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Tropical Flowers: Bougainvillea

I thought it would be nice to start a series on flowers you can find around the island and to build inspiration boards for you based on those choices. We’ll start off by looking at- bougainvillea.

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Image-Alchemy Fine Events (Luna Photo)

I’ve mentioned before that I was going to use bougainvillea for my wedding. Based on that, I decided on a palette of varying shades of purple.  We switched to dendrobium orchids in the run-up to the wedding but I was lucky enough to be able to retain my palette. So keep in mind that you should have a back up in case your first choice of flowers falls through for whatever reason.

Now, in the same post I mentioned, I also talked about the fragility of bougainvillea (when it’s out of water)- not a worry when you’re working with a good florist. For your bouquet, keep the flowers in water as long as possible before the ceremony and place them in a vase of water at the reception.

Bougainvillea is absolutely stunning and judging by these pics, the pay-off from using these gorgeous flowers is well worth the care:

Bougainvillea Wedding Inspiration

bougainvillea-wedding-inspirationImages- Style Me Pretty (Troy Grover Photography), Martha Stewart Weddings (Nancy Neil Photo), Once Wed (cake by Erica O’Brien, Jose Villa Photo), Snippet and Ink (Jill Thomas Photo), Japanese Flower Garden (Tumblr) via Pinterest, The Bride’s Guide (Ira Lippke Studio),  Snippet and Ink (Jill Thomas Photo), Martha Stewart WeddingsStyle Me Pretty (Troy Grover Photography) (2), Style Me Pretty (Tara Swain Photography)

Pink Bougainvillea {pink, taupe, beige, brown}

pink-brown-taupe-beige-wedding-inspirationImages- Occasions (The Decisive Moment Photo), Martha Stewart Weddings, Wedding Paperie, Martha Stewart Weddings, From The Right Bank (Fritz Hansen Photo), Pinterest, Wedding Chicks (Tonya Peterson Photography)

Purple Bougainvillea {purple, green, white}

purple-green-white-wedding-inspirationImages- The Bride’s Cafe (Katelyn James Photography), Style Me Pretty (Joy Marie Studios), HeyPlantMan, Wedding Paper Divas : Soft Bougainvillea, Style Me Pretty (Rowell Photography), Thirty-Three Events

So what do you think? Will you be using bougainvillea for your wedding?


  1. […] we’re looking at the next flower in our Tropical series- the hibiscus. This pretty bloom comes in various shades including pink, white, peach and […]

    March 1, 2013

  2. […] Image- Style Me Pretty (Troy Grover Photography) Love the bouquet!! Here’s more bougainvillea inspiration. […]

    March 6, 2013

  3. […] Here’s some lovely inspiration to brighten up your Monday morning- the  heart-shaped anthurium is the next bloom in our Tropical Flower wedding series (See Hibiscus and Bougainvillea). […]

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  4. Xochitl Arcega

    I am trying to use bougainvilleas for my wedding in two weeks. But I don’t know how to take care of them to make them last for the ceremony. I can get them on Friday Morning to use at the Saturday Ceremony at 4pm. I am afraid that they won’t look alive by then. any advice?

    July 5, 2016

    • Brent

      Hi Xochitl, you need to speak to a florist immediately as bougainvillea does not hold up as long as most other flower types.

      July 6, 2016

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