Three Things to Consider Before Choosing Flowers for Your Bridal Bouquet

One of the most important steps in planning your wedding is choosing the flowers that will be in your bridal bouquet. There are so many beautiful blooms and colors and designs….it’s hard to know where to begin. But, if you start by breaking down what’s most important to you about the flowers you want in your bouquet, whether you’re set on a particular favorite flower, a favorite color, or flowers with symbolic significance, then it’s easy to go from there. Here at Marco Island Florist, our floral design experts break it down to help you choose the flowers that are best for you and your wedding.   

Bridal bouquet with roses and peonies

How to Choose Flowers for Your Bridal Bouquet

Here are three factors to keep in mind when deciding on the types of flowers you want in your bridal bouquet.

1. Traditional and Most Popular Wedding Flowers 

Some flowers have become staples in weddings and bridal bouquets over the years due to their stunning beauty. The top seven most popular flowers commonly used are:

Roses –  Roses and weddings go together like peanut butter and jelly. This popular flower has been a wedding mainstay in weddings for most of the most era. Available year-round and in a wide assortment of colors, the beautiful and fragrant rose is versatile and beloved.

Tulips – With bold colors and a unique shape, tulips add passion and old-world charm.

Calla Lilies – Elegant and sophisticated, Calla lilies are striking in bouquets with other flowers or just by themselves, too. 

Lily of the Valley – Delicate, classic, and timeless, these dainty white flowers are popular with British royalty. 

Hydrangeas – Beautiful, bountiful, and lush, hydrangeas come in a selection of soft, romantic hues.

Peony – A much-desired wedding flower, the peony is a lush, bulbous, fluffy bloom that comes in gorgeous shades of pink, red, cream, white, and yellow.  

Ranunculus – A compact bud full of paper-thin petals encircling each other, the ranunculus is popular for its texture, intrigue, and delightful layers.

Bridal bouquet in hues of peach


2. Flowers in Your Favorite Color

A bridal bouquet composed of flowers all the same color, or shades of that color, is chic, trendy, and absolutely stunning. Monochromatic bouquets work well as a unique focal point that contrasts wonderfully with the wedding dress or pulls together the overall color scheme of the wedding. Options are having a single bloom in the same color, like a bunch of purple Calla Lilies, or having a variety of flowers in the same color palette but with different shapes, textures, and sizes for dimension and movement. 

Bridal bouquet with roses, dahlias, and lily of the valley


3. Flowers With Significant Symbolism

If love the idea of carrying flowers with a rich symbolic history, then you’ll want to select those that represent good fortune, enduring love, and wedded bliss. Luckily, there are quite of few to choose from. 

Rose – Symbolizes Love, Passion, Joy, and Desire

Peony – Symbolizes Romance, Happy Marriage, and Prosperity

Baby’s Breath – Symbolizes Unity and Long-Lasting Love

Sunflower – Symbolizes Loyalty, Happiness, Health, and Longevity

Dahlia – Symbolizes Elegance and an Everlasting Bond

Lilac – Symbolizes First Love, Tranquility, and Passion

Ranunculus – Symbolizes Charm and Attraction

Daisy – Symbolizes Friendship, Motherhood, and New Beginnings

Tulip – Symbolizes True Love

Lily of the ValleySymbolizes Motherhood, Purity, and Sweetness

Orchid – Symbolizes Love, Beauty, and Luxury

Stephanotis – Symbolizes Happy Marriage and Desire to Travel

Bridal bouquet of purple Calla lilies

Now that you know a little more about popular and symbolic flowers, the first decision you need to make is deciding what you want most – a bridal bouquet full of gorgeous traditional wedding flowers, a bouquet of flowers in your favorite color, or a bouquet with florals that have symbolic meaning. It’s possible to have a combination of all three. Once you’ve decided which flowers you must have in your bridal bouquet, then your florist can design a bridal bouquet that reflects your personality and desires.