A Complete Guide to Wedding Flower Ideas

Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and match your color palette isn’t always easy—especially if you don’t know a dahlia from a daisy. Here’s everything you need to know about the most popular wedding flowers (cost, season, meanings and color choices), plus hundreds of photos of each bloom in bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres from real weddings you can show your florist and use for inspiration.

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Alstroemeria (Also Known as Peruvian Lily)

These flowers have small, bright blooms that grow in clusters and often have freckled petals. They’re best used as a backdrop to primary flowers (but make a lovely and cost-effective bouquet).

Season: year-round

Colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lavender, purple, flecked

Scent: none

Inspiration: The size and structure of this bloom are ideal for a boutonniere, and the subtle patterns on the petals are enough to be noticed but still fly under the radar.

See more alstroemeria photos from real weddings.

Amaryllis

Brides desiring maximum impact may choose this impressive flower, which features two to five large, trumpet-shaped blossoms that open in succession at the top of its extra-long stalk. Grown from a bulb, the amaryllis originated in the tropical rainforests of Africa and South America and is now available in white, pale yellow, pale green, pink, salmon and red. Very rare and expensive, these flowers are long-lasting and offer a lot of drama with just a few stems.

Season: November–April

Colors: white, yellow, green, pink, red, burgundy

Scent: none (belladonna variety has a mild sweet fragrance)

Meaning: splendid beauty, pride

Inspiration: The light pink hue is a true coral color, making it the perfect addition to a pretty summer wedding bouquet.

See more amaryllis photos from real weddings.

Anemone

Greek mythology has two legends about the anemone. These jewel-toned flowers were said to have sprung up from the blood that was shed by Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, when he died. The ancient Greeks also believed that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, favored the bloom, hence its other name: windflower. Though unscented, this relative of the peony and ranunculus is sought after for its vibrant magenta, red and purple hues. Just a few bright blooms breathe color into bouquets and arrangements.

Season: November–May; primarily spring

Colors: white, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy

Scent: none

Meaning: expectation

Inspiration: Planning a black and white wedding? You’ll have white blooms a plenty, but there are very few black varieties. Look to white anemones with black centers for some contrast in your florals.

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