Love the look of weddings past? Creamy bouquets punctuated by dark greenery were de rigueur in the 1950s. To capture that glamour, carry a clutch of calla lilies, gladiolus, sweet peas, and stephanotis vine.
This stunning arrangement of clematis and jasmine vines, blush-pink peonies, and light green viburnum is ideal for round tables. The trick: Choose tall, slim vessels that won’t prohibit chitchat, build lots of volume at the top, and let a few vines spill out to keep it loose, not stuffy.
For the bride inspired by all things retro, a jubilant jumble of eclectic vases holding tree peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, button chrysanthemums, and sweet peas is both old-school and cool. Collect the vessels by scouring eBay, antiques stores, and flea markets, and then use them in your home later on.
Using real flowers in lieu of sugar ones will keep your budget on track, too, since your baker won’t need to spend hours making them. The only consideration? Be sure to choose nontoxic petals, like the lively dahlias here. Camellias, carnations, roses, violets, and pansies are other pretty options.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms