What Are the Different Types of Wedding Flowers?


Weddings happen every single month out of the year. However, there is something about a June, July and August wedding that makes this special day with memories. If you are the bride or know someone that is the bride, here are a few wedding flowers tips. 

Wedding Bouquets

The Presentation Bouquet – You may see these types of bouquets in Miss America pageants and at weddings.  The bride can hold these while walking down the aisle to her wedding song or simply standing outside of the chapel saying hello to her guests.  Most brides prefer the standard calla lily.  Its also popular to use orchids and roses. 

Many brides love the white and purple/lavender colors mixed in together with other shades of green and light blue.  This bouquet makes an excellent picture.

The Single Stem – This is great for the bride that doesn’t want to have a bulky bouquet of flowers in her hands.  The great news about this type of arrangement is that it can be a single: white/red rose, blue hydrangea and protea.  Many brides see the single stem flower as a sign of elegance and class.  Your florist will have to make the flower picture perfect.  This means that the flower is carefully preserved to perfection for your wedding day.

Crescent – These flowers are formed into a lax arch.  In the center, these flowers are bunched together, and then other flowers hang over the side.  The moon shape of this bouquet allows the bride to feel that they are showing off their unique side.  This bouquet lets the bride’s guests know that she is not like any other bride. Popular flowers for this arrangement are the wispy blooms and hanging Amaranthus.  However, yellow roses, white roses and white carnations are also popular.

Hand-Tied Bouquet – This if probably the most popular choice of bouquet by the bride.  He hands tied bouquet makes it easy for the bride to walk down the aisle to her future husband.  Obviously, this is a tied bouquet of flowers. The flowers are often: white roses, tulips, carnations.  With the hand tied bouquet, most soft and light-colored flowers will be a good choice.

Round Bouquet – This is a round bouquet of flowers.  Anemones and roses are often the most popular types of flower arrangements for the round shape. However, mixing carnations, gladiolas, tulips and roses together often bring out the round shape of the bouquet and unique colors. You can also add some white ribbon as well.

Posy Bouquet – This bouquet is perfect for brides and bridesmaids. When you put a bow/ribbon around these, it makes the entire bridal party look amazing.  The best flowers for these are: gerbera daisies, peonies and ranunculus.

Biedermeier Bouquet – These flowers are often green orchids, Peruvian lilies, and tulips.  The Biedermeier bouquet is bunched together and tied with a wire. The wire is often decorative in green or white in color. These flowers often go well with a “high end” wedding. 

Nosegay Bouquet – These flowers are cut to the same length.  They are then tied together and given to the bride.  In order to bring out the elegance in this bouquet, their must be only one-color flower.

Cascade Bouquet – Using flowers like lilies and garden roses make this bouquet extraordinary.  These flowers and greenery are bunched up and full of life.  These flowers drop down over the hand of the bride as she is walking down the aisle to her groom.  They are round on top and they have a point at the bottom.  The beauty of this flower arrangement is that they can be used at a casual “low end” wedding and a “high end” wedding as well.  This is great for brides with all types of budgets.

Composite – The types of flowers used in this arrangement are the white dahlia, lavender rose and green composite. Here you put together an arrangement of blooms, buds and petals.  Green wire is often put at the bottom of the bouquet to keep it together. This bouquet needs to be put together by a florist that has lots of knowledge working with composites.  Not all florists will due this type of flower arrangement unless you are paying top $$. Composite bouquets take a lot of time to put together.

Contemporary Bouquet – The flowers used in this arrangement are the calla lily, air plant and dahlia.  Also popular are the flowers birds of paradise and anthuriums.  Often, the top of these flowers is surrounded by greenery that comes over the flowers.  This type of arrangement works best for the bride that is looking for more than just the average bouquet of flowers.  They are looking for something that makes them say, “Wow, I have never seen a bouquet like that before.” 

Pomander Bouquet – Flowers used in this arrangement are the gerbera daisies, roses and sunflowers.  You will often see this bouquet in the hands of flower girl/boy in the wedding. However, brides started carrying them in the 21st century as well. They are a more modern bouquet of flowers.  The flowers are tied together with some type of jewels.  They are held in the hand.  Florists will also use beads and ribbons to have them carried. 

Peony Bouquet – These flowers are soft to touch luxurious in shape.  Brides use this bouquet when they are wanting good luck and prosperity with their groom. These flowers come in different colors and shapes.  This arrangement is big, luxurious and lush.  This often covers both hands of the bride. This bouquet is round. 

 What is a Sunflower Wedding?

Brides choose sunflower bouquets to have a sunflower wedding.  In this wedding, the main type of flower used are the sunflower.  If the bride and groom are superstitious, they would use these types of flowers because they are the symbol of good luck, happiness and love. 

Simply Southern Bouquet – The sunflowers used in this bouquet are the dusty miller, ranunculus and wildflowers. Greenery is also put into this bouquet.  A large yellow sunflower is showcased in this bouquet and is in the front of the bride for your guests to see.  Most types of white flowers are mixed in this to make the sunflower stand out even more. 

