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The Ultimate Wedding Flower Guide + Printable Checklist

Wedding flowers are just as important as the wedding cake. When it comes to choosing the right ones for your special day, you may find yourself wondering where to begin, what are the most popular wedding flowers, what types of wedding flowers are available, and do you choose wedding flowers by season?

While there is no right or wrong answer to these questions, you can start by choosing your wedding flowers by color to match with your overall theme and wedding reception. Our wedding flower guide is sure to inspire your next floral creation.

Tips for Choosing Flowers for Your Wedding

If you’re wondering where to start when it comes to wedding flowers, try using these simple tips. Once you have an idea, talk to your local florist to see what works best for you what types of flowers are available.

  1. Have a budget set: When planning your wedding, make sure you focus on what percentage of your entire budget you want to spend on wedding flowers.
  2. Find a local florist: A wedding florist will certainly have a better idea of what type of flowers you’ll need for your wedding reception and decorations. They are also great at finding alternatives to more expensive blooms.
  3. Get inspired: If you are someone who likes to look at wedding ideas online or simply enjoy a variety of color schemes and have friends, family, wedding planners, or florists help you find the perfect arrangements for you.
  4. Do some research: While you’re not required to be an expert on flowers, just knowing what some of the most popular wedding flowers are will help you decide what direction you want to go with when it comes to your bouquets, headpieces, and decor.
  5. Take advantage of seasons: While it is not mandatory to buy flowers in season, it will certainly narrow down your options. For example, dahlias are great in the fall, while tulips are perfect for spring.

Blue Wedding Flowers

Blue is a unique and heavenly color that can work beautifully with vintage-inspired weddings or can simply be your “something blue”. A blue will stand out beautifully next to a white gown. What shade of blue will you be choosing for your wedding?

1. Tweedia

blue tweedia flowers.

This sweet flower blooms in shades of blues and lavender. It’s the perfect “something blue” for a wedding and the unique star shape gives an edgy flair to a bouquet or boutonniere.

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: none

2. Bluestar

blue-star-flowers.

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The lovely bluestar is a small flower that grows in clusters. It’s true blue hue will make any bouquet or centerpiece really stand out. Pair it with a lush white peony for a stunning combination.

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: none

3. Clematis

A clematis blue flower with green leaves.

The clematis flower is luxurious, glamorous, and stunning. It has a gray center that would pair beautifully with any metallic silver wedding decor. It can be a centerpiece favorite or elegantly displayed in a wedding arch.

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: none

4. Bellflower

A blue bellflower.

This cute flower got its name because of its unique bell shape. The bellflower is perfect for a vintage style wedding because of its elegance and variety of blue hues.

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pink, white, blue hues

5. Aster

A blue aster flower.

Asters are very similar to daisies, but the petals are pointier and thinner. They bring beautiful bright color to any floral arrangement and with its yellow center, it pairs well with a gold wedding. There are two main aster flowers: New England and New York, so if you or your sweetheart are from either of those two cities, this is the perfect themed flower.

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pink, purple, yellow, red

6. Morning Glory

A blue morning glory flower.

This heavenly blue flower has been presented in paintings by famous American painter Georgia O’Keefe and is referenced in poetry and literature. If you are a fan of the arts and romanticism, the morning glory flower is perfect for your fairytale wedding.

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: red, white, pink, purple

7. Blue Hibiscus

A blue hibiscus flower.

The blue hibiscus flower is a wonderful addition to a tropical wedding. A bride can wear it on her hair, add to it her bouquet and include it in her wedding arch or aisle. Mix these with yellow and pinks for the ultimate Hawaiian soirée.  

  • Season: April-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: red, orange, yellow, pink

Purple Wedding Flowers

Purple wedding flowers are not only unique but quite dramatic. Whether you go for light or deep shades of purple, they will make for swoon-worthy floral arrangements.

8. Stocks (Matthiola Incana)

Two purple stock photos.

These fragrant blooms are romantic and vibrant. They are the perfect centerpiece flowers because of their length and fullness and can be paired with hues of fuschia and pink.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: cream, peach, pink, fuchsia, blue

9. Statice (Sea Lavender)

A statice sea lavender flower.

The statice is a small purple flower that blooms all year long but easier to find in the summer. Contrary to its sea lavender name, it has nothing to do with lavender other than its color. This beautiful bloom pairs nicely with orchids, calla lilies, and luscious greens.

