Where would a wedding be without flowers? In every culture around the world there are almost always flowers involved as part of the marriage ceremony.

Today we’re going to show you different ways to use flowers at your wedding to decorate, as photo opportunities, to enhance a theme, as accessories etc…

roses at wedding

Roses are a classic wedding flower. Styled by Ambience Suffolk

Which flowers for you?

This is really the first thing to consider. Which month are you getting married in? Different flowers will be in season at different times. For example, if you’re set on tulips and narcissi then you can’t have these at an autumn wedding. Roses are available pretty much all year round which is good, as they are the classic romantic wedding flower and come in a variety of colours as well as the eternal deep red. Choose flowers in season and they’ll be readily available, less expensive and you’ll be keeping your green credentials intact as you’re not flying in forced blooms from overseas.

Classic wedding flowers include: Roses, peonies, ranunculus, gypsophilia, tulips, lilies, lily of the valley and hydrangeas. Talk to your florist or stylist about what is available.

Even if you’re wearing a traditional white or cream dress, you can still have a bouquet in dramatic shades. Photographed by Jane Beadnell in the Orangery at Settrington. Gorgeous dress by The Bridal Emporium, and flowers by Leafy Couture.

Your bouquet

How you style this will depend on the mood of the wedding you’ve chosen. If you’re having a classic, traditional day, then you might want to opt for a bouquet of roses – which never date. Alternatively, you could have a bouquet created from lily of the valley (for late winter and spring weddings) which would smell wonderful and look delicate. The Duchess of Cambridge opted for lily of the valley on her wedding day.


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Remember that you’ll be holding your bouquet for quite a bit of the day – so make sure it’s not too cumbersome. When you’re having your wedding photographs taken, hold your bouquet slightly to the side and on a level with your waist. That way you won’t hide the detailing on the bodice of your wedding dress and you won’t ‘hunch’ your arms. Oh, and remember to put your left hand over your right so that your wedding and engagement rings are shown off!

Bridal bouquet sizes at the moment are smaller rather than large sheafs of flowers. But if you want something a little more unusual consider using succulents in your wedding bouquet like protea.


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As for the bridegroom? What about a richly scented gardenia bloom as a buttonhole?


There’s no rule that says the best man and ushers have to have the same buttonhole. In fact, having different colourful blooms for each can look very quirky and fun.

As for your bridesmaids, think about giving your flower girls baskets of flowers instead of bouquets. That looks super cute.

Remember buttonholes for your page boys too.

living wall at wedding

We love this living wall with jewel coloured flowers. Wonderful for photographs too. Taken at York Carlton Towers.

Photo opportunities and flowers

We’ve been seeing a lot of floral walls and even floral ceilings of late and it’s a idea we’re very much behind (in fact, it’s a frequently asked request from our stylists). Floral walls can be created from a variety of blooms and act as a wonderful backdrop to photographs which is a great idea if you’re marrying in winter and limited to photography outside or if your venue lacks photogenic spaces.

A great place to put a floral wall is at the entrance to your reception – where you can pose on your way in, along with your bridesmaids and family and so can your guests.

You could also put a floral wall behind your wedding cake of course.

tall wedding table centrepiece

If you want spectacular floral table centrepieces, keep them up high so that they don’t stop your guests seeing one another! The flowers here were beautifully in keeping with the blush theme of the wedding which took place in Buckinghamshire.

Tables, place settings, chairs…

Flowers on wedding tables are both decorative and welcoming and there are so many ways to display them. The trick is to consider how they are presented. For example, if you’re having a rustic wedding you could opt for blooms simply presented in jam-jars on a low level, or put on wooden plinths.

Tuck a bloom into a napkin at every place setting but make sure it’s not the thirsty type that will wilt on a hot day lavender is pretty easy going here.

Flowers up above, on blossom trees and in tall candelabra are deservedly popular and can make a room look spectacular.

Don’t forget your chairs either. At the end of a row of chairs at your ceremony have your florist or stylist tuck a bloom into every sash. And maybe decorate the bridal couple’s chairs at the wedding reception with flowers.

white wedding theme

Blossoms overhead are big news and here our stylist in York filled a reception room with white blossom trees for a dreamy effect.

Top advice

Make a Pinterest board of flowers you love and then find a florist nearby to talk to whose work you like. They’ll tell you what are your best choices for the time of year, the type of ceremony and reception you’re planning and have some new ideas to throw into the mix.