Do you know which flower to give to friends and family born in November? Chrysanthemum, the month’s designated birth flower! Festive, eye-catching, and versatile, it’s also a wonderful bloom to incorporate into fall weddings. From bouquets to wedding cakes, we’ve rounded up pretty floral décor ideas with chrysanthemums, this month’s BB Bloom in Spotlight.
Chrysanthemums (commonly known as “mums”) were first cultivated in China where the flower was documented in writings as early as 15th century BC. Around 400 AD, the bloom was introduced to Japan. So taken by the flower’s beauty, the Japanese adopted it as the emperor’s crest and official seal. After being introduced to Europe in the 17th century, the chrysanthemum received its present day name, which derives from the Greek words “chrysos” meaning gold (its original color) and “anthemon” meaning flower. Cultivation over the years has produced various types and colors including white, red, and purple. In the language of flowers, the chrysanthemum represents longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism. With attributes like these, it’s no wonder couples want the flower close by on their wedding day!
Chrysanthemums’ versatility in terms of style is best noticed in bouquets. The bloom adds volume and texture to an elegant, all white and soft greenery bouquet. A natural bouquet featuring the flower in vibrant shades of red and peach captures the season’s festive side. Marsala chrysanthemums paired with blush and cream roses and greenery evoke a look of feminine romance.
The flower’s distinctive appearance looks wonderful alone in a simple table arrangement or as a focal floral in large centerpieces. We love this pretty DIY arrangement featuring a few ruby chrysanthemums set in a silver painted bottle vase placed on a greenery runner. A punchy palette of red, peach, and pink paired with lavender roses and wild greenery epitomizes natural beauty. Petite arrangements of coral chrysanthemums and succulents are simple yet stylish.
Spruce up mens’ wedding attire with a chrysanthemum boutonniere. A design featuring bold orange blooms with feather accents is strikingly wild. A green chrysanthemum and peach rose boutonniere adds a nice pop of color to a dark colored suit.
It’s no secret that we are BIG fans of floral (freshly picked or sugar) adorned wedding cakes. A gilded confection adorned with a single sugar bloom looks to beautiful to eat. A few white blooms and ferns on multi-tiered, berry filled cake will have guests talking long after the party is over. Lavender and white blossoms on a towering all white dessert ensures a “and they lived happily ever after” end to a fairytale celebration.
Express your admiration for the flower long before the big day and choose wedding invitations ornamented with a chrysanthemum motif. Letterpress stationery with intricate floral illustrations and gold lettering announces a sophisticated affair. A design featuring a bold bouquet of navy blue, pink, and gold is modern and fun.
Beloved for their dazzling appearance and cheerful nature, chrysanthemums encapsulate the essence of the season. It’s no wonder that the bloom is a favorite among fall brides. Thinking about using chrysanthemums in your wedding? Here’s some information to keep in mind.
Season: Peak late summer through fall
Scent: strong, musky
Vase life: can last for up to 25 – 30 days