(Last Updated On: February 25, 2017)
An unusual Cascade bouquet made from sunflowers
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An unusual Cascade bouquet made from sunflowers

Sunflower wedding bouquets are always popular, but for many different reasons. The flowers, with their large, bright heads are always cheerful- somehow modern, like a gerbera daisy, but with more of a country feel about them. and that’s another reason to prize sunflowers, their simple shape and robust stems make them easy to handle. Grasp several stems in one hand, wrap with tape and you have a rudimentary bouquet which, depending on the style of wedding you have planned, may be exactly right for your event, making a sunflower bridal bouquet bright, cheerful, modern, friendly and inexpensive, since it is really easy to make by yourself.

Sunflower Bouquets: Black and Gold, Black and Yellow

Sunflower wedding bouquets color trends
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Midnight Sun – one of the latest color trends for 2012.

This year, one of the major color trends is Midnight Sun, a blend of yellow and gold white black, white and grey. This is a striking color scheme, ideal for fans of sunflowers, so grab some of these large cheerful blooms and prepare to be right on trend!

A Sunflower Wedding Theme.

A sophisticated scheme of yellow black and white can easily be achieved using sunflowers. Bride in white, bridesmaids in black, carry bouquets of sunflowers with gold metallic accents and tied with a striped, black and white ribbon. Add black and white table linens and simple topiary centerpieces.

For wedding favors there’s nothing nicer than a permanent reminder of your theme. Create a pretty packe of a miniature flower pot complete with a packet of sunflower seeds. Decorate it with some sunflower yellow tulle, or perhaps white tulle and glue on some small silk sunflowers.

 

Sunflower Wedding Centerpieces

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A simple sunflower topiary from Elmers Gardens.

Take a small plant pot, spray it gold and add some stones to wieght the bottom. Fill the rest with florists foam. Then measure the height of stem you want (at least 1 and a half times the height of the pot) and make a bunch of sunflowers 4, or 5 heads should be enough, tape them together below the head and wrap the stems with black and white ribbon, then put the stem in the foam. To dress the whole thing up you can add some jumbo beaded wiire (in gold) to the flowers heads and have it trail down the stems. Cover the foam with moss, and you have a lovely, simple and inexpensive centerpiece.

If you prefer something larger, use a big foam ball on some dowel rod anchored in your waited pot or container. Large balls look especially effective when covered with mini-sunflowers. Here are some other sunflower centerpiece ideas.

Silk Sunflower Bouquets

Super easy to make and ideal for the DIY bride, take a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and buy some of their real touch sunflowers. The full size flowers simply bunched together make  a simple but effective bouquet, and if you love the flowers, but don’t enjoy yellow as such, then like the real thing, you’ll find silk sunflowers available in flaming orange as well as brown. You can also find ready made bouquets which are perfect for bridesmaids and easy to adapt for brides.  To add a designer accent, use gold or copper wire. Flat wire in swirls looks wonderful in a hand tied or posy style bouquets, while trailing beaded wire looks beautiful on a cascade. Both are designer accents, but really simple to do yourself.

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Sunflower Wedding Bouquet Ideas

Although most sunflower bouquets are round hand tieds or posies, it is perfectly possible to create a stunning cascade or shower bouquet using sunflowers.

Sunflowers are most often seen at high summer and autumn/fall weddings, one way to create a more unsuual bouquet would be combine the flowers with fall foliage, bringing a more golden/orange tone to the color palette. Most sunflowers have brown centers, though there are some with green. Take care, if buying DIY flowers to check out the size of the blooms. Mini sunflowers can be quite small, but full sized blooms can be 5 inches across.

Not sure about sunflowers? Here’s a video from a couple of years ago. This channel provides ideas for florists, in this case for bouquets with a yellow theme. Many of the suggestions, such as the use of a metallic bouquet collar, can be incoporated into a sunflower bouquet, and if you enjoy the long trails in many of these designs, follow the instructions, it’s easier than you think to make an elaborate bouquet as long as you use the right tools; a bouquet holder, some beaded wire, and various sprays to keep the flowers in place. Build the bouquet body from sunflowers, then add long yellow trails of yellow oncidium orchids for a sunflower bouquet that will really make an impression!

 

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