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Lily Bouquets for Weddings, Including Tiger Lilies and Calla Lilies
Brides Love Lily Bouquets!
Stylish, elegant, and simple: these terms characterize most, if not all, bridal bouquets made of lilies. The lily's slender, shapely form is attractive in a handheld bouquet, whether there are two or ten in the bouquet --and it always flatters the girl who holds it.
This article is here to provide you with an educated and comprehensive page of information to help you in your decision-making process regarding your own lily bridal bouquet, and to give you some great photos of lily bouquets that will help you decide what style and color of lily bouquet you would like!
Purple Calla Lily Bouquet
Christ said, "I am the Rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys." The beauty of His person and His character is so great that there are few metaphors up to the task of comparison, but the lily of the valley fits the qualification!
Others have used the lily as a metaphor in their writing as well:
"“For she is a fair maiden, fairest lady of a house of queens. And yet I know not how I should speak of her. When I first looked on her and perceived her unhappiness, it seemed to me that I saw a white flower standing straight and proud, shapely as a lily, and yet knew that it was hard, as if wrought by elf-wrights out of steel. Or was it, maybe, a frost that had turned its sap to ice, and so it stood, bitter-sweet, still fair to see, but stricken, soon to fall and die?” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Solomon compared the distinctness of the lily to his beloved bride:
"As a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters."
A Chinese proverb declares, "If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily."
Pink, Apricot, and Purple Calla Lily Bouquet
Calla Lily Bouquets
Calla lilies come in many colors, including white, cream, pink, purple, orange, yellow, red, green, and even "chocolate". Unlike other lilies, callas have a single petal, wrapped around the stamen of the flower like a cowl neck dress. These are the sleekest, simplest lilies because of their smooth and curvaceous shape. These are also the most popular lilies for bridal bouquets, being relatively inexpensive to obtain, and being a style that everyone loves.
Aside from the rosebud, the calla lily is the flower most used for a single-flower bouquet. A simple ribbon wrap or bow around a long-stemmed white calla lily is elegant and classy. Two or three calla lilies also make a beautiful minimalist bouquet. Even the straight, tubular stems are lovely without being trimmed shorter or wrapped with ribbon!
Did you know that all the calla lily bouquets shown in the photographs in this article are actually made of artificial flowers? They're called "Real Touch" calla lilies, and as you can see in these pictures, they make gorgeous bouquets! They even feel heavy and real to hold, and the petals feel soft and rubbery to the touch-- just like a real calla lily! All the calla lily bouquets in this article were handcrafted by Lilywinkel, an Etsy shop that provides stunning silk and real touch bouquets, boutonnieres, flower shoe clips, and other wedding floral at only a fraction of the cost of fresh but with the same attention to detail.
Yellow Calla Lily Bouquets
Calla Lily Boutonnieres
Did you know that mini calla lilies also make great boutonnieres? Their slim, streamlined style complements the angular lines of a suit coat. Don't try putting too many other fillers into a calla lily boutonniere, or it will soon get too big or tend to look feminine. Simple and elegant is best with calla lily boutonnieres. A few sprigs of leaves, berries, or subtle tiny flowers are best if you need a filler. Since the calla lily stems are so straight and pretty, try having the stem wrapped as you would a bouquet, and maybe even leave a little stem showing at the bottom.
Daylilies thrive in nearly every garden in the summertime. Often a vivid apricot color, these lilies also come in yellow, fuchsia, bright pink, pastel pink, red-orange, or coral pink. These are perfect lilies for vibrant and cheerful bouquets, especially for a tropical-themed wedding! If you are using fresh daylilies, make sure your florist works quickly since they only stay in bloom for a day.
Tiger Lily Bouquets for Weddings
If you're looking for a large, cascading bouquet, chances are you'll turn to tiger lilies to make up the bulk of your bouquet. The largest of all the types of lilies, tiger lilies can be anywhere from five to eight inches across, with six large pointed petals spreading from the center, often with stripes or dots in the center of each petal. They are called "tiger" lilies because the original color is vivid orange with black stripes, or dots, on the petals; they also come in red and white.
Don't use too many giant tiger lilies in your bouquet-- a little goes a long way! Have them placed far enough apart that they can spread widely without getting crushed. Baby's breath, roses, ferns, and ivy make great fillers for tiger lily bouquets because of their contrasting shapes and sizes.
Very similar is the white Easter lily, which looks lovely in both round and cascading bouquets of any color! (See last photo in the section below-- white lilies are shown with purple roses).
Lily of the Valley Bouquets
Small and dainty, like a tiny string of white bells on a wand, are the lilies-of-the-valley. They come in white, but occasionally you will find a rare lavender coloring. Though the lily-of-the-valley is one of the most expensive and delicate fresh flowers to use in a bouquet, it still remains widely popular for brides. It is often used as a filler flower for an all-white bouquet, or used by itself in a small hand-tied posy, hardly bigger than eight inches across. People have likened the smell of lily-of-the-valley to light, fresh linens. It is not a very strong smell, but compared with the non-existent smell of other lilies, that's saying something!
Grace Kelly used a small, cascading bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley for her wedding, in 1956. Her bouquet seems to go perfectly with her classic lace sleeves and vintage style (see last photo, below).
Kate Middleton carried a bouquet that was mainly made of Lily-of-the-Valley flowers-- a small cascade design also composed of Sweet William flowers. How sweet!