  • Season: July-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, yellow, pink, orange

10. Muscari (grape hyacinth)

A purple muscari flower.

Muscari flowers are recognizable by their grape-like shape. They are most appreciated in a vase along with other spring flowers like primrose, so they would make the perfect centerpiece.  They grow in clusters of about 12-20 and range from 6-12 inches tall.

  • Season: October-December
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: blue, pink

11. Lavender

A bunch of lavender flowers.

Lavender is not only beautiful, but it also smells wonderful too. It’s the perfect flower for a rustic wedding or a French-inspired theme. It’s mainly used in bouquets, place cards and boutonnieres. Culinary grade lavender can be used to adorn wedding cakes and cocktails.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: variations of purple hues

12. Waxflower

A purple waxflower.

Waxflowers are known for their amazingly sweet fragrance. They are the perfect addition to bouquets. They are delicate and have a wax feel to the touch, hence their name. They can also be used in flower crowns, cakes, and corsages.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, pink, yellow

13. Delphinium

A purple delphinium flower.

Delphinium flowers come in a variety of shades and can be the perfect flower for a DIY bouquet because it won’t require much styling or pairing. They are usually sold in a bunch and can be tied with a beautiful ribbon.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: blue, white, pink

14. Iris

A purple iris.

Iris means rainbow and it’s certainly a true characteristic for this flower which comes in a variety of shades like blue, purple, yellow, pink, orange, and even black. Irises work beautifully in a bouquet mixed with succulents and roses.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: white, yellow

15. Scabiosa

A purple scabiosa flower.

Scabiosas, also known as “vivid violets” and “pincushion flowers”, are large flowers that are out of this world beautiful. They’re usually paired with lily of the valleys and birds of paradise for the ultimate extravagant feel.

  • Season: June-October
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: white, burgundy

16. Veronica

A purple veronica flower.

The Veronica flower is a summer wedding staple. Its bright purple hue is dramatic yet delicate. They rise like slender wands making it an amazing centerpiece or floral entry display for your special day.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: white, pink, burgundy

Red Wedding Flowers

Red is the color of love, so it’s natural to want to include these beauties in your wedding bouquet, hair or centerpieces. Red fits with any season since it’s romantic and vibrant.

17. Dahlias

A red dahlia.

The dahlia is such a unique flower. It’s elegant, swoon-worthy and comes in a variety of colors. If you’re choosing a fall wedding, the dahlia is your go-to. Mix shades of browns with orange for a centerpiece or wedding bouquet. Because Dahlias can grow to be very large, florists often refer to them as dinner plate dahlias.

  • Season: September-December
  • Cost: $$$
  • Additional colors: yellow, white, purple, orange, brown

18. Carnations

Red and pink carnations.

Red carnations represent deep love and affection, which is no wonder they have been used in weddings for decades. The amazing thing about carnations is that they are very affordable and can look luxurious when paired with red roses and wax flowers. Use them in a flower crown, bouquet, backdrop and even scattered in a pool for the ultimate romantic feel.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pink, white yellow

19. Zinnias

A red zinnia flower with green leaves.

Zinnias look a bit like sunflowers, but smaller. They have long stems which work perfectly for long vases and unique wedding decorations. If you’re looking for a pop of color for your aisle, wedding centerpieces or bouquet, you’ll find that the zinnia is just what you need.

  • Season: June-September
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: orange, pink

20. Amaryllis Blossoms

Two red amaryllus blossom flowers. These dark red beauties are usually the focal point of any wedding arrangement because of their dramatic color and velvety texture. It’s a romantic flower that can be used during winter weddings or even a Christmas themed party. If you’re looking for something simple, yet gorgeous, this flower will achieve both.

  • Season: November-April
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: yellow, pink, white, peach

21. Gladiolus

A bunch of gladiolus flowers.

The gladiolus is striking and mostly used for tall flower arrangements because they are filled with blooms from the bottom to the top. Pair these with zinnias and dahlias for a jaw-dropping centerpiece or floral arrangement.

  • Season: Year-round, peaks in summer
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: yellow, green, white, orange, pale pink, dark pink, lavender

22. Anemone

A red anemone flower.

