Orchids are great flowers to include in arrangements for a variety of occasions. They can be perfect for bridal showers, weddings, corporate events, and even get-togethers with friends and family because they are versatile in design.
You can use orchids to create casual and earthy arrangements, but we especially love them in formal dramatic displays. The following are some ways that you can incorporate orchids in sophisticated, classy centerpieces or bouquets.
Orchids and Pairing them with Complimentary Flowers
Orchids are gorgeous flowers to use for dramatic displays, and they’re stunning when placed alone or in multitudes. They’re striking to look at and you’ll find them in many colors, so they should fit in perfectly with any décor or theme you want to match. Cymbidium orchids, especially, are great for dramatic floral arrangements. They’re hearty blooms that can withstand most temperature conditions and they last for a long time. You’ll find cymbidium orchids in regular and mini sizes, and you can pair them in an arrangement with calla lilies, tulips, roses, or even Manzanita branches for a beautiful look.
How to Arrange Orchids
To arrange a dramatic display of orchids, gather up some varietals that you find lovely and then pick out a container to put them in (unless you’re making a bouquet to give away, then you’ll want to choose some pretty wrap for your arrangement). Begin making your orchid arrangement by filling your container (we love clear glass vases or wooden boxes with a class vase inside) three quarters of the way full with water. If you like, put some colored glass stones, gems, or rocks in the bottom of your container for a unique visual appeal. Keep your orchids free of leaves below the water line, and then place them into the water (you’ll need a narrow-necked bowl to keep the orchid upright or you’ll have to put several orchids in the bowl to made them stay inside tightly) and let it stand up tall. Not too tall, though. You want a good balance between container and flower. Try to choose a bowl for your orchid that is about a third the height of your orchid stem.
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After you’ve arranged your orchid or orchids, set out your arrangement for all to admire. Place candles around the base of your arrangement for a nice presentation, if you like. If you’ve planned on putting together a loose orchid bouquet to give away, you simply need to gather your orchid (and complimentary flowers, if you have any) and then bind them up in your chosen material (we love plain white or brown paper).
These, of course, are only a couple of ways to display orchids. They should give you a jumping off point to start your own imaginative arrangement, though.