Deciding on the color palette of your wedding design is ultimately a question of personal style. With endless color combinations and an abundance of design inspiration at your fingertips, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. While we’re all for highly detailed, nuanced design, we’re also huge fans of simplicity, which is why we can make a pretty strong case for the most classic color available for your wedding day: white.
“Color palettes definitely go in and out of style, and an all-white palette ensures that your wedding colors will never feel dated or trend-driven,” says Madison Hartley of Hart Floral. “Something subtle and unexpected can make a big impact.”
Meet the Expert
- Madison Hartley is a floral designer, stylist, and the creative director of Hart Floral, a floral design studio based in Portland, Oregon.
From natural to glamorous, bohemian, or even whimsical, white wedding flowers can transform any wedding style from basic to transcendent. Opt for something over-the-top and grandiose, or keep it simple. “Your wedding flowers should be flowers that both look and feel as though they belong,” says Hartley. “The best way to ensure that is to use seasonal flowers local to the region you are marrying in.”
Fresh dogwood branches or white cherry blossoms are perfect for large-scale installations while playful blooms like fritillaria and clinch offer a dose of unexpected elegance.
Below, 23 of our favorite all-white wedding flower designs to inspire you.
Mix the Centerpieces
Stick to a simplified design by grouping flowers together by type rather than opting for a mixed floral arrangement. We love the classically effortless look of a table lined with vases full of white flowers like ranunculus, roses, and baby’s breath, like this reception for this New York City wedding.
Texturize the Bouquet
The beauty of a textured bouquet is that it keeps things interesting even with a monochromatic color palette! Consider an eye-catching bridal bouquet composed of seasonal flowers all in white.
Elevate the Altar
Say “I do!” in grand fashion with an altar for the books. Especially delightful for an outdoor ceremony, play into the natural beauty of your venue or wedding location with towers of hydrangea in pure white.
Line the Aisle
Take inspiration from this romantic affair in the garden of the Boston Public Library, where perennials like petunias or vincas lined the walkway for the bride’s grand entrance. Work with your florist to concoct a similar dreamy setup—you can always repurpose the arrangements for the reception space as well!
Use Baby's Breath
Don’t forget the flower girls! Try a modern take on tradition with a baby’s breath hoop bouquet for the littles to carry accented perfectly with plush baby’s breath flower crowns.
We love a mono-floral design almost as much as we love a monochromatic color palette. Stick to classic, readily available blooms like white hydrangeas for an enchanting design that can complement almost any wedding style, be it tropical, natural, or modern.
Create a Grand Entrance
For a wedding version of a welcome mat, festoon the entrance to your reception space (whether building or tent) with white. A garland of lush, fresh blooms at the entryway is a great way to tie the ceremony and reception spaces together when it comes to cohesive design, like this classic New Orleans wedding.
Mix It Up
Consider letting your bridesmaids choose what they carry. Select a white color palette, then let the fun begin. Some can carry petite posies while others opt for single stems. Utilize the same type of flowers throughout each bouquet for an effortlessly cool look.
Don't Forget the Cake
Whether you select a pastry chef with exceptional skills when it comes to sugar flowers, like the anemones above, or have your florist complete the finishing touches with live blooms, the addition of a white flower will absolutely be the icing on the cake.
Keep It Classic
Planning a classic fête? We’re totally inspired by these impeccably manicured urns bursting with white flowers in every variety, perfect for the altar, like the ones at this elegant wedding in Dallas. "I love how white flowers feel in a green outdoor environment or woven across beautiful classical architecture," shares Hartley.
Peonies are the ultimate choice when it comes to a bloom that’s all about romance. Ask your florist to create a bridal bouquet packed tight with an abundance of stems for a charming arrangement.
Plant a Tree
Larger than life and elegant in every way, create a canopy, chuppah, or even table centerpiece with cherry blossoms when they’re in season. The picturesque white blooms were used to create ceremony trees for this wedding at the New York Public Library, and we couldn’t love it more.
Choose a Colorful Vase
Hydrangea, delphinium, garden roses, peonies, and ranunculus in separate, smaller arrangements can make for an elegant display when the white flowers are accented by pops of blue. This is the perfect way to incorporate "something blue" into an all-white palette.
Create a Cascading Installation
We love a cascade, whether it comes in the form of a bouquet or an overhead installation. White roses and white bougainvillea were used to create this breathtaking reception look for this all-white wedding in Capri.
Keep It Simple
While a boutonniere isn’t an absolute essential, it is a small, delicate way to incorporate your wedding style when it comes to what blooms to choose. The contrast of a white boutonniere against a navy or black tuxedo or suit will draw attention in the best way.
Build a Custom Backdrop
Looking for the perfect backdrop for photos? How about a custom-crafted floral wall filled from floor to ceiling with an all-white array of flowers for a stunning moment in design heaven!
Choose Lily of the Valley
The perfect picture of sophistication, lily of the valley has long been a favorite when it comes to classic, traditional brides opting for a classic, traditional bouquet. The small white petals can be arranged in bouquets both big and small, a great option for that all-white wedding style.
Accessorize With White
A break from the ever-popular flower crown, a hair flower, when artfully placed, can elevate a bride or bridesmaid's look up a notch or two. Consider orchids woven throughout a fashionable up-do for an inventive and charming change of pace.
Create a Floral Runner
Lush and teeming with life, a floral runner for your reception tables will definitely give the illusion that you’re dining on a table made of flowers. "Events should work to convey an entire feeling, not one individual moment," says Hartley. "A monochromatic floral palette can really lend itself to that!"
Adorn the Bar
Your bar will be one of the most-visited places at your wedding reception, so be sure it fits your design aesthetic. Consider a garland of greenery and white flowers along the front of the bar with white bouquets in vases on the bartop.
Create a Stunning Focal Point
Who says an all-white floral design has to mean simple or understated? Take a cue from this couple, who went all-out for their glam wedding, mixing white flowers with gold to create a stunning installation at the center of the reception.
Enhance Centerpieces With Fruit
For a tropical-inspired, summer, or beachside wedding, consider enhancing your all-white floral decor with natural elements like fruit. A pineapple and a pear work perfectly here to complement the greenery in the centerpiece without distracting from the bright white florals.