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15+ Ways To Use Orchids Inventively At Your Wedding ( Hello Purple Theme!)

BY The WMG Bride | 29 Aug, 2015 | 3432 views | 5 min read

You know roses are cute and romantic, marigolds are basically tradition and jasmine, totally plain vanilla. The breaking news: all of the above are done to death at Indian weddings. Flowers make up for a big part of your wedding decor and that's why it makes complete sense to weed out the ordinary and come out with the exotic. In our world, orchids are those flowers that are fancy but at the same time, not too fancy that you end up importing them from Thailand. They are the perfect bridge between style and elegance combined with a dose of sophistication. Perfect for those nice winter weddings that are coming up. We got you 10 amazing ways you can use orchids to make quite an impact and also, me thinks that a purple/lilac theme is so becoming these days at weddings. That is, if you choose a mix of purple and white orchids. 

1. As a floral curtain on your arches / walls 

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Orchids can be clubbed with other flowers to create a neat wall or become part of an arch. The deal is to keep them simple and delicate - not crowd it up. Boughs of hanging orchids can help you make a great entrance.

2. As transport decor

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Cycles and other household display items can be carefully decorated with orchids to give it a more sophisticated vibe. All we see with transport at weddings is gendha phool and admit it, kitsch is so 1999.

3. As centrepieces 

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Roses do indeed make for great centre pieces but that's not it. Orchids can be a little underdone or even delicate and sparse but they do leave space for the imagination and decor will look understated. And that, my friend, counts.

4. As a Bouquet

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This one is fairly simple. Christian brides love carrying that cute bouquet but it's always predictable roses. This time, it will be fun to carry orchids that will trail across your dress or white sari.

5. As bridal hair adornments and other accessories

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Braids as mehendi adornments and hair accessories - need we say more? And if you're smart, you can also include them sweetly in your trousseau or shoes at the sangeet or mehendi. You can either stick a few orchids on your footwear or buy these cute faux orchid jhuttis.

6. As Mandap decoration

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The whole colour theme veers towards sophistication the moment you choose orchids as your main mandap decor.

7. As wedding favours

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Orchid packaging from Eco-beautiful weddings.com

Use them as wedding favours with tiny orchid plants to give out. Alternatively, you can also use them as packaging for your other gifts. Yay!

8. As chair decor

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Decorating wedding chairs with inventive orchids is the trend du jour. Just go from a single orchid hanging on the side to orchid garlands that can add a bit of glam.

9. As dining cutlery

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Decorate the plate with one orchid and see how fast your guests will go from ooh to ahhh. Plus, it's so avant-garde!

10. As food decor

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Flowers like orchids add to the colour theme but also make ordinary things look elegant - so cakes and cupcakes with this decor work very well for classic themed weddings.

11. As groom accessories

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Grooms can totally join in the purple gang with decorating and accessorising their suit for the wedding or reception with a single orchid. Classy!

12. As floral headbands for bridesmaids

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Faux orchid hairband on Sweetlittlesparrow on Etsy

These cutesy hair bands can really add a touch of awesome as your bridesmaids walk the wedding walk with you or pose for pictures throughout. Real cute stuff!

13. As lighting

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Tea lights make for cute wedding decor and if you increase their adorbs factor by adding a floral arrangement, then let it be orchids because they add charm and elegance. You can also alternatively add orchids to chandeliers and other lighting for effect!

14. As wedding installations

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Cute birdcages laced with orchids or animal installations adorned with orchids - so much fun! You can also look at having them as hanging gardens because unlike other flowers, orchids hang low and beautiful.

15. As petals to be thrown on couples

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Among the most amazing things we thought would be great alternatives for traditional rose petals, orchid petals are rare and exotic and all things cool.

16. As part of invites

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Preserved flowers are being used as part of wedding invites nowadays so why not use the sweet orchid. Orchids, let me tell you, don't come with too many petals are hence easier to press and create.

17. As the walkway 

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Create a beautiful little walkway complete with low-lying orchids to bring out a deeply inspired classy look!

18. Orchid jaimalas and garlands

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This one is a great alternative for your traditional marigold jaimalas - they really add a sophisticated touch.

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