Back in the 1980s, gypsophila or baby’s breath was a very popular filler flower, used in designs to fill the space between large blooms, such as roses and carnations.
Kylie even used it to adorn her hair when she married Jason all those years back on Neighbours!
And now it’s back in fashion, especially for wedding flowers…
Personally, I feel that the big secret to making it look contemporary is to use it massed on its own, and make it the star of the show.
The great news for brides is that gypsophila is available all year round, in white, creamy white and occasionally pink….and for the budget-conscious, it’s relatively inexpensive.
There seem to be two main trends on the bouquet front. Either the bride opts for a hand-tied bouquet purely of gypsophila as shown above.
Or, they’ll have a bouquet of assorted flowers and foliage, with their bridesmaids having gypsophila bouquets, as shown below.
Groom’s buttonholes can be made of gypsophila to co-ordinate with the bridal bouquet. And this dainty flower looks lovely when used for pew ends or napkin decorations.
I’m very fond of the growing trend of using hanging jars to decorate wedding venues. And here, baby’s breath looks perfect hung in jam jars from beams, on the backs of chairs or on shepherd’s hooks.
Again, there seem to be two main preferences for decorating tables. Either tall…
or low designs…
So, it looks like it’s time to reconsider this blast from the past. With its dainty tiny blooms, it can look really elegant…and very, very pretty.
What are your thoughts on including gypsophila in wedding flower designs?
Florists, I’d love to hear your thoughts too…
P.S. You may remember that I recently wrote a blog post about my visit to the Zita Elze Design Academy where one of the students had used baby’s breath to stunning effect.
(Images : Style Me Pretty)