Top wedding flowers

Monday, September 20

When it comes to wedding flowers, there's a lot to take in and it can certainly become overwhelming. Aside from the endless amount of styles, shapes and colours, having to decide what specific blooms you want can give you a headache. And it only gets more difficult once you realise there are numerous different types of a specific flower – did you know there are over 100 kinds of roses? Well, now you do.

The following flowers listed aren't just used in the main bouquets, but also used as decorations. They are even recreated regularly in sugar to adorn beautiful wedding cakes, as they are long-lasting and just as gorgeous. With all that being said, we thought it would be nice to list down the most popular wedding flowers. So whether you are a flower newbie or not, this guide will certainly point you in the right direction!

Use orchids in wedding arrangements or as standalone centrepieces like this! Photo by Manuel Venturini on Unsplash
Use orchids in wedding arrangements or as standalone centrepieces like this! Photo by Manuel Venturini on Unsplash

Roses

Roses are one of the most popular wedding flowers and it’s likely that the bouquet or table decorations will include this elegant flower. From the David Austin rose, to the medium sized Patience rose, to small spray roses, there's plenty to choose from.

White and pink roses are some of the most popular colours to use throughout weddings given their romantic and pure nature. For main bouquets and centrepieces, we'd suggest big, bouncy blooms with multiple petals as these really stand out and draw the eye. Rose petals with a soft, dusty pink colour and ruffled edges are perfect for this and will be able to go with any arrangement.

For more decorative uses, why not consider sprinkling spray roses down your dinner tables for a simple centrepiece solution? Not only is it quick and easy, but it's relatively affordable too!

A gorgeous David Austin Rose created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine
A gorgeous David Austin Rose created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine

Tulips

Affordable and timeless, tulips effortlessly add layers of texture and dimension to simplistic bouquets and arrangements. Whether it's vibrant, muted pastel, or crisp white, tulips lend themselves to any wedding style and theme. These elegant flowers are also are extremely versatile! There are countless varieties available to buy all year round, with the slightly more unique types only being available during springtime.

White calla lilies are a popular choice for weddings, but there
White calla lilies are a popular choice for weddings, but there's an abundance of colours to choose from. Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash

Calla Lilies

'Calla' is the Greek word for beauty, and are thought to be associated with the ancient Gods Hera and Venus. In 19th century, these flowers were also used as a way of expressing hidden symbols as the resemble femininity.

Nowadays, they are regularly used in floral arrangements, particularly wedding bouquets. But if you don't want them in your arrangement, why not use them as table decorations or worn as a buttonhole? In recent years, it's become popular for some brides to even wear the flowers in their hair!

White is the most popular choice for weddings, but there's also an abundance of colours to choose from, all of which symbolise different things. White calla lilies obviously represent innocence and purity. Blue calla lilies represent sophistication and femininity. Yellow calla lilies represent happiness and progress. Red calla lilies represent desire, passion and romance. And pink calla lilies represent admiration and gratitude.

Calla lilies need a relatively warm environment to grow. But once you've cut them, if you want to display them in a vase, make sure to keep them in a cool place.

Pretty hydrangea bloom created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine
Pretty hydrangea bloom created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine

Hydrangea

Blue or white hydrangeas are most commonly used in centrepieces, but we personally love the dusty pink and green blooms known as antique hydrangeas. Despite the bold colour and large size, they have the ability to soften the overall look of an arrangement. Gathering together these big blooms in a bouquet makes a pretty contrast to a more minimalistic wedding style. Antique hydrangeas are also a lot hardier than their blue and white counterparts, as well as being much more unique and fun to look at.

Pretty peonies are one of the most highly coveted wedding flowers of all time. Photo by Rebecca on Unsplash
Pretty peonies are one of the most highly coveted wedding flowers of all time. Photo by Rebecca on Unsplash

Peony

Alongside roses, peonies are probably one of the most highly coveted wedding flowers of all time. But although they a firm favourite and everyone wants them for their big day, they are unfortunately one of the most expensive flowers out there.

If your budget is low but your heart is 100% set on having fresh peonies, you could always just use them in your bouquet. There's a bunch of different colours peonies come in, so you'll definitely be able to find a shade that will go with the rest of the wedding's colour scheme.

Otherwise, consider having a sugar artist prepare these beauties out of sugar to adorn your cake. Sugar flowers are long lasting, can be kept as a keepsake, and are also significantly less expensive. And if you're worried they won't look realistic, don't. There are some incredibly talented artists out there that make them look like the real deal!

A realistic ranunculus created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine
A realistic ranunculus created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine

Ranunculus

You've probably seen these in the majority of floral arrangements over the last few years as they've shot up in popularity. However, they're most often used as accent flowers to add movement to a bouquet rather than being the main attraction.

Ranunculus costs can vary depending on the time of year, colour and vendor. But here's a secret: if you're tying the knot anywhere between January and May, then you will be able to access these gorgeous bridal blooms the easiest. And not just that, but during these months they are the most affordable and arguably the time when they look the best!

