Wedding Flowers: Calla Lily

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Ah, Calla Lilies. Out of all the wedding flowers out there, the Calla Lily is one of the most interesting to me. They are about as classic as you can get, yet I think they are also one of the most modern-looking flowers out there.

Fun fact: Calla Lilies are not lilies at all. First catalogued in the 1700’s, it was mistakenly named by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus. Known as Zantedeschia Aethiopica, the Calla Lily (which comes from the Greek word for “beauty”) belongs to the genus Zantedeschia and is a member of the Araceae family (along with Philodendrons and Caladiums). It is native to South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique, and is so strong that it can grow in water AND surive frost. It’s also the national flower of Saint Helena, where it grows throughout the island.

Tropical in nature, the great thing about Calla Lilies is you don’t need a lot of them to make a statement. Put a couple of Calla Lily in a tall vase with several branches or some greenery (like the photo, below) for an instant wedding centerpiece.

Like most flowers today, if you’re buying Calla Lily commercially you really don’t have to worry if they’re in season. While Calla Lily are readily available, they are one of the more expensive wedding flowers you can buy. A search on Fiftyflowers.com had 15 stems listed for $74.49 (almost $5/stem…around the same price they have for Peonies, which are notoriously expensive).

Despite their year-round availability, I think Calla Lilies look amazing at spring and summer weddings. I especially like them paired with hydrangeas for a full and decidedly Southern look. Even though they’re perfect for garden weddings, their stature also works great for more modern/art deco wedding themes as well. It’s really hard to go wrong!

Below are a few of my favorite ways to display Calla Lilies at a wedding ceremony and reception. From your bouquet to your dinner table, I love how fresh and clean they made a space look (it’s like you gave the whole place a shower, right?). And though white are my favorite, they come in some amazing colors (pictured below) as well!

What’s your favorite wedding flower? Let me know in the comments section below!

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And to see which calla lily colors you like the best, check out this guide:

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