Wedding Planning

Southern Wedding Flowers: Gardenia and Magnolia Details

Classic flowers for Southern weddings, but seen less in other U.S. regions, gardenias and magnolias are gorgeous, feminine flowers.  These sweet white blooms (along with their pretty leaves) add texture and dimension to bouquets and centerpieces.









Because they are less common than other wedding flowers, gardenias and magnolias are also perfect for brides wanting unique floral details at their weddings.  Above, this stunning magnolia bouquet strikes the ideal balance between simplicity and drama.  Below, an infusion of gardenias to this monochromatic bouquet adds ruffly texture and a lovely scent (gardenias smell ah-mazing).













A flower that can stand completely on its own, gardenias are also really beautiful when left solo.  Above, put one bloom in a vase filled with water or beads. Surround it with votive candles and you have instant ambiance!


One of my very favorite gardenia details is a simple flower in the hair.  Maybe it’s too much Ella & Billie at a formative age, but nothing says classic sophistication to me like an updo highlighted by a gardenia.


I love this simple place setting with a gardenia on each napkin.  However, one note about using this many heavily-scented flowers in a reception: Just because you aren’t allergic to flowers, doesn’t mean your guests may not be sensitive.  If you like the concept of the single bloom at each setting, perhaps cut down the amount of centerpiece flowers on each table.













The easiest way to make sure your guests aren’t allergic to your flowers?  Make them out of sugar!  This magnolia cake detail is a very sweet way to extend your favorite flower through to your dessert table.







Hosting a Southern belle’s bridal shower?  Well, then I think the above magnolia invitation may just be absolutely necessary.  Decorate the shower with vintage china and simple magnolia centerpieces to complete this timeless look.







I will admit that when it comes to magnolias, I am as big a fan of the leaves as I am of the flowers.  This large, shiny greenery can even be used on their own.  You can write on them with metallic pens and use them as chic escort cards.  Or for an unexpected autumnal touch, pair leaves with lanterns, berries, and white pumpkins.









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