Brides, don’t forget the ridiculously gorgeous ranunculi! A stunning spring wedding flower, the ranunculus comes in many hues, from pale shades to bright pops of colour.
I “heart” ranunculi. Absolutely love them. Although I do always have to stop and think how to spell them….. Ra….nun….culi? Ranunculus? Now that’s using the letter ‘u’ a lot!
They are such a dreamy unforgettable bloom, yet many brides do forget them! So many ask for peonies and David Austin roses, but I’m here to tell you: don’t under estimate the ravishing ranunculi. They are in season now and they are a stunning spring wedding flower.
Having just created a wedding on the weekend, at the flower markets, I eagerly grabbed armfuls of pink ranunculi to scatter throughout the table centrepieces. I was pleasantly surprised at how long the stems were: nice and tall.
FREE Wedding Flowers E-book!
Get our glamorous floral design blogs delivered to your inbox, plus the Tesselaar's Guide To Breathtaking Wedding Flowers - FREE! Click below...
They are often shorter, so you do need to sometimes watch that the stem length will allow you to create the design that you had in mind. Also, as with similar blooms featuring many soft delicate petals, be careful to not bruise or mark the bloom when working with ranunculi.
They come in a range of colours. Soft sweet tones of white and pale pink, which look divine combined with silver dusty miller and, of course, peonies!
Pretty pale lemons hues. I adore these cute ranunculi buttonholes by JL Designs & Events with textured foliage accents and gorgeous ribbon to finish.
Apricot and peach ranunculi are some of my absolute favourites. Here, florist ‘Nature Composed’ has teamed them beautifully with coral peonies, divine dahlias and softer shades of David Austin roses.
Bright and Bubbly
Their colour dial can be turned up to ‘hot’ with the most insane red varieties. They look so vivid here against the contrasting, softer blue.
There are even hot pink, bright yellow and orange varieties. Together with other bright toned blooms, the overall design can pack quite a punch!
Ranunculi also come in some divine deep tones, like burgundy and maroon, that give richness to many floral designs.
I mean, how insanely gorgeous it this amazing example of deep, dark purple ranunculi with a yellow centre? I love the soft, feathery fern foliage in this bridal bouquet by Lavenders Flowers.
For the flower that is as fashionable as ombré itself, there are some varieties that have a ridiculously (in a good way) two-toned petal effect.
So, not only do ranunculi come in the most amazing array of colours, but they are full of petals that spiral together into a tight, perfectly formed, round bloom. Their centre can also be quite an interesting aspect to the flower.
When ranunculi fully open, the bloom folds back and there is space between every petal, giving this gorgeous side view of texture and ruffled petticoat petals.
Being a similar size and shape to a rose means they are so versatile for floral designs. Not only can they be used for bouquets and buttonholes, but also for hair flowers, cake blooms and table centrepieces, either mixed with other seasonal flowers or displayed individually in little vessels.
So please, I hope I have convinced you to not rule out ranunculi! Or at least, after writing this blog, I have remembered how to spell it, ha, ha 🙂