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Scan Pinterest's most popular wedding bouquets and you'll start to see a pattern: peonies, dahlias, and garden roses reign supreme. "Those three are consistently used over and over. They're pretty extraordinary!" says Holly Heider of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD. "They're so popular because they're focal flowers," she explains. Basically, they're eye-catching show-stealers that add a healthy dose of prettiness to your big day. No one can fault you for choosing them! But if you want to give your wedding a more unique spin, consider the following options.
1. Stock (above)
One of the things that makes it tempting to stick to the most popular bouquet picks is that many smaller flowers, while pretty, just don't have the same visual impact. "There are so many small, dainty blooms that give movement and texture, but end up being filler flowers," says Heider. Stock, on the other hand, is substantial enough to give you that wow factor, but also small enough to incorporate in creative ways, she explains.
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2. Football Chrysanthemums
Don't let the tough name fool you: these delicate flowers are perfect for a wedding. "These are beautiful when used properly. You can pack them together tightly as a base of the design, then weave other flowers through them," says Heider. You could also have a bouquet that's 100 percent football mums for a simple look that doesn't skimp on the loveliness. Even better: they're about half the price of garden roses and up to three or four times less than peonies, says Heider.
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We know, we know, carnations have a bad rap! Just hear us out. "There are so many unusual shades and varieties, and when they're massed together in a bouquet, it's incredible," says Heider. If you're going for a clean, contemporary vibe, a bouquet that's all carnation can fit in surprisingly well. But if you're looking for more of an unruly, organic feel, you can still make them work. "In that instance, you would still make them the focal flower, but add in herbs or dainty blossoms for a mixed bouquet," says Heider. A bonus to using carnations: you'll instantly convince your guests they've been wrong about them all along!