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Flowers Used in Wedding Bouquets

By Susan Lundman ; Updated September 21, 2017
Roses are a popular choice for bridal bouquets.

Your Wedding 101 says that “individuality is in” for wedding bouquets, giving brides free rein to choose among a wide variety of flowers. Many brides choose seasonal flowers, flowers that meet their budgets or flowers that match the colors and style of the wedding. Whatever your rationale, if you choose flowers that capture your heart, you can't go wrong.


Roses have long been a favorite flower for wedding bouquets. With over 120 varieties available, roses come in an assortment of colors, sizes and prices. According to The Knot, the rose’s symbolic meaning plays a large part in its popularity. For hundreds of years, roses have conveyed feelings of love and beauty. Choose easily available and inexpensive hybrid tea roses, smaller spray roses, or lush and fragrant old-fashioned roses.

Baby's Breath

The small, white springs among the roses are baby's breath.

Baby's breath, or gypsophila, is frequently used to fill out a wedding bouquet. It has hundreds of tiny white flowers arranged in a billowy, spray arrangement. Baby's breath provides a contrast to flowers in other colors. It is long-lasting and inexpensive as well.

Calla Lilies

Calla lilies make an elegant bouquet.

Long-stemmed, trumpet-shaped calla lilies offer an exotic and sophisticated effect in wedding bouquets; miniature varieties for boutonnieres are also available. According to The Knot, calla lilies symbolize magnificent beauty. Choose from pure white, cream ivory, yellow, orange, pink or purple.


Shades of pink and a yellow center give this chrysanthemum a dramatic appeal.

Chrysanthemums are used in wedding bouquets for their durability, availability in a wide assortment of colors, inexpensive price and dramatic shapes. Varieties range from button pompoms with globe-shaped flowers, to cushion chrysanthemums with tiered rays of petals up to 3 inches long, to spider chrysanthemums, also with rays of petals with a raised center. Many chrysanthemums have multicolored blossoms, with yellows and pinks or greens and whites blended together.


Imagine a wedding bouquet with three, large hydrangeas.

For a dramatic, springtime flower, choose large hydrangeas in shades of pink, blue, white, green or purple. Hydrangeas are moderately priced and are long lasting in a bouquet. Because they are large, only one or two flowers can fill out a bouquet.

Lily of the Valley

Dainty lily of the valley contrasts well with larger flowers.

Every bouquet needs small filler flowers to contrast and showcase larger blooms. Lily of the valley serves this purpose well, with very small, bell-shaped flowers dangling from graceful green stems. They are plentiful in the spring and while available during the rest of the year, are more expensive off-season. Most often seen in the white variety in wedding bouquets, they are also available in a dark pink variety.


About the Author


Susan Lundman began writing about her passions of cooking, gardening, entertaining and recreation after working for a nonprofit agency, writing grants and researching child development issues. She has written professionally for six years since then. Lundman received her M.A. from Stanford University.