The Most Popular Types Of Flowers For Weddings in 2020

Hannah Warren // Senior Writer & Editor

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Stumped on what flowers to have at your wedding?

If you’re not a flower or gardening aficionado and don’t have a flower that’s special to you as a couple, picking your wedding flowers can feel a bit… well, random. And nothing about your wedding should be random, right?

It definitely doesn’t need to be – we’re going to guide you through the most popular wedding flowers for 2020 so you can pick the flowers that resonate most with you and your wedding’s theme.

Before we dive into the most popular wedding flowers in 2020, let’s cover some of the most common questions we hear about wedding flowers so you’re best equipped to choose your flowers.

How many flowers are typically in a bridal bouquet?

How many flowers you include in your bridal bouquet depends on how big you want your bouquet and whether or not you want a pure (one species of flower only) or a mixed bouquet.

If you choose a pure bouquet with a large flower, like hydrangeas, just 2-3 stems will be sufficient for a small bouquet, 4-5 for a medium-sized one, and 6-8 for a large one. For smaller flowers, like garden roses and peonies, you’ll need to double these numbers. For small roses, you’ll need as many as 20 stems to make a large bouquet, so ask your florist to guide you.

You’ll also consider if you want to throw your bouquet. If so, you may need to choose lighter flowers or flowers with strong stems, or, alternatively, have a secondary bouquet for after the ceremony.

How much should you spend on wedding flowers?

“Should” is a relative term, so it really depends on the size of your wedding, the location of your wedding, your theme, and your overall budget. In a survey of thousands of recently married couples, Wedding Wire found that the average spend on flowers was $1,500, with most spending $700 – $2,500.

If you’re getting married in your small hometown in Texas, your flowers will almost certainly cost less than the same wedding would in Los Angeles. In fact, Los Angeles wedding planner Tessa Lyn Brand told Brides that most of her clients spend between $6,000 and $11,000, which is significantly higher than the averages reported by Wedding Wire.

What flowers are normally used for weddings?

We’ll take deeper look at the most popular flowers for weddings in 2020, but here’s a quick list of just some of the flowers that are commonly seen in wedding floral arrangements, what colors they come in, and whether they’re a centrepiece or accent flower. If you’re looking for something unusual to mix into your bouquet, there are some beautiful accent flowers listed below.

01. Delphinium

Accent flower in blue, white, and peach

02. Hyacinth

Centerpiece flower in blue, pink, green, white, peach, pastel yellow

03. Hydrangea

Centerpiece flower in blue/purple, pink, white, and green

04. Muscari

Accent flower in blue, purple, and white

05. Orchid

Centerpiece flower, available in many varieties and colors

06. Pansy

Accent flower, unless a small bouquet, comes in many colors

07. Rose

Centerpiece flower, traditionally in shades of red, pink, and yellow

08. Snapdragon

Centerpiece flower, red, orange, yellow, white, and pink

When should you book a florist for your wedding?

Ideally, book your florist as soon as you have confirmed your venue. Most couples try to secure their florist approximately 6 months before the big day.

Who pays for wedding flowers?

Traditionally, the bride and her family pay for the floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception, plus the corsages and/or bouquets for the bridal party.

The groom and his family pay for the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres (small flower arrangements for suit jackets) for the groom’s party, and corsages for the mothers and grandmothers of both parties.


The wait is over, let’s take a look at six of the most popular wedding flowers for this year

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Peony Flowers

Why are peony flowers popular for weddings?

Peonies have beautiful feather-like flowers and open from tight, round buds that look equally beautiful. Their centers are bright yellow – though often only peek out from beneath the petals – and their dark green leaves and stems set off the romantic flowers. Traditionally, they’re red, pink, or white, but you can also find them in shades of coral and yellow.

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Why are roses popular for weddings?

Roses are a classic for a reason – they’re a beautiful symbol of love and there are many different species to choose from to suit your wedding’s theme, whether you’re going for something modern and elegant or bohemian and romantic. They look beautiful as a pure bouquet or mixed with delicate white accident flowers.

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Why are gardenias a popular choice for weddings?

Gardenias are particularly popular in the south, though are originally native to Japan and other areas of Southern Asia. While gardenias have a soft, romantic appearance, they represent elegance and grace, and are very versatile due to their size. If you’re looking for a beautiful white bloom, look to gardenias.

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Why are hydrangeas popular wedding flowers?

Hydrangeas offer a lot of color and body to a bouquet, since the blooms are so large. While they can feel a little large and bulky in bouquets and in the middle of table arrangements, they are perfect for adding color to your ceremony without the need for hundreds of stems. They are particularly popular in 2020 for brides looking for sky blue shades.

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What are ranunculus flowers and why are they popular?

While the name of this flower may be unfamiliar to you now, it won’t be for long. Ranunculi are rose-like flowers with dense petals and light green stems. Their dense petals lend themselves perfectly to a bouquet and look beautiful when accented with finer flowers and leaves. They look beautiful in any season and come in a range of romantic colors.

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Calla Lillies

Why are calla lilies popular wedding flowers?

Calla Lilies are extremely elegant, and work well in minimalist bouquets as well as large mixed arrangements, thanks to their elongated shape. Calla Lilies come in a wide range of colors, from dark pinks and purples to light yellows and white, so they work well for both modern and traditional elegant wedding themes.

Closing Thoughts

Why you should consider these flowers

These flowers are a great starting point to look for inspiration and to open discussions with your florist. Try to be open to their suggestions but remember it’s your wedding, so choose the flowers you most fall in love with!

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