Proposals & Weddings

The Most Popular Wedding Flowers for Autumn and Winter

Written by
India Charter (Brand & Marketing Manager)

Having steered the ship of Queensmith's creative content since 2017, India finds immense satisfaction in arming clients with the information they're seeking, identifying and analysing trends, and exploring buying habits.

October 10th, 2022 • 5 min read

Even in the Autumn and Winter, flowers are a classic wedding décor and play a huge part in your weddings look and feel. Whether it be the bridal bouquet or floral arrangements throughout the venue, couples getting married throughout Autumn and Winter months may worry that there will not be many floral varieties or colours available, however there are many Winter flowers to choose from.

When planning your wedding day, you might be shocked to discover that flowers can be one of the biggest expenses at a wedding. One way that you can reduce this cost is by picking seasonal blooms, they will be at their most beautiful and less expensive when in season.

To give some inspiration to couples-to-be, Queensmith have pulled together a list of 30 different flowers in season throughout Autumn and Winter. To find out the most popular, we used Google’s Keyword Planner to collect search volumes for the last 12 months. We've also used Google’s Keyword Planner to find out what the most searched for wedding flower questions are.

Top 20 Most Popular Wedding Flowers

Our study reveals that both roses and sunflowers came out on top as the most searched for wedding flowers with a gigantic average monthly search volume of 165K. In second place were hydrangeas with an average monthly search volume of 74.5K. Joint third most popular wedding flowers were lilies, daisies and orchids who all pull in an average monthly search of 60.5K.

Some of the least popular wedding flowers included lesser-known, freesias, hypericum and lisianthus.

Ranking Flowers Search Volume
1 Roses 165,000
2 Sunflower 165,000
3 Hydrangea 74,500
4 Lilies 60,500
5 Daisies 60,500
6 Orchid 60,500
7 Lilacs 49,500
8 Chrysanthemums 49,500
9 Eucalyptus 49,500
10 Dahlias 40,500
11 Sweet Peas 33,100
12 Delphinium 27,100
13 Thistles 27,100
14 Gladiolus 27,100
15 Amaryllis 27,100
16 Anemones 27,100
17 Gerbera 18,100
18 Freesia 14,800
19 Lisiathus 9,900
20 Hypericum 8,100

Autumn & Winter Wedding Flower Ideas

Roses (165K searches)

The universal symbol of love, joy and beauty, it is no surprise that roses are one of the most popular wedding flowers. Roses make great wedding flowers due to the many varieties, meaning they are perfect for both bouquets and centrepieces. Whilst some roses peak in spring and Autumn, there are also many types of roses that are cultivated in greenhouses making them available all year round. Roses also make great wedding flowers because they come in so many different colours, white and red roses are always popular in the Winter months, or you could try warm orange, brown and deep yellow tones for Autumn.

Sunflowers (165K searches)

Symbolising adoration, loyalty and longevity, sunflowers make great all-year round wedding flowers. Their peak season however is in September to October meaning they make great Autumn wedding flowers. Sunflowers can slot seamlessly into any wedding theme from vintage to boho, to rustic. Due to the size and strength of the flower stems, these bold and cheerful blooms can be incorporated into your Autumn wedding in several different ways, from your centrepieces, wedding arch, bouquets or invitations.

Hydrangeas (74.5K searches)

Although hydrangeas are most commonly used in Spring and Summer, these blooms remain beautiful throughout Winter, whatever the weather. They are a popular wedding flower amongst Autumn and Winter brides. Accenting a big bundle of hydrangea with greenery such as eucalyptus or dried fern leaves is a great option for weddings in the colder months.

Lilies (60.5K searches)

Following hydrangeas are lilies as the next most popular wedding flower. The lily is such a popular wedding flower of choice due to its symbolism of femininity, love and purity: three important elements in a wedding. Lilies make beautiful wedding flowers, their unusual shapes and structures make them striking floral arrangements throughout your venue or bridal bouquets.

Daisies (60.5K searches)

As well as lilies, daisies also came in joint third for the most popular wedding flower with 60.5K average monthly searches. Although the classic yellow-centred daisy is associated with Summer, daisies are available all year round, in fact, one variety called michaelmas daisies is also known as the September flower.

