In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost to the season to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms, ranging from ranunculus to roses. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every Flower Friday.
For the modern bride who wants an extra punch of the cool factor in her bouquet and table arrangements, adding orchids is a perfect way to do just that. Now, don’t get us wrong, we’ve seen orchids done in bad, bad ways (think: extravagant, tall centerpieces with dripping crystals) but recently, there has been an orchid resurgence among it-girl brides and floral designers. We’ve been seeing some really interesting and innovative new approaches to using orchids that almost makes us forget about the cheese factor from late-90s and early-aught floral nightmares past. Here’s everything you need to know about incorporating orchids, and a couple of our expert tips on what NOT to do as they’re a flower (much like the carnation or babies breath) that can slip into tacky if you don’t use the right approach!
Today's orchids are for the more modern, trendy girl. Trying to force them into an arrangement that's too traditional can end up looking a little dated, and you certainly don't want that!
A fun fact about orchids, there are over 28,000 species (recognized) meaning they come in virtually any color you could imagine. By the way, that's twice as many orchid species as there are mammal species.
This completely depends on the type of orchids you get, and since there are so many varieties, the range is quite large. But even orchids at their cheapest still aren't as cheap as, say, carnations. Thus, we wouldn't exactly call them a budget flower!
Depends on the variety, again, but they tend to be quite hardy—if they're in a vase they have the potential to last up to a month!
Works Well With
Orchids work well with flowers that are intentionally and artfully arranged, nothing to stiff and formal but nothing too boho and romantic. Modern, but updated—monochromatic pastel colored orchids with other soft colored big blooms look sweet and soft, or mix dustier toned flowers with deeper colored orchids for something more dramatic.