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.
Pick Your Own Blooms
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.
Keep It Small
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.
“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.
Use Different Textures
“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.
Choose Complementary Flowers
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.
Add a Pop of Pink
“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.
Bring the Drama
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.
Opt for a Cascading Bouquet
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.
Make It Mono-Floral
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.
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.
Choose a Soft Color Palette
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.
Make It Whimsical
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!
Add in Roses
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.
Contemplating a summer wedding? Opt for a touch of purple in your bouquet, like this arrangement by Bloomingayles, for a cosy, outdoor wedding.
Keep It Classic
“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!
Use Antique Hydrangeas
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!
Mix in Some Blue
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.
Add in Baby's Breath
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.
Use Unique Color Combinations
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.
Play with Greenery
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.
Make It Tropical
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.