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Using eucalyptus greenery in wedding flowers is extremely popular right now. We do a ton of weddings with it each year, and our brides love the muted blue-ish green tones of the greenery. I personally love mixing a few different types of eucalyptus with some more green foliage like ruscus or nagi. But, some brides love just eucalyptus for the greenery in their bouquets and floral arrangements. However, not all eucalyptus is the same. There are several different varieties that we love using for different reasons.
Below, I’ll show you the most common types of eucalyptus, and how they look used in bouquets or other wedding floral elements.
My Pro Tips for DIY-ers
But first, are you considering using eucalyptus to DIY your wedding flowers? I talk a little bit more HERE about how to decide if you should take on this amount of stress on your wedding week. However, my best tip is to make sure you have all your tools and supplies beforehand. Below are the absolute necessities you’ll want to have on hand before you get started.
- Floral Shears
- Floral Tape
Use this to secure your bouquets and boutonnieres
This is our favorite kind to cover up the tape. You can also give a left over roll to your photographer for flat lays.
- Hot Glue Gun
Use this to glue down the ribbon. I definitely recommend a low temp mini glue gun, so you can control the amount better, and you’re not burning your flowers with insanely hot glue.
- Boutonniere Pins
- Leaf & Thorn Strippers
You’ll need a few larger buckets (5 Gallon), and a few smaller (2 Gallon).
I would recommend ordering 1-2 boxes of these vases. At just $1.25 each, it’s worth having plenty extra! You can even reuse the boxes with their cardboard dividers to transport bouquets inside their vases. Keep in mind that you’ll only be able to fit 5-6 bouquets in a box made for 12 vases (They need a little room to breath out the top). Buy plenty extra, just to have around to stick flowers in as you’re creating bouquets.
- Flower Food
Use this stuff in your buckets and vases to prevent flowers from growing bacteria and give them nourishment.
- Gold Cuff Corsage Wristlettes
- Floral Glue
I use this glue on wrist corsages to glue the flowers down. If you’re not making corsages, you won’t need this stuff.
SILVER DOLLAR EUCALYPTUS IN A BOUQUET
I’d say that silver dollar eucalyptus is the most common type of eucalyptus greenery we use for wedding flowers. It is available year-round and has a “silver dollar” circular shape. Take a look at this bridesmaid’s bouquet using mostly silver dollar eucalyptus.
Seeded Eucalyptus is another very popular type. It is technically available year-round, but can be limited or not looking it’s best in the summer due to the seeds popping and cupping. We love using seeded eucalyptus for the added texture that the seedlings offer. You should know that this type of eucalyptus can droop or bend a little though, from the weight of the seedlings. For this reason, it’s great in cascading bouquets like these or mixed with some more stiff foliage to give it structure.
Gunni eucalyptus has small leaves on a shorter stem, and is also available year-round. I rarely use it by itself in a bouquet, but sometimes it’s small leaves can add some great texture and are perfect for smaller pieces like a floral crown or corsage.
BABY BLUE EUCALYPTUS
We use baby blue eucalyptus OFTEN in bouquets…rarely by itself, but usually mixed in with some other types of foliage and blooms. Its longer stiff shoots are great to come out of a bouquet to create a more organic non-rounded shape. Some of the pieces are perfectly straight, while others have a subtle curve. However, the leaves can be difficult to strip off the bottom of these stems, and it can be kind of sappy. Then, the sap sticks to your hands and can be hard to wash off. If you’re working with baby blue Eucalyptus, one of these Leaf & Thorn Strippers is a MUST! You’ll also be able to use this tool to strip off thorns and foliage from your roses.
Willow eucalyptus is another variety that can be a little droopy and can bend under the weight of its leaves. Its wispy thin leaves give bouquets a lighter look, and we often used other types of foliage with it for added structure.
Other Ideas to perfectly coordinate with Eucalyptus in Wedding Flowers
Take a look at these Velvet Infinity Gowns from a very reputable seller on Etsy. Wouldn’t the sage green or silver grey be perfect for a eucalyptus inspired wedding?
Take a look at the gorgeous floor-length gowns the bridesmaids wore in a wedding we did last year. They all chose different styles from Kennedy Blue in their DOVE color. Aren’t these perfect with their eucalyptus and white bouquets?
We also love the idea of choosing one style from Kennedy Blue, and going with a variety of different colors. Look at how all of these colors below flow so well together, especially with the gorgeous muted blue-green color of eucalyptus greenery!
MONOGRAMMED BRIDEMAID’S PAJAMAS
And how about these SATIN MONOGRAMMED PAJAMAS for your bridesmaids. We love these as part of your bridal party gift, and they make for GREAT getting ready photos! Check out how many colors they have too. If you have a large bridal party, you could even do several different colors, like Sage, Taupe, Sandalwood, Dusty Rose, and Champaign. These neutrals would look great together in your professional photos!
FLOWERS (Eucalyptus in Wedding Flowers)
What kinds of eucalyptus is your favorite? Or, are you like me and love a mixture?
If you’re in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, definitely check us out! We are a wedding floral studio with GREAT reviews, and love working with muted colors and modern styles.
If you aren’t in the Chattanooga area, I would still highly recommend hiring a professional florist if you choose to do fresh flowers and eucalyptus in your wedding bouquets. I write a little more on how to decide on professional or DIY flowers for your wedding HERE. However, if you’re looking for a professional florist in your area, my best recommendation is to check out their reviews online and make sure they mention not JUST the floral work, but also their professionalism or process. You want to make sure all your wedding vendors not only do great work on the day of, but are also easy to work with months before hand and have a straight forward process that is stress free for you during planning.
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