Anemones are stylish and look beautiful in bouquets along with garden roses, eucalyptus, and succulents. The red anemone, in particular, will look stunning next to yellow and orange hues. This common wedding flower is here to stay.

  • Season: November-May
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, blue, pink, purple, magenta

23. Coxcomb

A red cocxomb flower.

If you’re looking for a wonderfully weird flower, the coxcomb is the one for you. It has been described as a highly colored brain or a rooster’s comb but beautiful, nonetheless. Its texture makes this perfect for a quirky bouquet, especially when dried.

  • Season: July-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: yellow, orange, pink

24. Gloriosa Lily

A red gloriosa lily.

The gloriosa lily is an unusual blossom that has long curled petals. Because of their short stems, they are mostly recommended for smaller bouquets and corsages. While they are a bit more expensive than other flowers, they can certainly add the pop of color and texture you need for your wedding florals. Just make sure to remove the pollen in the center because they can stain clothing.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: orange, red and yellow

Pink Wedding Flowers

Pink never goes out of style. It makes a wedding soft, feminine, and delicate. Pink flowers are one of the most popular colors for a wedding and can be paired with whites for a dreamy pastel look.

25. Gerbera Daisy

A pink gerbera daisy.

Daisies are cheerful and fun. It can brighten up a wedding reception like no other. They are not only reasonably priced but can be used throughout your floral arrangements like centerpieces and bouquets. If you’re looking for a flower that can make everyone smile, the daisy is perfect for your special day.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, purple, maroon, bronze, yellow, peach

26. Peony

A single pink peony.

A wedding favorite, the peony is classic and chic. They are perfect for plush bouquets as stand alones or combined with smaller flowers like soft roses and buds. One can never go wrong with this romantic bloom. For a fabulous pink wedding, combine these with metallic rose gold pieces.

  • Season: Spring, but can be imported during off-seasons
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: purple, coral, bright yellow

27. Phlox

A small bouquet of pink phlox flowers.

The phlox means “unification of souls” and what can be more romantic than that? Use these in your photo backdrop, bouquets, and centerpieces. For a while, they were considered filler flowers but because of their texture and beautiful hues, they are now perfect standing on their own.

  • Season: June-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, purple

28. Lisianthus

Three pink lisanthius flowers.

For a while now, the lisianthus has become a fan favorite. It’s available year-round and brings a delicate touch to any floral arrangement. It’s perfect for vintage themes and pairs great with eucalyptus leaves for a darling centerpiece.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: red, white, purple, orange

29. Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

One single Peruvian lily.

The great thing about a Peruvian lily is that it’s versatile and makes for amazing flower arrangement fillers. They represent devotion and their semi heart-shaped blooms are a perfect touch to your special day.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: purple, orange, red, white

30. Sweet Pea

A pink sweet pea flower.

Sweet peas are feminine flowers that look beautiful on their own or paired with other flowers like calla lilies. If you are having a spring wedding, sweet peas are a beautiful choice that lends an elegant, seasonal accent.

  • Season: November-June
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: blue, red, white, purple

31. Garden Rose

A pink garden rose.

The garden rose is the larger, fluffier version of your standard rose. It has ruffled petals in the middle that give this rose a beautiful texture for any wedding floral arrangement. If you’re having a June wedding, this rose is in its perfect blooming stage, but it’s available year-round.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: yellow, red, peach, green

32. Ranunculus

A ranunculus pink bouquet.

Everyone loves a ranunculus for its size, delicate petals, and unique texture. They pair well with dahlias, stock, and green ferns. These flowers are perfect for boutonnieres and bouquets. If you’re having a whimsical and fairytale wedding, this flower will shine on your special day.

  • Season: November-April
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: purple, burgundy, white

Orange Wedding Flowers

If you want a bright and bold wedding, orange flowers can bring any ordinary flower arrangement to life especially when paired with equally vibrant colors like red, and lilacs. For a softer look, try a lighter peach color and combine it with pastels.

33. Heliconia

An orange heliconia flower.

Heliconias are a tropical flower with simple leaves resembling lobster claws that provide a vivid and bright pop of color in a wedding bouquet. In nature, their colorful branches attract hummingbirds who pollinate the brilliant flowers. Heliconia can make a bold statement in a wedding bouquet.

