As promised, here’s an overview of some great flowers and fillers to use for your reference. This is not a complete list, of course (how could I ever finish writing?!), but I’ll certainly keep updating it along the way.
It’s easier to have discussion with your florist and hear all of his or her creative ideas if you know the plants they’re referencing. Here are some of the most popular and most interesting bits of plant life available to you for your wedding.
|Bells of Ireland|
|Chrysanthemum, or Mum|
A ball-shaped botanical filler that adds interest and color to any bouquet, but would work particularly well paired with more rustic themed flowers.
A voluminous flower usually with layers of petals. The dahlia comes in a wide variety of forms (twenty are currently recognized by the American Dahlia Society) and colors (they often come in pinks, purples, reds, oranges and yellows; some varieties are bicolor). Dahlias are in season during mid to late summer.
A fragrant flower with a spray of blooms. Freesia comes in a variety of pinks, purples, reds, as well as orange, yellow, and white.
A fragrant, elegant exotic flower that usually comes in a shade of white or a very pale yellow. The peak season of these flowers is mid-spring through mid-summer.
A great flower for a more casual or country bouquet. Gerbera daisies can be small (Gerbera Minis) or large, and come in different shades of yellow, orange, pink, red, and white.
A flower with many blooms in red, pink, white, orange, yellow, violet, or blue.
A flower that grows in globe-like flowerheads and can add a lot of texture to a bouquet. Flowers are commonly white but some varieties display shades of blue, purple, and pink.
|Lily of the Valley|
The flower body comes in two forms: single and double. Single forms can resemble poppies while double forms are similar to roses.
A highly recognizable flower becoming more and more popular in modern bouquets for their elegance and graphic simplicity. Orchids make a great accent for destination and summer weddings, though they have no limited season availability.
A lush flower with layers of soft ruffled petals that give it a round, full shape. The flower has a sweet fragrance and romantic look, making it an incredibly popular wedding flower. The peak season is late spring and early summer.
A great flower to utilize in the place of filler for volume and color without adding much expense. The layered petals of these flowers make them perfect compliments to flowers like dahlias and peonies.
|Star of Bethelhem|
Characterized by its conical spike from which star shaped white flowers bloom in clusters.
A modern star-shaped flower with a sweet fragrance. It is an incredibly popular flower to use, but requires more hand labor because its small stems often need to be wired.