Garden Style bouquet – The flowers used in this bouquet are the daisies, roses, zinnias and the sunflower.  A rather elegant bouquet of flowers that are often 6 sunflowers at the top of the bouquet.  Underneath the sunflowers are the roses, daisies and zinnias.  A great collection for someone that is wanting to say, “This is my wedding day.” 

Basic Stems Bouquet – This is only the sunflowers held in the hand of the bride.  It is a simple design of only the sunflowers and some greenery. This is for the bride that wants to have a simple design and a rather simple wedding. 

Captivating Rays Bouquet – The flowers used in this arrangement are the calla lilies, Limonium and sunflowers.  This arrangement makes your flowers look and appear rather yellow. Yellow greenery could surround the bouquet to let the sunflower stand out more. 

Country Chic Bouquet – Use the flowers irises, sunflowers and roses in this arrangement.  You will notice that the violet and white colors blend in well with the sunflower.  It is often tied with a wire or white bow.  Greenery also adds that extra touch to your arrangement. 

A Happy Handful Bouquet -Dahlias, sunflowers and roses are used in this arrangement.  The sunflower is always front and center in this bouquet.  The colors are all a light orange color around the sunflower.  You can also use peach.

A Single Sun – alstroemeria, sunflowers, bleeding hearts and roses are used in this arrangement.  This is my favorite because it combines many different colors with the sunflower. It stands out as having the sunflower as the focus, but other flowers giving it color all around it. 

Sunshine and Daisies – The flowers used in this are the roses, sunflowers and gerbera daisies. On top are the two sunflowers that stick out and the other surrounding flowers. Wire or ribbon of white and pink can hold these together.

Wild Blooms Bouquet – Wildflowers, lavender and sunflowers all come together in this bouquet.  Many florists will use pine branches to make all the colors stand out more. There are about 12 sunflowers bunched together in this arrangement. 

Rustic Touch – Flowers used in this are hypericum berries, sunflowers, billy balls and greenery.  This is a beautiful arrangement that often involves around 3 sunflowers and the other flowers surrounding it.  The sunflowers are put in the middle.  The billy balls make the bouquet stand out even more because they cheerfully stick out above the bouquet. 

Feathery Cascade – This is an exotic looking bouquet using flowers such as the crisped, sunflower and wildflower.  When put together, it looks completely different from anything that you have ever seen before. Even though the sunflower is the focus of the bouquet, it doesn’t overwhelm the entire bouquet.  The other flowers in the bouquet stand out as well.

Organic Whimsy Bouquet – Freesias, scabiosa pods, aster and sunflowers stand out in his bouquet. The sunflowers surround the bottom of the arrangement and this helps them to stand out amongst the other flowers.  It combines the pink, white and yellow colors more naturally. This is another brides favorite.

What Are Some Bridesmaid Bouquets?

The Rays of Sunshine – The flowers used in this arrangement are the poppies, ranunculus and roses. Vines are used to tie this bouquet together. It is a wonderful arrangement of yellow.  If your main theme color for your wedding party is yellow, then this is the way to go.

Teeny Tiny Bouquet – The flowers included in this arrangement are the bunia berries, roses, dusty miller and ranunculus.  What makes this arrangement unique is the size?  It’s often small but stands out because of the simple and yet complex looking design. 

Pink Spray Bouquet – The flowers for this bouquet are the aster, pink roses and seeded eucalyptus. The bridesmaid will be carrying this bouquet of beautiful white, peach and pink flowers.  It is elegant and classy looking.  This is great for hot weather climate weddings in Florida, California, Arizona and Las Vegas. 

Dainty Dahlias – This arrangement includes bunny tail grass, eucalyptus, dahlias and pieris japonica. This bouquet looks great if your bridesmaid is wearing a purpose or lavender colored dress. 

Red and Pink Bouquet – The flowers in this bouquet include nandina foliage, ranunculus, roses and nandina foliage.  This flower arrangement goes great for bridesmaids with bright colored dresses. Usually used with red colored gowns. 

Thistles – These flowers are often used in the fall.  This arrangement works well with blue thistle flowers.  You can also use in your arrangement white carnations, roses and tulips. 

Cabbage Bouquet – As you might have guessed, the focus of this arrangement is the cabbage plant. It is a rather large assortment of roses, daisies and greenery all bunched together. The green cabbage plant is the center focus of the floral arrangement.

Single Blooms – The flowers used in this arrangement are white anemones. This is for the bridesmaid that wants to look elegant and make everyone pay close attention to her dress.  This flower arrangement often goes well with blue dresses. 

Basket Bouquets – If the bride wants her bridesmaid to hold a basket of flowers, then this is perfect for you.  Have your bridesmaid hold an assortment of different colored blooms.

Fiddlehead Bouquet – The flowers used in this arrangement are roses, fiddlehead, peonies and hydrangea. If the bridesmaid is wearing a black or dark colored dress, this is the perfect dress for you.