  • Season: Year-round (but difficult to find in June and July)
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: white, pink, yellow

34. Freesia

An orange freesia flower.

Freesias are commonly used in wedding bouquets. They offer a pleasing fragrance and are prized for their monochromatic appearance. Available year-round, freesias are available in a variety of colors. While their blooms are stunning and they have a nice scent, freesias are extremely delicate in nature and are sensitive to ethylene gas, so take care when handling freesias and make sure to keep your freesia bouquets away from ripening fruit.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, pink, yellow, brown, red, purple

35. Chrysanthemum

A burnt orange chrysanthemum.

Chrysanthemums are a beautiful choice for a fall or winter wedding as they are available in a range of colors from white to jewel tones such as burgundy and orange. Sometimes called mums, chrysanthemums feature a striking bloom with many petals that can make a stylish wedding statement.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, yellow, red, burgundy

Yellow Wedding Flowers

Yellow represents happiness, sunshine and warm weather, which is why it’s perfect for a summer wedding. Yellow wedding flowers are versatile because this shade complements a variety of other hues. You’ll undoubtedly glow on your special day when walking down the aisle with a yellow-flowered bouquet.

36. Craspedia

Craspedia yellow flowers.

The craspedia is related to the daisy, but it doesn’t look like the typical flower—instead, it resembles a round, fuzzy button. Craspedias can be used as an accent flower in wedding bouquets year-round for a touch of whimsy.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: only yellow, but these flowers are known to be tinted in a variety of colors including black, orange, purple and red

37. Poppy

Three poppy yellow flowers.

Available towards the end of the year, poppies can be found in a variety of stunning colors such as red and yellow which make them perfect for fall and winter weddings. With showy petals and a vibrant yellow hue, these flowers symbolize wealth and success, which make them a good choice for ambitious couples.

  • Season: May-October
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: Red

38. Sunflower

Three yellow sunflowers.

Sunflowers are prized both for their delicious seeds and their attractive daisy-like appearance, but its flowers are only available in the latter half of the year. The sunflower represents adoration, loyalty, and longevity, which makes this bloom a good option for a summer or fall wedding bouquet.

  • Season: May-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: red, brown, orange

39. Dutch Tulip

Yellow dutch tulips.

While you may be familiar with the classic red tulip, you may not know that this Dutch flower is also available in a radiant yellow. The Dutch tulip represents perfect love and is a great choice for spring weddings.

  • Season: November-May
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: white, orange, pink, red

40. Daffodils

A stem of yellow daffodils.

Daffodils have long been associated with Lent, and are also known as the Lent Lily.  Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, this flower with its easily recognizable trumpet shape and characteristic yellow petals is a good choice for late spring and early summer weddings.

  • Season: February-June
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: white, peach, orange

Green Wedding Flowers

When one thinks of green for wedding bouquets they mostly think of foliage but there are many beautiful green colored flowers to choose from. From Bells of Ireland to hydrangeas, green wedding flowers are meant for drool-worthy floral arrangements that are monochromatic and unique.

41. Bells of Ireland

Stems of Bells of Ireland flowers.

Despite their name, Bells of Ireland are shell-shaped flowers that originate from Turkey, Syria, and the Caucasus region. These spiky green flowers add a linear shape to bouquets. Bells of Ireland are the perfect choice for wedding flowers because they represent luck.

  • Season: Year-round (but best in spring)
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: none

42. Dianthus (Green Ball)

A single Dianthus green flower.

The green ball dianthus, also known as ‘Sweet William,’ is a round, fuzzy collection of small, green flowers. These flowers pair wonderfully with white peonies for an elegant, yet unconventional look.

  • Season: July-October
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: none

43. Anthurium

A single Anthurium green flower.

An exotic houseplant, anthurium can take center stage at a wedding as well. While this semi-tropical plant contains oxalate, which can make it poisonous to humans and pets, its unconventional appearance may make it a good centerpiece for weddings without furry friends in attendance.

  • Season: July-October
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pink, orange, blue, purple, black, yellow, salmon

44. Hydrangea

A green hydrangea flower bunch.

Hydrangeas bloom in clusters, which make them popular for bouquets. Though only seasonal in the latter half of the year, hydrangeas’ shell-shaped, delicate flowers make them a versatile option for weddings.

