While you may not have heard about this flower, pretty astilbe, recognized by its showy plume of feathery flowers, is a bloom brides need to know about. Astilbe comes in many beautiful shades, like pale pink and cream to deep red, and the graceful blooms will add a romantic and slightly whimsical feel to your bouquets and centerpieces. Check out our favorite ways to incorporate these special flowers into your wedding.
Pink Astilbe Bridal Bouquet (above): A simple clutch of soft-pink astilbes, created by Floral Theory, looks effortless and romantic.
Photo: [J Lucas Reyes](http://www.jlucasreyes.com/)
Deep-Red Astilbe Bridal Bouquet: Astilbe comes in many different shades, including dramatic deep red, which looks so elegant when paired with navy ribbon.
Photo: [Jose Villa](http://josevilla.com/)
Flower Crown: This bride wore a stunning head wreath of cream-colored astilbe.
Photo: [Belathee Photography](http://www.belathee.com/)
Astilbe Bridesmaid Bouquets: Cream-colored astilbe also looks so stylish paired with slate-gray bridesmaid dresses.
Photo: [Meg Perotti](http://megperotti.com/)
Astilbe Posies: If you're on a tight budget, opt for smaller bridesmaid bouquets. This nosegay-sized arrangement combines astilbe with dusty miller leaves.
Photo: [Kristyn Hogan](http://www.kristynhogan.com/)
Astilbe Boutonnieres: Tie pieces of twine around sprigs of astilbe and roses for a rustic look.
Photo: via [Braedon Photography](http://braedonphotography.com/)
Astilbe Ceremony Decor: Love the idea of decorating the ceremony chairs with bouquets of astilbe (and hanging them upside-down is a unique twist!).
Photo: [Clary Pfeiffer](http://www.claryphoto.com/)
Mixed Centerpiece: While astilbe looks stunning on its own, it also mixes well with others. This romantic pale-pink centerpiece features astilbe combined with stock, dusty miller, Queen Anne's lace, lisanthuses, and hydrangeas.