33 Ways to Use Orchids in Every Part of Your Wedding
Long-lasting and surprisingly versatile, orchids can elevate any style of wedding. Whether your taste runs classic or contemporary, whether you're getting married outside in a tropical destination or in a ballroom in a city, and whether your celebration will be colorful or stick to an all-white palette, consider inviting these exquisite blooms into your bouquet or décor.
According to the language of flowers originally published in Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage des Fleurs back in 1819, the orchid means "you're in my thoughts." So, be thoughtful—towards your future spouse, a loved one, or all of your friends and family that have gathered to witness the start of your marriage—and include this symbolic and botanically-stunning flower in every element of your celebration.
Used on their own, orchids can often have a bold impact thanks to their unique shapes and curved-stems. Just think about how striking a simple potted Phalaenopsis orchid can be on a table in your home. When mixed with other traditional garden flowers, like roses and peonies, they can add a different texture, pop of color, or cascading shape to an arrangement. We love that some orchids are uniform in color while others are speckled or striped, too. With so many colors and types of orchids available, the options for using them in your wedding décor are endless.
In this bride's bouquet, Matthew Robbins Design clustered pink Phalaenopsis orchids together to modern, monochromatic, and striking effect. Continue reading to see even more bouquets, plus dreamy ceremony backdrops, ideas for dressing up your reception tables, and a handful of ways to decorate your wedding cake.
An All-White Display
At Each Seat
A Classic Boutonnière
White Phalaenopsis orchids can add tons of style to your reception. Here, Jackson Durham Events created delicate arches over these tables by arranging two of the multi-flower stems in glass vases with tall, narrow necks.
It's hard to believe that none of the flowers on this towering cake were real, but it's true. Sylvia Weinstock made each orchid entirely out of sugar.
If you're looking for dreamy ceremony inspiration, stop here. White Lilac Inc. suspended orchids from long ribbons, and the look was as enchanting as it was memorable.
Back It Up
A Colorful Combination
Inspired by the colors of a sunset, this cascading bouquet by Sinclair and Moore boasted a mix of fruit and flowers, but the bold pink and purple Phalaenopsis orchids in the middle were the stars.
Green and White Delights
These green-and-white centerpieces by The Nouveau Romantics had a few lady slipper orchids mixed in with calla lilies, ferns, hellebores, astrantia, and anemones. We're getting woodland-meets-jungle vibes on this one.
When you're tying the knot in Hawaii, orchid leis are pretty much a requirement. Here, the delicate flowers were strung from the existing vines and draped along the chairs in the back row by Teresa Sena Designs, but you could make the look work for your own wedding, no matter where you're saying "I do."
An Elegant Cascade
White orchids arranged by Jackson Durham Events in a clear vase added another natural element to this escort card table, where calligraphed envelopes were displayed in slotted pieces of driftwood.
Ashley Tearston of Floracopia strictly used orchids for this modern bouquet and kept them all in shades of fuchsia and pink. By mixing some solid varieties with two-tones and some speckled versions, she ensured the finished product was visually interesting and dynamic.
When you're tying the knot somewhere beachy, a ceremony backdrop of tropical leaves and flowers is a must-have. For this Caribbean celebration, that meant a chuppah of monstera leaves studded with clusters of white Phalaenopsis orchids by Eric Buterbaugh Designs.
Consider using several types of orchids in the same color family, like Amy Burke Designs did in this bouquet, which mixed varieties of dendrobium and cymbidium in shades of purple.
All Mixed Together
Old Town Florist combined a few different styles of orchids—two varieties of Phalaenopsis and cymbidium—in this bouquet.
A Wall of Flowers
White Lilac Inc. used white orchids as well as ivory hydrangeas and champagne roses for this grand ceremony backdrop.
A Classic Bouquet
A Metallic Accent
A Little Wild
Lady slipper orchids blended beautifully with fritillaria, muscari, hellebores, and lily of the valley in this bouquet by Molly Ryan Floral.
All the Way Down
Sarah Ryhanen from Saipua suggested this bouquet's unusually long cascade—it was eight feet long in the end—and wove in peachy cymbidium orchids.
Big and Bold
Casablanca Wedding Flowers created this tropically-inspired cascading bouquet of white Phalaenopsis orchids and monstera leaves.
On a Cake
This celestially-inspired cake by Kiss From Fleur was topped with several small, all-white orchids.
A Pink and Orange Bouquet
This colorful bouquet by Martin Roberts mixed tropical blooms like cymbidium orchids and mokara orchids with traditional stems like ranunculus and roses.
Just One Bloom
The Nouveau Romantics added just one green-and-white lady slipper orchid to the front of this bridal bouquet, which also included parrot tulips, anemones, hellebores, and ranunculus. But when the bloom is as unique as a lady slipper is, it's all the more special.
At this wedding, the décor was completely modern thanks to lots of clear elements like the chairs, the tables, and plenty of windows. Fleurs des Jardins softened up the space with graphic arrangements of Phalaenopsis orchids—in clear, glasses vases of course.