The calla lily is a graceful flower beloved by many brides for its sleek, sophisticated look. Often, the trumpet-shaped blooms are arranged without any other flowers or greenery, which looks very chic and modern. But calla lilies can also easily be mixed with other flowers — their crisp shape adds texture and depth to the overall arrangement. Plus, they're also available in miniature sizes, which are perfect for bridal bouquets and boutonnieres. The show-stopping calla lily is typically available year-round but are most affordable in the summer, when they're at their peak.
Two types are commonly available: a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem and suitable for tall arrangements or presentation-style bouquets, and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. Creamy ivory is the most popular color, but calla lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink, and dark purple.
Also known as the arum lily, this elegant, trumpet-shaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolizes "magnificent beauty" in the language of flowers. The calla lily's distinctive form has been depicted in Art Nouveau and Art Deco works, in addition to twentieth-century photography.
Season: year-round, winter to late spring is the peak
Colors: ivory, yellow, orange, light pink, dark pink, red, dark burgundy
Meaning: ardor, magnificent beauty, feminine, modesty