No need to worry about wilting, lifeless flowers on your wedding day! Many brides choose to create bouquets filled with hardy flowers that hold up in any weather and for a full day. There are plenty of gorgeous, sturdy flowers to choose from that are heat resistant, easy to arrange and stay looking fresh all day.
Our favorite hardy wedding flowers have a few key characteristics:
- The hardiest flowers for bouquets are heat tolerant, even when they’re cut. Many fresh cut flower will wilt instantly when they’re exposed to heat — but not these sturdy flowers.
- Hardy flowers have a long vase life — at least six days. If you’re a DIY bride preparing your arrangements a day or two before your wedding, these flowers will still be in full bloom and good health on the big day!
- Hardy flowers are also easy to care for and arrange. Every flower on this list arrives in bloom and ready to go, making them ideal for DIY brides to arrange.
Read about the top 10 hardiest flowers for bouquets and arrangements:
Chrysanthemums (also known as mums and spider mums) feature one large bloom per stem and come in a variety of colors and textures. Bahlia mums resemble dahlias and cost a fraction of the price! Football mums bloom large and lush, while spider mums have a unique, spiky texture. Whichever style of chrysanthemum you choose, you won’t be disappointed with their long-lasting blooms!
The daisy family (which includes cushions and poms) is made of spray flowers that have multiple blooms per stem. Spray flowers are are ideal filler flowers for bouquets and centerpieces. They are very easy to work with and the spray of flowers easily fill in gaps and provide a lot of value for their cost. Daisies, cushions and poms are all hardy, heat resistant flowers that you can count on to last through your event while looking great.
Carnations are hardy flowers that make excellentfocal or filler flowers. Use these ruffled blooms to add lush and romantic texture. Carnations come in a standard size with a single ruffled ball-shaped bloom per stem or mini varieties with a spray of blooms on each stem.
4. Peruvian Lilies
Peruvian lilies, also known as alstroemeria, feature three to five gorgeous blooms on each stem making them a wonderful filler flower. Although delicate looking, these cut flowers last in heat. They’re available in a wide selection of colors, many with fun striping or freckled appearances.
Succulents are unique, incredibly versatile, and easy to care for and arrange. Perhaps not a flower in the true sense of the word, they are definitely a popular and on-trend bouquet option. Succulents have an extremely long vase life, need very little water and are shipped fully bloomed and ready to be used. If you’re considering adding them to your wedding bouquet, here are two ways you can add stems to succulents!
6. Craspedia Billy Balls
Craspedia billy balls feature ball-shaped blooms (hence the name) that rest on top of a thin yet sturdy stem. Billy balls are perfect for adding shape, texture and visual interest to bouquets, and like all the hardy flowers on this list, they last for days. Billy balls also work well in boutonnieres, corsages and wedding bouquets.
If you’re looking for tropical, heat resistant flowers, anthurium is one of the best. In general, tropical flowers tend to be hardy flowers since they naturally grow and thrive in warm climates. Anthurium flowers feature leaf-like blooms that come in a variety of bright and vivid colors. These flowers come ready to use and look great with other tropical varieties.
8. Cymbidium Orchids
Cymbidium orchids feature beautiful, star shaped blooms. These orchids are considered symbols of love and feature around six to twelve blooms per stem. These cut flowers last in the heat and stand strong throughout your wedding day!
A hardy flower list wouldn’t be complete without protea! Protea are enchanting, tropical blooms perched on tall, sturdy stems. Protea flowers have oval shaped leaves that create a lovely contrast to the colorful blooms cradled in the center.
10. Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise are some of the most popular tropical flowers used in wedding bouquets and arrangements. Resembling a bird’s head, the sturdy flower features spiky orange and purplish-blue petals that emerge from the beak-like flower.
With some prior planning and knowledge of wedding flowers that are known to last longer, bloom easily and tolerate warmer temperatures, your wedding flowers will be a success even on the hottest summer day. Brides can rest easy knowing their flowers will survive long after the last dance.
Originally written by Marina Strong.