Ah, the Dahlia. One of the most requested bridal flowers around- and rightfully so. Dahlias come in a rainbow of colors. They are fairly durable, once cut, and quite showy ranging in size from more diminutive blooms to “dinnerplate” varieties that are well… dinnerplate sized. (And, that’s big for a flower) Dahlias grow from a tuber and are somewhat fickle requiring just the right amount of water and sunny days to bloom their best, but that’s for the professionals to worry about, let’s take a look at why Dahlias, in a bouquet, are all over Pinterest and what makes them so special.
White Dahlias are beautiful and fill in a bouquet nicely. There are several white varieties but this one is super fresh with that crisp, green center. Simple greenery, white Roses and Anenome work together to create a classic gathering of flowers. (Wrenwood Designs and Leah & Mark Photography)
Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, seen in this bouquet, are some of the most sought out varieties. For the past several years they have dominated the wedding, floral scene. While they are a blushy, pinkish -peach color, they are treated as a neutral in design work, which basically means they look perfect in any color story. Trailing greenery and an abundance of yellow and white flower varieties make this a dreamy gathering. (Petals By the Shore and Emily Chastain Photography)
Here are those beautiful Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, again. The darker peach Dahlia,( in the middle), is a Cactus variety. It adds a lot of texture to this gorgeous, pageant-style bouquet. Rich colors fade to paler hues making this bouquet an absolute stunner. (Floribunda Rose and Phillipa Sian Photography)
Lavender-hued Dahlias paired with a buttery shade create a bold look with mixed Silver-Dollar Eucalyptus and soft purple Roses. A coordinating satin ribbon finishes this whimsical look. (Carolina Flowers and Emily Patrick)
Wine colored Dahlias look brilliant with mauvey- pink Roses, and mixed white florals. Pink Astrantia adds just the right touch of color and a coordinating Dahila with deep, red inner petals matches perfectly. This bouquet is timeless and would look great for a wedding in any season. (Glamour and Grit Floral and Abby Fox Photography)
This colorful arrangement places pale pink Dahlias with white centers, in the midst of a bevy of other flowers that include, Lisianthus, Celosia, Craspedia, Bupleurum, Roses, Delphinium and Seeded Eucalyptus. So much variety in this beauty, making it both glamorous and fun. (The Poppy and the Peony and Toya Laperna)
Because Dahlias are late Summer- early Fall bloomers, here on the East Coast, we see them featured in lots of beautiful Autumn bouquets. Here, the deep, black-red Dahlia is striking alongside more peppy Sunflowers and Craspedia. This is a charming celebration of Fall. (Rose and Bel Florals and Hannah Fazio)
This incredibly romantic bridal bouquet has so much texture and detail. It boasts that “just picked from the garden,” look, that skilled florists have taken the time (and practice) to perfect. (Laurel Creek Florals and Olivia Griffin)
There are Dahlias aplenty in this fanciful bouquet. Rich reds, bright coral and soft apricot Dahlias set the palette while leaves, berries and a bold bouquet wrap compliment the look flawlessly. (Laurel Creek Florals and Lauren Curry Photography)
Cafe Au Lait, again (and again). Look how gorgeous when paired with red, pom-pom Dahlias, white Lisianthus, Silver-Dollar Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller, Thistle, and dramatic red Amaranthus. How perfect would this bouquet be for a November wedding? (Violet Floral Designs and Katherine Elizabeth Photography)
Dahlias are super versatile. They are small. They are large. They’re dramatic and ruffled or petite and sweet. Their color range is extensive and they look so incredibly pretty, in bouquets. Seasonally they can eke from late Summer to the holidays so consider them if you’re getting married anytime between July and December. Style-wise, Dahlias are fitting for a relaxed, outdoor wedding or an upscale, estate event.
*Thanks to all my floral friends, near and far, for sharing images of your boundless talent and design work.