Editors' Picks: 30 Best Bouquets

Midwest Living-Lake County for Out and About-May/June 2014 CMR#5
We've selected the 30 prettiest bouquets to inspire you on your big day.

Warm Red Tones

An oversize red bouquet pops against wedding whites. Here we chose a colorful mix of celosia, zinnias, and bells of Ireland. Accent the flowers with soft bunches of Queen Anne's lace.

Sweet Succulents

This gorgeous bouquet starts with a mix of green succulents and is accented with pops of purple. Choose a whispy purple flower for the edges of the bouquet. Here, we used Limonium.

Shades of White

The easiest way to create a gorgeous bouquet? Stick to one color family. Choose a variety of flowers in the same shade. Here, we went with white blooms including hydrangeas, mums, and snapdragons.

Pretty in Pink

A tight blend of carnations, peonies, and roses creates a lush wedding bouquet. Stick with shades of red and pink for a romantic, feminine feeling.

Pops of Orange

Bright orange flowers pop against a cool palette of green succulents and purple flowers. Bring out the orange with a colored ribbon and pearl accents.

Choose Lovely Lilac

Varied lengths of purple-hue rayon trim trailing from this bouquet hint at the sweet blossoms tied together at the other end. The elegant combination displays lavender double tulips, Blue Bird roses, pink godetia, and lavender dendrobium orchids, with catmint and Kent Beauty oregano for petite accents. 

Pick Wildflowers

Create a bouquet that's unique to you with fresh wildflowers. Tie the blooms loosely together for an effortless look. We like to blend a mix of white, purple, red, and yellow flowers.

Use Grass Accents

Loops of rich green grass encircle this creamy clutch of flowers. Pure white roses are nestled alongside yellow-tint orchids and roses with pale green petals. Soothing green foliage and berries unite the bunch.
-- Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal

Earthy Green and Yellow

Bright yellow ball flowers add shape and pops of color to this green bouquet. We used Billy Ball flowers here to create the look.

A Classic Bouquet

If you're getting married in the winter and your flower choices are limited, consider a bold rose bouquet. To add pops of white, place stephanotis throughout the bouquet.

Go For Ranunculus

Sometimes simple is best. Here a single flower, ranunculus, is loosely tied together for a romantic wedding bouquet.

A Neutral Palette

If you are going for a simple but dramatic look, go neutral. This full bouquet paired white roses and calla lilies with a touch of green leaves. Mix and match different textures of flowers for a modern, monochromatic look.

Choose a Bold Color Combination

For this oversize bouquet, we chose a variety of bright, bold flowers including pink daisies, zinnias, and wispy red astilbe. The tropical hues pop best against a crisp, white dress.

Multi-Shade Bouquet

All shades of red -- from magenta to wine -- come together in this round bouquet. Chocolate cosmos, calla lilies, gloriosa lilies, dahlias, orchids, seeded eucalyptus, and ferns are arranged informally for a fresh-from-the-garden look.
-- Photographer J. Perlman, www.jperlmanphotography.com; Floral designer Mol Tran

Store-Bought Beauty

Need blooms on a budget? Transform a store-bought bouquet into wedding-worthy flowers with a quick twist of twine. Look for a mix of flowers like mums, lilies, roses, and bells of Ireland.

Go White on White

Sparkling white roses and orchids are classic choices for wedding bouquets. Here, the two favored flowers combine to form a fragrant, dome-shape bouquet. -- Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

Choose Hydrangeas

All it takes to create a stunning bouquet is a few hydrangea stems. The full blooms create a gorgeous round shape all on their own.

Go Tropical

To add a tropical vibe to your wedding, use bold colors like these orange tulips surrounded by lisianthus.

Peach and Pink Roses

With blooms as big as these, peach and pink roses need little filler to create a full bouquet. For a mix of textures, choose full blooms and buds in pastel tones.

Pick a Soft Combo

If you like pink and orange, a bouquet similar to this one might suit your fancy. Soft pink roses, star-shape bouvardia, and alstroemeria combine with yellow-orange roses. Lady's mantle fills in the gaps. -- Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

Bright and Bold

A bold mix of pink and purple flowers pops against wedding whites. Choose a variety of blooms including roses, calla lily, and hydrangea.

Neutral Green

A fresh color palette of pale green creates a breezy wedding bouquet right from nature. Bunch together flowers and leaves, and tie them with twine to complete the natural look.

Go Bold with Dahlias

Magenta dahlias and a few sprigs of wax flowers create a strikingly simple bouquet. These substantial flowers last about two weeks after cutting and easily stand up to the tousling every wedding bouquet receives. Dahlias are available in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, orange, and purple.
-- Photographer Aquario Studio; Floral designer Laura Tejedas

Add Pop of Color

For a bold and elegant bouquet to carry down the aisle, pair flame calla lilies, orange roses, and burnt orange hypericum berries.

Pick a Statement Bloom

Sometimes all it takes is a few stems to create a bold statement. Here a simple cluster of Bells of Ireland, celosia, and zinnias create a loose, romantic arrangement.

Get a Garden-Fresh Look

The colors of a brilliant sunset are in your hands with this hand-tied bouquet. Sweetly fragrant yellow-orange and red roses are paired with orange and pink alstroemeria blossoms. Magenta globe amaranth's round, cherry-size blooms add color and textural contrast. Sprigs of green lady's mantle give the bouquet a garden-fresh look. Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

Shine with Jewel Tones

Jewel tones prevail in this bouquet of magenta dahlias, purple-blue hydrangeas, burnt-orange calla lilies, and yellow orchids. The dahlias and hydrangeas lend the arrangement a natural look. For a bouquet with a more formal feel, substitute roses for the dahlias. -- Photographer John Schnack, Schnack Studios; Floral designer Amina Marechal

Pick a Vibrant Bouquet

The bold colors of late summer and fall make this round bouquet glow. It includes dark red dahlias, golden black-eyed Susans, yellow and orange calla lilies, purple trachelium, and orange roses. Green hydrangea blossoms fill in while preventing the colors from becoming too intense.
-- Photographer Susan Jackson, Susan Jackson Photography; Floral designer Sandra Meyer

Roses and Calla Lilies

Deep red roses and luxurious almost-black calla lilies create a bold and elegant bouquet. Sprigs of seeded eucalyptus provide rich textural interest. -- Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal

Bold Sunflowers

Perfect for a fall wedding, sunflowers make a bold statement when clustered together. Keep some of the leaves on for a pop of fresh green color.

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