In Season Now: Fresh Ways to Use Sunflowers

Creative ways to brighten up your wedding day

Nami DadlaniPhotography

Sunflowers are a quintessential summer flower and are a favorite among many brides. The bright yellow petals are sunny and cheerful, while the dark centers add a touch of drama. And while sunflowers are the perfect complement to a rustic, country-themed celebration, when they're skillfully paired with other flowers and greenery, they can also take on a much more formal look. The key is restraint—use just the right amount of sunflowers without going overboard.

If you're a sunflower lover, definitely plan on a July, August, or September wedding, when the blooms are at the peak. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate the cheery flower into your wedding.

All Sunflower Bouquet (above): The bright yellow blooms look elegant and more upscale when simply combined with lush greenery.

Photo: Katelyn James Photography

Yellow and Blue Bouquet: For a more rustic look, combine sunflowers with blue ones like thistles, delphiniums, and scabiosas. This pretty bouquet is such a great take on the classic color combination.

Photo: Juliet McKee

Yellow and White Bouquet: When combined with pretty cream-colored stock blossoms, sunflowers wind up looking summery without screaming "country."

Photo: Tessa Barton

Boho Bridal Bouquet: Sunflowers can be more versatile than you think. Here, when mixed with different textural elements like seeded eucalyptus, silver brunia, and button mums, the bouquet takes on a more free-spirited, boho vibe. Tie them all together with a velvet ribbon for some added flair.

Photo: Frenzel Photographers

Sunflower Bridesmaid Bouquets: Sunflowers come in many varieties, including these versions with yellow green centers, which look great when paired with soft grey bridesmaid dresses.

Photo: Beyond the Lens Photography

Daises and Sunflowers Bridesmaid Bouquets: These yellow and white nosegays of sunflowers and daisies are so sweet and summery.

Photo: Courtesy of Erin Hearts Court

Sunflower Bridesmaid Bouquets: Navy bridesmaid dresses plus yellow bouquets equals even more proof how much we love this classic color scheme.

Photo: Tessa Barton

Ceremony Arch: Imagine how romantic it would be to exchange vows in front of this beautiful arch made of sunflowers and eucalyptus.

Photo: Sasithon Photography

On the Escort Card Table A giant vase of sunflowers enlivens a simple escort card display (love the addition of framed childhood photos).

Photo: Tessa Barton

Sunflower Escort Cards: A more whimsical idea would be to display each guest's escort card on a cut sunflower.

Photo: Joshua Zuckerman Photography

Yellow and Blue Centerpiece: This combination of yellow sunflowers and blue delphiniums displayed on a patterned tablecloth is so fresh.

Photo: Hillary Mayberry Photography

Sunflowers Centerpiece in a Tin Pail: For a more rustic reception look, choose a brown table linen and arrange a handful of sunflowers in an aluminum pail.

Photo: Rodeo & Co. Photography

Mixed Blooms Centerpiece: For an unfussy, wildflower feel, arrange summery blooms like sunflowers, scabiosas, and delphiniums in a simple glass vase.

Photo: via Pinterest

Sunflower Seed Favors: Send guests home with a packet of sunflower seeds and encourage them to plant their own summery blooms at home.

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