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Perfect Protea Bouquets


We’re big fans of bold blooms, and it really doesn’t get more striking than a Protea flower in your bouquet. Proteas, our new favorite addition to a bridal bouquet, are also the national flower of South Africa.

Part of one of the oldest flower families in the world, Proteas have mythological associations with change and transformation, they symbolize diversity and courage. Varieties include a pin cushion (a more wiry flower), blushing bride (with soft petals) queen, and king (the sturdy versions you see more often).Grown abundantly in South Africa and Australia, as well as commercially in Hawaii and California the are in season throughout autumn, winter and spring.Though East Coast and European brides can still have them dried in their bouquets, so they work for every season. As a hardy, fibrous flower, they dry really well, making them a long-lasting option for your wedding day too.

While they come in a variety of sizes, they tend to be much bigger than most classic wedding flowers, so they rival the peony as a centerpiece of the bouquet. And like the peony, they can be used tightly closed or very wide and open.

Using one or three in a mixed bouquet can be really effective, but they also look gorgeous as a single flower bouquet. They are super stylish in decor too, but as they can be expensive depending on your season and location, for the best value, use them sparingly to make a real statement.

A statement bloom that varies from bright corals to rich pinks, and off-white blushes to touches of purple, protea even come in deep red, dusty blue and almost black. And while Southern Hemisphere brides have been toting them for years, in the rest of the world, these unique flowers, also known as Sugarbushes, are having a bit of a moment right now, and we reckon they’ll be something of a bouquet must-have for years to come!

As a somewhat exotic and unusual bloom, with both bright and muted tones, this versatile flower will work for many styles of wedding, but is perhaps best for boho or rustic weddings in loose, hand-tied bouquets, rather than a classic formal posy.

They look great with desert flowers like succulents, safari sunset, and scabiosa pods, or with really soft fluffy arrangements of cabbage roses, peonies and dusty miller – cascading foliage looks especially gorgeous with proteas.

So, now you know all about them, but you’ve no idea if Proteas are the wedding flowers for you? We’ve put together a few of our favorite pretty protea arrangements, so you can see if this cool bloom tickles your floral fancy…

1. A Mixed Bunch
2. Plucked from a Meadow
3. Bright Eyes
4. Desert Bride
5. Tickled Pink
6. Simple Stem
7. Winter Wedding
8. Dusty Hues
9. Fancy Foliage
10. Closed Quarters
11. Red Wedding
12. Berry Nice
13. Add Some Artichokes
14. Dried for a Bride
15. Something Blue
16. King Size Centrepiece
17. Open & Shut
18. White Wedding
19. Trailing Foliage
20. Birds of a Feather

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