No flower expresses spring’s fun and cheerful side like the sweet pea. With their butterfly-like shape, sweet peas have a delicate, yet playful beauty that looks wonderful in wedding floral decor. Blossoming in bold and pastel shades of pink, purple, red, yellow, and white, they are the perfect flower choice when you want to add a pop of color to a celebration.
The sweet pea’s origin is traced back to the 17th century when a Sicilian monk is said to have sent seeds to England. Soon after, Henry Eckford, a Scottish nurseryman, breeded the flower to how we know it today. The bloom became popular in the 1800s when it was considered the floral emblem of Edwardian England and was used to decorate weddings and parties. In the language of flowers, the sweet pea symbolizes delicate pleasure, bliss, good-bye, and thank you for a lovely time.
It’s no wonder that sweet peas are a favorite flower to use in spring weddings. Lightly scented and expressive, they look oh so pretty on their own and pair well with other blooms such as peonies and roses. From bouquets to centerpieces to the wedding cake, here are beautiful wedding decor ideas that incorporate sweet peas.
In wedding bouquets, sweet peas can be the featured flower or used as a filler, adding texture and lightness to the arrangement. A white and lavender sweet pea bouquet with cascading ribbon accents captures a look of fanciful beauty. Use the flower as a charming accent to voluminous peonies and roses. A few stems of white sweet peas add a delicate touch to white and blush roses and ranunculus. For a lush, organic bouquet, mix long-stemmed sweet peas with rich greenery.
Adding texture, perfume, and beauty, sweet peas can be presented on the reception table in styles ranging from wild and natural to elegant. Ruffly white and peach sweet peas combined with stock and bunny-tail tail grass set an ambiance of rustic splendor over the tablescape. Petite arrangements of white sweet peas and greenery in stylish bud vases radiate graceful romance. A low centerpiece with sweet pea, ranunculus, stock and anemone illuminated by taper candles evokes English tea party charm.
Don’t forget about the men in your wedding party! Boutonnieres can be used to tie in the sweet pea theme of your floral decor. A flourish of sweet pea, spray rose, and astilbe is perfect for a vintage style wedding. Purple, pink, and white sweet pea really pops against a dark suit.
Last but certainly not least, we’d like to talk about dessert! Cake designers are creating showstopping treats with gum-paste flowers. The classic white wedding cake gets pretty makeover with the addition of petal soft white sweet peas. We’re obsessed with this four-tier cake embellished with lavender hued blooms.
Joyful, vibrant, and gorgeous, sweet peas are a great choice for the spring bride. Considering sweet peas for your wedding? Here are some things you should know.
Availability: April through July
Scent: Fragrant, sweet scent
Cost: Mid-range to expensive depending on season
Vase Life: Four to five days
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