Sweet Substitutes for Popular Wedding Flowers

Every couple envisions their wedding day a little differently but nonetheless dreams of the perfect venue, decor, and flowers. Here at Griffin’s Floral Design, we do everything we can to ensure your dreams and visions are brought to life in the best way possible, even exceeding your expectations. However, sometimes the flowers we love most are pretty popular and hard to acquire, out of season, or exceed budgets. There is no need for anyone to panic or fret when this happens! With an endless amount of wedding blooms to choose from, we have created a list of beautiful alternatives for favorite flowers that offer the same flawless style.

The bride's bouquet of peonies


Beloved and coveted peonies are so romantic, soft, and luxurious that brides, grooms, and florists cannot wait to include them in centerpieces, bouquets, and other wedding floral designs. Thanks to their quality, allure, and popularity, peonies are always in high demand and can be on the pricier side of the spectrum. If peonies prove to be problematic, we recommend considering dahlias, double tulips, carnations, ranunculus, or garden roses to take their place.

Beautiful colorful dahlias flowers in woman hands close up in rustic room. Florist in linen dress hiding behind beautiful autumn bouquet. Atmospheric aesthetic image. Autumn season in countryside


Dahlias have proven themselves to be quirky, perfectly symmetrical, bold, and eye-catching wedding blooms that are also seen as elegant, sophisticated, and soft. Offering a wide range of types, styles, and colors, from graceful white to deep red, floral designers and couples are given a lot to work with when it comes to dahlias. Their favorability, however, may lead to a necessary swap for something else that is just as powerful and showstopping. Other blooms that fit this description are cremone mums, football mums, zinnias, and protea.

pink and white anemones in glass vase. Bunch pastel color. the concept of a florist in a flower shop. Wallpaper.


Airy, whimsical, elegant, yet dramatic, it is clear why anemones are another highly desired wedding flower. Whether they are a part of a bridal bouquet, centerpiece, or ceremony arrangement, these delicate beauties are sure to capture anyone’s attention. While they are loved by many, their sweet but small size and potential lack of availability will concern any florist or wedding planner. If you find yourself in need of a replacement that offers grace and charm, think about zinnias, poppies, hellebores, ranunculus, or gerbera daisies.

Bunch of fresh delphinium. Woman florist holds a bouquet of delphinium. gradient flowers from blue to purple


A dreamy pop of pastel hues from larkspur gives a fresh accent to any wedding floral design with gentle blue, pink, purple, and white tones. Their striking height and remarkable shape add stylish levels and lovely textures to any collection of elegant blooms. Based on your specific needs and desires, larkspur can be seamlessly substituted by gladioli, mattiolas, snapdragons, poppies, daisies, and anemones.

Bride holding baby breath's gypsophila bouquet , close up

Baby’s Breath 

Over the last few years, baby’s breath enjoyed its moment in the spotlight, showcasing its loose, free, simple, and rustic look and feel. As we enter a new era of trends, baby’s breath is slowly making its way out. However, couples and florists still strive to capture the same quaint and airy style but with fresh alternatives like Queen Anne’s lace, waxflower, chamomile, rice flower, Limonium, heather, and Leptospermum.

Woman in White Blouse Holding Pampas Grass. Lifestyle.Reed Plume Stem, Dried Pampas Grass, Decorative Feather Plant Arrangement for Home, Trendy Home Decor.

Pampas Grass 

On the flip side, pampas grass is a rapidly growing trend that brings a carefree, boho-chic, and classy feel to wedding flowers. We love to see accents of pampas grass paired with timeless and elegant blooms in bouquets, arrangements, and centerpieces. Since it has proven itself to be a hot commodity, it is a good idea to create a backup plan in case substitutes need to be called on. You can easily bring the same flair into your floral designs with feather reed grass, oriental feather grass, stypha grass, or muhly grass.

Wedding planning can feel overwhelming, but working with a florist who shares your vision can bring your wedding to life with minimal stress. Even as you hit roadblocks, need to pivot, or swap flowers, there is no need for sleepless nights or anxiety. The professionals here at Griffin’s Floral Design are always ready with brilliant alternatives and backup plans for problematic blooms.