When I was planning my wedding a couple years back, choosing flowers for my bouquet was one of my favorite parts of the whole process. I had a whole board on Pinterest dedicated specifically to wedding flowers. And when the day came that I finally got to hold that bouquet full of peonies, cabbage roses, succulents, and pink veronica, I knew it was a feeling I’d never forget.
As far as event design goes, flowers are one of the easiest ways to make the biggest impact. And it all starts with that bridal bouquet. Here are some ways to determine which flowers would go best in yours…
Select Your Showstoppers
A traditional mixed bridal bouquet is made up of flowers that hold the central focus, accent flowers, and greenery. If you know which central flowers you like best, your floral designer can then select an assortment of accent blooms and greenery that will complement them well. Roses, peonies, ranunculus, calla lilies, anemones, dahlias, and gardenias are some popular choices for centerpiece flowers. If you’re a bride on a budget, however, simply requesting a color or design scheme—rather than specific must-have blooms—will give your floral designer the freedom to create a beautiful bouquet within your price range.
If you have an overall theme in mind for your wedding, think about what flowers best communicate that theme. You might love the stark and unique look of orchids, but they would look pretty out of place in a rustic barn wedding. That said, the themes listed below are just general guidelines. Mixing and matching to create your own unique theme is encouraged!
- Rustic: succulents, billy balls, chamomile, cotton
- Vintage-inspired: silver brunia, dusty miller, lavender, astilbe
- Preppy: anemones, hydrangeas, tulips
- Romantic: garden roses, peonies, sweet peas
- Colorful: poppies, ranunculus
- Modern and sophisticated: calla lilies, spray roses, orchids
Mind Their Meaning
From Victorian era Britain to ancient Japan, many cultures throughout history have assigned special symbolism to the different types of flowers. (You may remember seeing this post we did on some common blooms and their meanings!) It can be really special to have a bridal bouquet that holds meaning in addition to just looking beautiful. Anemones are a symbol of unfading love, making them a perfect pick for a bridal bouquet. Some other good wedding day blooms would be chrysanthemum (joy) and coral roses (desire). Similarly, you could consider including a flower that holds special meaning to you personally—like your grandmother’s favorite blooms or the flower your fiancé brought you on your first date.
If you’re someone who frequents the farmers market and values eating local, seasonal food, you might not want flowers that were flown in from halfway across the world. Opting for local, seasonal blooms is the eco-friendly option and it will likely save you money too! This list varies by region of course, but here are some blooms that are often in season:
- Spring: amaryllis, anemones, daffodils, freesia, gerbera, lily of the valley, orchid, ranunculus, sweet peas
- Summer: carnations, chrysanthemum, lily, magnolia, peonies, roses, sunflowers
- Fall: aster, daisies, hydrangeas
- Winter: camellia, iris, pansy, poinsettia, snowdrop, tulips
- Year-round: calla lily, carnation, orchids, protea, roses, and tulips
What blooms would go in your dream bouquet?
Let me know below!