22 Gorgeous Hydrangea Wedding Bouquets

Hydrangea Wedding Bouquets

Photo by henry + mac; Floral Design by Campfire Floral 

Hydrangeas are, and always will be, a forever favorite when it comes to wedding flowers. They’re lush and gorgeous, and a perfect option for almost any wedding style—from romantic to formal, whimsical, modern, and even rustic. In season through the summer months, hydrangeas come in a variety of hues and shapes. The standard hydrangea most people are familiar with would be white or blue, but green, pink, red, and even purple petals are some of the shades available.

Sophie Felts Floral Design, a DC-based floral design studio led by Sophie Felts, has a long history with hydrangeas. “When I was first getting started about seven years ago, I bought 40 limelight hydrangea plants from a farmer who was selling him, and planted them in my backyard,” says Felts. “They've grown to be quite massive, and we cut from those plants for almost all of our summer weddings.”

Meet the Expert

Sophie Felts is a DC-based floral designer and owner of the eponymous design studio, Sophie Felts Floral Design.

“Hydrangea is a perfect fit for the tailored, classic bride,” Felts shares. “Since they are so full and round, they really lend themselves to that style of design.” While historically known for their more preppy design look, artfully arranged for many a traditional wedding, recent design trends of all sorts have embraced the round statement-makers. 

Typically best suited for centerpieces, Felts explains that hydrangeas can be tricky in bouquets since they need a lot of water and will wilt if they are out of water for more than a few hours. There are a few particular varieties, such as Dutch Hydrangeas, that will never fail to impress due to their large hardy stems.

Read on for 22 hydrangea wedding bouquet ideas for brides and bridesmaids.

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Pick Your Own Blooms

Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet Ideas

Photo by Meredith Perdue; Floral Design by Michelle Peele

We can’t think of something much more sentimental when it comes to florals than something hand-picked. This bride opted for something completely custom: a bouquet picked straight from her venue’s flower fields! Hydrangeas, lavender, garden roses, and sprigs of greenery kept things lush and fresh.

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Keep It Small

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by 6 of Four Photography; Floral Design by Glenn Certain Floral + Event Design

 

Perfect for spring, this green hydrangea bouquet by Glenn Certain Floral + Event Design was accented perfectly with blush pink peonies. The size confirms that sometimes less is more, even for a large bloom like hydrangeas.

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Embrace White

all white bouquet

Photo by Miguel Cunha; Floral Design by Bloom Flores e Eventos 

“When we use hydrangeas in bouquets, we typically incorporate them in low and allow other flowers to float above!” says Felts. Crisp, clean, and exceedingly traditional, this bouquet by Bloom Flores e Eventos is gorgeous with hydrangeas, roses, peonies, and lisianthus--all in the perfect shade of white. 

“Keep them in water as long as possible and, if you can, give the stems a fresh snip whenever you return them to water,” advises Felts.

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Go Modern

modern hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Kate Dennan; Floral Design by Rose + Bud 

Modern and inventive, these white and copper bridesmaids bouquets prove hydrangeas can transcend traditional style! Hydrangea combined with football chrysanthemums with painted leaves for an out of the box design by Rose + Bud

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Use Different Textures

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Almond Leaf Studios; Floral Design by Philosophy Flowers

“A delicate lace cap hydrangea really adds beautiful texture to any bouquet,” shares Felts. Perfect for a garden party wedding, like this one at the Biltmore, mix soft blooms such as garden roses and hydrangea with zinnias and pink snowberry, like this design by Philosophy Flowers.

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Choose Complementary Flowers

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by KT Merry; Floral Design by Design Works

Change it up and let hydrangeas be a supplement to other bold blooms. “Hydrangeas work great in European style designs, so other flowers that lend themselves to that gathered and full aesthetic work well,” shares Felts. Design Works crafted a beautiful bouquet full of southern hydrangea, jasmine vine, and scabiosa for these romantic nuptials in Vail, Colorado.

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Add a Pop of Pink

pink hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Corbin Gurkin; Floral Design by Sadia Fleurs

“Dyed flowers have been super popular lately so you can also find tinted hydrangeas!” shares Felts. Equal parts romantic and playful, this pink bouquet full of hydrangea and garden roses left an impression, all thanks to florist Sadia Fleurs

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Bring the Drama

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Waldorf Photographic Art; Floral Design by Fiddlehead Designs 

We will always vote for a dramatic bouquet! Cone hydrangeas are the scene stealer in this bouquet, woven throughout an arrangement of lilies, orchids and tulips in shades of white and cream, put together beautifully by Fiddlehead Designs.

