Are you stuck on deciding what type of flowers would be most suitable for you wedding? We’ll you are in luck. We have dedicated this blog post to giving you our best advice on flowers for your wedding.

What Flowers are Appropriate for Weddings?

Brides often ask for advice on the floral arrangements for their wedding. Of course, ‘the flowers’ may fall under a number of different categories. There may be those associated with the Bride’s bouquet, those carried by the Bridesmaids, the decorations around the church or other service venue plus all of the flowers in place at the reception site.
As a general principle, there isn’t really any firm tradition relating to what flowers should be used for different types of wedding. Even so, there are a number of points that you may wish to keep in mind.The seasons in the modern world, many types of flowers are available almost 12 months a year but it’s quite nice to have a certain seasonal touch to the floral decorations associated with a wedding. Natural blooms sometimes bring with them their own fragrances whereas those that
are forced to be available out of season can occasionally be less attractive in that respect.

Classic options

Some flowers are classically associated with weddings and always have been in
western traditions.

These include:

  • Roses
  • Sweet peas
  • Camellias
  • Gardenias
  • Orchids
  • Lilly of the valley
  • Lavender
  • Anemones
  • Peonies
  • Carnations
  • Hydrangeas

Of course, all of the usual considerations relating to your preference and indeed things such as colour coordination will apply. Keep in mind that the flowers should never ‘out do’ the Bride in terms of being the focus of people’s attention. Clearly budget will also play a part because some of the above flowers may be rather more expensive than others. It is always a good idea to take the advice of a very knowledgeable florist.

Flowers to avoid

Whilst ultimately your preference is the only real governing factor, there are by
tradition and common sense certain types of flower and bloom that are often avoided
at weddings.
These may vary tremendously but here are just a few points that you should keep in mind!

Trumpet Lilies – in some European cultures this is a flower sometimes associated with funerals and death. As such, it may be seen as inappropriate for weddings by some. Rosemary is also regarded by some to be similar.

Elderflower – this can be beautiful but it can be laden with pollen which might be something that you would wish to avoid in a service where there may be people with various forms of allergy. Some other flowers are also well known for causing particular problems with pollen distribution though some sprays and treatments can reduce that.

Longevity – the one thing that you will want to avoid is a church or reception venue that looks fantastic when it is dressed in the morning but which looks way past its best just a few hours later before the wedding party has even arrived. Some blooms are more prone to very rapid fading and falling than others – hydrangeas are an example.

So the key message is to do some research coupled with getting expert advice.