In Season Now: 8 Ways to Use Cymbidium Orchids

Updated 09/08/14

via Elle Jae

Cymbidium orchids are a favorite among brides for good reason — the blossoms are bright and colorful, with an elegant-yet-tropical feel. They're also quite hardy, which makes them a great choice for summer celebrations and destination weddings since they'll stand up to the heat. Cymbidiums are usually available year-round but are especially plentiful right now (most are grown in New Zealand this time of year), so they're a great choice if you're planning on a summer wedding. Cymbidium orchids are available in a wide variety of colors: white (with a variety of different colored centers), green, pink, yellow, orange, and burgundy, so it's very likely these orchids will work with the color palette you've chosen.

To help get you inspired, we've gathered together some of the prettiest arrangements we found that feature these elegant cymbidium orchids.

Pale-Pink Bridal Bouquet (above): This lush bouquet by San Francisco-based florist Nancy Liu Chin Designs features pale-pink cymbidium orchids mixed with garden roses, sweet peas, lisianthuses, and dusty miller.

Bright-Pink Bridal Bouquet: This vibrant arrangement is perfect for brides who want a bright pop of pink and features pink and burgundy cymbidium orchids, along with mokara orchids, garden roses, standard roses, and mini calla lilies. A jeweled brooch added to the bouquet handle adds a touch of sparkle.

Photo: Jose Villa

Orange Bridal Bouquet: If you're wedding style is more casual and organic, opt for a loose and lush bouquet, like this fall-inspired one with cymbidiums and greenery.

Flower Crown: Boho brides might love this pretty floral crown featuring cymbidium orchids, yarrow, and proteas.

Boutonniere: Your groom will look so sharp sporting a single cymbidium on his lapel.

© Colin Miller

Photo: Colin Miller

Place Setting: For a sweet surprise, place a single cymbidium orchid at each guest's place setting for them to enjoy once they take their seats.

Photo: Bobbette & Belle

Wedding Cake: This pretty confection by Bobbette & Belle in decorated in soft shades of pink and sugar cymbidium orchids.

Special thanks to Sean Nestlerode at Torchio Nursery in San Francisco for his help with our "In Season Now" flower series!

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