Here Are the 65 Most Popular Wedding Flowers of All Time

Plus, a look at go-to foliage options to complement your dream blooms.
Hannah Nowack The Knot Weddings Editor
by Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Editor, Real Weddings
  • Hannah writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on real wedding coverage.
  • Hannah oversees engagement content on The Knot's partner brand How They Asked.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Hannah was the Social Media Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Updated Oct 07, 2021

It's easy to spend hours upon hours scrolling through beautiful images of wedding bouquets for wedding flower inspiration. And while roses are clearly the all-time most popular choice of flower for weddings, other types of flowers can sometimes be harder for to-be-weds to readily identify. In addition to bringing inspiration images to your wedding florist for a consultation, it's a great idea to have an idea of the types of flowers you'd love to see incorporated into your arrangements. To help you do just that, we've gathered a list of the most popular flowers for weddings, plus a look at popular foliage and greenery varieties. As you scroll through the below inspiration, make sure to note which botanicals pique your interest and could complement the wedding aesthetic you have in mind.

While this list is proof that there are plenty of beautiful flower varieties you could utilize at your wedding, it's important to consult your wedding florist early in the planning process about what types of flowers are available year-round as opposed to ones that may only be available during a short growing season. Some flowers may be readily accessible for a spring wedding but harder to procure for a winter wedding.

In addition to keeping seasonality in mind, your wedding theme and color palette are other factors that will affect which flower varieties make sense for your big day. For example, if you're planning a rustic summer wedding or fall wedding in the mountains, garden roses or wildflowers may be a better choice than calla lilies for the wedding day floral arrangements. Moreover, some flowers come in a variety of colors, making them incredibly versatile, while others only grow in limited colorways. Ultimately, the florist you hire for your wedding will be able to take the inspiration you share and help you settle on ideal flower varieties that will bring your dreams to life.

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According to The Knot research, these 15 beautiful types of flowers are the most popular and commonly used varieties for wedding flower arrangements, from wedding bouquets and boutonnieres to reception centerpieces. Roses take the top spot, but any of these top 15 blooms would look beautiful in your big-day arrangements.

1. Rose

From spray roses to garden roses, there are a plethora of rose varieties to fit nearly any style of wedding.

2. Ranunculus

A standard ranunculus is seen here, but butterfly ranunculus, which has a more open petal structure, is another popular variety.

3. Peony

An especially popular variety of peony is the coral charm peony, identifiable by the bloom's yellow center.

4. Dahlia

Cactus and pompon dahlias are two especially popular varieties.

5. Calla Lily

Known for their trumpet-like shape, calla lilies are an iconic option for glam couples. They work especially well in bouquets for to-be-weds who want a long-stemmed option.

6. Gardenia

Gardenias are a great choice for personal arrangements, like boutonnieres and corsages, because they smell divine.

7. Orchid

Dendrobium orchids are one of the most popular varieties of this eye-catching bloom.

8. Protea

A king protea is seen here, but pincushion proteas are another popular variety.

9. Lilac

Similar in appearance to hydrangeas, lilac is a great option for purple-loving couples.

10. Lily of the Valley

Also known as andromeda, this petite bloom is the preferred choice of British royals.

11. Anemone

Anemones are a delicate flower that comes in a variety of colorways and is easily identifiable by its black center.

12. Tulip

Fringe tulips, which feature fringed edges as their name suggests, are a fun and unique variety of the iconic bloom.

13. Baby's Breath

Baby's breath was long used as simply a filler, but in recent years more and more florists have taken to using the fluffy white flower to create dramatic installations.

14. Carnation

Carnations are a budget-friendly option that is hearty enough to be used in a variety of ways.

15. Sweet Pea

Sweet peas are a delicate flower but their unique shape makes them totally irresistible.

While the 15 types of flowers listed above are time-and-again the most popular choice for nuptials, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing blooms for your big day. Take a peek at an alphabetical list of 50 other wedding flowers that couples also love to include in their wedding floral arrangements.

1. Alstroemeria

2. Amaranthus

3. Amaryllis

4. Anthurium

5. Astilbe

6. Astrantia

7. Black-Eyed Susan

8. Bougainvillea

9. Camellia

10. Celosia (Cockscomb)

11. Cherry Blossom

12. Chamomile

13. Chrysanthemum

14. Clematis

15. Corn Flower

16. Cosmo

17. Craspedia (Billie Ball)

18. Daisy

19. Delphinium (Larkspur)

20. Dogwood

21. Flannel Flower

22. Forsythia

23. Foxglove

24. Goldenrod

25. Hellebore

26. Hyacinth

27. Hydrangea

28. Iris

29. Lavender

30. Lisianthus

31. Marigold

32. Muscari

33. Narcissus Paperwhite

34. Nasturtium

35. Passionflower

36. Plumeria

37. Poinsettia

38. Poppy

39. Pansy

40. Queen Anne's Lace

41. Scabiosa

42. Stephanotis

43. Stock

44. Sunflower

45. Thistle

46. Tweedia

47. Veronica

48. Wax Flower

49. Yarrow

50. Zinnia

While some couples choose bouquets or centerpieces that are 100% floral, most to-be-weds opt to include some filler in their designs. These varieties of foliage and greenery are common go-to options that you're sure to love.

1. Air Plant

2. Bunny's Tail

3. Cactus

4. Dusty Miller

5. Eucalyptus

6. Fern

7. Hops

8. Hypericum

9. Lunaria

10. Magnolia

11. Monstera

12. Palm

13. Pampas Grass

14. Ruscus

15. Smilax

16. Succulent

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