Lanterns – This is great if you want something other than just flowers for your bridesmaid.  Simply take two lanterns and fill them with burgundy blooms.  Tell your florist to put olive leaves on top of the lantern.  This is an eye catcher because your guests will see this as a unique idea.  This is hardly ever used but looks incredible in photos. 

Unexpected Bouquet – A rather simple and out of the box display of creativity.  This arrangement uses the single peach anthurium and palm leaves. This is another creative idea for those living in Florida.  It’s a great way to say that you are from the Palm Beach area.

Purple and Peach Bouquet – The flowers in this arrangement are the peach colored blooms, cabbage leaves and thistles.  The white and peach colors come together well with a bridesmaid with purple and lavender dresses. 

How Much Money Do Wedding Flowers Cost?

Brides and grooms will often spend 10% of their budget on flowers.  This is an estimate of how much flowers will cost if your budget is around $30,000.

Here is a basic estimate of what your flowers will cost:

Outside Flowers – $80.00

Reception Flowers – $500.00

Boutonnieres – $100.00

Bride Bouquet – $90.00

Table Flowers – $160.00

Entryway Flowers – $150.00

Corsages – $110.00

Bridesmaid flowers – $220.00

Flowers for ceremony – $320.00

Flower girl Flowers – 70.00

Altar Flowers – $170.00

Cake Flowers – $110.00

The prices can vary when it comes to wedding flower costs.  Before visiting the florist, have a budget in mind. Are you looking to spend $2,000.00 on flowers or $20,000.00?  Your first appointment with the florist will be a complete up-sell. The florist is out to make as much money as they possibly can with you.  They will show you the most beautiful arrangements are first and then go down in costs as they see what your budget may be.  It’s best to be upfront with your budget so that you don’t waste any time. 

Brides often feel that their budget should be spent on what is most important to them. Sometimes a bride sees a famous photographer as more valuable then flowers. Others see that the flowers are the most important display besides the food. 

If you are a bride on a tight budget, you can substitute candles on the tables instead of flowers. Your guests would probably be impressed by seeing white candles on the tables.  You can often get a candle for $5.00 or less.

Many brides have started using carnations over roses because they are cheaper and often look elegant if all in white.  You can also have your florist spray painting the flowers any color that you want for your special day. 

Fall Wedding Flowers

If our wedding is in the fall months, the flowers that you should be using are:

  • Yarrow
  • Asiatic Lily
  • Dahlia
  • Purple Alstroemeria
  • Chrysanthemum, disbud
  • Rose
  • Bi-color Rose
  • Leucadendron
  • Calla Lily
  • Orange Gerbera
  • Celosia

What is a wildflower wedding?

Brides that are on a tight budget may choose to have a wildflower wedding.  This means that you are going to get your flowers from the wild.  Simply drive along the road and pick flowers as you go.  The beauty of this type of floral arrangement is that its mother nature at its best.  You get to have flower as they are naturally grown in the outdoors. 

Many flowers that grow in the wild are larkspur, asters, feverfew and daisies.  You can put wildflowers in a bouquet or simply carry a few of these in your hand with a ribbon wrapped around it.  These types of wildflowers are often for outdoor weddings and weddings that may not involve a high budget.  Your guests will think that you spent a fortune on your arrangements. Mix wildflowers with some greenery and you could be looking like a florist arranged the flowers for you.

Rustic Wedding Bouquets

Everyone loves a good country rustic wedding. If you live in Texas or another area where country living is welcomed, these types of flower arrangements are perfect for you.

The bride’s florist will often put together flowers like daisies, straw flowers and hydrangeas.  Often wood canopies are used in the alter to represent the country style of living. 

Here are some different styles that you can use:

A Bohemian Barn Wedding – Often involves bridesmaids in light green dresses. Light green and white carnations could be used for this arrangement.  It often looks beautiful when the bride comes to pose for pictures in her white dress.

Rustic Winter Wedding – If you plan on getting married in the months of November, December and January, the rustic winter wedding would work best for you. The reason is because it has a mixture of orange and white flowers. It is beautiful in color and is perfect for the bride and groom that wants to look great in the cold weather.  White roses can often be used for the bouquet. 

Country Summer Chic – June, July and August weddings need some sunflowers.  Putting floral bouquets together are great when you have a mixture of 3 sunflowers and a dozen white carnations going around them.  This is a way to tell people that you are having a summer wedding and want to have all the luck in your future. 

Summer wedding flowers often make us feel that we can look at a wedding as being something pure and wholesome. It brings family and friends together.  Large occasions let everyone know that they are part of the family and that everyone is going to have a rather good time learning about the future and what happens in life.  As you can see, the world today is full of new beginnings. 

Its important to understand that everyone around the world wants to see that they can follow the wedding desires of their hearts. It’s great to get married anytime of the year.  The bride and groom must decide on what month works best for them and always feel comfortable with your budget.  Most people don’t understand that they can boost up their efforts of getting their bridal party together to see what flowers would work best. At the end of the day, its your wedding and you must be happy with the floral arrangement that you are choosing. Make sure that you tell your friends and family what you decide to do. Many times, your family will be happy to contribute to your wedding’s costs. 

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