  • Season: July-November
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: white, pink, purple, blue, burgundy

White Wedding Flowers

White is a wedding staple that is minimalistic and modern. From cascading white bouquets to breathtaking centerpieces, white wedding flowers represent elegance, beauty and new beginnings, making it ideal for the start of your ever-growing love.

45. Calla Lily

Three white calla lily flowers.

A wedding favorite, calla lilies are simple, elegant and have a subtle fragrance. They are available year-round but ideal for winter and spring weddings. Minimalists will love calla lilies due to their linear appearance and simple flowering pattern.

  • Season: Year-round, peaks in winter to spring
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: yellow, orange, light pink, dark pink, burgundy, red

46. Gardenia

A single white gardenia flower.

Available year-round, gardenias can be considered a wedding staple. Inexpensive and with a clean, modern appearance, gardenias have a fragrant scent and can be used as bouquets or centerpieces.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: none

47. Daisy

White daisy flowers.

The iconic daisy, while associated with the countryside, can be an excellent choice for weddings. Available in the latter part of the year, daisies symbolize true love and are easily recognizable, making them an instant favorite with wedding guests.

  • Season: July-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pink, purple, red, peach

48. French Tulip

A white French tulip bouquet.

French tulips lend a delicate, elegant appearance to any wedding. Available in pastel hues, these flowers pair well in bouquets, though they are only available in winter and spring months.

  • Season: November-June
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pink, light yellow

49. Lily of the Valley

A single white lily of the valley flower stem.

The fragrant lily of the valley boasts characteristic pastel, bell-shaped flowers which make it ideal for elegant wedding centerpieces. However, this woodland plant is highly poisonous, so may not be the best choice for a wedding with pets in attendance.

  • Season: Year-round (in limited quantities)
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: pale pink

50. Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem, Chincherinchee)

An ornithogalum star of bethlehem stem of flowers.

Available throughout the year, the Star of Bethlehem is known by many names such as Chincherinchee and Ornithogalum. Despite its confusing doppelgangers, it boasts a simple star-shaped bloom with a few petals. These flowers are often used in bridal bouquets and wedding arrangements and symbolize purity, trust, innocence, and honesty.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: yellow, orange

51. Queen Anne’s Lace

A queen anne's lace white flower.

Queen Anne’s Lace, like its name implies, is a delicate flower with many small blossoms. They are a classic choice for a wedding filler flower and lend a romantic feel to bouquets.

  • Season: June-November
  • Cost: $
  • Additional colors: green

52. Camellia

A white camellia flower surrounded by green leaves.

Camellia is a flowering plant originating in eastern and southeast Asia. With over 100 species, including the popular chamomile flower used in many teas and herbal remedies, the camellia family of flowers may be a welcome choice on a stressful wedding day. White camellia flowers represent adoration, making them an excellent wedding day choice.

  • Season: December-June
  • Cost: $$
  • Additional colors: red, pink, cream

Regardless of which wedding flowers you choose, remember that the most important aspect of your wedding day is that you don’t get too caught up in the details. While your wedding guests probably won’t remember what exact flower varieties you had at your wedding, they will remember how much fun they had and how beautiful everything looked.

Keep in mind that depending on your wedding date, some flowers may not be available if they are seasonal varieties and not available year-round. So don’t sweat the details and try to be flexible in choosing a wedding bouquet.

Wedding Flower Checklist

While wedding bouquets and centerpieces are the first things that come to mind when choosing wedding flowers, there are many other areas of your wedding reception, ceremony and bridal party that will certainly shine with the right floral pieces. Below, we’ve recapped the most common flower needs for a wedding.

Bride

  • Bouquets
  • Veil
  • Headpiece
  • Toss bouquet
  • Going away corsage

Bridesmaids

  • Bouquets
  • Headpiece

Flower girl

  • Basket
  • Headpiece

Boutonnieres

  • Groom
  • Best man
  • Groomsmen
  • Ushers
  • Bride’s father
  • Groom’s father
  • Ring bearer

Ceremony flowers

  • Altar
  • Aisle
  • Guest book table
  • Pew decorations
  • Foyer decoration
  • Wedding arch
  • Unity candle

Reception flowers

  • Bridal table
  • Buffet table
  • Guest table
  • Gift table
  • Wedding cake
  • Centerpieces
  • Toasting glasses
  • Escort table
  • Welcoming table