When it comes to wedding budgets, it is rare enough to develop an extensive knowledge about flowers, let alone remember the names of your favourites.
So, we took it upon ourselves to make the decision easier for you. From anemone to thistle, we’ve made, for you a little collection so you can brush up on your knowledge of flowers before picking out your own blooms.
Check them out!
Note that the little arrows in the pictures indicate the exact kind of flower being highlighted.
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THISTLE | The distinctive shape of a thistle makes it a total stand-out stem. It has an interesting texture and is one of the few true blue florals out there. The best part? Since there’s no petals, there’s nothing to wilt, so these will last all through your wedding, no matter how hot it is.
PHOTO BY KERINSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY
LILY OF THE VALLEY | Lily of the valley has become an iconic wedding flower. Its little bell-shaped blooms are clustered close together on a vine-like stem, making it the perfect choice to offset big-headed blooms in large bouquets.
PHOTO BY CHRISTINA LILLY PHOTOGRAPHY
BLUSHING BRIDE | The pointy petals sported by this bloom are thanks to its roots in the protea family. We love the shape they add to an arrangement, and the name is just too perfect.
PHOTO BY DAN AND MELISSA PHOTOGRAPHY
SWEET PEA | These ruffly, feminine-looking petals are a popular choice because of their sweet aroma and are often paired with big-beaded blooms like hydrangea or arranged all on their own with a sweet ribbon wrap. Different colors bloom in different seasons, so check with your florist about what’s available when.
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JASMINE | Jasmine is a popular choice for romantic, whimsical bouquets because of its cascading vine structure and small white blooms (not to mention the intoxicating scent).
PHOTO BY STEVEN MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY
LISIANTHUS | The ruffled petals look similar to a rose, but the center of lisianthus is what separates it from the pack. It’s also a hardier flower, making it a great choice for warm temperatures.
PHOTO BY CATHERINE RHODES PHOTOGRAPHY
ANEMONE | This small bloom comes in a range of jewel-toned hues, but white may be its most popular color. Not to mention, it’s one of the only flowers that’s naturally black and white, making it a popular choice for black tie weddings.
PHOTO BY CASSIDY CARSON PHOTOGRAPHY
GARDEN ROSE | This sought-after rose hybrid (also know as a David Austin English rose) adds depth to a bouquet and some amazing fragrance. Its many petals are reminiscent of a peony, while the shape maintains its traditional rose demeanor.
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RANUNCULUS | Though small in size, this petal-filled flower is used in a range of different-styled bouquets. It perfectly completes a round bouquet shape, or adds a sense of whimsy to a rustic-looking arrangement. And because of its size, it makes for the perfect boutonniere bloom.
PHOTO BY REBECCA ARTHURS PHOTOGRAPHY
DAHLIA | Dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can grow to up to 10 inches in diameter or be as small as a button mum. The petals can grow in a straight, spiky fashion or in a round, tube-like shape, and the colors range from pastels to jewel tones and monochromatic combinations.
PHOTO BY AMY ARRINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY
PEONY | Maybe the most requested of all wedding flowers, the big-headed peony makes for a beautiful bouquet on its own, mixed with other flowers like ranunculus or roses, or combined with fillers like baby’s breath or greenery.
PHOTO BY BHP IMAGING
HELLEBORE | Beside a true red or blue, hellebore comes in every color. Even though it’s a smaller bloom, we love the shape its sharp petals add to a bouquet filled with rounded blooms.
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SCABIOSA | You’ve probably seen a lot of scabiosa pods recently (they shine in earthy-looking organic arrangements), but when the flower is in full bloom, it looks completely different. The seed-dotted center gives the flower an interesting architectural element that stands out among other stems.