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The 10 Most Elegant Flowers for Your Wedding Bouquet

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Choose the perfect bouquet for your perfect day.

Choose the perfect bouquet for your perfect day.

Looking forward to your big day? Make sure that your prized wedding bouquet reflects your feelings and the tone of the ceremony. Choose bold, cheerful blossoms or regal, classic colors to highlight your romance and devotion when you say "I do."

Below are 10 beautiful flower varieties that would make wonderful accents at any wedding. Choose your favorites for your bouquet, and consider using some of the others as decorations or centerpieces for tables at your reception.

The pretty peony

The pretty peony

1. Peony

Few flowers can rival the romantic peony. Its soft petals and pastel colors make it one of the most requested flowers for wedding bouquets. This bloom is the perfect choice for a walk down the aisle because it symbolizes good luck and prosperity.

There are three types of peonies: herbaceous Eurasian, Asian tree, and North American. This beautiful blossom comes in shades of pink, purple, red, yellow, and white. Make your entire bouquet out of peonies or just use them for the centerpiece; they're sure to make for gorgeous photos.

The lovely lily

The lovely lily

2. Calla Lily

Looking for something a little more dramatic? Consider the calla lily in traditional white or with a stunning colored center to match your wedding theme. The calla lily signifies beauty and passion, and its sleek look makes it a sophisticated choice for a bride with classic taste. Though this flower naturally blooms in the spring, it can be cultivated indoors year round for a breathtaking showcase at your summer or winter ceremony.

The darling dahlia

The darling dahlia

3. Dahlia

Looking for something cheerful and full of life? Consider letting the dahlia take center stage in your arrangement. This blossom symbolizes confidence and is the ideal choice for a strong, show-stopping bride.

A native of Mexico and Central America, there are currently 42 different varieties of dahlias and dahlia hybrids. Dinnerplate dahlias make a great bouquet spotlight, while waterlily dahlias can beautifully round out any bouquet.

The alluring anemone

The alluring anemone

4. Anemone

The name of this lovely member of the buttercup family comes the ancient Greek and means "daughter of the wind." The blossom itself can sometimes signify anticipation, and it is certainly a jewel you can look forward to holding on your special day.

The white anemone with the dark center is eye-catching and elegant, though this flower comes in a variety of colors. Different varieties of these "windflowers" bloom in either the spring or the fall. A bouquet of anemone flowers is a tried and true option for a classic wedding.

The opulent orchid

The opulent orchid

5. Orchid

This exotic bloom is the flower of love. One of the largest plant families, the orchid boasts almost 30,000 different varieties grown all over the world with the rarest species costing thousands of dollars.

Historically, orchids have been beloved by royalty for their luxurious appearance and qualities and by healers for their immune-system-boosting properties. While predominantly purple, orchids also come in hues of pink, red, gray, and even blue (with a little help). Most orchids bloom in winter, spring or fall, so they are readily available for wedding season. A cascading bouquet of purple orchids is a sophisticated accessory to a modern bridal-party theme.

The regal ranunculus

The regal ranunculus

6. Ranunculus

This "rose of the spring" prefers wet climates for growing, so it's less commonly seen in home gardens though abundant in floral shops and exquisite arrangements. It has a double-ruffled bloom, making it a stunning bouquet staple.

This large family of flowers which includes buttercups comes in many colors such as white, pink, orange, red, yellow, purple, and cream. This dazzling flower represents charm and attractiveness, so use it liberally on your fairy-tale wedding day.

The ravishing rose

The ravishing rose

7. Rose

If you're looking for the premier wedding flower, look no further than the ultimate symbol of romance. Be picky with your colors and choose a pink or peach for a summer wedding or a mix of white and dark red for winter. You can deck out your entire wedding party with smaller buds and sprinkle your reception tables with the velvety petals. A classic choice that photographs beautifully, the rose has been an iconic nuptial flower for centuries.

The arresting amaryllis

The arresting amaryllis

8. Amaryllis

This exotic, funnel-shaped flower is a symbol of pride, determination, and beauty. It's original Greek name means "to sparkle," and that will certainly be the case if you showcase amaryllis in your prized bridal bouquet. They range in color from dark red to pink, peach, and white. Some blooms have dual-colored petals or just a different color lining the petal edge. The amaryllis is native to South Africa, and it is an eye-catching choice for a festive spring wedding.

The comely camellia

The comely camellia

9. Camellia

This East-Asian floral stunner is a gorgeous ceremony centerpiece and will make your dress absolutely pop. Camellias are the stand-out flowers for classic winter weddings and pair well with tiny sprigs of foliage or baby's breath.

Choose from any of its bright, vibrant shades for a cheerful addition to your big day. The camellia symbolizes affection and devotion, so images of this beautiful flower will sprinkle your happy memories for years to come.

The delicate daffodil

The delicate daffodil

10. Daffodil

This graceful, spring blossom is a striking pick for a sunny, outdoor wedding. When using daffodils (and you should!), make them the focus of the bouquet, keeping the theme wholly white and yellow or predominantly yellow with some scattered orange and lavender accents.

This trumpet-shaped flower can work as a sweet centerpiece pick for your tables or a charming feature of your larger arrangements. The daffodil symbolizes new beginnings and is a fresh floral surprise that will look great in your bridesmaids' bouquets as well.

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