The bloom you love most deserves to shine.

By Blythe Copeland
March 25, 2020

When it comes to making your favorite flower a major player in your wedding-day décor, don't hold back: In many cases, more is more. "You can certainly make a particular bloom the star of an event," says floral designer Kiana Underwood of Tulipina. Using one type of bloom as a statement element is an obvious choice for your bouquet and centerpieces, but you can also let it inspire everything from your color palette and invitations to your cake design and ice cubes.

Whether relying on a single bloom will work for you depends on your aesthetic, says Underwood. "I usually mix flowers like peonies with other smaller blooms, with the peonies as the focus of the arrangement and with other blooms nestled in between. Smaller flowers with an amazing variety of shape, size, and texture, like ranunculus, are definitely more versatile." Garden roses, with their wide variety of shades, sizes, and textures, also work well as a central flower: "For many of my designs," says Underwood, "I like to use the same floral variety in a few different shades for added richness and interest."

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Start with a floral illustration on your invitation—whether that's an embossed silhouette of your favorite bloom, a watercolor sketch you use as an envelope liner, or a laser-cut design that appears throughout your paper suite. If you prefer a flower in a specific color—red roses, yellow tulips, white hydrangea—choose that as one of your main palette colors—or a key accent—so that your favorite bloom carries through every style choice.

At the ceremony, think beyond the bouquet by creating large-scale floral installations that show off your preferred bloom. For one bride who loved coral charm peonies, Underwood created an arch made from the flowers. For another, she says, "We hand-dyed hundreds of bunches of gypsophelia [baby's breath] to turn a 60-foot green wisteria arbor into a pink one by hanging thousands of dyed blooms. The results were astonishing!" A rustic barn wedding used an eight-foot floral wreath as a focal point for the alter, while wooden frames acted as the basis for hanging floral chandeliers suspended over the seating area. Other ways to include your favorite flower at the ceremony including incorporating the illustration you used on your invite into signage, programs, or the ring bearer pillow; having an artist create a painted backdrop or floor art; or handing out petals they can toss when you kiss, suggests wedding planner Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events.

At the reception, Underwood likes to use violas for edible accents—"The antique tones are simply exquisite," she says—and to incorporate nasturtium for its "bold, peppery flavor." Meyer suggests freezing petals into ice cubes for the bar or for water glasses, and using tasty, edible petals to garnish cocktails, appetizer trays, or your cake. "Edible flowers can also be an ingredient in your dinner menu, from a garnish on a main course to an ingredient in a salad," he says. "There is really not a place you cannot add a floral moment at a wedding."

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