Baby’s Breath In­spi­ra­tion

Brides Essence - - The Bachelors & Bachelorette ideas - By Lor­raine Hirst

Baby’s breath (Gyp­sophe­lia) used to be syn­ony­mous with sad look­ing plas­tic-wrapped gro­cery store bou­quets. It was the ubiq­ui­tous filler, pad­ding out ar­range­ments and bou­quets when­ever nec­es­sary. No more! Today Baby’s Breath (also called Mil­lion Star) has been re­born as a chic and beau­ti­ful bloom that can make a big im­pact in bunches – ei­ther on its own or mixed in with other flow­ers.

In the lan­guage of flow­ers (dat­ing back to Vic­to­rian times) Baby’s Breath is as­so­ci­ated with in­no­cence and pu­rity, mak­ing it a per­fect (and rather ro­man­tic) choice for bridal bou­quets. The re­sult is stun­ning – and can also be used to great effect in brides­maids’ bou­quets.

Baby’s Breath also makes gor­geous Bou­ton­nieres/But­ton­holes. Avoid fussy but­ton­holes and opt for the clas­sic sim­plic­ity of Baby’s Breath!

My favourite cen­ter­pieces that in­cor­po­rate Baby’s Breath use it in small doses. Con­sider adding Baby’s Breath to a mix­ture of bot­tles (of vary­ing sizes and heights) for a slightly quirky, rus­tic feel. I love the look of bunches of Baby’s Breath lin­ing the aisle. It just shows how ver­sa­tile a bloom this is. For a more rus­tic look, you line the aisles with mason jars and fill them with baby’s breath. Very sim­ple and very, very pretty.

Baby’s Breath can have the look of softly fallen snow when packed to­gether like this in a vin­tage suit­case. Escort cards were then placed atop the baby’s breath. An­other way to make place cards with Baby’s Breath is to make tiny bou­quets (see be­low) and then add tags with the guests’ names on them. I love the look of these hang­ing Baby’s Breath cre­ations. Some­thing as sim­ple as hang­ing tin cans with Baby’s Breath cre­ates a beau­ti­ful and mod­ern look.

This gar­land is stun­ning and would be a great way to dress up an in­door cer­e­mony or re­cep­tion site. These Baby’s Breath hang­ing balls are gor­geous too! I would hang these balls from tree branches for a beau­ti­fully ro­man­tic state­ment. These flow­ers girls looks lovely with their baby’s breath coronets. So for­get about us­ing Baby’s Breath as a for­lorn filler – bring it to the fore as a chic and ver­sa­tile wed­ding flower. Baby’s Breath can be used in any sea­son and matched to any style. In­door and out­door wed­dings can both use Baby’s Breath to great effect. From for­mal gar­lands to rus­tic mason jars and tin cans, Baby’s Breath is ver­sa­tile and beau­ti­ful. Hap­pily it is also af­ford­able, holds up to heat well and looks great fresh or dry. Have fun in­cor­po­rat­ing it into your big day!

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