Timeless and dearly beloved, Lily of the Valley is perhaps the ultimate wedding flower when it comes to the traditional bride. Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly both carried Lily of the Valley bouquets, and as two of the most iconic brides in the last century, we can’t help but wonder: How does a simple bloom make such a statement?
“Lily of the Valley is the perfect choice for anyone looking for classic, timeless, and chic style; it has an effortless quality that is really wonderful,” says expert Matthew Robbins. “I find that Lily of the Valley works well for a bride who wants the focus on the fashion and the overall vibe rather than the flowers. It is understated but always luxurious.”
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The naturally petite profile of Lily of the Valley can still serve as the focal point of a show-stopping design. A small bouquet of Lily of the Valley is typically around $500, and larger bouquets can be as much as $1200. “Remember: They are insanely small so you need lots of them to make it look like something substantial,” says Robbins.
Read on for 23 stunning Lily of the Valley wedding bouquets.
A Royal Touch
Myrtle is a largely under-utilized flower when it comes to weddings. Every British royal bride since Queen Victoria has carried a sprig of myrtle in their bridal bouquet. This bouquet of Lily of the Valley, astilbe, astrantia, and myrtle gives off a refined, romantic look.
Make It Dainty
Perfect in place of a corsage for a mother of the bride or groom, opt for a delicate handful of blooms. This mother of the bride carried a dainty petite bouquet of only Lily of the Valley at this citrus-infused Ojai wedding.
There’s no doubt about it: Orchids have long been one of the more popular blooms to add to bouquets and wedding floral arrangements. Take note of the stunning bridal nosegay from this wedding on the Italian coast. The combination of pink and white orchids with Lily of the Valley makes for an enchanting bouquet.
Copy Kate (Yes, That Kate)
Undoubtedly one of the best bridal bouquets of the last decade, Kate Middleton’s Lily of the Valley bouquet is absolutely worth emulating. The rounded shield shape is classic and a perfect fit for any style.
Anemones lend themselves to a more wild, organic style of design no matter what other flowers they find themselves among. Consider a lush bridal bouquet recipe including gardenia, peonies, anemones, Lily of the Valley, ranunculus, roses, white lilac, astilbe, lisianthus, and Pieris japonica.
Your bridal bouquet is the perfect opportunity to display your “Something Borrowed” or even “Something Old”. Whether a family heirloom or a piece of jewelry, featuring it alongside a delicate bloom such as Lily of the Valley will only enhance the sweetness of the gesture.
Change It Up
A typical Lily of the Valley-only bouquet design would draw the focus to the flowers in the center, with the outside edge lined with leaves. Create an entirely different look altogether by mixing the leaves and flowers together evenly; this will create a more natural, organic design as a break from tradition!