Among the many important decisions you need to make about your wedding day, one is about the types of flowers you want in your bridal bouquet. This is not something that should be an afterthought, but an important and well-thought-out decision. After all, the bridal bouquet accompanies you all the way down the aisle to the end of the reception and into your wedding photo album. Brides carrying flowers is a tradition that dates back to ancient Greece where women carried fragrant blooms to ward off evil spirits and bad luck during their wedding. The flowers in their bouquet also symbolized good luck, fertility, and joy.
Today, many brides choose their bouquet flowers based on popular and traditional wedding blooms, their favorite color or flower, and how the bouquet fits in with the decor of the overall wedding theme. For some, the symbolism of the flowers in their bouquet is important, too. So many choices, how can you decide? To help you figure it out, here at Griffins Flowers, we’re giving you 3 important factors to consider when choosing flowers for your bridal bouquet.
Guide to Choosing Flowers for Your Bridal Bouquet
What do you want in your bridal bouquet? The most popular wedding flowers, flowers in a particular color, or flowers with symbolic significance?
1. Traditional and Most Popular Wedding Flowers
There’s a reason the same flowers are seen over and over again in bridal bouquets… and that’s because these blooms are pretty spectacular. The most popular wedding bouquet flowers are:
Roses – Naturally, the rose has long been and will continue to be a popular wedding flower. Growing in a variety of colors, its shape, fragrance, and loveliness are hard to match
Tulips – Elegant and unique, tulips add drama and old-world charm
Calla Lilies – Graceful, gorgeous, and sophisticated, Calla lilies can easily stand on their own as a bouquet of blend well with other blooms.
Lily of the Valley – Classic, timeless, bashful yet luxurious, this bloom is particularly popular with British royalty.
Hydrangeas – Lush and gorgeous, hydrangeas come in a variety of romantic hues.
Peony – Considered the quintessential wedding flower, it’s hard to not want the extravagant fluffy peony bloom in your bouquet. Its shades of pink, red, white, cream, and yellow are divine.
Ranunculus – Full of intricate, crepe-paper thin petals compacted into a medium-sized bud, ranunculus bring a lot of texture and beauty to bouquets.
2. Flowers in Your Favorite Color
Monochromatic bridal bouquets are trendy, chic, and can be absolutely stunning. Your one-color bouquet can be part of an overall color scheme of your wedding design or a singular work of art on its own. Having a variety of different flowers, shapes, and textures all in shades of a single color palette is a great way to show off your favorite color and your personality.
3. Flowers With Significant Symbolism
If you believe in luck or are just fascinated by the cultural symbolism attached to certain flowers, then include ones that symbolize good fortune, happiness, love, and wedded bliss. There is no shortage of flowers with good luck meanings, particularly for brides. A few of the best and their meanings are:
Rose – Love, Enduring Passion, Joy, Desire
Peony – Romance, Happy Marriage, Prosperity
Baby’s Breath – Unity, Long-Lasting Love
Sunflower – Loyalty, Longevity, Happiness
Dahlia – Elegance, Everlasting Bond
Lilac – First Love, Tranquility, Passion
Ranunculus – Charm, Attraction
Daisy – Friendship, Motherhood, New Beginnings
Tulip – True Love
Orchid – Love, Beauty, Luxury
Stephanotis – Happy Marriage, Travel
When choosing your flowers for your bridal bouquet, select the component most important to you, either flower type, color, or symbolic meaning, and then go from there. It’s possible to end up with a bouquet that includes your favorite flower, your favorite color, and significant meaning – now that’s the perfect bridal bouquet!