If you’re wondering why the fleur du jour is the anthurium, we’re pointing you squarely in the direction of J.W. Anderson, creative director at Loewe. The spring summer 2023 collection was a celebration of the waxy bloom, with models wearing anthurium-shaped breast plates and tops, and anthurium adorned shoes and bags. Let’s just say it would be quite the rehearsal dinner look! Popular in the 90s, it’s not your typical wedding bloom, (you probably recognise as a houseplant!) but it’s popping its pretty little head up in weddings worldwide – blame 90s nostalgia!
Traditionally reserved for tropical destination weddings, florists are including anthuriums in contemporary arrangements with roses, ranunculus, orchids, and even pampas grass giving floral arrangements character and an unexpected aesthetic. Their unique, heart-shaped design and unusual colour options make anthuriums real eye-catchers. From traditional red and white to other colours like dusty pink, coral and even purple and chocolate brown, you’ll find these beautiful flowers in several options and styles. To show you just how versatile these unique blooms are, we’ve rounded up amazing chic and contemporary anthurium wedding flower ideas below!
1. The matte texture and ability to add height and drama, mean the anthurium makes for a wonderful centre piece flower, as showcased by this arrangement by Flower Lovers.
2. Anthuriums in the softest shades of pink are paired with lilacs, darling roses and white bougainvillea to create this elegant and chic bridal bouquet by New England Flower Co.
3. Floral designer Heather Page from Academy Florist paired crisp white anthuriums with more traditional flowers such as roses, white lilac and carnations, for an unusual and unexpected combination.
4. Add texture and create interesting shapes with all white florals, just like this arrangement by Save the Date.
5. Soft pink roses and bright red anthurium work oh-so well together, especially when paired with fluffy texture like this bouquet by Dans le Jardin des Amoureuses.
6. This bright, cheery centrepiece by Lavenders Flowers, Tono + Co and Green Apple Event Co, filled with anthuriums, orchids, dahlias, peonies and dried leaves, will put a smile on your guests’ faces for all the right reasons!
7. We can’t help but smile at this flower power bouquet, filled to the brim with orchids, carnations, ranunculus, marigold zinna, and perfectly framed with creamy-pink anthuriums.
8. We’ve got massive heart eyes for this sculptural, textural bouquet by Cosa Design & Styling. Along with anthurium, this beauty features an array of unusual blooms such as phalaenopsis, blushing bride, pampas grass, rice flower, scabiosa stellata, silver brunia, dianthus peach, tumbleweed, and celosia. That’s right, 10 different kinds of flower!
9. We’re loving the delicacy of this all-white centrepiece created by Allium by Olympia, featuring anthuriums and a whole host of textural blooms.
10. Just how striking is table setting dreamt up The Nouveau Romantics with a floral centrepiece by Running Wild Florals, featuring cream roses, tulips, spray painted arctic white hellebores (to highlight their shape), and those unique, veined blush anthuriums?
11. This gorgeous Living Coral-inspired bouquet dreamt up by Remi and Gold and Lauren Field Design features peachy-pink anthurium, carnations, roses, astilbe and dried palm leaves.
12. Pretty anthuriums all in a row! Just how chic is this simple arrangement?
13. We’re swooning hard over this rust-toned textural bouquet by Shindig Chic with blush and dark purple toned anthuriums paired lots of various blooms and dried leaves.
14. Look at this gorgeous all-anthurium bouquet by Florals & Co. in such stunning shades! Simple and ethereal are best to describe it, don’t you agree?
15. Running Wild Florals created this simple and modern design with a simple mix of cream roses, tulips, spray painted arctic white hellebores, and neon-style, veined blush anthuriums.
16. Loving this burst of colour centrepiece by The Dainty Lion, which features anthurium, ranunculus, carnations, sweet pea, Icelandic poppies, and anemones.
17. Hello achingly cool bridal bouquet! This unique beauty featuring a dark purple anthurium, rose, dahlias, pampas grass, fern and mini orchids, is by the super talented hands of Sir Botanical.
18. Waxy white anthuriums are paired with dried foliage, grasses and lunaria in this unique textural bouquet by D’amour et de Déco.
19. Anthuriums add a gorgeous dose of texture paired with delicate pink roses, orchids and lunaria in this modern table setting by Kiss from Fleur.
20. Blush Flowers mix up textures, tones and flower varieties to create modern, lush installations such as this epic one featuring anthuriums, roses, white orchids, dark foliage and pampas grass plumes.
21. Purple anthurium and ferms – fruity, fun and an explosion of joyful colours and textures by Wild Feather Event Styling.
22. This sleek and sexy bouquet by Floral Dreams Ibiza is structured yet romantic, and featured palms and leaves in gold and blacks and anthuriums with playful pops of peach. The bouquet was finished with black suede fringe ribbon, created by Elena.
23. Blood red roses and baby’s breath, both classic wedding flowers, given a modern update with millennial pink anthurium, and tied with black ribbon by Form Floral.
24. Go totally tropical like this incredible bouquet by Wild Flora Design.
25. Spray paint your anthurium any wild colour you like for a fabulous colour blocking effect.
A Guide to Using Anthuriums for your Wedding
- While they all look similar, anthurium varieties are extremely diverse: they are available in a wide range of sizes and versions but the most popular are the Marea tulip-shaped anthurium, the Zizou and Lilli ribbon-shaped anthurium, the heart-shaped anthurium, the Peruzzi cup-shaped anthurium, as well as the Mystique and Marijke veined anthurium varieties.
- Anthuriums are one of the most wilt-resistant flowers around, making case for the perfect summer wedding flower.
- Anthuriums are available all year round making them a great addition for any season, but as they are not native flowers to Ireland and the UK, they will have to be imported – something to be aware of if you’re aiming for an environmentally conscious wedding. Depending on where you live, they may not be the most sustainable choice.
- While anthuriums can be pricier than most flowers, incorporating one stem per bouquet makes for unusually lovely arrangements. One stunning anthurium can have a greater impact than a whole bouquet full of smaller blooms. They are also great for ceremony backdrops and floral installations.
- For a budget-friendly bouquet option, why not try a single bloom anthurium bouquet? Anthuriums are perfect for this purpose and can really make a statement.
- Finding it hard to get your hands on anthuriums? You can find fantastic faux versions online.
- Work with a great floral artist that can help guide you in creating the look you want. Here is our hand-picked selection of recommended florists in Ireland.
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