Pretty Wedding Bouquets — What’s Really Inside Them

by Libby MacCarthy
bright pink anemone bouquet | Lauren Fair Photography |

You've picked your colors, theme and venue…now it's time to choose the flowers.

Flowers make up a huge part of your wedding's decor, whether you choose a few simple stems of brightly colored poppies or decide to go for over-the-top garlands of lush white hydrangeas. But where to start? Chances are you're not a florist and can't name every flower species by heart — and that's totally OK (that's why you're hiring a pro after all!). Your florist will work with your budget to help you figure out all the particulars and find the perfect combination of blooms.

But to get you up to speed before you start talking varietals, we'll be breaking down a bouquet for you each week, giving you the low-down on each and every flower, so that when you're ready to meet your florist you'll know what's up. (And don't forget to check out our tips on how to save on your wedding flowers here!)

Our first bouquet comes from Rose and Will's colorful 1920's glam wedding at the Kimmel Center in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. Keep reading to see what went into Rose's gorgeous bouquet!

bright pink anemone bouquet | Lauren Fair Photography |

Bouquet from the album: A Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rose's bouquet is rich in both color and texture. A mix of dark and light colors is both eye-catching and dramatic. The bouquet also mixes a wide variety of blooms for a textured, full effect.

Here's what went into the bouquet:


This unique flower is a relative of the peony and ranunculus and is known for its standout center and vibrant magenta, red, and purple hues. And whether you choose crisp white or a rich shade of purple, adding anemones into your bouquet's mix are an easy way to add drama and variety.

Anemones are available from November to May, but primarily peak in spring.

Colors: White, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy

Scent: None

Price range: $


Dahlias are becoming increasingly popular in wedding bouquets (we've been seeing them crop up everywhere lately!). They're great for adding texture to your bouquet, plus there are so many varieties to choose from, like the pom pom, the cactus and the decorative, just to name a few. Each variety has it's own unique look that can work with almost any style.

Season: Dahlias are available in summer to early fall.

Colors: White, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple

Scent: Spicy

Cost: $

Sweet Pea:

These wispy blooms are an old-fashioned favorite. They're surprisingly rugged and will give your bouquet a lovely, sweet scent.

Season: Sweet Pea is available between November and June.

Colors: White, cream, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

Scent: Intense, sweet fragrance

Cost: $-$$


Because of their accessibility, roses can be surprisingly affordable, which is why they are one of the most popular wedding flowers. Three main types of roses are likely candidates for your wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses, spray roses, and garden roses.

Season: Roses are available all year-round!

Colors: White, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender

Scent: None to intense, depending on the variety

Cost: $-$$ (Be prepared to pay more for garden roses — not only are they larger than standard roses, they aren't mass produced like the more standard rose varieties.)


The peony is another wedding bouquet heavy hitter. The blooms are lush, full and offer a sweet scent and come in a variety of colors. Peonies are available in two main types: the herbaceous and the tree peony (the latter flowers do not last as long when cut).

Season: Peonies are available in spring, but a scentless, imported variety can also available in fall and winter.

Colors: White, cream, peach, pink, burgundy

Scent: Sweet and mild to very aromatic

Cost: $-$$ (Price is also dependent upon season — if you're getting married in November but can't imagine your bouquet without a few peonies, be aware of the added cost)

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