If you ask us, baby's breath (scientific name: gypsophila) gets a bad rap. Most people think of it as just a filler flower—something you'd stick amid a bunch of roses to make the bouquet seem larger. But when used on its own en masse—like in wedding-ceremony decorations—the flower takes on a wonderful cloud-like quality and has a soft, romantic, ethereal feel. And the end result can be quite dazzling.
A couple of other pluses: Baby's breath is budget-friendly (it's much more affordable than many in-demand wedding flowers like garden roses and peonies), not to mention long-lasting (so it won't wilt in warmer climates like many flowers do). It can also transform to any color of the rainbow—just ask your florist to dye the flower for an unexpected pop of color.
Still not convinced? Then check out our favorite ideas to incorporate baby's breath into your wedding day.
Wear Flowers in Your Hair
While we love sprigs of baby's breath placed throughout a braid, the flower can work with any hairstyle. Remove your veil for an ethereal surprise at the reception or ditch the veil completely in favor of this look all day long.
Make Bouquets for Your Bride Tribe
For a no-fuss, budget-friendly option that matches practically any bridal party outfit, look no further than baby's breath. We love keeping the stems long for a casual, organic look.
And a Bouquet For Yourself!
Don't shy away from carrying a single flower arrangement down the aisle either. Pro tip: Dye the bouquet to add a touch of color to your wedding day look.
Accessorize Your Furry Friends
Will your pets be a part of the big day as well? Have them look the part with tiny flower crowns or decorative collars.
Say "I Do" Under an Ethereal Arch
This beautiful backdrop features loose, fluffy tufts of baby's breath entwined throughout a wooden arch. The baby's breath adds softness and has a romantic, ethereal quality—what we imagine it would be a little like exchanging vows above the clouds.
Play With Patterns
Don't be afraid to mix a baby's breath installation with other patterns. Between the custom chevron backdrop, striped ceiling, and spherical baby's breath tufts, everything about this ceremony space screams modern beach wedding.
Line the Aisle
For this couple's pink-hued nuptials in Arizona, the breathtaking view was the best décor they could have asked for. However, by lining the wedding aisle with spray-painted bursts of baby's breath and ranunculus they added some unexpected beauty to the venue, which only enhanced its natural attraction.
Get Creative With Your Flower Girls
Have some fun with your tiniest guests and ditch the typical flower girl basket of petals—opt for giant hearts instead! They'll enjoy carrying something unique and the photos are guaranteed to be adorable.
Adorn Your Escort Display
The best way to dress up a DIY mirror sign? With baby's breath, of course! The delicate flower is perfect for ultra-romantic occasions, adding an easy upgrade to any piece of décor.
Romanticize the Bar
Could pampas grass and baby's breath be a match made in heaven? We sure think so. This couple covered their mobile bar with blush baby's breath because let's be honest, walking up to a gorgeous bar is half the fun.
Garnish Your Cocktails
Swap the typical lemon and lime twists for something more romantic and unexpected—a.k.a. baby's breath sprigs!
Dress Up Your Drinks
Want an easy way to personalize your cocktail hour? Collect (or rent) vintage stemware and have your florist tie tiny nosegays of baby's breath around each—voilà! Easy, beautiful, and cost-effective.
Build a Custom Sign
Baby's breath turned into a piece of art at this couple's Tenessee nuptials. Even if peace signs aren't quite your speed, ask your florist to string the flower into a symbol or sign of your choosing to hang somewhere on-site!
Display a Dramatic Chandelier
When we said baby's breath could be beautiful en masse we meant it! This gorgeous installation, from an event thrown by Jove Meyer, looks like an ethereal cloud floating lazily over the table.
Add Pops of Color
One of baby's breath's best qualities is its ability to hold any color. Gone are the days where this flower has to be used in its natural white. Ask your florist to dye bouquets to match your wedding colors. The end result will be a whimsical, one-a-kind creation.
Mix With Other Flowers
While we love baby's breath on its own, there's something to be said about pairing it with other flowers. Mixing the flower with other blooms will create depth and texture.
Create an Elegant Runner
For an elegant and elevated reception, line long banquet tables with luscious runners of baby's breath. Paired with tall tapered candles and crystal glassware the end result is equal parts upscale and effortless.
Decorate Your Cake
Baby's breath and macarons on a cake. Need we say more? Flowers are the perfect decoration for wedding cakes of all kinds but baby's breath has the power to enhance both one-tier creations and extravagant concoctions.