (a macaroon); a place card leans against it.
Various pinks work nicely together, bringing out the undertones in the blooms, flattering one another and the person who bears them. Here, buttercream-and-pink phalaenopsis orchids flutter like butterflies among ruffle-edged, magenta garden roses, pale-pink rounded garden roses, and still paler spray roses. The tails of a light yellow ribbon emphasize the bouquet's downward sweep.
This bouquet combines sweet peas, roses, and feathery astilbe with helichrysum and beaded leaves. Virtually invisible until they catch the light, individual pink sequins affixed to wire stems are interspersed among the blooms. On the handle, mother-of-pearl buttons dangle from metallic-pink ribbon.
Here's an easy centerpiece idea that stacks up well against pricier options: clusters of flower-filled cafe au lait bowls. You can find inexpensive ones at home- and kitchen-supply stores (ours are from Anthropologie and Sur La Table); or collect mismatched vintage styles from flea markets. Place floral foam in the bowls to anchor the blooms, then group them on reception tables, stacking some atop inverted ones for visual interest.
At a casual outdoor wedding, full-blown roses in rough-hewn containers make beautiful centerpieces. Floaters can keep heavy blooms adrift. The best vessels can often be found tucked away in basements or garden sheds; you can also scour flea markets and garage sales for one-of-a-kind finds.