Depending on the type of daisy, they can come in a variety of colours. Daisies or marguerites come in white, yellow or pink. Asters or September flowers come in white, pink, pale lilac, deep lilac and purple. Tanacetum or Feverfew comes in yellow, lemon and most commonly in white. Larger daisies can make up an entire bloom or are often used as a filler in arrangements and bouquets.

Orchids (60.5K searches)

Lastly, in joint third was orchids with 60.5K average searches a month. A certified scene stealer at any wedding, these flowers make beautiful centrepieces throughout any wedding venue. The orchid has symbolism of universal love, charm, thoughtfulness and elegance, making them a perfect fit for a wedding.

Which Wedding Flowers Are The Most Instagrammable?

Ranking Flowers Instagram Hashtags
1 Roses 30,900,000
2 Sunflower 10,300,000
3 Orchid 5,000,000
4 Eucalyptus 1,900,00
5 Daisies 1,400,000
6 Lilies 1,100,000
7 Hydrangea 1,000,000
8 Dahlias 1,000,000
9 Sweet Peas 921,000
10 Chrysanthemums 815,000

It comes as no surprise that the classic roses takes top spot as the most instagrammed wedding flower with over 30 million hashtags. There are many reasons why this beautiful bloom dominates Instagram. With a little TlC, roses are available all year round.

Sunflowers are the second most photogenic wedding flowers with over 10.3 million hashtags. Although these large, sunshine-coloured blooms are associated with the Summer season, sunflowers come in 70 different varieties and some of which can withstand Winter months. Sunflowers can make the perfect Autumnal addition to any wedding with more unusual rusty colours becoming available.

In third place is the exquisite and elegant orchid, with 5 million hashtags. In addition to being popular wedding flowers for both bridal bouquets and centrepieces, orchids are also one of the most popular houseplants in Britain, making beautiful housewarming gifts.

Fourth place goes to the fragrant eucalyptus, with 1.9 million Instagram hashtags, while daisies round out the top five with 1.4 million hashtags.

5 tips To preserve Your Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers can be extremely costly, it would be a huge shame to waste them. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do with your beautiful arrangements after the big day.

1. Repurpose them throughout your home

The simplest idea but one you might not think of! Instead of throwing away your gorgeous flowers, you could break them down after your wedding to create different bouquets of different sizes which you can place around your home. With the right treatment flowers can last for up to a couple of weeks and you can have sweet reminders of your special day around your home.

If you can’t keep your flowers because you are going on your honeymoon, you could set up a bouquet station at your wedding so that guests can help themselves to the flowers so there is no waste.

2. Dry your flowers

Another simple way to preserve your flowers is to let them air-dry. This works especially well for your bridal bouquet. Unwrap and cut away and tape or ties then simply hang them upside down in a dry area. After a week you will have beautifully dried blooms which you can then arrange in a vase or create a wreath. You may even find that your florist offers this as a service.

3. Press your flowers

This is a great way to preserve your flowers whilst also creating some new wall art. Select as many flowers as you want, you can even use your entire bouquet, and arrange them in a way you are happy with. Make sure you are happy with the arrangement before pressing, as you won’t be able to manipulate them after. Once you are satisfied with your arrangement, lay the flowers inside the pages of a heavy book and shut the book. Make sure you use wax paper on either side of the flowers to ensure they do not stick and keep the flowers ink free. Weigh the book down with something heavy and leave them to dry for up to a week. Once dried, you can frame your flowers or create scrapbooks, bookmarks or even turn them into a luxurious bath salt mix.

4. Dip your wedding flowers in wax

Although this method won’t preserve them forever like the other methods mentioned above, it will extend their life by up to six months! You’ll need to melt down paraffin wax and leave it to cool slightly before dipping the flower heads in one-by-one until they’re completely covered. Once covered, leave them to dry hanging down. This method can be tricky so you might want to practice a few times before using your precious wedding flowers.

5. Create resin artwork

You’ll need to do this soon after your wedding to make resin artwork, as the flowers need to be as fresh as possible. There are several different companies that specialise in resin artwork but you can easily DIY it at home. To make a resin paperweight, you’ll need to get a mould in the shape you want, fill halfway with the resin and place the flowers carefully into the fluid. Fill the rest of the mould and let it dry. Take the mould off once dry and you’ll have a beautiful resin decoration that will preserve your wedding blooms forever.


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