The Effortless Beauty of a White & Green Bouquet

White and green bridal bouquets bring a charming and lovely elegance to every wedding. Bouquets run the gamut from subtle to eye-catching, and from timeless classic to a more innovative, modern arrangement. Learn more about these exquisite arrangements here!

Hey, Christie!

I’m thinking about a classy, elegant white and green bouquet for my wedding so people will focus on my dress. What do you think? What have other Ainsworth brides selected for their flowers? Any embellishments that make the bouquet really special? I would love to hear your ideas!

A September bride,                                                 Katelyn in Keizer, Oregon         

Hey, Katelyn!

Great question!

In the last few months, several brides have carried white and green bouquets which look absolutely stunning! We are seeing two reasons for this:

LA radiant red dress with a green and white bouquet

When the bride is wearing a vibrant dress—let’s say a rich red—then a white and green bouquet  stands out against her dress.

As you see in the image to the right, a green and white bridal bouquet is stunning with the red dress.


When the bride is wearing a white, ivory, or lighter colored dress, then a charming white and green bouquet won’t distract from the beauty of the bride! 

The truth is that a white bouquet complements most dresses; it can be free form, tightly bound, cascade, long stemmed, or take on any shape the bride wishes.

There is a reason that white bouquets are so popular: they run the gamut from eye-catching to subtle.  

Whatever she selects, it will be stunning!

Yes, they are traditional and many modern brides want to carry the flowers their mothers or grandmothers carried on the wedding day to honor those special women in their lives.

Depending on how formal your wedding is, your charming, dreamy white and green bouquet can be formal for black tie wedding, vintage for a traditional wedding, or a whimsical boho bouquet for a less structured wedding. 

There is a wide range of flowers available in white; channeling my inner LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow, let me say, “But you don’t have to take my word for it!”

  • Anemones
  • Astilbe (in season in the autumn)
  • Astrantia
  • Bougainvillea
  • Camellias
  • Cyclamen
  • Clematis
  • Dahlia
  • Daisy
  • Dusty Miller
  • Freesia
  • Gardenia
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Jasmine
  • Lilacs
  • Lilies
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lisianthus (or Prairie Gentian)
  • Magnolia
  • Nerines
  • Orchids
    • Cattleya Orchids
    • Dancing Lady Orchids
    • Lady Slipper Orchids
    • Moth Orchids
    • Vanilla Orchids
  • Peonies
  • Protea
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Ranunculus
    • Japanese Ranunculus
Lily of the Valley
  • Roses
    • Garden Roses
    • O’Hara Garden Roses
    • Quicksand Roses
    • Sahara Spray Roses
  • Scabiosa
  • Smilax
  • Sweet peas
  • Tulips
    • Crispa Tulips
  • Veronica flower
  • Viburnum
  • White Stephanotis (One bride carried this to remember her beloved grandmother.)
  • Wildflowers.


  • Bay Leaf Foliage
  • Cabbage
  • Charleston Green Marsh Grasses
  • Eucalyptus
  • Explosion Grass
  • Ferns
    • Maidenhair Ferns
    • Umbrella Ferns
  • Ivy
  • Lamb’s Ear Leaves
  • Lavender 
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Mint
  • Olive foliage
    • Olive leaves can be painted silver for a metallic look.
  • Olive branches
  • Succulents
  • Wild Grasses.

Special Touches Which Can Be Added to the Bouquet:

  • One bride tied a locket with a photo of her mom onto her bouquet. (Her mother passed on before the ceremony.)
  • A grandparent’s wedding ring was tied to the bride’s bouquet.
  • A cameo of the bride’s grandmother was tied with ribbons to the bouquet.
  • Onto her bouquet, one bride tied a cross necklace belonging to her grandmother.

·        A swatch of fabric from the bride’s or the groom’s grandmother’s wedding dress was tucked into the bouquet.

·        One bride carried a piece of tartan in her bouquet from her  Scottish father’s kilt.

·        One bride added two photo charms which adorned her bouquet.


·        Long ribbons in an accent color such as blue or hot pink.

·        Long ribbons and a tailored bow on the bouquet


·        Glamorous feathers! 

Can you add subtle color? Yes. Colors that work well:

  • Dusty rose
  • Blush
  • Light pink
  • Pale blue
  • Light orange
  • Pale yellow.

Current trends:

  • At a summer garden wedding, one bride had several diverse kinds of flowers in her bouquet. She allowed each bridesmaid to select one flower to be the focus of her bouquet and use the other flowers to complement that focus flower. Each bouquet was unique!
  • Carry flowers which grew in your mother’s or grandmother’s gardens.

If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to tour our exquisite gardens and classic Event Center, call me! I’d love to meet you!

Your friend in the wedding business,

Christie Shyne


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