After picking out the engagement rings, there are many other big things to consider–like the gown, the cake, and, of course, the flowers. ¬†Virtually all weddings have flowers of some sort and when it comes time for you to tie the knot, you may want to put some consideration into what the best flowers for you are. Many flowers have come to have specific meanings as they’ve been traditionally used in matrimonial ceremonies over the centuries. Other considerations include what kind of scent you want at your wedding, what kind of feel you want, and of course if you want to be traditional or unique. Here are some of the top floral options for any type of wedding.

Roses The Rose. Yes, of course, it’s perhaps known as the most romantic flower and any Valentine’s Day seems naked without it. Long known as a symbol of beauty and love, roses have been used by writers, musicians and poets as a symbol of romance throughout the ages. There is also a multitude of color options available when considering roses. For weddings, you will want to consider either hybrid tea roses (the type you normally see at your local florist), spray roses (a type with five to ten heads on each stem), and garden roses (old-fashioned and expensive, with open heads and marvelous scents).
Ranunculus Ranunculus. Perhaps you’re on a significant budget and want a cost-effective alternative to roses and peonies…they try the ranunculus (admittedly an unflattering name). This relative of the buttercup, was first found in the thirteenth century by Westerners travelling through Asia. This is a mild-scented flower with several blossoms featuring fern-like foliage.
Hydrangeas Hydrangeas. Amongst the Victorians, the hydrangea represented vanity. It comes in spectacular shades of purple, pink, blue and burgundy. Hydrangeas are known for their vibrant colors, changing from pink to sky blue depending on the acid level of the soil. Hydrangeas are virtually scentless shrub and can be used to fill out bouquets and boutonnieres.
Tulips The Tulip. Often associated with the Netherlands, this flower is actually a native of Persia. The tulip is often associated with “happy years” and “consuming love” and therefore can be a great wedding flower choice. Tulips come in a variety of colors, including cream and pastel colors, like pink, yellow or peach, and also vibrant colors like magenta and purple. Tulips come in three varieties: Dutch tulips (the type you’ll most often find at the florist), French tulips (more expensive and elegant variations, which come with longer stems and tapered blooms), and Parrot tulips (known for their striped petals in vibrant colors).
Peonies Peonies. The perfect wedding flower for a strong and beautiful scent. Oddly enough, peonies signified “bashfulness” amongst the Victorians. The peony is available in two main types: the herbaceous peony and the tree peony. The flowers of the tree peony don’t last as long when cut. The flower was cultivated for nearly a thousand years in Asia before being further cultivated in France.
Sweet peas Sweet Peas. No, not the vegetable–these candy-like scented and ruffled blossoms, signify “lasting pleasure”. Sweet peas were first brought from Sicily to England in 1699. Sweet peas are actually an old-fashioned tradition for the bouquets of a bride and her bridesmaids. This flower also comes in a wide array of colors, including vibrant pinks and purples.
lily of the valley Lily of the Valley. These beautiful flowers are otherwise known as “the ladder to heaven”. They emit a fresh, perfumed scent that is truly the essence of Spring. It is linked to the goddess of Springtime in Norse mythology and is typically most widely used during the Spring season. Lilies of the Valley can be somewhat expensive, so it may be a good idea to use them sparingly by placing a few in a bouquet for the scent. They also come in a pricey, but very rare rosy-pink.
stephanotis Stephanotis. Want a flower that symbolizes “marital happiness”? Then look no further than the dainty white stephanotis. It features star-shaped white, waxy flowers growing on a vine. Many brides actually carry a bouquet of stephanotis blossoms, and this flower is moderately-priced and available year-round.
gardenia Gardenia. These sultry flowers provide a heavy and lustrous scent. They were discovered in 1754 by an English sea man who brought them back from South Africa as a souvenir. A single gardenia can make a beautiful corsage. They are often also seen delicately floating in a bowl of water, which can add a nice and unusual touch to any wedding floral arrangement. The delicate, cream ivory petals bruise easily, so they should be handled with care. They also come in two varieties of different size–large 3-to-4 inch blossoms or miniature variations.
Lisianthus. Coming in primarily violet and purple shades, the lisianthus is often mistaken for a rose. The flower holds connotations of “hope” and “inspiration”– or at least that’s what it symbolized in the symbolism-heavy Victorian era. Also comes in shades of white with lovely green leaves and is often incorporated into wedding bouquets.
Orchids Orchids. There are a number of different types of orchids and several different kinds used at weddings. The Cymbidium Orchid is probably the most popular. This type is equipped with large heads and comes in shades of white, yellow, pink and pale green. Cymbidium orchids are also some of the most wilt-resistant orchids and can be a lovely and exotic alternative to the standard fare of roses and rose-like flowers.
Calla Lily Calla Lily. This is an elegant trumpet-shaped blossom, which originated in Africa, and is said to symbolize “magnificent beauty”. Often represented in Art Deco and Art Nouveau works because of its distinctive form. The calla Lily comes in two types: a large-headed variety with a long and smooth stem (great for tall arrangements or bouquets), and a miniature version (which is often used for boutonnieres). Not many people know that calla lilies come in colors other than cream ivory. For those wanting a more unique feel for their wedding floral arrangements, calla lilies also come in yellow, mauve-pink, orange, and dark purple.
Casablanca Lily Casablanca Lily. These flowers are perfect for large wedding flower arrangements and are extremely fragrant. These flowers also fit modern and traditional situations quite well. Exhibiting three-to-five flowers per stem and considered a romantic and dramatic flower throughout the ages, these flowers were first used by the Ming Dynasty of China.
Daisy Daisy. This affordable flower never loses it’s simple, down-home appeal. Symbolizing new growth and fresh air, daisies can easily be incorporated into wedding arrangements because of their lovely white petals. Daisies also come in other colors, such as yellow, pink and purple for those who want to steer on the less traditional route.
White Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum. This is a well-known white flower and popular for wedding bouquets and corsages. It also comes in other colors, although white is generally preferred for weddings. Fall weddings might also want to consider combining chrysanthemums with vibrant yarrow, baby’s breath and small fern branches for a festive feel.

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