A popular wedding flower, hydrangea blooms in a variety of hues, from white to the deepest blue or purple, as well as shades of pink and green. Blooms grow in rounded, frilly bunches that serve equally well as bouquet filler or centrepiece. In fact, the natural arrangement of flowers on the branch already resembles a bouquet and many brides elect to carry them that way. More complex bouquets include flowers of contrasting or similar colours and shapes, arranged for different effects.
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One of the most elegant styles of hydrangea bouquets is also the simplest: several stems of hydrangea bound together with a length of ribbon. The bouquet might boast flowers of the same or different hues and the ribbon might be tied discreetly or with the ends flowing like streamers. However, the visual effect should be that of one generous and dense mound of hydrangea petals over a neatly finished bunch of stems. As a variation on that theme, the hydrangea leaves may also be included in the bouquet, arranged as they appear in nature, framing the flowers.
In a beidermeier bouquet, flower types and colours are organised to create a visual pattern of concentric circles. Often, hydrangea is bunched in the centre of the arrangement and ringed by flowers of another kind, which in turn are embraced by a third ring of flowers. Sometimes the hydrangea blooms serve as both the centre bunch and the outermost ring, with one ring of contrasting flowers layered between them. These might be roses or tulips or some other flower. The appeal of this arrangement lies in the contrast between flower rings, either in colour or shape.
Other bouquet styles involve a mix of hydrangea and other flowers in more freestyle arrangements. Often, tiny white accent flowers such as baby's breath or paperwhites delicately peep out of a mostly hydrangea bouquet. For a more striking effect, a mound of hydrangea might be studded with larger flowers. Yellow or white roses mix well with blue hydrangea, or red roses might be mixed into white or green hydrangea. Otherwise, the hydrangea could serve as filler or even as a centrepiece for a larger arrangement such as a cascade bouquet of flowers spilling from a handheld base.
Available in a range of blue, pink, purple, white and green shades, hydrangea is versatile enough to flatter nearly any wedding theme. One attractive bouquet style involves an arrangement of several blooms of the same colour or same colour family. A blue bouquet might include blue hydrangea, blue delphiniums, Veronica and sea holly. For a white bouquet, the choices are endless and may include white hydrangea with white roses, baby's breath, lilies, carnations, gardenias or tulips.
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