Ideas & Inspiration

How to put your own twist on popular floral looks

Deciding which flowers to include in your bouquet can be a challenge. Perhaps you’ve come across something beautiful during those endless hours on Pinterest, but want to put your own unique twist on a trending style. Or maybe preferred flowers aren’t in season on your wedding date?

Fortunately, there are a multitude of beautiful alternative blooms that can be used to complement your favourite style. Kat from Petal & Fern shares some of her favourites.

Baby’s Breath

Baby’s Breath gets a bad rap thanks to the 80s when it was often seen in bouquets paired with deep red roses *shudder*.

More recently it has had a comeback in large-scale, cloud-like installations, but not everyone has been won over. For couples that love the look of lots of tiny, delicate flowers, but can’t quite bring themselves to get onboard the Baby’s Breath train, there are some beautiful alternatives.

Misty comes in mauve, pink and white and is available all year round, while native Thryptomene is white with hints of pink and is best in winter and early spring.

But Kat’s top pick for a baby’s breath substitute would have to be wax flower – it’s an adorable little native flower that’s available in winter, spring and into early summer. It comes in white and shades of pink, and on occasion reddish tones too.

King Proteas

The King Protea has been topping the list of the most sought-after flower for weddings for a couple of years now, and it’s not hard to see why: these bold, giant blooms make a statement in any arrangement.

If you’re having King Protea fatigue, but want a show-stopping flower with beautiful texture, look no further than Venus Proteas (late spring/early summer) for vibrant colour and big personality.

For a more toned-down colour scheme, Banksias are the pick of the bunch. These come in a huge variety of colours, including cream, golden yellow-oranges, pale green, grey, and purpley-red tones.

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Ever since that scene in The Great Gatsby, Phalaenopsis Orchids have been on trend. They are beautiful but it would be great to see more couples using Cymbidium Orchids for their weddings. Cymbidiums have a totally different form but are just as stunning and long-lasting as their orchid cousins, plus they come in a huge range of naturally occurring colours, including white, yellow, pink and orange. If you’re planning an autumn wedding you can’t go past the brown and dark pink-burgundy tones for wow-factor.


Peonies are a longtime favourite for weddings thanks to their perfume and ruffly petals.

If you love the look of these large, round flowers with a ruffly texture, Disbud Chrysanthemums are a great substitute. They predominantly come in natural whites and yellows, but thanks to their increasing popularity you can also get them dyed in colours like pink, purple, brown and blue.


If you’re not a lover of roses, look no further than Ranunculus – they’re a spring staple that comes in white and a range of warm colours. At other times of the year, Lisianthus, with its soft, delicate petals is a fantastic substitute.

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass is getting a lot of love from couples due to its feathery texture and muted, natural colouring, but it is classed as a noxious weed across a lot of parts of Australia as each stem contains thousands of seeds that can spread many kilometres from where they grow.

For a similar look without the environmental concerns, ask your florist about alternatives like Australian native grasses, dried plants like palms and ferns, and Golden Amaranth.

Keen to discuss your floral needs for your big day? Check out the Petal & Fern website.

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