White Wedding Flowers

White wedding flowers are a classic choice for your big day. White symbolises purity and innocence. It also has the advantage of combining well with other colours. White flowers will look great regardless of what color dress you have or the color of your skin/hair.

White Flowers for the Bridal Bouquet

White wedding flowers can look absolutely fabulous as you walk down the aisle. In fact one of my favourite flowers for a wedding is a white Calla Lily. This flower is so beautiful it only needs a little green foliage to look stunning (as in the photo below).

white wedding flowers

White roses are popular in hand-tied bouquets. There are numerous varieties of rose each with a slightly different shape, size and season. Discuss with your florist what will be best for you. 'Bianca' and 'Akito' roses are varieties that work well at weddings.

White tulips can look dramatic just by themselves. They also combine easily with other flowers such as gerber daises (gerberas) and roses.

Lily of the Valley is a much-prized flower. It has a very short season in April. So you will have to plan your wedding around this time if you want to have this flower - in fact one florist that we know did exactly that. The delicate white flower heads release a very pleasant fragrance.

Another white wedding flower that is fragranced is Stephanotis. The small white flower heads have been a popular addition to bridal bouquets for years. They can also be successfully used in flower tiaras and hair decorations.

In wedding bouquets, the small stephanotis flowers are often individually wired so that the florist can precisely position them. This is very skilled and time-consuming work that can be reflected in the price of the bouquet.

White Ceremony and Reception Flowers

white wedding flowers pedestal

Large White wedding flowers such as anthuriums and lilies can be used in pedestal arrangements in the ceremony room and at the reception. Their size gives immediate impact visually. Lilies also give a delightful fragrance.

The photo shows an arrangement where we used white anthuriums and gerberas and lilies. This pedestal was for a reception at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire. The venue is now a hotel but was once a monk's abbey. We chose a traditional style of urn to complement the venue.

Table Centerpieces

There are a large number of white wedding flowers for table centerpieces. These include:

  • Amaryllis
  • Lisianthus
  • Lilac
  • Roses
  • Tulips
  • Gladioli
  • Peony
  • Anemone

Calla lilies deserve special mention for table centres as they can be coaxed into bending. This can add an extra dimension and feature of interest to your arrangements.

This overhead shot of a table decoration features gently curved calla lilies.

white wedding flowers arrangement

Return to The Wedding Flowers Guide Home Page