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10 of the most Popular Flowers for Weddings


Having trouble choosing your blooms? Here’s our list of 10 most popular wedding flowers

You can’t have an iconic wedding without a plethora of flowers! You will want your blooms to be perfect on your big day and I’m sure you’re asking yourself a tonne of questions such as ‘what are popular bouquet flowers?’ and ‘what are the most common wedding flowers?’. You want to pick a flower that is relatively low maintenance, goes with your colour scheme and of course, looks divine for both yourself and the bridesmaids.

If you’re thinking that you don’t even know where to start, then don’t worry! As we have put together a list of the 10 most popular flowers for weddings, so you can narrow down your choices before you even walk into the florists. Ettington Chase is a wedding venue based in Warwickshire and we have hosted thousands of weddings in our stunning manor house. We have seen traditional indoor weddings as well as bohemian outdoor weddings with greenery, succulents and tepee tents, so we know a thing or two when it comes to popular wedding flower types

Most popular wedding flowers

Let’s get started on our exclusive list of 10 most popular flowers for weddings…


most popular flowers for weddings rose

We’re starting with the obvious choice and probably one of the most common flowers for weddings. The Rose is a staple flower and symbolises love and beauty – the perfect choice when marrying the love of your life. Romantic poets and writers have used the rose for thousands of years as a metaphor for passion and true love.

You can opt for the timeless and classic red rose, however there are hundreds of varieties of roses, all different colours, shapes and sizes. This means that this popular wedding flower is available all year round and goes with almost any theme you choose. There are 3 main types of roses that are commonly used for weddings and these are hybrid tea roses, spray roses and garden roses.


most common flowers for weddings peonies

Another wonderful choice on our list of popular flowers for weddings is peonies. The bright and vibrant flower makes it a perfect choice for a summer wedding. However, peonies are unfortunately one of the most expensive wedding flowers you can opt for and are best suited for those with a bigger budget. If you are desperate to have these stunning flowers, think about having a centrepiece of peonies on the head table of the wedding, or just your bouquet and have a different choice for your bridesmaids.

Traditionally coming in shades of pink, white or red, these extravagant flowers are sure to dazzle. You can also find them in shades of coral, mahogany and yellow although this is less common. There are two main types of peony and these are the herbaceous and the tree peony.


popular wedding bouquet flowers

Ideal for spring, summer and fall, ranunculus are a budget-friendly and cheaper alternative to roses or peonies. This common type of wedding flower comes in a variety of colours and sizes so you will find a style to match your colour scheme. Commonly used as accents of a bouquet and not the star of the show, these complimentary flowers are beautiful, yet simple.

They are also often used by the groom and ushers as a boutonnière due to the cost-effectiveness and colour variety. The closely formed petals make for a striking display and look great paired with almost any other wedding flower type.


most common wedding flowers tulip

Next on our list of popular flowers for weddings is of course the tulip! Tulips are highly associated with the Netherlands but is actually a native of Persia. This popular type of wedding flower symbolises happy years and consuming love, making it an appropriate choice for a wedding. There is so much more variety than what you can imagine with a tulip.

You can choose from fringed tulips, double tulips, Rembrandt tulips and so many more! They also come in a wide range of hues, so whether you prefer subtle pastels or vibrant reds, orange and purples, the tulip will be sure to have a shade you will fall in love with. They are also suitable for almost any wedding arrangement such as bouquet, boutonnière and table centrepieces.


popular wedding flowers hydrangea

Classically seen in shades of blue or white, hydrangeas can also be found in shades of pale pink and burgundy. These beautiful flowers scream femininity and elegance with their shape resembling a beating heart. Their voluminous blooms make them a popular choice and are moderately priced.

Often used as a striking bouquet, some type of hydrangeas can actually change colour from pale pink to sky blue, depending on the acid level of the soil. Hydrangeas are for sure one of the most popular wedding flowers and are well known to be common in the industry. Your florist will be able to pair with shrub flowers to fill out the bouquet and make something truly breath-taking.


popular wedding flower types gardenia

Gardenias are native to Southern Asia and Japan and represent elegance, grace and beauty. These common wedding flowers have no stem, so is a popular choice for wedding table centrepieces. Simply fill up a glass bowl with water and have them floating in the middle of the table.

A single gardenia is also a popular choice for corsages and hair accessories. The ivory petals surrounded by the deep green leaves make for a striking appearance and is perfect for bohemian style weddings. They also look wonderful if you opt to have a flower crown!


most popular wedding flowers orchid

Orchids are a timeless classic. Often used as a popular choice of houseplant, Orchids are also one of the more popular flowers for weddings. Coming in different pastel shades, these wedding flowers look wonderful as an accent to the bridal bouquet.

The tropical plant, often found in southern Central America, northwest South America and countries that lie along the Andes Mountains, means that these gorgeous flowers are perfect for a beachy wedding.

Calla Lilly

popular wedding flowers calla lillies

Calla Lillie’s are trumpet-shaped blooms originating from Africa and will add a sleek and modern twist to your arrangement. Their long stems will certainly make a statement and will leave your guests looking twice! You can also use these dazzling flowers as a centrepiece by placing in a tall vase.

The two most common types of the calla lily are a large-headed lily with a long stem or a cute miniature version ideal for boutonnières. You can get calla lilies’ in yellow, ivory, orange, mauve and dark purple – ideal for a winter wedding.

Sweet Pea

common wedding flower types sweet pea

Sweet peas are well…sweet. The cute and popular wedding flower type is loved all around the world due to its dainty leaves and translucent petals. Symbolising lasting pleasure, the delicate flower looks fantastic on its own or as an accent to a bolder flower such as the Calla Lilly.

This favourite is commonly used for brides as well as bridesmaids and is available in many colours such as subtle whites, to intense pinks and daring purples. Blooming in the spring, these flowers make for a popular choice when having an outdoor wedding and are perfect if you want something a bit more subtle.


popular flowers for weddings anemone

Finally, but certainly not least on our list of popular flowers for weddings is anemone. Usually black and white, these flowers are graphic, striking and perfect for the modern bride. If you are looking to make a dramatic statement, then anemone is the choice of wedding flower for you.

The bold black centre looks striking up against the white petals and makes for a great non-traditional choice. Available from winter through spring, these make for great wedding flowers all year round.

Popular Flowers for Weddings

It’s pretty clear that you don’t have to be an expert to choose the best wedding flowers for your big day. With thousands of flowers to choose from, we understand why it might seem daunting at first, especially of the pressure of wanting to make the right choice. However, we hope this list of popular flowers for weddings has been useful and you have now been able to narrow down your choice to a select few. To quickly recap the 10 most popular wedding flowers are:

  1. Rose
  2. Peony
  3. Ranunculus
  4. Tulip
  5. Hydrangea
  6. Gardenia
  7. Orchid
  8. Calla Lillies
  9. Sweet Pea
  10. Anemone

We’re sure that you still have lots of questions regarding your wedding flowers such as ‘how much is a bouquet of flowers for a wedding?’, ‘What are the uncommon types of wedding flowers?’, or ‘what is the best flower for a wedding bouquet?’. We are happy to answer all of your questions, so get in touch about your special day and we’ll give you all the help we can! Or, if you are looking for more flower bouquet ideas, head over to Pinterest for some truly stunning flower arrangements.

Ettington Chase is the perfect venue for indoor and outdoor weddings. Our gorgeous manor house makes for the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs, so if you’re looking for a wedding venue around Warwickshire, then speak to our dedicated wedding coordinators today and book a viewing. Alternatively, browse our wedding packages.

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