When the person who said “stop and smell the flowers” said that, they couldn’t possibly have meant all types of flowers. While most garden flowers like the magnolia, lilac, and freesia do have sweet-smelling nectar to attract pollinators, others opt to smell dead like the stinking corpse lily, carrion flower, and the western skunk cabbage.
Fragrance-free flowers are available too. An unscented flower arrangement is suitable for allergy sufferers. Some flowers that have no smell include vanda orchids, hydrangeas, tulips, and dahlias. They bloom beautiful but don’t have any scent.
And then there are those that don’t smell dead, don’t smell sweet, but do have a smell and one of them is baby’s breath flowers. There are those that say that baby’s breath flowers smell like spit-up. It’s not like it smells like a baby’s milk spit-up, just spit-up. But there is a way to use these romantic and appealing flowers without holding your breath. Further, not all are that sensitive to the smell of these flowers. You can go ahead and take a whiff from a local flower shop Singapore to smell for yourself.
What if you don’t like its smell?
But, you had your heart set on adding baby’s breath flowers to your floral arrangement or let your bridesmaids wear them on your head like your mom did when she got married. There is no stopping you even if you or your entourage do not like the smell of baby’s breath flowers.
You can spray the flower pieces with essential oils like lavender or citrus scents. If you distribute the flowers well in the bouquet with other sweet-smelling blooms, the scent won’t bother you anymore.
Tips for Baby’s Breath Flower Arrangement
One of the main reasons why many brides and florists in Singapore go for baby’s breath flowers in making a hand bouquet or decorating the venue is because it is highly versatile and budget-priced too. It can be used as fillers in a bouquet, a centerpiece, or with other decorations.
When adding baby’s breath to your floral bouquet design, keep in mind that a few stems will go a long way. One stem has many blooms and will certainly fit a mason jar. It is best to spread out a single stem of baby’s breath in a floral arrangement as it can overpower your design. However, we have also seen trends of centerpieces and wedding décor using mainly baby’s breath flowers to make an impact.
Small branches of baby’s breath flowers can be great fillers in large gaps between the flowers for an elegant look. Be sure that the flowers you use are not brownish or shriveled up. Use only fresh-cut white flowers in your arrangement. However, a local florist in Singapore may help you find colorful rainbow baby’s breath flowers to incorporate in your arrangement. Baby’s breath flowers look especially elegant with carnations and roses.
How to use baby’s breath flowers for weddings
Baby’s breath flowers are available all year round so you can certainly find them at your local flower shop and you won’t have a hard time ordering a lovely arrangement. Here are some more ideas to incorporate these small buds in your wedding décor:
- Wedding bouquet- While many use baby’s breath flowers only as fillers for the bride’s bouquet, there are florists that make these small blooms the main focus of the bridal bouquet. For a full bouquet of baby’s breath, you may need five to seven stems. These look great bunched together or added in gaps with roses and lilies. We have also seen a trend where bridesmaids’ bouquets use more baby’s breath flowers. It can certainly add a whimsical touch to bouquets without having to spend too much.
- Centerpiece- You can make great table centerpieces at the reception venue with a stem of baby’s breath flowers in mason jars. It is more romantic when placed beside candles. When properly handled, baby’s breath flowers can last throughout your event and even up to 5 days after.
- Boutonniere or brooch- Your bridesmaids or groomsmen can incorporate baby’s breath flowers in their OOTD. It is indeed a budget-friendly option. A single stem can be used for two to three people. It is best paired with deep green leaves so the small buds will be highlighted.
- Flower crowns and headpieces- A baby’s breath headband, flower crown or headpiece can be lovely when used by the flower girls and bridesmaids. 4 to 6 stems go a long way in making a crown. We have also seen brides incorporate light and thin arrangements as a crown or headpiece with their chignon.
- Aisle Décor- When placed in tall glass vases, bundles of baby’s breath flowers can make a stunning and elegant impact. Your local florist in Singapore can help you decorate your wedding venue with baby’s breath flowers for a welcoming and romantic set-up.
- Wedding Car Décor- Florists are now adding baby’s breath flowers in wedding car decoration. Some even decorate it like a chandelier or hanging large balls of baby’s breath flowers at the car boot area.
What colors do they come in?
Naturally-cultivated, fresh-cut varieties of baby’s breath flowers are white, pale pink, or light yellow in color. However, some florists spray or dip-dye the stems to offer more color choices. There are now bouquets of baby’s breath in a rainbow of colors similar to roses. If you are planning to add a touch of color to your event, dyed baby’s breath is a cost-effective choice.