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 flowers 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!"
Boho Bridal Bouquet: Sunflowers can be more versatile than you'd think. Here, when mixed with different textural elements like seeded eucalyptus, silver brunia, and buttom mums, the bouquet takes on a more free-spirited, boho vibe.
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.
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!).
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.