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Polish-style Wildflower Wedding Bouquets

Christine

We’re IN LOVE with wildflower bouquets, aren’t you? They're simple, fun, and have a whole lot of character. And personally speaking, they remind us of our Polish roots!

If you’re planning a Polish wedding you’ll definitely want wildflowers. Many brides in Poland opt for a simple bouquet made from the flowers in their mom’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s garden. The most traditional bouquets feature all the colors of the rainbow, like this one:

Here’s a list of traditional Polish flowers and herbs that are a must for any Polish bridal bouquet:

 

Poppies: (in Polish maki [“mah-key”] )...Oriental poppies (red with a black eye in the center) are the national flower of Poland and an essential part of every Polish garden. Poppies can symbolize dreams, beauty, fertility, and eternal life. A word of warning...poppies can get expensive, and they’re not available all year (they’re a summer flower), so if you’re looking for a cheaper and more available alternative, try the similar-looking anemone flowers instead.

Bouquets made of red oriental poppies (or anemones) are true Polish classics - absolutely stunning!

Bouquets made of red oriental poppies (or anemones) are true Polish classics - absolutely stunning!

Pussywillow:  (in Polish wierzba [“vye-zh-bah”] or bazia [“bah-zhah”]...Quite possibly one of Poland’s most treasured plants! Commonly available only in spring, Poles usually use pussywillow branches instead of palms at church services on Easter Sunday. Pussywillow is a symbol of awakening and the future, and can also symbolize motherhood.

This simple bouquet of pussywillow and mums is so sweet.

This simple bouquet of pussywillow and mums is so sweet.

Daisies, Bachelor Buttons, Waxflowers, Gold Yarrow, Goldenrod, Iris and Delphinium: These are common field and garden flowers in Poland and are relatively easy to get almost everywhere else too.

Wildflower bouquet with daisies, white anemone flower (the one with a black eye), small yellow pompom mums, white lisianthus, small white waxflowers, light pink stock flowers, and white alstromeria.

Wildflower bouquet with daisies, white anemone flower (the one with a black eye), small yellow pompom mums, white lisianthus, small white waxflowers, light pink stock flowers, and white alstromeria.

Golden bachelor buttons, white chamomile and goldenrod make a smart little bouquet.

Golden bachelor buttons, white chamomile and goldenrod make a smart little bouquet.

A garden iris and waxflower bouquet with bupleurum vines and assorted leaves.

A garden iris and waxflower bouquet with bupleurum vines and assorted leaves.

A dreamy wildflower bouquet of blue delphinium, roses, eucalyptus, Queen Anne's Lace, dusty miller, and assorted leaves.

A dreamy wildflower bouquet of blue delphinium, roses, eucalyptus, Queen Anne's Lace, dusty miller, and assorted leaves.

Herbs:  Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, St. John’s Wort, Dill Flowers, Chamomile, Thistle, Sage...Polish people are very fond of herbs, and any of these herbs in a bouquet will smell amazing! Bonus...you can dry the bouquet and have it for months or even years to come.

A basic herbal bouquet is always a winner...

A basic herbal bouquet is always a winner...

A bouquet made of parsley, dill leaves and bay leaves, accented with pussywillow and white narcissus (daffodils).

A bouquet made of parsley, dill leaves and bay leaves, accented with pussywillow and white narcissus (daffodils).

A romantic posy-style bouquet with fresh lavender and lisianthus flowers in a light lavender color.

A romantic posy-style bouquet with fresh lavender and lisianthus flowers in a light lavender color.

Rosemary and sage are a great base for the orange and deep purple kangaroo paw flowers in this bouquet. We also love the idea of little apples or pomegranates in the center of this bouquet.

Rosemary and sage are a great base for the orange and deep purple kangaroo paw flowers in this bouquet. We also love the idea of little apples or pomegranates in the center of this bouquet.

A charming little chamomile bouquet is very traditional. Chamomile symbolizes patience and is said to attract wealth!

A charming little chamomile bouquet is very traditional. Chamomile symbolizes patience and is said to attract wealth!

Hypericum berries, Ferns, Boxwood, Myrtle, Pittosporum and other leaves:  Berries and leaves grow wild on the sides of the road in Poland, and Boxwood, Myrtle and Pittosporum bushes are found in almost every Polish garden. They’re a must to fill out your bouquet!

We love this fern bouquet! So many different variety of ferns and leaves, punctuated by some white astilbe flowers and poppy flower pods. It's perfect for a rustic or woodland-style wedding.

We love this fern bouquet! So many different variety of ferns and leaves, punctuated by some white astilbe flowers and poppy flower pods. It's perfect for a rustic or woodland-style wedding.

The boxwood cuttings in this bouquet compliment the flowers and berries tucked within.

The boxwood cuttings in this bouquet compliment the flowers and berries tucked within.

Wheat and grasses:  Poland is famous for its fields of grains stretching for miles on end. Wheat in bouquets symbolize charity and love and they add a beautiful rustic feel to a bouquet. It's perfectly Polish!

A wheat bouquet with dried mums, baby's breath and chamomile flowers.

A wheat bouquet with dried mums, baby's breath and chamomile flowers.

A traditional Eastern European style wheat and berry bouquet...and an accompanying flower crown!

A traditional Eastern European style wheat and berry bouquet...and an accompanying flower crown!

Need more ideas for how to build a Polish-style wildflower bouquet? Send us an email or sign up for our newsletter here. We’ll be offering a DIY workshop on wildflower bouquets soon! Be sure to like us on Facebook here - and feel free to share this blog post too!