Orchids are one of the most popular wedding flowers, and for good reason. “They’re versatile and make a big impact in bouquets and other floral designs,” says Drew Rios of Rogue & Fox Floral Co. in Los Angeles.
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Drew Rios is the designer behind Rogue & Fox Floral Co. in Los Angeles.
Another reason? Orchids come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, making it easy to incorporate them into weddings of every style. That said, some varieties are more popular than others. “Phalaenopsis orchids and cymbidium orchids are hands-down favorites of many brides," Rios says. "Their front-facing forms provide an eye-catching moment in a bouquet.”
Since many orchid species grow in tropical climates they’re a natural fit for island or beach weddings, but Rios says that, when paired with dried florals, they can also have a starring role in modern, artistic celebrations. "My favorite is the paphiopedilum variety, which you don’t see often,” she says. “Their form and structure is so unique and their colors are beyond imagination.”
Phalaenopsis orchids and cymbidium orchids are hands-down favorites of many brides. Their front-facing forms provide an eye-catching moment in a bouquet.
Certain color orchids have to be ordered ahead of time and there are some species only available during certain seasons, but the most common varieties are available year-round. “Orchids are definitely a splurge at $15 to $35 per stem, but because they take up quite a bit of real estate in an arrangement, you don’t need many stems to make a statement,” says Rios.
Read on for 30 stunning bouquet ideas featuring orchids big and small.
Create a Masterpiece
Make like this bride, who designed her own cascading bouquet of ivory orchids and roses. The asymmetrical arrangement is even more dynamic alongside a statement dress—or cape!
Play a Supporting Role
Love the look of orchids but don't want them to steam the show? Consider incorporating them as an accent flower in lush bouquet of various blooms, as this bride did with amaranth and roses from Wild Bloom.
While a statement orchid is always stunning, a petite iteration can be just as impactful. Case in point: This nosegay of mini orchids and lily of the valley by Il Profumo Dei Fiori.
Make an Impact
Orchids are a natural fit for a wild, lush bouquet with tropical vibes, as shown here with lotus seeds, jasmine, hellebores, tuberoses, and ferns from Honey & Poppies. This oversized bouquet works especially well with a simple slip dress like this bride wore for her Palm Springs celebration, which also featured orchid-centric centerpieces.
Create a Contemporary Shape
Traditionally, cascading bouquets are abundant and long, roughly mimicking the look of a waterfall. However, at this Brooklyn warehouse wedding, the fashion-forward bride opted for a sleeker modern version created by Extrafloral from white orchids and anthurium. We think it's genius!
Eucalyptus and olive branches will add fragrant texture to any bouquet, but we're especially into this arrangement of orchids, calla lilies, and blushing brides from Maye Córdova. Not to mention: The stem was wrapped in leather and engraved with Walt Whitman’s “We were together, I forget the rest" at this destination wedding in San Miguel de Allende.
Play With Texture
If you're marrying on the beach but aren’t into tropical colors, opt for a bouquet with textural flowers and greens. This bouquet, carried by a bride at her wedding in Tulum, centered around king protea and palm leaves, flanked by elegant white blooms such as orchids and anthurium.
Orchids come in some truly amazing shades, including fuchsia, like these phalaenopsis orchids carried by a bride at her beachfront Florida wedding. Floral design company Myrtie Blue rounded out the bright bouquet with bougainvillea, coral charm peonies, Juliet roses, Yves Piaget roses, poppies, anemones, and ranunculus.
Embrace a Theme
Again, go-all out tropical by pairing orchids with monstera leaves and anthurium. This bridal bouquet features those flowers plus classic wedding blooms like roses, peonies, and poppies.
An oversized bouquet can do no wrong. Especially when it combines white and cream orchids, lilies, tulips, dahlias, and calla lilies, as does this mountain-inspired one by Fiddlehead Designs.
Add Blush Accents
The classic color combo of red and pink roses feels effortlessly romantic. Add in orchids, greenery, and flowing ribbons for a wild, just-picked feeling.
When paired with white phalaenopsis orchids, a single monstera leaf makes for a striking tropical bouquet. This look works for a bride, bridesmaids—or the whole wedding party!
Keep It Straight
This long, straight bouquet of orchids, calla lilies, and greenery by Foret was created to feel like an extension of her stunning Naeem Khan gown. We say channel this idea and carry yours by our side in style!
Add a Cheerful Touch
Don't forget that orchids also come in a vibrant yellow hue. These colorful bouquets, designed by Sag Harbor Florist, feature peonies, ranunculus, and summer roses.
Look to Art For Inspiration
Art is a wonderful place to look for inspiration—no matter your wedding style! That said, we're huge fans of the ever-chic ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. This bride was also inspired by the style for her wedding on a Brooklyn rooftop.
Pair With Natural Hues
Dried palms are trending right now, and this photo is proof as to why. Rogue & Fox Floral Co. created this bouquet—which feels just right for a modern, outdoor celebration in the summertime—by pairing white phalaenopsis orchids with pampas grass and dried ferns in light, neutral tones.
Add a Pop of Color
Marsala-hued orchids can add a vivid hue and depth to any bouquet, as shown here by Ponderosa & Thyme. This design also includes foraged branches, Angelique tulips, blush garden roses, and white anemones.
Let Them Shine
Sure, you can always combine orchids with other flowers, but when you have showstoppers like these pink-hued phalaenopsis orchids, they can also fly solo.
Before finalizing your dream bouquet, check out the below article for common floral mistakes you'll want to avoid!