19 Lavender Wedding Ideas That Smell As Pretty As They Look

From bouquets to escort card displays

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

Lavender has been cultivated for centuries for its medicinal properties and heavenly fragrance, and now lots of people are taking advantage of this purple plant for use in weddings.

We won't blame you if you never considered lavender when it comes to your ceremony and reception details, but this flower offers tons of pretty possibilities. Romantic and a bit wild in feeling (the gorgeous rolling lavender fields of Provence come to mind), lavender is the perfect choice for brides seeking an organic, French-inspired wedding style. And with the bloom's season quickly approaching (lavender grows around the world during the hot summer months and flourishes when planted in full sun), now is just the right time to embrace these beautiful lavender wedding ideas.

Using lavender in your bouquet is of course the obvious place to start, and the flower is perfect for slightly rustic, garden-style arrangements. When planning the blooms for your bouquet, note that lavender goes well with other soft pastel summer flowers, like peonies and roses, and it’s nice to play with scale and mix it with larger blooms. Because the stalks tend to be straight and somewhat inflexible, it’s best to use the flowers sparingly in larger, mixed arrangements (too many will make the design feel angular and stiff). If using lavender by itself in a monofleur bouquet, keep the scale small and compact (it’s the perfect size for a flower girl's arrangement or for a grouping of small vases down the table).

Meanwhile, culinary-grade lavender can be used to adorn cocktails, decorate wedding cakes and baked goods, or infuse jars of honey or sugar (the perfect favor for wedding guests) with a light, floral flavor. And due to its hardiness, sprigs of lavender can be incorporated into place cards, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and more. Cut lavender can be left out of water for a long time without wilting, and the flowers will keep their color, scent, and shape for months when dried (to preserve, simply hang bouquets upside down until completely dried). And luckily, lavender is relatively inexpensive compared to the bigger face flowers—and a little goes a long way.

As an added bonus, lavender’s calming scent is said to aid with concentration, relaxation, sleep, and even helps to get rid of headaches. What bride couldn't benefit from lavender's calming effect as she's walking down the aisle?

Scroll below to see our 19 favorite lavender wedding ideas.

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Invitation Suite With Lavender

Photo by Alicia Lacey Photography

Include a sprig or two of lavender in your invitation suite to sweetly scent the paper—and your guests' homes.

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Lavender Bouquet

Photo by Britt Spring Photography; Florals by Ivy Pip & Rose

The dainty sprigs of lavender in this bouquet give the blooms an organic springtime feel.

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Lavender Boutonnieres

Photo by SebastienBoudot; Flowers by Valerie Visse

Don't forget your groom. Lavender is the perfect bloom for boutonnieres.

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Engagement Ring With Lavender

Photo by Alicia Lacey Photography

Lavender can also be used as pretty props in your detail wedding photos.

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Lavender Wedding Ceremony Arch

Photo by Paco and Betty

Drowning in lupines, lavender, and lilacs, this whimsical altar structure looks straight out of a storybook.

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Lavender Chair Decorations

Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Mark special seating by tying fragrant bundles of lavender to your ceremony chairs.

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Ceremony Exit Toss With Lavender

Photo by Jose Villa

Instead of a confetti or rose petal toss, you can have guests shower you with lavender buds as you exit your ceremony.

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Lavender Cocktails

Photo by Ben Q Photography

Add lavender to your cocktails for a light and sweet floral flavor.

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Lavender Escort Cards

Lavender Escort Cards

Photo by Corbin Gurkin Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Tara Guérard Soirée

How stunning is this escort card display?! “Tara [of Tara Guérard Soirée] created an incredible flower stand, reminiscent of a French farmers' market, filled with little bouquets of lavender with each guest’s name and table number calligraphic on the paper holding them,” said the bride. Many of the male guests put the bouquet in their jacket pockets for the evening.

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Lavender Wedding Centerpieces

Photo by Pretty Days, Thierry Joubert

This rustic centerpiece will look lovely at a relaxed alfresco affair.

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Lavender at Place Settings

Lavender on Place Setting

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

Welcome your guests to dinner with a bloom of lavender resting on each of their menus.

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Wedding Centerpiece With Lavender

Pastel-Flowered Flowers

Photo by Corbin Gurkin Photography

How pretty is this springtime arrangement featuring white peonies, lavender, white roses, ranunculus, and pale pink sweetheart roses?

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Wedding Cake With Lavender Garnish

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

Have your baker decorate your wedding cake with delicate lavender pieces. You can even infuse the flavor (trust us—it's delicious) into the dessert itself.

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Wedding Lounge Area Decorated With Lavender

Bride and Groom with Parasol

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

At their winery wedding in Sonoma, this couple decorated their romantic lounge area with vases of lavender.

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Reception Place Cards With Lavender Buds

Photo by Richelle Hunter Photography

At this wedding, the guests' place cards were nestled in boxes of dried lavender buds.

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Lavender Bridesmaid Bouquets

Photo by Jenna McElroy Photography

A single bloom bouquet can pack a major punch, especially when it's as pretty as this bundle of lavender.

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Lavender Farm Wedding Venue

Photo by Meredith Perdue

Have a serious love for lavender? You can even have your wedding at a lavender farm like this couple did.

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Lavender Wedding Favors

Photo by Corbin Gurkin Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Tara Guérard Soirée

For favors, give guests an envelope of lavender seeds to plant. They'll remember all the fun they had at your wedding every time they catch a whiff of their blooming lavender.

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Lavender Getaway Car Decor

Photo by Sophie Epton

Use lavender from the beginning to the very end of your wedding. Incorporate sprigs of lavender in your getaway car blooms.

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