• Steph & Tim

25 ways to use Gypsophila for Weddings

Updated: Oct 21


We often get asked: So how do you say it ..."Gyp-soff-e-la" ? or "Gyp-soo-feelia" - who knows and it doesn't really matter to be fair, that's why most people call this pretty little white flower "Babys Breath".


Florists just call it Gyp... a flower with many personalities.


Botanical name Gypsophila paniculata
Botanical name Gypsophila paniculata

Baby’s Breath was a staple of the Victorian Cottage Garden because of its light lacy floral canopy and its value as a long-lasting cut flower, but it was most revered because it symbolised everlasting love, purity, and innocence in the Victorian language of flowers.

The name, Gypsophila, means lover of gypsum, a calcium substance found as a mineral deposited in veins in the earth. The name refers to the fact that the plant loves calcium-rich soils and can often be found growing wild in areas where there are gypsum deposits.


Did you know there are quite a few varieties and sizes of this flower as well as coloured versions? The pale pink variety is lovely and delicate too.



Unfortunately, supermarkets sell the worst kind, it's often small and dried up and doesn't do this bloom justice when you see it as a first-grade flower.


This is the tiny flower variety called "Million Stars"
This is the tiny flower variety is called "Million Stars"

So why Baby's Breath?


The flower was introduced in Britain from America in the 1800s and the flowers were frequently given to new or expecting mothers as gifts because of their relationship with children's purity, and innocence. The name Baby's Breath was derived from the fact that this flower was widely used as a special baby shower gift in the US.

Some view the flower as old-fashioned because of its history.


While some like the scent, others complain that it is called baby's breath because it smells like spit or some people liken it to a cat's wee whiff.

Large headed variety called "Xlence"
Large-headed variety called "Xlence" or Excellence. Botanical name Gypsophila Elegans

This is really a personal matter. Some like it, and some don't, which is undoubtedly the case with most flowers.


Did you know that gypsophila is actually part of the carnation family - if you don't believe me look very closely at each tiny bloom. The genus is a source of saponins that can be used for many purposes, including the production of photographs. Their detergent qualities make them useful in soap and shampoo as well.



Babys breath pieces often used as a Hair decoration
Baby's breath pieces often used as a Hair decoration

Whatever you feel or don't about Gyp it's an incredibly versatile flower that can be adapted to make a myriad of floral designs from a child's headdress to an elaborate hanging cloud installation.

We are going to explore how best to use this flower for weddings with examples of designs that will use the flower at its best.


However you use it, choose a florist who knows how to handle it, (we hope you will choose us of course ) it breaks easily, and can be surprisingly tricky to obtain the perfect spheres that are often seen for wedding designs - it's definitely not a DIY flower or a cheap alternative anymore in the UK, no matter what you have been told.


Decorate a welcome sign with gypsophila
Decorate a welcome sign with gypsophila


Gyp looks at its most beautiful when used abundantly - absolutely masses and masses of stems are needed to create certain designs but it's worth it, the cloud-like effect can't be replicated with any other bloom, making it perfect for weddings.


Don't be tempted to use it sparsely it doesn't suit this flower.


Bound gyp buttonholes are very popular
Bound gyp buttonholes are very popular

Gypsophila Circles for Buttonholes - a structured design
Gypsophila Circles for Buttonholes - a structured design


Garlands of gyp for a dreamy table decoration
Garlands of gyp for a dreamy table decoration

Floral rings of gyp around a Hurricane lamp for your Guest tables
Floral rings of gyp around a Hurricane lamp for your Guest tables


Fabulous pedestal bowls with a cloud of gypsophila
Fabulous pedestal bowls with a cloud of gypsophila

Chair decorations of gypsophila and organza sashes
Chair decorations of gypsophila and organza sashes


Wow factor -Garlands of gypsophila and foliage for your chairs
Wow factor -Garlands of gypsophila and foliage for your chairs

Adorable - Hearts of gypsophila for your little ones
Adorable - Hearts of gypsophila for your little ones

Gyp can be mixed with other flowers of course. Brides often choose to add large roses to their bouquets and for their Bridesmaids to have gyp-only bouquets, but you can mix and match however you prefer. Personally, I think it's stunning on its own, but you choose!


Bound Bridesmaids posies of gypsophila only
Bound Bridesmaids posies of gypsophila only

Perfect sphere of gypsophila for Brides Bouquet
A perfect sphere of gypsophila for Brides Bouquet

Cake flowers - a pretty addition to your cake
Cake flowers - a pretty addition to your cake


super neat gypsophila  or Informal style - which do you prefer?
Super neat or Informal style - which do you prefer?

If you really can't get enough of this flower, here are some wow factor designs...



A mass of blooms

Imagine how many stems of gypsophila that this might take!
Imagine how many stems of gypsophila that this might take!

Ceremony arch of gypsophila only
Ceremony arch of gypsophila only

Contemporary gypsophila design for your Ceremony
Contemporary gypsophila design for your Ceremony

Pink gypsophila and pink rose archway
Pink gypsophila and pink rose archway

Pink gypsophila
Pink Gypsophila

Rainbow Gypsophila - the flower has had colour dye added to it
Rainbow Gypsophila - the flower has had colour dye added to it

Gypsophila Clouds - installations for your wedding
Gypsophila Clouds - installations for your wedding

Fancy a different colour - pink gypsophila is a natural variety, (a little bit rare so don't rely on this variety always being available) and the Rainbow varieties have had coloured dyes or paint added but look amazing when massed.


Here are a few of our recent Gypsophila orders...


Orchids and Gyp go beautifully together. Hydro hotel
Orchids and Gyp go beautifully together. Wedding Summer 2022 at the Hydro Hotel


Rose and Gyp Ceremony centrepiece for The Ravenswood
Rose and Gyp Ceremony centrepiece for The Ravenswood


Use massed on its own or mixed with other flowers, which do you prefer?







Large corporate event order of Martini glasses filled with gyp and hydrangeas at The Grand Brighton
Large corporate event order of Martini glasses filled with gyp and hydrangeas at The Grand Brighton



Cascade table garland for a wedding at Highley Manor
Cascade table garland for a wedding at Highley Manor

Sue hiding behind a cloud of gyp in our workshop
Sue hiding behind a cloud of gyp in our workshop


Contact us to discuss your wedding flowers - gypsophila or not!


Telephone: 01273 951745 (office hours only please)

Email: chirpeeflowers@gmail.com

Contact form via the website: www.chirpee.net


We look forward to hearing from you



Steph & Tim x


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