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The Ultimate Wedding Flower Guide

When you say ‘wedding’, you also say ‘flowers’. Big or small, fragrant or not, red, purple, yellow, or any other color, they can’t miss from your big event. However, we know it’s not so easy to choose the right wedding flowers, with so many options available. For this reason, today we are going to show you the ultimate wedding flower guide to help you decide.

Wedding Flower Guide by Season

1. Spring Wedding Flowers

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Luckily, there’s an abundance of flowers coming up in spring, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of this richness. Here are the species you will find during this season only and which you can combine with your own spring wedding ideas:

  • Waxflower – available in white, purple, and pink.
  • Tulip – a huge array of colors (pink, white, yellow, purple, red); the flowers are available starting with December and ending with April.
  • Sweetpea – available from December to May, in colors such as pink, red, coral, lavender, purple, white.
  • Garden Rose – you can find it in any color you want, which is great if you want to mix them.
  • Anemone – A very popular spring flower, the anemone is perfect for your wedding bouquet. It’s available in plenty of colors, but the most popular combination is the white one with a black center.
  • Star Gazer Lily/ Calla Lily – These varieties are excellent choices for an elegant bouquet or decorations. Their white matches the bride’s dress, though you can also go for gold or purple shades.
  • Ranunculus – Available in yellow, orange, red, pink, or white, this flower is available from February to May.
  • Carnation – You can find carnation in almost any color you want, even if it doesn’t exist naturally since people experimented with their shades. Moreover, it’s not expensive, so you don’t need to worry about that.
  • Peony – We couldn’t go on with our wedding flower guide without including peonies on the spring list. They’re usually pink or white and they start becoming available in late spring.
  • Hyacinth – Available just in white, pink, or purple.
  • Lilacs – Just as the name says, this species is preferred for its violet color. However, you can also find a white version of it for your wedding ideas.
  • Boronia – The most common variety of this flower is the pink one and it’s usually chosen for bridesmaids’ bouquets. You can find it everywhere in April and May.
  • Bells of Ireland – They only come in a green color, so it’s a good option if you’re holding an outdoor wedding, for instance. They’re available from January to October, so you can take advantage in their beauty all spring long.
  • Daffodil – No wedding flower guide would be complete without mentioning the daffodil. With its yellow color, it can be used from January to the beginning of May.
  • Delphinium – Available from April to October, you can choose between white and blue varieties.

2. Summer Wedding Flowers

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  • Zinnia – Choose between pink, orange, and red.
  • Yarrow – This plant also comes in pink, but you can use the white or yellow varieties as well.
  • Tuberose – Only available in white, so it’s perfect for the bride’s bouquet or other decorations at the ceremony.
  • Sunflower – If you love the yellow color of this flower, it’s a great idea to learn how to grow sunflowers by yourself. It’s great as a decoration since it brightens the entire aspect.
  • Alstroemeria – Pastel and intense colors are typical for these beautiful flowers. You can combine their cream, orange, pink, or yellow shades either between them or with other flowers in our wedding flower guide.
  • Bells of Ireland – as we mentioned before, the green Bells of Ireland flowers are available from January to October, so you can enjoy them in summer as well.
  • Forget-me-not – You probably know already that this flower only comes in blue. However, we included it in our wedding flower guide because it’s a great match for other colorful or white flowers.
  • Iris – Available in white, blue, and purple, the iris is yet another great choice for decorating a wedding. Combine it with bridesmaids’ dresses in a similar color and you’ll have an interesting unity on your ceremony.
  • Chrysanthemum – There is a huge array of colors available here, from pink, orange, and yellow to white, for instance.
  • English Lavender – Naturally, you should choose this flower if you want to use purple for your event. Use other lavender wedding ideas as well.
  • Hydrangea – You can choose between pink, purple, blue, and white. If you’re already landscaping with hydrangeas, you can use your own flowers for the décor.
  • Freesia – It’s available in purple, blue, pink, yellow, and white, so there are plenty of combinations you can make.
  • Gerbera Daisy – Given this plant’s popularity, we couldn’t skip including it in our wedding flower guide. Brides love it for its beautiful, bright colors (pink, orange, yellow, red, or white).
  • Matsumoto Asters – Purple and pink varieties contrast nicely with other white elements you may include in your décor.

