Choosing wedding flowers is not the easiest of tasks. With so many types of flowers to pick from, where does one even begin? Luckily, pinpointing a color scheme can guide you in the right direction and narrow down the options. But now you may be wondering if hydrangeas come in pink. (They do!) Or you may be curious as to whether creamy white orchids can be found year-round. (They can!)
Compiling your dream wedding arrangement is part inspiration, part knowledge, and we've got them both covered in this comprehensive guide to wedding flowers by color. From the most popular of blooms (garden roses and ranunculi aplenty) to rising stars like succulents, we’ve got the lowdown on exactly which buds flower in which shades and when. And our research wouldn’t be complete if we stopped at blooms. We’ve polished off this compilation by adding noteworthy additions like flowering branches, graceful grasses, showstopping leaves, and herbaceous blends. Plus, we've included tons of additional industry tidbits, like which types of flowers will be the most budget-friendly (mums and carnations) and which will be in season for your holiday nuptials (amaryllis and anemones).
Read on for our complete guide to types of wedding flowers by color.
Blues and Purples
This flower is often used in large ceremony arrangements. It also comes in white, mauve, peach, and other blue shades.
You need just a handful of these big, preppy blooms to create an abundant centerpiece. It also comes in white, green, blue, and assorted pinks.
Despite its name, it's not prickly and makes an excellent boutonniere flower.
Besides hydrangea, tweedia is the only flower that comes in this shade of sky blue. It also comes in white.
This flower is ideal for DIY centerpieces. It comes in many color combinations.
An all-muscari bouquet is chic and ladylike. It also comes in white.
This aquatic flower is a good focal bloom for a tropical centerpiece. It also comes in white, blue, hot pink, and yellow.
This is an accent flower for a stylish bouquet. It also comes in green, red, blush, orange, white, red and green, and red and white.
This inexpensive filler is available year-round. It also comes in dusty peach, dusty pink, white, and lavender.
This graceful, star-shaped flower is ideal for an airy, garden-inspired bouquet. It comes in a handful of colors—from purple to magenta to a striped white—and is a great accent flower. It pairs well with sweet peas, garden roses, and peonies.
This flower is hyperscented, so don't use it on your reception tables. It comes in pink, green, white, blue, peach, and soft yellow.
Mix this berry with garden roses for an English-cottage look.
This classic bloom is most affordable in spring when it's abundant. It's very fragrant, but isn't as hardy and doesn't do well without water, making it better for centerpieces than bouquets. It also comes in two shades of white and mauve.
This contemporary flower is available all year, comes in an array of colors, and is quite pricey. It's ideal for a bride who wants a formal, luxurious aesthetic. Nothing cascades better than an orchid—so if you want a tumbling, oversize teardrop bouquet, look no further.
Leucocoryne looks sweet grouped into a colorful posy. Its flowers range in color from white to pink to deep purple.
Pinks and Reds
Are you a foodie? Tuck a spring into the napkin at each place setting.
This flower is available year-round and pairs well with everything under the sun. A rose can work in any genre—it looks rustic with sunflowers and refined with lily of the valley.
Sharry Baby Orchid
It often has a faint vanilla scent.
Perfect for a spring wedding, parrot tulips come in a huge range of colors, from the softest pink to the brightest coral to the deepest blackened eggplant.
This modern-looking flower also comes in white, blue, red, plum, and blush. On their own, anemones feel modern, festive, and cheerful.
Anemones close naturally when it's dark, and open when it's bright. If your venue is dimly lit, put them in warm water and they'll open up fast.
This quirky flower also comes in white, fuchsia, and salmon. It looks playful in a corsage.
Arrange this orchid variety en masse for an extravagant centerpiece. It also comes in white, purple, green, and magenta.
This statement flower also comes in white. Consider this showstopper if you love the look of a single flower over a bouquet.
This flower is only available in winter and spring. "Double" implies that it has a fatter head size and more densely layered petals than other tulips.
These flowers also come in white, lavender, blue, burgundy, and black. They're a great substitute for wildflowers if you're marrying in their off-season (generally winter and spring).
This rare, tropical flower is perfect in a gallery or loft setting.
A garden rose has a Victorian, and it comes in every color except blue and is one of the more fragrant roses. It's pricier than the average rose but more affordable than a peony.
This orchid variety also comes in orange, yellow, cream with pink dots, green, and lavender. It's the most budget-conscious orchid.
This is an affordable filler with a romantic vibe. It also comes in white.
This flowering branch also comes in white and blush. It is available in only winter and spring.
This winter flower is expensive, but you get a lot of look for your buck. It's ideal for a holiday-inspired wedding in a loft or gallery.
This flower also comes in yellow and orange-and-yellow. Some have long, delicate stems with bright, curly leaves.
This glossy-leafed branch blossoms in winter and spring only. It also comes in pink, blush, and white.
This flirty, youthful flower is for a playful bride on a budget. It comes in fun colors (including pastels) and gives off no scent.
This long-stemmed flower, which also comes in pink, is striking in tall arrangements.
These make great boutonnieres as they're not foofy, hold up well without water, and have no fragrance.
