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How to Choose the Best Flowers for Your Wedding

Written By Samantha ritchie 04 Mar 2019

As your florist (or future florist ;)), it’s my duty to help you choose the BEST flowers for your wedding. The ones you’ll love and admire on your wedding day, and the ones you’ll love and admire in 50 years when you’re looking back at your wedding day photos.

How to Choose the Best Flowers for Your Wedding

So, let’s get right to it! Here are my main tips for choosing the best flowers for your wedding.

First of all, you want to choose flowers that are in season.

For a spring wedding, your best bet will be flowers like scabiosa, poppy flowers, tulips, flowering branches, ranunculus, or anemone.

In the summer, lisianthus, celosia, love in a mist, zinnias, peonies (in June, especially), dahlias, and sunflowers are all beautiful choices.

For a fall wedding, some great options are dahlias, sunflowers, kale, and mums.

If you’re a brave gal that’s getting married in the winter, here are some of my favorite winter flowers:  Amaryllis and Anemone are great choices and things like hydrangea and stock are available year-round through wholesalers.

Keep in mind, those are not ALL of the best flowers for each season, but I try to recommend flowers that are popular and also grown locally!

If you need to substitute for peonies… mums, dahlias, or garden roses all make gorgeous choices. Ranunculus can be substituted for roses or lisianthus… or vice versa!

If you’ve been around for a while, you would know that I’m ALL ABOUT shopping local and using local growers.

We use farmers in Stockton and one of them was kind enough to give some feedback on this topic!

“Supporting small businesses promotes the employment of local workforces, creates a smaller carbon footprint than imported blooms, uses fewer chemicals than imported blooms, invests in the local economy, and gives you a more fresh, unique product!”, says Drew with Clara Joyce Flowers of Stockton, IL!

Depending on the style and vibe of your wedding, I think the overall design of the bouquet plays a bigger role than the individual flowers themselves. However, here are some tips to keep in mind for your specific style:

Boho: lots of unique greens, wild textures, and yummy focals like dahlias. 

Boho bouquets have various types of foliage and texture. This first picture is very wild in terms of style! Boho bouquets are not really round and "reserved". I love this style!

Country: lots of “filler flowers”: mixes of baby's breath, Queen Anne's lace, lavender, and love in a mist. These are often accompanied by zinnias and sunflowers!

Formal: Roses, peonies, calla lilies, and orchids

I hope this gives you a little more insight on how to choose wedding flowers that you’ll love and look back on for the rest of your life! If you’re ever unsure, ask your florist (aka, me! :)). It’s SO important to find a florist that you genuinely trust and vibe with - a florist that will not steer you wrong.

I love helping brides figure out what flowers will make up their “vision”! If you’re in the beginning stages of wedding planning, click on my Contact form (upper right section of this webpage!) and I’ll chat with you soon!