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The Top Ten Hardiest Wedding Flowers for the DIY Bride!

written by Marina Strong April 4, 2014

Are you a DIY Bride looking for hardy, long lasting flowers that are easy to arrange? Then you’ve come to the right place! Our team at FiftyFlowers has compiled a list of the hardiest wedding flowers available, perfect for any bride with overactive nerves surrounding their upcoming wedding day.

Here we define hardy wedding flowers as those that have a few key characteristics: (1) long vase life – fresh cut flowers can live two days or two-plus weeks, we will focus on those with at least a six to seven day vase life; (2) semi-heat tolerant – many fresh cut flowers will wilt instantly when exposed to heat, here we explore options that tend to hold up best in the heat (but keep in mind no cut flower will thrive in the heat for long); (3) easy to care for – some flowers are shipped in a tight bud form and require special care or handling to bloom properly, the flowers featured below are easy bloomers or shipped in a ready to use form; and (4) easy to work with – some flowers require straws, wiring or special care to keep the bloom standing upright, we have decided to omit those from this list as well so that the flowers are both hardy and easy to arrange.

The following list reviews the top ten hardiest wedding flowers as selected by our team:


Chrysanthemums (Mums and Spider Mums)

Mums and Spider Mums










Known on FiftyFlowers.com as Mums and Spider Mums these blooms are an ideal focal flower. These flowers feature one large bloom per stem and come in a variety of colors and textures. Check out our bahlias for a dahlia-style flower that’s much more affordable and a lot hardier that an actual dahlia. View our football mums for a large, lush option or our spider mums for a unique spiky texture. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed with their long vase life and large lush blooms!


Daisies and Poms

Daisies and Poms










Similar to our Mum and Spider Mum category, our Daisies and Pom category is filled with flowers in a variety of colors and textures! Daisies and Poms are a spray flower, meaning that they have more than one bloom on a stem; this makes them an ideal filler flower for bouquets and centerpieces. They are very easy to work with and the spray of flowers easily fills in gaps and gives you a lot for your money.













Gone are the days of your grandma’s carnation, I mean, look at that color! Use these ruffled blooms to add lush and romantic texture. Offered in both a standard size with a single ruffled ball shaped bloom per stem and mini varieties with a spray of blooms on each stem, Carnations make an excellent focal or filler flower. Our designers have been known to cluster Carnations together to create what looks like a hydrangea but has the long vase life of a Carnation. We also can do the same to create a Faux Peony!


Peruvian Lilies or Alstroemeria

Peruvian Lilies










Peruvian Lilies, also known as Alstroemeria flowers, feature three to five gorgeous blooms on each stem making them a wonderful filler flower. Although delicate looking, they are long-lasting and available in a wide selection of colors, many with fun stripping or freckled appearances.













Succulents are a unique, incredibly versatile and easy to care for focal option. Perhaps not a flower in the true sense of the word, but they are definitely a popular and on-trend bouquet option. Succulents offer an extremely long vase life, need very little water and are shipped fully bloomed and ready to be used. I did say we were going to list flowers that were easy to use, and these will require wiring to use in a bouquet, but we can show you 2 ways to give succulents stems!


Craspedia Billy Balls

Craspedia Billy Balls










Craspedia Billy Balls, feature ball shaped blooms, hence the name, that rest on top of a thin, yet sturdy stem. Perfect for adding shape, texture and visual interest to bouquets. They are shipped in a ready to use form that lasts for days. Billy Balls also work well in boutonnieres, corsages and add a very fun geometrical pop of color to wedding bouquets.



Peach Anthurium










To finish out his list, we are going to focus on some tropicals, Anthurium being the first. In general, tropical flowers tend to be hardy flowers as they are grown in warmer climates and thus better suited to warmer temperatures. Anthurium flowers feature feature leaf-like blooms that come in an variety of bright and vivid colors. These flowers come ready to use and look great with other tropical blooms.


Cymbidium Orchids

Pink Cymbidium Orchid










Cymbidium Orchids are highly sought after because of their beautiful, star shaped blooms. These orchids are considered symbols of love and feature around 6-12 blooms per stem. The easiest way to use these, submerge them in vases of water! Check out this easy Submerged Tropical DIY tutorial we did with Something Turquoise.













A hardy flower list wouldn’t be complete without protea! Protea flowers 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. FiftyFlowers.com offers about a dozen different varieties of protea; choose your favorite to create a strikingly distinct look.


Birds of Paradise

Birds Of Paradise










Birds of Paradise are some of the most popular tropical flowers used in floral decorations. Resembling a bird’s head, the flower features spiky orange and purplish-blue petals that emerge from the beak-like flower. This tropical flower alone would make a unique table arrangement or can be combined in your bridal bouquet or flower arrangement.



With some prior planning and knowledge of wedding flowers that are known to last longer, bloom easily and tolerate warmer temperatures, brides can rest easier knowing their flowers will survive long after the last dance. Questions? Call us at 1-877-507-6737 or Chat Us online at FiftyFlowers.com!


Anonymous July 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

Thank you, I was looking for the flower Astrantia and its life span in a wedding bouquet and brides headdress. As I’ve been asked to make these as well as all floral for the wedding. I’m worried of the timescale as I want the flowers to look at their best.

Thalia July 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

Hi! Astrantia is very beautiful but it is also soft and delicate. I am not sure how well it would hold up in a headdress. Would the bride be interested in Poms? You can find our Daisies & Poms selection here. Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂


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