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There's a reason why wedding flowers have become, to many brides and grooms, the most important aspect of their nuptials. Sure, fresh and fashionable blooms can get pricey, but the romance and atmosphere they provide is well worth it. The type of flower you choose to dominate your floral arrangements, from the bridal bouquet and boutonnieres to the table centerpieces, often sets the tone for your wedding style. Roses, for example, are a wedding tradition, and indicate a formal wedding. If you choose anemones as your floral focal point, however, you may be a more funky and modern bride.
Either way, it's important to select a bloom that not only fits with your overall aesthetic, but one that is also in season. Doing so, and allowing only one species of blossoms to dominate the arrangements, will unify all parts of the wedding day. For example, some of the most popular spring wedding flowers include: tulips, lilacs, poppies, peonies, and ranunculuses.
With these, and so many other gorgeous buds and blooms out there, the choices can get overwhelming! How do you know which one suits you and your wedding best? If you're planning a spring wedding, or just want to know what type of flower fits your personality, take our quiz and find out which you should include in your big day!
Pick a wedding venue
a. Outdoor tent
d. Yacht club
What will be the main hue in your wedding color palette?
How would you describe your wedding style?
Which is your most marked personality trait?
Where is your dream honeymoon destination?
a. Costa Rica
What is your favorite rom-com?
a. (500) Days of Summer
b. Sleepless in Seattle
c. Moonrise Kingdom
d. 13 Going on 30
e. Love Actually
If you picked mostly a's: You should pick poppies.
Hello, Ms. Personality! Poppies, with their bright red color and distinctive black eye, symbolize extravagance. These vibrant blooms are ideal for a playful couple that wants a whimsical wedding — perhaps underneath a circus-like tent. Open-faced and cheerful, poppies will look fantastic as a boutonniere or in a bouquet underneath a bright blue sky, so definitely incorporate them into an outdoor wedding.
If you picked mostly b's: You should pick tulips.
You enjoy the most classic, traditional aspects of a wedding, and there's nothing wrong with that! Tulips, particularly red ones, symbolize a declaration of love. A wildly popular flower since the Ottoman Empire, where they were a national obsession, tulips look wonderful as a bouquet or incorporated into a centerpiece. They come in a variety of shades, and have a clean enough look that they'll add sophistication to any soiree.
If you picked mostly c's: You should pick ranunculuses.
With their multiple layers of crepe-thin petals, these gorgeous blooms come in a rainbow of colors, and are dazzling to look at. The butter-yellow shade is lovely for a bohemian wedding in an enchanted garden — the hue is rich and delightfully offbeat. These flowers often symbolize charm and charisma, which is no surprise given their cheerful appearance. Pop them into your bouquets and ceremony aisle decorations for a hint of whimsy.
If you picked mostly d's: You should pick lilacs.
These gorgeous blooms range in color from light periwinkle to a deep plum, and they're the epitome of springtime. They're structured, clean, and sweet, an ideal blossom for a preppy wedding in, say, Nantucket. Lilacs symbolize confidence, which is why florists often make all-lilac bouquets. These contrast nicely with a nautical navy blue or white bridesmaid dress, but they also look great when mixed with other flowers.
If you picked mostly e's: You should pick peonies.
These ruffly, full flowers are a major wedding trend. And for a good reason: Symbolizing bashfulness and compassion, they also denote a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity. Peonies look best in white or blush pink, two utterly romantic shades that capture their natural, soft beauty. These are lovely for a totally lovesick couple planning a spring wedding with all of the trappings.