Bridal bouquets have certainly come a long way over the past decades. From those silly bunches of love-child daisies in the 60's, to the fussy cascades of the 80's, we've seen a complete revolution in what today's bride is interested in for her special day.
One of the most recent, and most interesting, items florists are being asked to include are succulents. Definitely not a flower, succulents are more akin to cactus, though usually without the spines. There are dozens of different varieties to choose from, helping to blend them with most any flower and color combination the bride may want. And succulents are a great choice for the bride who says she really doesn't 'like' flowers.
Succulents also work well for boutonnieres and corsages. Their graphic shapes stand out with little embellishment needed. And of course, they last and last, without need of water!
Some of the most popular, seen in these photos, are Echeverias, also known as "Hens and Chicks", with their rosette of thick, fleshy leaves; Kalanchoe; and Purple Heart Wandering Jew. Most pair nicely with silver-leaved plants such as Lamb's Ear. I love this boutonniere that includes Chocolate Cosmos and fern curls-there are so many interesting shapes and elements going on here! For our area, where coastal 'destination' weddings are popular, succulents blend well with the seafoam greens and pale blues, hot colors right now.
Succulents are also a good choice for the bride who is interested in a 'green' wedding. Consider these centerpieces: all can be given as long-lasting gifts after the wedding, or taken home as a reminder of your Big Day.
And best of all...you won't have to worry about them not being watered while you are away on your honeymoon!
Bloomers has lots of great ideas for your succulent wedding!