While you may not have heard about this flower, pretty astilbe, recognized by its showy plume of feathery flowers, is a bloom brides need to know about. Astilbe comes in many beautiful shades, like pale pink and cream to deep red, and the graceful blooms will add a romantic and slightly whimsical feel to your bouquets and centerpieces. Check out our favorite ways to incorporate these special flowers into your wedding.
Pink Astilbe Bridal Bouquet (above): A simple clutch of soft-pink astilbes, created by Floral Theory, looks effortless and romantic.
Photo: J Lucas Reyes
Deep-Red Astilbe Bridal Bouquet: Astilbe comes in many different shades, including dramatic deep red, which looks so elegant when paired with navy ribbon.
Photo: Jose Villa
Flower Crown: This bride wore a stunning head wreath of cream-colored astilbe.
Photo: Belathee Photography
Astilbe Bridesmaid Bouquets: Cream-colored astilbe also looks so stylish paired with slate-gray bridesmaid dresses.
Photo: Meg Perotti
Astilbe Posies: If you're on a tight budget, opt for smaller bridesmaid bouquets. This nosegay-sized arrangement combines astilbe with dusty miller leaves.Kristyn Hogan | www.kristynhogan.com
Photo: Kristyn Hogan
Astilbe Boutonnieres: Tie pieces of twine around sprigs of astilbe and roses for a rustic look.
Photo: via Braedon Photography
Astilbe Ceremony Decor: Love the idea of decorating the ceremony chairs with bouquets of astilbe (and hanging them upside-down is a unique twist!).
Photo: Clary Pfeiffer
Mixed Centerpiece: While astilbe looks stunning on its own, it also mixes well with others. This romantic pale-pink centerpiece features astilbe combined with stock, dusty miller, Queen Anne's lace, lisanthuses, and hydrangeas.
Special thanks to Sean Nestlerode at Torchio Nursery in San Francisco for his help with our "In Season Now" flower series!