Give Orange a Chance


by Marianna Barbrey
Photos by Amy Daring

When you think of wedding flowers, orange is probably not the first color that comes to mind. But when assembled and paired properly, orange florals can make a beautiful statement, and provide a memorable pop of color to any wedding celebration.

Orange gets a bad rap for its association with Halloween - especially around this time of year - but it shouldn't be stereotyped. In fact, orange can be used in any season and any setting. A few popular orange options include calla lilies, orchids, roses, gerber daisies, lilies, carnations, dahlias, tulips and chrysanthemums.

Like the idea of using orange but stumped on how to incorporate it into your floral scheme? Here are some ideas:

  • For a romantic garden party atmosphere, consider using soft orange or coral cabbage roses, orchids and peonies in arrangements with baby pink, cream and light yellow roses. The orange flowers will contribute subtle warmth to the arrangements but still allow them to retain their sweet daintiness.
  • For a modern chic feel, consider velvety gray Dusty Miller with orange ranunculus, orange dahlias and orange brain celosia.
  • This eclectic combination of orange and gray will feel cool and unique.
  • For a fresh, light and bright look, consider pairing a simple orange flower with green and a crisp white. For example, using the angular texture of bear grass with the softness of orange roses and crisp white dendrobium orchids can provide a simple, elegant look. This combination would look beautiful in any Lowcountry setting and provide a pop of color without distracting from the natural surroundings.
  • For a rich, rustic look, consider pairing deeply hued orange calla lilies with dark red hibericum berries, kermit mums, fiddle head fern and black magic roses. This would be the perfect floral scheme for a wedding in the country.
  • For a playful retro look, consider combining any orange flower with bright robin eggblue accessories. Placing orange arrangements atop crisp, bright blue linens can provide a cheerful storybook feel.
  • For a bold tropical look, consider pairing orange, yellow and hot pink roses with orange lilies and orange gerber daisies. This combination would be ideal for a beach wedding.