3. Autumn Wedding Flowers

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  • Aster – The aster flower is great for adding some delicate accents either to your dress and bouquet, or to the entire design. It comes in white and pink, so it makes for an elegant, simple touch.
  • Zinnia – Just like in summer, choose your favorite color from pink, orange, and red.
  • Dahlia – There are plenty of colors available here as well, so you can match dahlias with almost any type of ceremony.
  • Marigold – This comes in yellow, orange, and red shades, suitable for an autumn wedding.
  • Chrysanthemum – You’ll be happy to know that chrysanthemum works for autumn ceremonies as well and you can still find it in a huge array of colors.
  • Dried Leaves – A great idea you can adopt in fall is to use dried leaves. Even if they’re not flowers, we couldn’t skip this in our wedding flower guide. They make for great additions to your bouquet, use them as a crown, as bouquets, as centerpieces, etc. Everybody will love them, and you can also enjoy a vast range of shades and colors, depending on your preferences.

4. Winter Wedding Flowers

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  • Anemone;
  • Bells of Ireland;
  • Casa Blanca Lily;
  • Daffodil;
  • Forget-me-nots;
  • Ranunculus;
  • Star Gazer Lily;
  • Sweetpea;
  • Tulip;
  • Waxflower;
  • Amaryllis – Choose between red and white, colors suitable for a Christmas mood.
  • Camellias – Available in white and pink, they’re great if you want to make your wedding look like it’s taken out of a fairytale.
  • Cosmos – A great flower that comes in brown, pink, white, as well as other colors.
  • Holly – Holly is generally green with red berries, so it’s a good choice if you want to add a touch of color to a white-themed winter wedding.
  • Jasmine – Once again, we need to include a white flower to match the snowy surroundings of an icy ceremony.
  • Poinsettia – Also called the Christmas flower, poinsettia makes for a great combination between red and white. The contrast will be a pleasure to look at.
  • Star of Bethlehem – Only available in white, the Star of Bethlehem flower is yet another choice if you want to preserve the purity symbolism at your wedding.
  • Fern Fronds – Not a common choice, but fern fronds bring some life into a frozen décor.
  • Hellebores – Using hellebores for your winter wedding isn’t such a bad idea. Many brides and grooms appreciate it for its complex, beautiful flowers.

5. Other Wedding Flowers You Can Use All Year-Round

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Our wedding flower guide is by no means exhaustive. The species we included above are among the most popular for the respective periods. However, there are also other plants which are available year-round and which you can use anytime you want, even for other events. Here is a brief list of other suggestions:

  • Baby’s breath – A great option for a delicate white decoration is baby’s breath. You can safely add it to any type of bouquet and create original combinations with it.
  • Bachelor’s button – This is a flower that comes in various colors (white, red, pink, or blue), so you can combine it with other similar shades.
  • Eucalyptus – Besides the natural benefits, eucalyptus works as a decorative plant too. It has blue, silver, or green shades that can contrast with a white theme, for instance. Silver is either way a good choice because it suggests elegance.
  • Gladiolus – Gladiolus is preferred by brides and grooms because it has so many colors available. If you need to include a certain color in your bouquet or design, just get some gladiolus in the desired shade and you’re set.
  • Orchids – Choose from pink, purple, white, or other colors and add some orchids to your wedding. The big, charming flowers will have an exquisite effect.
  • Protea – Only available in a pink color, protea should also be on your list of wedding flowers to choose from.
  • Scabiosa – Our last suggestion is scabies. A beautiful flower in elegant shades, it comes in purple and white. The combination of colors can turn out very elegant, so don’t be quick to dismiss it.

Conclusion

This ultimate wedding flower guide is of great help when you don’t know what plants to decide on for your big event. Besides colors, you should pay attention to the shape of the flowers, the fragrance, and the way in which they find their place in your general design. Naturally, you can organize the entire wedding around two main colors, such as lavender and white. However, what matters, in the end, is that you enjoy your wedding, and the flowers are there to make it all even more beautiful.

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Bonnie Enos

I spend my time in my garden trying to create the greatest outdoor space possible. My garden is my happy place and where you will always find me on a nice day. I take my experience and share it here for you to read!

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