Wedding flower colours

While some brides take inspiration for their colour scheme from their favourite flower, most decide on their wedding colours and then try to find wedding flowers that will match that theme. Brides that have chosen yellow or pink as a colour scheme have a wide selection of flowers to choose from, while those that are searching for black or blue flowers may have a slightly harder task.

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Here are some popular wedding flower colours along with the flowers you could consider:

White is the traditional bridal colour, and pure white weddings are certainly back in fashion. This pure, clean colour works well in any season, but is particularly effective for winter weddings when highlighted with silver.  White flowers for your bouquet and centrepieces could include lilly of the valley, cala lilies, waxflower, roses, orchids, iris, daisies, gypsophila, gardenias, and narcissus. Be aware that white comes in many shades, so your bouquet could still clash with your gown even if they are both white.

Pink is a popular wedding colour, partly because it symbolises femininity, innocence, and happiness. Pale pinks have been used in wedding colour schemes for years, but hot pink is also becoming popular when coupled with aqua or white. Pink is great for a spring or summer wedding. Pink flowers to choose from include bouvardia, amaryllis, anemones, chrysanthemums, azaleas, carnations, freesias, gerberas, orchids, primroses, roses, and sweet peas.

Yellow is a happy lively colour symbolizing friendship, and it makes a perfect colour theme for fresh spring weddings, or summer beach weddings. It works well with green as well as blues and purples. It can also be combined with oranges, reds and gold for an autumn wedding. Yellow flower possibilities include tulips, sunflowers, roses, freesias, gerberas, mimosa, daisies, amaryllis, chrysanthemums, hibiscus, begonia, and goldenrod.

Red is a strong, bold colour associated with beauty and passion.  Bright reds can be very effective when used for autumn or Christmas weddings, and dark reds work beautifully in winter weddings. If you are looking for red flowers to complement your theme try traditional red roses, carnations, primroses, chrysanthemums, freesias, amaryllis, bouvardia, celosia, geraniums, or poinsettias.

Blue is becoming more popular as a wedding colour and combines well with silver for a winter wedding, or yellow for a vibrant beach wedding. Blue symbolises openness and serenity, important elements of any marriage. Depending on the shade of blue you have chosen, you could look at delphiniums, hydrangeas, iris, violets, muscari, eryngium, amaryllis, or anemones for your bouquet and flower arrangements.

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Gold, like all metallics, is a very fashionable wedding colour, and many brides are even choosing gold wedding dresses instead of the traditional white. Gold is best for an autumn wedding, although it can work well for an evening Christmas wedding as well. You could incorporate amaryllis, chrysanthemums, gerbera, iris, orchids, primroses, roses, and sunflowers into your gold theme.

Purple is a royal colour signifying mystery, drama, and elegance. Lilac and lavender are great colours for spring weddings, while deep purple is more suited to winter weddings. All shades of purple mix well with yellow. Purple blooms to include in your arrangements could be alliums, anemones, lisianthus, or violets.

Green is a natural colour, and is a great choice for eco weddings which are currently a growing trend. Green is also a fresh choice for spring or summer weddings, and can work well with yellow, pink or chocolate brown. Green flower arrangements will feature mainly foliage, perhaps with white flowers, but you could also consider zinnia and moluccella, also known as Bells of Ireland.

Black is traditionally a funereal colour, but monochrome weddings are currently in vogue so you may be looking for flowers to create a black and white bouquet.  Black orchids are an expensive choice, but they make a striking arrangement.  Most florists can arrange to have other flowers such as roses dyed black.

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