This leaf also comes in orange, yellow, and green. This exuberant foliage is available all year long.
These also come in deep burgundy. They smell like—you guessed it—chocolate.
These small flowers come in magnificent colors, give off a very light fragrance, and add a lot of texture to a bouquet.
This flower also comes in white, green, cream, mauve, lavender, purple, white with purple, and white with mauve. It's a ballroom-friendly filler.
This farmer's market find adds a vibrant pop of neon pink. It also comes in soft pink, lavender, white, and salmon.
This popular wedding flower also comes in white, magenta, deep red, burgundy, and soft yellow. For the ultimate girly arrangement, splurge on an all-peony bouquet.
This flowering branch also comes in white. It's available for springtime nuptials only.
This field flower is great for a loose arrangement. It also comes in red, orange, white, yellow, pink, and lavender.
This graphic flower also comes in orange, peach, yellow, cream, and white. Artsy girls love its paper-thin petals and curvy stem.
This flower also comes in hot pink, white, and yellow. Ask your florist to remove its pollen or it may stain your dress.
Use this sweet-looking bud as a ringbearer's boutonniere. Cluster a few in silver julep cups, or do single-stems in stemless Champagne flutes.
This flower also comes in blue and holds up well in hot weather.
This flower also comes in yellow, orange, and peach. The white variety is an elegant, unexpected choice for a black-tie reception.
In the hands of the right florist, mums can look quite lovely in centerpieces. This sturdy bloom also comes in white, lavender, yellow, and mauve. Bonus: It looks more expensive than it actually is and is available year-round.
Work this blossom into a chignon for a retro-glam touch. It's also available in yellow and pink.
Brides love this flower's feminine fragrance, making it a popular bouquet choice.
Some mass-grown varieties of these flowers stay closed, so ask your florist for "big and open" stems. They're also available in pink, yellow, and deep purple.
Ranunculi come in every color except blue. It's one of the most versatile wedding flowers, available in a vast array of sizes, shapes, and price points.
If you love flowering branches but are planning summer nuptials when they aren't in season, spirea is a great alternative.
This chic, playful blossom is tailor-made for a black-and-white-themed party.
This elegant white bloom is often seen on the lapel of a tuxedo.
This flower also comes in plum, green, light green, yellow-brown, and black. The dainty bloom is available only in spring.
This stem also comes in blue and pink. Use it as filler if you want a hand-picked look.
This flower blooms in the snow, making it a fitting choice for a winter nosegay. It also comes in burgundy, chartreuse, white, soft yellow, and cream.
Queen Anne's Lace
This blossom also comes in white and green. It lends extra texture to a wildflower bouquet.
Oranges and Yellows
This lightly perfumed bloom also comes in white, yellow, and lavender. It often appears in traditional bouquets.
Offset the quirkiness of this flower, which also comes in yellow, by pairing it with roses.
Unlike other fruits, this tiny citrus won't weigh down your bouquet.
Mini Calla Lily
This petite flower also comes in white, cream, blush, pink, lavender, burgundy, and black. It's the perfect size for a boutonniere.
Mini Gerbera Daisy
This joyful bloom comes in every color except blue and purple. It appeals to minimalists and bohemians alike.
These come in wonderful colors, and look very modern. The ruffled tulip is definitely a flower with a big presence.
This flower also comes in red. Looking for something stark and sculptural? Voilà.
French Parrot Tulip
This is the largest and most artful member of the tulip family.
These are cost-effective and come in beautiful colors. Don't mix them with other flowers, and they'll look even chicer.
This silky bud also comes in green, cream, mauve, burgundy, and brown. This flower works equally well at a beach party or an urban soirée.
This popular flower comes in every color except blue. Dahlias can be tricky to find in spring and winter.
This tropical speckled leaf has graphic appeal.
It's pretty much wiltproof and looks great dried.
Getting married in the tropics? Weave these into garlands or floral arches.
Also known as billy balls, they look darling in bud vases or as bouquet accents.
This blooming branch, which also comes in orange, makes for deliciously scented centerpieces.
This iconic bloom also comes in yellow-and-black, burgundy, and cream. Cluster a few together for a sunny arrangement.
It's a good ingredient for an aromatic bouquet.
This stalk also comes in dark green. Loop it around blooms for a modern bouquet.
This plant also comes in gray and pink-gray. It's a fragrant filler for classic arrangements.
This also comes in brown (dried). Use it to inject exotic flavor into any arrangement.
This coral-like plant also comes in green. It adds whimsy to a boutonniere.
Shown here with a fiddlehead fern, jasmine also comes in white. Use just a few sprigs and your bouquet will smell divine.
It's a go-to for woodland-wedding boutonnieres.
This forest-green leaf has destination wedding written all over it.
Bird's Nest Fern
It's perfect for a summery, super-colorful centerpiece.
This gray foliage is a chic choice if green clashes with your palette.
Succulents are great for brides who don't like traditional greenery. The tiny ones make great boutonnieres.
Seen here in the green version, this also comes in white. For an English-countryside vibe, match this pom-pom with peonies or garden roses.