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What Kind of Wedding Flowers You Should Have, Based on Your Relationship

We've got recs for every couple, from the homebodies to the foodies and the world travelers.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated May 07, 2021

Fresh flowers and true love are two of life's greatest offerings—so when it comes to picking the perfect perennials for your wedding day, they should be as unique as your one-of-a-kind relationship. Narrowing down the best wedding day flowers may seem like a challenge at first. With so much inspiration and seasonal guidance, it can be hard to pick the best petals for your wedding vision and date. Luckily, we're here to help provide the best ideas for your tastes. Much like your zodiac sign or favorite movie, your relationship style can offer a lot of insight into what your wedding day should look like. Here, we're breaking down exactly what kind of wedding flowers you should have based on your relationship. Whether you and your S.O. are seasoned travelers, expert foodies or self-proclaimed homebodies, we have wedding flower ideas for everyone. Start planning your vision here, then work with your florist to create your ideal palette of blooms for your wedding day. 

The Adventurers: Wildflowers 

Always planning your next adventure? If so, you probably feel most comfortable outdoors, exploring new cities and landscapes with your S.O. You don't need lavish arrangements of formal flowers to make your big day feel special—in fact, you're probably much more enthralled with the simple beauty of wildflower clusters. If this sounds like you, wildflowers are your ideal wedding blooms. 

Work with your florist to source in-season blooms like cornflowers, poppies, daisies, daffodils and violets to give your floral design a simple and casual vibe. Weave in airy stems of baby's breath and greenery leaves to add texture and dimension. The final result will be a pretty collection of blooms you'd find sprouting in a meadow or on the side of a mountaintop—perfect for couples who love getting outside and exploring nature. 

The Comedians: Sunflowers 

As the known comedians of your friend group, you and your S.O. are full of charm and charisma. It's only fitting that your wedding flowers embody your bright personalities, so that's why your ideal blooms are sunflowers. These iconic yellow flowers thrive in late summer, making them perfect for your casual backyard wedding or early autumn nuptials. And, since sunflower petals take up a lot of space visually, you can spend less on additional flowers and greenery. 

You can certainly say "I do" in the middle of a sunflower field, but that's not your only option. There are plenty of ways to weave sunflowers into your wedding design, from your ceremony decor to reception centerpieces and even your wedding cake. Get started by browsing our roundup of creative sunflower wedding ideas that'll easily brighten up your wedding—the vibrant hues will serve as a perfect representation of your relationship. 

The Foodies: Lavender 

If you and your S.O. are all about fine dining, it only makes sense to decorate your wedding with edible flowers, like lavender. This aromatic herb has a strong flavor that pairs well with other assertive tastes like berries, citrus and mint—but it's just as memorable in its floral form too. With a rich purple hue, this versatile plant can have a presence on your wedding menu and in your venue decor. 

Whether you hold a bouquet of purple stems or say your vows in the midst of an ethereal lavender food, this unique bloom is perfect for couples willing to experiment with their wedding design. This pretty plant would pair well with fern stems, baby's breath clusters or even light purple garden roses or eucalyptus leaves. Plus, multiple clusters of this wispy perennial will give your wedding a rich aroma that'll leave guests speechless. 

The Free Spirits: Pampas Grass 

Calling all boho couples: If you're going for an earthy, laid-back wedding vibe, pampas grass is an absolute must. This dried, grassy floral is a staple of the bohemian aesthetic, making it an obvious selection for free-spirited couples. Whether your wedding theme is Coachella-inspired or you're going for a simpler, more subdued cottagecore style, clusters of pampas grass will make your venue feel like a chic desert (or pastoral) oasis. 

Start by lining your ceremony aisle with clusters of feathered pampas grass and dried palm leaves. While you can add additional plants if you desire, like muted blush roses or spiky cacti, different varieties of pampas grass will make enough of an impact on their own. Guests will be seriously impressed by your trendy taste in floral decor. 

The Homebodies: Peonies 

Home is where the heart is. If you and your S.O. are self-proclaimed homebodies, your perfect wedding flowers are peonies. Despite their external extravagance, peonies acquired the Victorian meaning of "bashfulness," making it the ideal bloom for couples who'd rather cancel their plans and curl up on the couch with takeout and a classic movie. If that sounds like you, ask your florist to decorate your wedding venue with lush clusters of delicate blush and ivory peonies. 

This pretty flower is known for its strong perfume scent and full-bodied petal shape. While spring is peak peony season, you can import this popular wedding flower at any time of the year. We love the look of a full peony bouquet, but these flowers would look just as stunning woven throughout centerpieces or adorning a wedding cake. Since peonies can be on the more expensive side, we recommend pairing them with additional romantic flowers like garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias or anemones. 

The Hopeless Romantics: Roses 

This one's a no-brainer. If you and your S.O. consider yourselves hopeless romantics, there's no doubt your wedding venue needs to be covered (yes, covered) with roses. This popular petal has long been considered a symbol of love and beauty, and it's often used to represent emotion, passion and true love. Your love story is one for the ages, so it's only fitting to decorate your space with the most romantic bloom of them all. 

There are over 3,000 varieties of commercially grown roses, and most are available year-round. Plus, they can be surprisingly affordable, giving you plenty of options for your wedding day. Start by working with your florist to weave roses into your bouquet, boutonnieres and centerpieces. To transform you wedding venue, consider investing in one or two statement installations, like a ceremony arch or a lush flower wall filled with colorful roses. And, don't forget to scatter loose petals along your ceremony aisle and any other high-traffic walkways throughout your venue. 

The Travelers: Tropical Palms 

It's only fitting for frequent fliers to have tropical flowers on their wedding day. Those always planning their next getaway might prefer to have wedding blooms with international flair, which is why tropical blooms are right for you (especially if your favorite destinations include sun, sand and waves). You don't have to whisk guests away to a flashy destination to bring the essence of the tropics to your big day. Instead, design elements like your color scheme, florals and decor can emulate your wanderlust spirit. 

Start by sourcing tropical florals like protea, hibiscus, anthurium, orchids and ranunculus. Rich hues of pink, orange, red and yellow will give your wedding day a bright, summery vibe regardless of the time of year you're saying "I do." Weave in additional varieties of greenery like monstera leaves, waxy green palms, ferns and succulents to amplify the tropical theme. Guests will feel like they've arrived at paradise when they see your impeccable taste in florals. 

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