Orchid Bouquets and Arrangements

Discover elegant ideas for orchid centerpieces and boutonnieres.

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Amber-colored orchids mix with coneflowers, wild flowers, dahlias and sprigs of berries in a colorful arrangement. 

Photo by: Photos by Heidi Geldhauser. Floral Design by Lindsay Coletta

Photos by Heidi Geldhauser. Floral Design by Lindsay Coletta

Amber-colored orchids mix with coneflowers, wild flowers, dahlias and sprigs of berries in a colorful arrangement. 

Infuse your next gathering with the graceful, exotic presence of orchids. Adding an orchid bouquet elevates a simple Sunday dinner with floral drama. Orchid arrangements can be as basic as a plant in bloom tucked into a pretty cachepot, or it can be as formal as tall sprays of orchid flowers in a fluted silver vase. Different types of orchids lend themselves to different uses. Some work best in loose arrangements, while others are more suited to a classic use, like an orchid boutonniere.  

Orchid bouquets are not only a chic, upscale gift, but they keep on giving long after the occasion passes. Cymbidium orchid flowers, for instance, can last four to six weeks as cut stems. They’re an ideal choice for informal orchid arrangements and creating submerged orchid bouquets.  

Some cymbidium orchids release a floral fragrance as they open, which adds even more sensory delight to your orchid bouquet. Cymbidium orchids are a strong choice for an orchid boutonniere. The flowers are tough and hold up well without bruising.  

Stems of phalaenopsis orchids, also known as moth orchids, last seven to fourteen days when cut and used in bouquets. These flowers are sturdy enough to be drafted for orchid boutonnieres. Phalaenopsis orchid blooms are often floated loosely in water with floating candles to make an eye-catching orchid centerpiece.  

Cattleya orchids are typically used in corsages, but they also work well in orchid boutonnieres. These flowers last up to seven days once cut. They’re often fragrant and make a terrific choice for intimate gatherings, where the floral perfume can be appreciated in a small setting.  

Orchid flowers pair well with tropical foliage to create memorable arrangements. The chunky texture of orchid flowers stands out against palm fronds, ferns or split-leaf philodendron leaves. They also look striking when clustered as individual blooms at the base of bamboo stems. Or mix and match orchid flowers with tropical blooms, like anthurium, protea or ginger, for a stunning south-of-the-border ambience.  

Lilies, roses and peonies blend beautifully with many types of orchid flowers. Combine these blossoms in a vase for a casual, cottage garden-esque orchid arrangement. A striking autumn orchid centerpiece could feature orchid flowers and daisy mums tucked into a hollowed out pumpkin or gourd. Or create a bed of green button mum flowers in a short vase and perch orchids in a contrasting hue atop the mum flowers.  

For a bridal orchid bouquet, try white dendrobium orchids with white ranunculus and pastel pink roses. Or blend white phalaenopsis orchids with white hydrangeas and pale lavender wax flowers for a textural bouquet. An orchid bouquet that includes blush peonies, white tulips and dangling pink phalaenopsis is a beautiful addition to any wedding.  

On guest tables, place a single orchid bloom at each place setting for a timeless touch. Create an orchid centerpiece that oozes polished drama by submerging white cymbidium blossoms in a tall cylindrical vase tucked into a ring of white freesia. Top it off with a floating candle for an enchanting effect.

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