When it comes to wedding flowers, poppies have long been hailed as one of our favorites. Regardless of size, their naturally playful shape makes them both versatile (you can incorporate them in a floral design for almost any style) and unexpected. From the modern bride to the traditional, the statement-making bloom pulls out all the stops, with very little effort. “Poppies are perfect for use in modern, artistic, or minimalist floral designs,” shares florist Teresa Eoff.
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Teresa Eoff is an award-winning floral designer and owner of Figure Eight Events, a California-based floral design and wedding planning studio.
“Poppies tend to bloom towards the end of winter and the beginning of spring, depending on how much rain occurred during the winter season,” says Eoff. If you’re planning a celebration within this timeframe, we suggest utilizing the bloom at any stage of its life cycle. Here’s why: Unlike other flowers, poppies develop from a pod, rather than a bud. This means that as it begins to bloom, the pod bursts open revealing its petals all at once.
“They open so beautifully and fully, but have a papery texture that almost makes them a 3-dimensional watercolor painting,” says Eoff. “I believe they best complement a stark white background, giving their colors a chance to really pop.” Poppies are available in a variety of colors, from blood red to violet to light yellow or peach, with some variegated varieties that appear as if they’ve been hand-painted.
Poppies may sometimes be mistaken for anemones because of a similar shape and texture in petals. You can tell an anemone right away from its black center, whereas most poppies boast a bright yellow center.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite poppy wedding bouquets sure to make you consider including them in your big day.