The 3 Worst Types of Wedding Flowers Ever

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wedding flowers to avoidWhether you’re the bride, maid of honor, mother of the bride or (ahem…) the groom, planning a wedding is no walk in the park.  There are many things to consider, some of which are more important than others.  For example, booking the church and/or the wedding venue is obviously more important than choosing your floral arrangements.  So, I do not mean to imply that your wedding flowers are the end-all be-all, but rather that you ought to give some thought to this only after you’ve first knocked out all the higher propriety planning items.  As such, here are some tips on wedding flowers to avoid at all costs.

3 Types of Wedding Flowers to Stay Away From

One flower to avoid is the lily.  The problem is that lilies give off a strong aroma that might not be pleasant for everyone in attendance.  Yes they are pretty but if you have a lot of them in a room, the odor can be overwhelming.  Plus lilies tend to break relatively easily for some reason, and hence they often look ratty by the end of the day.

Synthetic flowers are also to be avoided.  Although these often look as good as the real deal, many times they seem to convey an unprofessional and/or overly cheap ambiance.  Simply put, they convey a less elegant look and feel.  Plus they feel different and lack the classic floral aromas.  So, don’t let your wedding guests second guess your choice here; stick with real, fresh flowers.

Finally, hydrangeas are generally a poor choice for wedding day flowers.  The issue is that these are not usually practical because they need to be kept in water at all times.  This in turn can lead to spillage, clutter and an overall reduction in the perceived eloquence of the wedding.  So unless you plan to have a spacious outdoor wedding, choose something else for your wedding flowers.

How to Make Better Flower Choices

Once you understand the 3 types of wedding flowers to avoid, you can turn your attention to making better flower decisions in general.  One of the most important considerations is your wedding theme.  If you plan to have a destination wedding, it’s always a good idea to use flowers indigenous to that location.  In the absence of a defined theme, focus on the overall color scheme of the wedding.  The colors of everything should synergize well together – from the tablecloths to the décor to the bridesmaid dresses to the flowers and everything in between.

If this isn’t your cup of tea, solicit advice from a trusted professional florist.  Or, if you have a wedding planner, then he or she can help you out as well.  The bottom line is that you need to make an intelligent decision on this, so get some help if necessary.


Wedding flowers are an important element that can either help or hinder the overall look and feel of your big day, so don’t skimp on making these decisions. Your wedding should be beautiful and as such every small detail can make a difference. 

Again, I’m not saying that this should be the most important decision you will make. While it’s true that your flower choices are a much lower priority than some of the other elements involved in planning a wedding, this does not mean that the decision should be taken lightly. Heed these words, and you’ll be in good shape.   Good luck!

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