Stephanotis

Add some star-shaped stephanotis flowers (otherwise known as Madagascar Jasmine) to your arrangements on the big day, the perfect bloom to use as it symbolises good luck and happiness in marriage. Although this evergreen woody vine is known commonly as being a houseplant, its name actually comes from the Greek words meaning "fit for a crown". No wonder Princess Diana often featured them in her bouquets!

Wonderfully scented with white, waxy petals, the hollow centres of this flower are very unique and can be decorated with jewels to enhance a colour theme or simply to add a bit of extra glamour. They are readily available to buy and will last the entirety of the day, so no worries will be given to possible wilting, whether garnished top a cake, tucked in your hair, in boutonnieres or in centrepieces.

There are a wide range of colours to choose from when considering sweet peas, so there will be something for every kind of wedding celebration! Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash
There are a wide range of colours to choose from when considering sweet peas, so there will be something for every kind of wedding celebration! Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

Sweet Peas

Oh-so-sweet, sweet peas are famous for their light fragrance and dainty, ethereal flowers. Native to Sicily, these small buds of beauty are simple yet romantic, making them a picturesque addition to wedding arrangements.

Sweet peas come in a range of colours, with pink, purple and white being the most favoured. If you're looking at using sweet peas for your wedding, a romantic bouquet made up entirely of these small white flowers would look simple and timeless. Or try with some soft pink sweet peas tied with a satin ribbon instead, the epitome of chic.

Alternatively, if you don't fancy incorporating them in a bouquet, why not adorn signs, cards or seating chats with tiny bases or sweet pea buds? This will look lovely and will be suitable for any theme – choose white to go with a more neutral colour scheme, or mix coloured sweet peas for a bold look.

Snowy white gardenia flower against evergreen leaves. Photo by Kristen MacAdams on Unsplash
Snowy white gardenia flower against evergreen leaves. Photo by Kristen MacAdams on Unsplash

Gardenia

Victorian men used to gift a single gardenia to their love interest as a way of revealing their attraction to them. To this day, their significance and popularity has never seemed to wane. A staple wedding flower across many years, this snowy white bloom with glossy dark green leaves and beautiful smell makes for a charming and natural bouquet option.

Although, as an upmarket flower they are on the more pricy side, as well as being more fragile than most. Worth pointing out is too much handling can turn the petals brown, and fast. To get the most bang for your buck, we'd recommend featuring a few gardenias in a bouquet composed of a variety of other flowers. In fact, any of the other flowers mentioned in this list would be perfect!

Anemone flowers come in a variety of colours, so there
Anemone flowers come in a variety of colours, so there's plenty to pick and choose from. Photo by Zoe Schaeffer on Unsplash

Anemone

These flowers are typically black and white, and are great to add a graphic touch for modern weddings. What's great about anemones is that they look good as standalone flowers in a monochrome bouquet, but also work well when combined with other coloured flowers as they add an accent.

The only downside to these flowers, despite their popularity, is that they are very delicate. Fresh anemones will need a lot of TLC, so if you're somewhere hot then make sure the stems have their own waterpicks to last them the big day!

A simple arrangement of lovely lilac. Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash
A simple arrangement of lovely lilac. Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

Lilac

These are some of the nicest smelling blooms, which will definitely leave you with memories of the day. Lilacs are a soft and romantic flower, ideal for adding a delicate flair to wedding arrangements. Coming in shades of purple and bridal white (seriously!), they also work incredibly well on their own in a simple bouquet. A word of caution: not only do they look it, but lilacs are rather delicate once they've been cut and should be handled with care. Cut lilacs can wilt easily, so make sure you've taken the necessary precautions.

A delicate dahlia sugar flower created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine
A delicate dahlia sugar flower created by sugar artist Elena Wilkinson, as seen in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine

Dahlia

We love dahlias – they are one of our favourite sugar flowers to feature in the magazine as they are big and bouncy and stop you in your tracks. And it seems we are not alone, as they are also great face flowers for weddings. They steal the show rather easily given their grand nature, one would assume they are on the pricier side. In fact, they are significantly cheaper than peonies and (we think) make much more of a statement – especially since some dahlias can grow to be the size of your head! They come in a wide range of stunning colours, as well as an abundance of different sizes. There's definitely a dahlia out there for every kind of bride.

Selection of dahlias in different sizes and colours. Photo by Lynnelle Cleveland on Unsplash
Selection of dahlias in different sizes and colours. Photo by Lynnelle Cleveland on Unsplash

Orchid

Available in a wide range of colours and sizes, orchids are versatile and make a proud impact in bouquets and other centrepieces. Their front-facing forms in particular really draws your eye and adds movement to arrangements that otherwise wouldn't be there. Whether it's for a classic, contemporary, bohemian or dramatic wedding celebration, this graceful bloom is suitable for any and all styles. Have them as standalone decorations or pair them up with other pretty blooms; the options are endless.

That being said, you'll definitely need to get your wallet ready for these flowers, especially as some colours and styles are only available during specific months. But they are long-lasting and you don't need many to make a statement. So it's up to you if you think it's worth it!

This beautifully vibrant orchid would be the perfect addition to elevate simple bouquets. Photo by Petra Keßler on Unsplash
This beautifully vibrant orchid would be the perfect addition to elevate simple bouquets. Photo by Petra Keßler on Unsplash
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