Flower Guide: Orchids

An orchid symbolizes beauty and refinement, making it an elegant choice for your wedding. There are more than 20,000 different types of orchids, making it one of the largest flower families. The most commonly used for weddings: Phalaenopsis orchids, which are also known as "moth" orchids because of how the flower's fluttering appearance resembles a moth's wings; dendrobium orchids, which grow in a huge variety of shapes and colors; and cymbidium orchids, which are also known as boat orchids because of their shape.

By: Kristen O'Gorman Klein
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    Bouquet

    A lush bouquet filled with white orchids.

    Photo Credit: Off Beet Productions

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    A cascading bouquet of white phalaenopsis orchids.

    Photo Credit: Gruber Photographers

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    The bride carried white orchids, while the bridesmaids carried green.

    Photo Credit: Gruber Photographers

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    An elegant all-white bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Two One Photography

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    Dendrobium and cymbidium orchids, mixed with hypericum and sea grass.

    Photo Credit: Sofia Negron Photography

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    The bridemaids carried clutches accented with orchids instead of traditional bouquets.

    Photo Credit: Robert Holley

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    A cymbidium orchid boutonniere.

    Photo Credit: Tu Photography

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    Décor

    A chic orchid arrangement dresses up an entryway table.

    Photo Credit: Viera Photographics

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    This combination of phalaeopsis orchids and dendrobium orchids makes a striking first impression.

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom

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    Décor

    Long stems of phalaenopsis orchids add a modern touch to a traditional centerpiece. 

    Photo Credit: Solar Photographers

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    Modern, tall arrangements of phalaenopsis orchids line the aisle at the ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom 

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    Sprays of dendrobium orchids make a dramatic centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography

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    Centerpiece

    A bold arrangement of pink orchids raised above the table adds drama to your décor.

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom

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    Bountiful potted orchids make a bold statement — and they're eco-friendly. One lucky guest from each table can take home the orchid tree post-reception.

    Photo Credit: Michael Norwood Photography

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    Centerpiece

    Less is more with this modern centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

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    Centerpiece

    Accent a budget-friendly centerpiece composed of greenery with a few orchid stems.

    Photo Credit: David Schwartz Photography

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    Centerpiece

    An all-white centerpiece filled with hydrangeas, phalaenopsis orchids, and dendrobium orchids.

    Photo Credit: Solar Photographers

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    Centerpiece

    Submerged orchids make a simple, understated centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Mulberry Lane Studio

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    Cake

    A beautiful square cake accessorized with cymbidium orchids.

    Photo Credit: Carol Irvine Photography

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    Cake

    A traditional cake takes a modern spin with cymbidium orchids, roses, grapes, and sprigs of rosemary.

    Photo Credit: Paul Sanders Photography