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Opt for a Cascading Bouquet

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Stetten Wilson; Floral Design by Wildflowers Bahamas

A stunning arrangement of classic white hydrangea with eucalyptus and ivy creates a chic cascading bouquet (we’re big fans) for this wedding on Harbour Island

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Make It Mono-Floral

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Nic Stephens Photography; Floral Design by Flowerqueen

A simple concept with a big impact, a hydrangea-only bouquet is a statement-making bouquet! Opting for an effortless yet elegant bouquet, this bridal bouquet, created by Flowerqueen was the right choice to highlight the naturally stunning setting of the venue.

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Go Green

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Liz Fogarty Photography; Floral Design by Pop the Cork Designs 

Just as striking as the more popular brightly colored varieties, small, soft green hydrangeas provide a unique alternative to their larger counterparts. A gathered handful, such as this arrangement by Pop the Cork Designs, creates a design teeming with life and freshness.

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Choose a Soft Color Palette

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Dani Toscano Photography; Floral Design by Janna Brown Design

Elegant and ethereal—and a perfect match for a wedding style just the same—limelight hydrangeas create a sort of otherworldly opulence for bouquets. A light color palette embodies a gentle, delicate vision, perfect for a spring wedding.

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Make It Whimsical

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Corbin Gurkin; Floral Design by Gathering Events 

The roundness of a hydrangea bloom would generally lend itself to a more structured silhouette, but paired with the right complementary blooms, it can exude a touch of whimsy!

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Add in Roses

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Alan Leong Production; Floral Design by Blush Wedding and Bouquet

While hydrangeas make a statement alone, accenting a bridal bouquet with another statement-maker, like roses, will create even more of a gorgeous floral moment. Regardless of the season, the combination of the two florals will be perfect for any wedding style.

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Consider Purple

colorful hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Juliet McKee Photography; Floral Design by Bloomingayles 

Contemplating a summer wedding? Opt for a touch of purple in your bouquet, like this arrangement by Bloomingayles, for a cosy, outdoor wedding.

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Keep It Classic

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Cameron Clark Photography

“Blue hydrangeas are breathtaking and a hydrangea bouquet is perfect for the Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket vibe,” says Felts. A classic combination, a blue and white hydrangea-only bouquet takes traditional design to another level! 

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Use Antique Hydrangeas

antique hydrangea bouquet

Photo by We Romantics; Floral Design by Revel Petals 

Known for their pink and green blooms, antique hydrangeas can create a softening effect. Gathering the large florals together for one giant bouquet would be the perfect contrast to a more minimalistic wedding dress style, creating a bold bridal look!

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Mix in Some Blue

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Elisa Bricker; Floral Design by Amaryllis Inc.

A subtle hint of blue woven together with a spring color palette of pinks, creams, and greens makes this bouquet a perfect complement to a classic, summer wedding. While not exactly a filler floral in all bouquets that bear them, hydrangea offers great support to other bold blooms, like the peonies and garden roses in this arrangement.

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Add in Baby's Breath

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Brandy Angel Photography; Floral Design by Zeb Grant Design 

We’ve long championed Baby’s Breath when it comes to wedding florals. Incorporating the filler flower amongst the boldness of hydrangea keeps a bridal bouquet full and lush.

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Use Unique Color Combinations

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Kate Headley

A charming color palette is a great complement to the comforts of spring, light blue hydrangeas incorporated amongst peachy-pink blooms like garden roses is an unexpected combination. Considering bridesmaids dresses in shades of blue? Look no further than this unique pairing. 

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Play with Greenery

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Joseph Rogero; Floral Design by Forage Botanical


 

Accenting a bundle of hydrangea with greenery adds layers and texture. Anything from eucalyptus, to olive branches, smilax, or even assorted fern leaves can take a bouquet from mono-floral to multidimensional for weddings from spring to winter. 

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Make It Tropical

hydrangea bouquet

Photo by Corina V Photography; Floral Design by Jodi Leigh Designs

A unique and modern pairing, hydrangeas are a wonderful accent to more tropical flowers like protea. Bursting with tropical inspiration, the antique variety of hydrangea, a late-summer favorite, is perfect for an oceanside destination wedding.

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