A Guide to Wedding Bouquet Berries
Most common berries and the best (most impactful) ways to incorporate them into your floral arrangements.
One of the most popular wedding flower trends is the use of berries in bouquets and centerpieces. These colorful plants often help ‘fill’ in wedding bouquets to make them larger or more visually interesting for a fraction of the cost. However, with so many different berries out there, we wanted to help you identify those that are the most common. Find your favorite and then mention them to your florist!
Probably the most popular of all the berries, these delightful red or green berries are noted for their size and oval shape. Above, this rustic boutonniere features tiny succulents surrounded by red hypericum. It gives a pop of color, but also something a little more unique that a traditional boutonniere flower such as a rose or ranunculus. Below, this red monochromatic bouquet is stunning in large part due to the addition of red hypericum to the roses and dahlias. Tucked in between the large blooms, these berries add dynamic interest.
Green hypericum berries are also readily available. These blend especially well with green centerpieces or coral bouquets as shown below.
These tiny pink berries are another popular choice for vintage and boho wedding bouquets. Above, this bouquet is filled with creamy neutrals and soft tones. But the perky pink berries adds a distinct charm with a backdrop of dusty miller to highlight them.
An evergreen shrub, berezlia berries are normally small, round, and green (although some are lighter, and closer to white in color). Below, notice the sprigs of tiny green berries in the boutonniere on the left and in the middle. Petite and perfectly round, these quickly add volume to any arrangement they are in.
Perfect for adding deep color saturation or to jewel toned bouquets and centerpieces, viburnum berries are available in several colors including red, orange, green, and blue. We love the deep blue ones as shown above, paired with calla lilies in a sweet bridal bouquet. If navy is in your wedding color palette, blue viburnum berries are a beautiful way to parrot the color in your floral arrangements.
Another richly hued berry is the elderberry. Also known as sambucus berries, these indigo berries are a bit glossy and vary in size. They really stand out against lighter colors, such as the cream rose boutonniere above, but also give a glam touch to darker bouquets and centerpieces.
The ‘berry’ that isn’t really a berry, brunia berries are those gray balls shown in the bouquet above. A definite trend for this year’s spring floral arrangements, the neutral color of brunia allows it to be paired with a wide variety of palettes and blooms.
A definite go-to for winter and frosty colored weddings is the tallow berry. Shown above on long branches over a sparkly tablescape, this white berry adds a delightful icy chill to any arrangement or bouquet. Their smooth texture and discreet size makes them an obvious choice when aiming for a white monochromatic vibe. Below, they also stand up well on their own in a boho bouquet (below, left) or with sage leaves in a festive wreath.
If I’m being totally honest, I have to admit that pink snowberries are my favorite. With a shade and shape reminiscent of a small gumball, these cheery berries are on the large size and really fill out a bouquet (above). They are also sturdy and won’t ‘sag’ as the night wears on. Snowberries also come in white, red, and deep violet, however pink is the most common variety found in wedding flowers.
Unripe Mixed Berries
Blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries can all be used in your wedding floral arrangements. Aim to go a little ‘unripe’ to avoid ripe berries staining your hands or dress, but also because these berries can have a more dynamic quality with varying colors. Above, these unripe blackberries are in shades of green, pink, and purple.
Talk to your florist about which of these popular berries are the best fit for your budget, area, and wedding colors!
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