What would a wedding be without fresh flowers? Wedding flowers are one of the most stand out elements to your special day, providing elegance, fragrance or even a fun pop of color. Luckily, there are many variations and types of flowers to choose from.
Even if you have a favorite flower in mind–your budget, color palette and style come into play when choosing the right flowers for your big day. Reduce the stress on your wedding day by choosing a common wedding flower that pairs with your wedding season and wedding theme. You will have a cheaper and easier time picking a flower that’s in season.
Narrow down your decision with our list of the 15 most popular wedding flowers. Ranging from the timeless rose to the modern calla lily, these classics never go out of style. Carry your flower choice throughout the wedding by adding flowery details to your save the dates and thank you cards.
Ideal for the spring, summer or fall wedding, the budget-friendly and cheerful ranunculus varies in color and size. Whether you go for a pop of pink, a sunset orange or deep red the ranunculus has closely formed petals and make a striking display. Ranunculus look stunning paired with anything, from roses to succulents, so you have a range of options from rustic to elegant.
Perfect for a spring or summer wedding, the lush and fragrant peony provides a romantic look. With big delicate blossoming petals, peonies work great paired in a bouquet with other cream colored flowers and eucalyptus. Peonies are traditionally pink, white or red, but you can also find them in shades of coral, mahogany and yellow.
You can never go wrong with the classic red rose for your wedding, a symbol of love and purity. Although roses may be traditional, there are many ways to assemble a bouquet that is unique to you! There are over a hundred different types of roses, with varying colors and sizes, available year-round making this flower ideal for any bride, wedding season or theme.
Because of the hydrangea’s voluminous, full blooms you can use one or two sparingly as part of your bouquet, or turn just a few into a centerpiece. Their shape resembles a beating heart, so they symbolize perseverance and emotion. The hydrangea exudes femininity and elegance in pale pink or white.
Native to Southern Asia and Japan, gardenias represents elegance and grace. These flowers are perfect for the Southern charm theme or summer wedding. Gardenias have no stem, so one looks beautiful floating in a bowl of water with candles, pinned to your hair or even on the reception dinner table for a touch of elegance.
Sleek and modern looking, the calla lily’s trumpet blossom and long stem would make a bold statement on your special day. Place a few in a tall vase for a dramatic centerpiece. The creamy ivory pairs well in a summer garden wedding, while the dark purple would work great for an art deco or modern affair. The calla lily also ranges to colors like yellow, orange and pink.
One of the most recognized flowers, the daisy, is in season year around. The gerbera is a perfect choice to brighten up the mood and bring a cheerful feel to any reception. White and yellow are a common color palette to use with daisies, but they work well with just about anything.
A symbol of pureness and innocence, baby’s breath is an inexpensive option to include in your floral arrangements and decor. For a subtle, aromatic addition, you can include it in a bridal flower crown, as a low key boutonniere for the groomsmen or to adorn your decor. The versatility makes baby’s breath a popular choice in weddings.
Available year-round, the trendy succulent has taken over, popping up in all forms. Embellish your bouquet, backdrop or centerpieces by including succulents of any style or shade. They make a stunning finishing touch. Succulents are heat-resistant, easy to maintain and durable so they work great for anything from an elegant affair to a rustic outdoor wedding.
Once called a filler flower, carnations are now a popular choice for weddings. Their frilly petals and range of color make them versatile to use in any way you please. Not to mention, they bloom throughout most of the year so the carnation works well if you are planning a winter wedding.
This timeless and exotic flower can add an air of mystery to your wedding. They symbolize beauty and refinement, making a stunning accent to any arrangement. Popularly used for the bridal bouquet, they serve as a refreshing focal point and work well for tropical or beachy weddings.
Make a dramatic statement by adding anemones to floral arrangements or as the focus of your bridal bouquet. The bold black center of this flower add depth, which works well for a non-traditional event. Anemones are available winter through spring, and are a great addition no matter which season.
Similar to the peony or hydrangea, dahlias bring charm and sophistication to your wedding day. Their round petals with points make a dramatic statement in any bouquet. Try pairing with a loose bundle of greenery. Dahlias bloom in an wide array of colors, from subdued to vibrant, and are most popular in the summer.
A tulip isn’t just for the Easter holiday, it looks beautiful in weddings too! Native to Eurasia and North Africa, the tulip belongs to the lily family. One of the more recognized flowers, its prime season is the spring. With its oblong shaped petals, the tulip has many different varieties and colors that pair beautifully with peonies for a textured arrangement.
It’s no surprise why brides love the sweet pea as a bridal flower, it looks lovely on its own or arranged with other florals. Try pairing sweet peas with calla lilies for a striking display. This romantic and ruffled flower comes in a range of colors from pink to purple to white. The sweet pea blooms in the springtime, so they work well if your wedding is in the spring season.
You don’t have to be an expert to choose a flower that best suits your personality, wedding theme and venue. Make a statement with fresh, beautiful flowers for the bridal party, ceremony and reception. No matter the event, florals make for beautiful wedding photos. Remember to show off your stunning arrangements post-wedding by including the photos in your wedding photo book or even displayed on a canvas print.