A lily is a beautiful wedding flower, and with their unusual shapes and structures, lilies can make striking floral arrangements, boutonnieres, or bouquets. You can even base your entire wedding theme around your wedding lily, using it as a motif for your stationery and basing your colour scheme on it, as well as including it in your wedding flowers.
Wedding lilies are available in a wide range of varieties, shapes, and colours, so here are seven ideas to help you find your ideal wedding lily:
Asiatic lilies have an exotic and dramatic star shaped appearance when they are in full bloom, and they are available in a wide range of bold colours including yellow, orange and pink. They are also a popular wedding lily because they don’t have much of a scent so can be combined with any fragrance the bride chooses. Some types of Asiatic wedding lily include Stargazer, Journey’s End, Black Beauty, and Yellow Ribbons varieties.
Oriental lilies are similar in appearance to Asiatic lilies, but they are only available in white, or occasionally a pale pink. They have a heavy sweet fragrance, so are ideal for scenting a larger wedding venue, but other scents should be kept to a minimum. Oriental lilies are generally best used as table arrangements, although a couple could be included in the bridal bouquet. Their pollen should be removed before use as it can stain.
This is the ultimate wedding lily and is popular with brides the world over for its beauty, its simplicity, and its graceful lines. Pure white calla lilies are very popular, although they are also available in various shades of pink, red, and orange. A hand tied bouquet of white calla lilies makes a contemporary addition to the bridal outfit. A calla lily has a unique trumpet shaped bloom which makes it an ideal symbol for your stationery, and it can easily be recreated in icing to adorn your wedding cake.
The Tiger lily is a good choice for a wedding lily as it symbolises wealth and prosperity. It is similar in appearance to an oriental lily, with a large exotic flower shape and a strong sweet fragrance. Tiger lilies are so named for their vibrant orange colour, and the darker red patterns on their petals.
Technically known as Longiflorum, these trumpet shaped white blooms flower naturally in Australia in November. They are primarily available in white, making them an ideal wedding lily, and there are generally two to four buds on each stem.
Native Australian Lilies
For brides looking for a true Australian wedding lily, there are plenty of native types to choose from. These include the Paroo Lily, the Black Anther Lily, the Purple Flag Lily, the Tufted Blue Lily, the Smooth Flas Lily, and the Rock Lily.
Water lilies may sound like an unusual choice for a wedding lily, and it would be difficult to include them in the bridal bouquet or use them as boutonniFres. They can make stunning centrepieces, however, when placed in large shallow dishes with floating candles, and if you have a water feature such as a fountain or pond at your wedding venue, water lilies can add elegance and charm.