Didn't major in botany? That's okay. When it comes to finding the most popular wedding flowers, the search can get a little overwhelming. And remember, you don't have to be a flower expert to know which blooms you like, and which you don't.
There's a reason why this is a romantic event staple, and certainly a very popular wedding flower. Gorgeous and a bit of a splurge, this flower lets you know that something special is happening. Available in a virtual rainbow of colors, the rose pairs well with any other flower and can help create luscious, full wedding centerpieces. It also is a bit sturdier than some blooms, so they do very well in boutonnieres, corsages, and highly-sculptured arrangements. Thought to symbolize love, roses make not just a beautiful statement, but also a meaningful one.
Not a tiny flower, stems of hydrangea can quickly fill up any wedding bouquet or centerpiece. Although there are several shades, florists mainly use these flowers to create texture and volume in their work. They are also highly flexible in theme and style. Hydrangea can make tall and expensive centerpieces seem even more magical, or add a sweet touch to glass jars on a rustic table. And perhaps most handy for allergy sufferers, this flower doesn't tend to cause as many problems as other flowers.
The go-to flower for nuptials in tropical settings, the orchid is more than just a destination wedding staple. You can see why orchids symbolically represent charm and beauty. These delicate flowers are available in several varieties, in shades of green, white, and purple. Mostly used in weddings using a traditional or modern theme, orchids can be gorgeous in full arrangements or minimalist-style single stems.
Symbolizing happiness, there may be no more relevant flower for a wedding than the peony. Full of soft, fluffy petals, peonies have become the new wedding flower staple. Although they can be spendy per stem, their size helps to fill out a bouquet or centerpiece. For weddings with a really pale palette, peonies are a perfect option because of all the texture they lend to light colored arrangements. For those of you who love fragrant flowers, peonies smell delicious. But if you are a little scent-sensitive, you may want to find another bloom to use for the majority of your decor and bouquets.
When it comes to modern weddings, perhaps no flower makes more of a statement than the anemone. These flowers feature a dark center and softly colored petals. The most popular for weddings are white and blush anemones. Their unique shape almost seems like something out of an illustration, giving them a whimsical, but striking, quality. When paired with other flowers, they are particularly fetching with rounder, softer blooms, like peonies and ranunculus.
Carnations are one of those flowers that you either love or hate. They are very affordable and come in a staggering amount of colors. Because of their sturdy nature, these flowers are often used to create floral decor elements like flower balls or back drops. Carnations have a ruffled texture, which adds a nice texture to vintage wedding centerpieces alongside roses. In fact, if you love a monochromatic look, but can't afford a centerpiece entirely composed of roses, stretching your budget by substituting in a few carnations is a smart option.
Available in many varieties and even more colors, the simple daisy is a beautiful, traditional wedding flower. Nothing quite beats the homespun charm of daisies, especially for rustic and vintage affairs. Associated with themes of innocence and purity, it has been an extremely popular choice for bridal bouquets for centuries. Whether you prefer the technicolor rainbow of Gerbera and Shasta daisies, or the classic white and yellow, daisies are low-maintenance and lovely.
Sometimes confused with roses and peonies, ranunculus is a gorgeous, romantic flower perfect for wedding arrangements. They are not as common as carnations or roses, so make sure you check into whether or not they will be readily available at your local florist (they are typically "in season" from late spring to mid-summer). Although they are most often seen in their paler shades, they are also available in bolder colors like red and orange. We love ranunculus paired with other flowers, but because they are such a sweetly-shaped bloom they are also stunning solo.
Once thought to be little more than the "filler" in delivered flowers, baby's breath is now making a total comeback. Over the last year, one of the biggest floral trends we've seen is the emergence of baby's breath as a bouquet and wedding flower standard. And it's easy to see why. First of all, it's a really pretty, very tiny flower. Bridesmaids will love carrying this lightweight bouquet down the aisle. Second, baby's breath is very budget-friendly. So, large wedding centerpieces filled to the brim with this flower will be both affordable and chic. And when does that ever happen?
So, I hate playing favorites, but I can't hide it. I think succulents are just divine. Once relegated only to Southwest weddings, this desert plant now makes appearances in fashionable centerpieces of just about every wedding theme, from homespun to posh. Succulents add amazing texture and are extremely durable. Because they don't need too much sun or water, you can find succulents available year-round. And as a bonus, they not only make a great addition to cut arrangements, but are also beautiful left potted (either in centerpieces or small favors).