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The Best Wedding Flowers


Flowers, flowers, and more flowers. These are a few of my favorite things, but how do you know what the best flowers for your wedding day might be? I’ve got a simple answer for you..let your floral designer pick the best wedding flowers for you. There are so many factors that go into picking the best blooms. Here are a few factors we take into consideration when designing your wedding vision:

colorful summer bride's bouquet photographed by Jessica Chole Photography at Oakfire Ridge

Best Wedding Flowers for the Season

Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter? Which wedding month will you choose? There are GREAT options in every season, but there are some blooms that are only available at certain times of the year. For example, Peonies are one of my favorite wedding flowers, but they have a high price tag and are only available at certain times of the year. If you are set on having peonies in your wedding flowers, you need to consider when they are available before selecting your date. I always chuckle when a bride in October reaches out and says, “I just have to have Peonies”….. Ok, sister…Let’s be real for a second. Anything is possible, but everything has a price tag. How much are you willing to pay. That brings me to my second consideration.

What flowers fit within my budget?

We recommend allocating 8%-18% of your wedding budget to flowers depending on how high your budget may be. For example, if you would like to spend no more than $20,000 on your wedding, you need to allocate $1,800-2000 for flowers. We will be writing a blog in a few weeks on the pricing of flowers to help our brides better understand the price of flowers. For now, let’s think of flowers in terms of standard and luxury blooms. If a bride comes to me with a budget less than $4,000 and would like centerpieces as well as bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, etc., I will design a look that is mostly standard blooms with pops of luxury blooms. Luxury blooms are flowers like Peonies, Garden Roses, Protea, Clooney Ranunculus, etc. Photos below to help you visualize and to make you smile 🙂

Luxury Peony used by Touch of Whimsy Luxury Garden Roses used by Touch of Whimsy in the designs created for their Brides Luxury Garden Roses used by Touch of Whimsy in weddings Luxury Protea used by Touch of WhimsyLuxury Ranunculus used by Touch of Whimsy

Here are some of my favorite standard blooms. There are several blooms that look luxurious but come at a lower price tag. It is my job to find these hidden gems and weave them into your design to help achieve the vision you are looking for. The first flower you will see below is the Polo Rose. A white classic rose that opens beautifully! It looks a lot like the garden roses above but costs about 1/3 as much at some points in the year. The second photo below is the Majolica Spray Rose…#swoonworthy. This is my go-to spray rose. It is a soft cream color and opens with a touch of blush in the middle. It’s soft texture and lush blooms bring volume and coverage to an arrangement.

Roses, Kelsea Vaughan uses for her brides at Touch of Whimsy Majolica Spray Roses, Kelsea Vaughan uses for her brides at Touch of Whimsy


Ok. So now that we’ve talked about $$$ and season, it is time to talk about practicality.

Best Wedding Flowers for your Design

One of the biggest factors we look at is the type of arrangements you are looking for. May you’d like a large arch piece like the photo below? This type of ceremony arrangement has a small water source, so it allows us a little more freedom in designing. If the design does not have a water source, it limits the type of blooms we can use. The blooms need to be able to hold for 4-10 hours without a water source. This type of design is STUNNING and so much fun to create, but we have to be cautious on our choices. Hydrangea is a popular bloom that is often used for bouquets. However, we try to stay away from this bloom during the summer months for arrangements that will be out of water. For example, your bouquet will be out of water for about 1.5 hours before the ceremony for photos and 1-2 hours for the ceremony and family photos. Your bouquet will quickly become a sad, sagging mess in Texas from April-September. Who wants that? That is why we choose hardy flowers like Roses and Stock. For more summer inspiration check out Rachel and Matt’s wedding at The Chandelier of Gruene. 

Wedding ceremony design with bright summer flowers | Designed by Touch of Whimsy Close up look at the ceremony arch flowers created by Touch of Whimsy at Oakfire Ridge Close up look at the ceremony arch flowers created by Touch of Whimsy at Oakfire Ridge


Flowers are beautiful but they can also be confusing and hard to navigate. Email me with all your wedding flowers questions and I will help you select the best wedding flowers for your big day!

Do you need help finding the perfect bridesmaids dress? Check out this post! 

Thank you to Jessica Chole Photography for providing the images of our photoshoot at Oakfire Ridge in Smithson Valley, Texas.


With Love,



The best summer flowers for weddings. Insight and inspiration from Touch of Whimsy Design and Coordination




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