Floral Spotlight: Baby’s Breath

Eden Brothers

Good morning lovelies! I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and are hopefully feeling some spring weather wherever you may be.

Today’s floral spotlight features Baby’s Breath, a flower that used to be known to provide a backdrop more than being a centerpiece on its own, but over the past year, I have really seen this little gem come out of its shell! Not gonna lie - it was hard to get me on the babys breath train, and I kind of fought it for a while, thinking of the 80s when my mom would put it in my french braids if I was a flower girl. But baby’s breath has really come a long way, and now I am pretty much loving it. I’m using it as a main focus floral for a few weddings I’m working on, and I have to agree with the brides that it really does provide a soft, romantic look.

Baby’s breath, also called Gypsophila paniculata or Gyp, is considered to be a weed of sorts in desert areas and sandy farmlands, as it can reduce the crude protein content of hay in fields it infests. It is very easy to grow and can withstand varying temperatures, making this readily available year-round. Because it is so easy to obtain, the price is very affordable, and a little goes a long way because of the large and full branches. I think I really love baby’s breath because of the very intricate flowers, they are so tiny and from far away, create a cloud of sorts, but if you’re up close, you can truly appreciate the delicate qualities of this flower.

As we do every Monday, let’s take a look at some baby’s breath in action.

White Lilac, Inc.

Here it is as a backdrop to this floral wonderland

Daniela Picoral, via Ruffled

Sedona Bride

Emily's Blossoms

How about this little DIY garland from Once Wed?

Seattle Flowers

Vista West Ranch

Isn’t it so soft and pretty?

Happy Monday everyone!

  • Steph {bubblerock} says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Love baby’s breath!!

  • Ruth says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Ooo…I adore! We had baby’s breath at our wedding & I was amazed at how simple yet effective it was, super affordable too, much to my hubby’s delight :) My beautiful bridesmaids had a posy of it each & my bouquet incorporated sprigs of Baby’s breath to tie it in. We also had large plumes of it in tall glass vases at the tables, it worked so well & I would recommend to anybody who wants maximum effect but for minimum cost!


  • Jasmine says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    ooh! our florist recommended baby’s breath to us for the wedding as an accent and i was kind of like “ehh” but i think you convinced me! it looks great!

  • Kirby {Colors of Honey} says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    oh I love the photo of the baby’s breath at the end of the pews going down the aisle. I haven’t thought of incorporating baby’s breath into our wedding but I’m not apposed to it. We are going to be hanging something at the end of the pews though, and this might have to go into my ideas folder…

  • Lisa says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Seriously, Jacin, are you just working your way through a list of my favorite flowers? :) Love love love it. One thing I’ve always wanted at my wedding someday is huge clusters of baby’s breath in mason jars!
    Hope you had a great weekend, and thanks so much for the sweet birthday wishes! :)

  • postcards and pretties says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    I’m not of fan of baby’s breath when mixed with other flowers in a bouquet but baby’s breath alone makes quite an impact

  • Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Baby’s breath alone is the only way to use it (in my opinion) but when you do, it is so fresh and chic! Love the round up!

  • Katherine {flower & honey} says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    I love it on the pergola! VERY beautiful (and informative) post! :)

  • Koru Kate says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Baby’s Breath gets such a bad rap but I think it’s quite lovely! On its own, it’s quite the stunner both in looks & price :-)

  • Jill@TeenageBride says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    I love baby’s breath! So pretty and you you can do so much with it!

  • Mel {The Oceanside Bride} says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Well you know I’m a fan already!! =) Can’t wait to see it all pull together this summer! Beautiful post and as always thanks for even more inspiration!

  • HiLLjO says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Baby’s breath grew on me!!!

    I was going to do hydrangea poufs for my b-maids bouquets but apparently those don’t hold up outside very well in June Nebraska heat… we went for plan B: swap out the hydrangea with baby’s breath! Ta-da! and cheap, too!!!

  • Dani Marie says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Found you via The Oceanside Bride … and SO GLAD I did :) You’re site is simply stunning at first glance, and I’m very much looking forward to searching more within. :)

    xo, dm

  • Blushing Bride to Be says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    LOVE baby’s breath!!!

  • Alicia@CharityWedding says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    I think people definitely underestimate the beauty of baby’s breath especially in big clusters! It is fabulous!

  • Shana says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    I love the garland idea! I am using baby’s breath for the shower I am throwing for my firend after seeing these pictures! Totally affordable and totally beautiful! thank you for sharing :)

  • Laura @ Saying "I do" says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    wow! love those baby’s breath bouts!

  • Claire says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    These look stunning in those tall vases. Absolutely stunning.

  • Diana says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Stunning! I love full bouquets of baby’s breath! I never thought of a cake like that, beautiful! I love when you have these posts and give brides so many ideas!

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    one of my faaaaaaaavorites! we had some clusters of babys breathe with lavender and spanish moss in some of our centerpieces. i REALLY love the simply pieces of it in the ikea water bottle above - so simple & special & SO doable!!!

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    It’s amazing how things come full circle. In a bouquet with roses and the like… I don’t like it at all…. but en masse it’s stunning… like little clouds of pretty!! That photo from Ruffled is amazing with them all around the base of the table.

  • Melina says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    I love this post! Very inspiring and it is so cute that Baby’s breath gets a feature all on it’s own instead of being a sidekick to the other popular flowers lol.

  • Kamie says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Totally was waiting for you to do this post!!! I am wanting to use baby’s breath for my bridesmaids and for some other things- I love the picture of it covering the whole table!!

  • paloma says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    i really love big tufts of it! looks so elegant. that birdie garland is just perfection!

  • Stephanie says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    i love it as an entire bouquet. it looks so cute and fluffy :)

  • Laura says on April 18, 2011 Reply

    Wow, these are so inspiring! I wasn’t too crazy about babies breath, but this post has changed my mind! I love the arch with all the baby breath around it, so gorgeous :)

  • Tanya says on April 19, 2011 Reply

    Wow that cake table is amazing. It’s like something off a movie set.

  • Steph says on April 19, 2011 Reply

    I love that you featured baby’s breath - I had been thinking about using it as our main “flower” and was getting some weird looks.. but I think it looks so pretty!! Best part? It’s cost effective ;)

  • Nicole-Lynn says on May 23, 2011 Reply

    I love the look of baby’s breath! I had our florist fill some shell shaped containers with it and put them on the buffet table at our wedding. It turned out awesome!

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