Have you ever read the Australian based wedding magazine, Wedding Style Guide? If not, you are definitely missing out. It is absolutely one of my favorite wedding magazines and I’m thrilled about partnering with them over the next couple of weeks to share some of my favorite wedding stories and real weddings which have been featured in past issues.

Poppies. Why don’t we see more poppies used in weddings? Their texture and coloring are like no other flower out there and they almost look like they’ve been made out of delicate pieces of paper. The thought of using pink, orange, yellow and red all in the same color palette seems a bit overwhelming at first, but I think the Wedding Style Guide team pulled the colors off brilliantly. I especially love the single poppy bloom boutonnieres…

Wedding Poppies

Photographed by Chris Court for Wedding Style Guide Issue 7


Comments (25)

Dognbird | Reply

I’m all about more poppies. Love the texture and color, could be an interesting trend for summer weddings with a vintage tip. Great find!

Jamie | Reply

I’m using poppies!!! they are my favorite flower and i wondered too why i don’t see them more often… at friend’s weddings or in ones i see online. I will be using mostly pink ones mixed in with an array of other flowers like peonies, sweet peas, etc all in shades of pink, coral, and orange/peach. it’s gonna be so pretty!!!

Laura | Reply

I’m hoping to use poppies as well – actually in the same colors and a similar as Jamie described above… with peonies, billy balls, ranunculus, etc.

I was told by some florists I met with that they are super delicate and not very reliable. Maybe thats why not a lot of people use them?

Marija | Reply

Lovely! These poppies really throw a bright sunny feel to everything!

Anne | Reply

I’m using a similar color pallet, and flower choices as the two girls listed above. My florist mentioned that poppies are a little weak so in my bouquet they’ll be supported by some sturdier flowers. But I agree poppies have always been some of my favorites.

Dawn | Reply

Love the invitations, do you know who the vendor was?

Tara | Reply

THANK YOU! I have been having a hard time finding poppies used in weddings. This really helps!

Pip Pip and All That | Reply

You must have read my mind. Gorgeous poppies are just what I needed on such a dreary, snowy winter day!

Happy Nappy Bride | Reply

I think my mom had a small heart attack when I told her that I wanted to have games at our reception, lol! Now I can send her this link and be redeemed.

megan | Reply

I am a florist and head over heels for flowers. I claim to have a different favorite all the time. In truth, my favorite flower is definitely the Icelandic Poppy.

That said, they are a nightmare to use in weddings. Their season is very short and unpredictable. When bought at the flower market, they are a mass of buds. Only about 2/3 will even open. That’s if you can find them – they are one of the hardest to find commercially grown flowers. They are also incredibly delicate. Once bloomed, they last only about 3 days. They are very susceptible to heat and I’m telling you right now – those poppy boutonnieres are just for show. In real life, body heat would make a poppy boutonniere wilt in about half an hour.

Sorry to be a downer. I just don’t want brides to get their hearts set on these beauties.

chelsea | Reply

SO pretty. I use poppies whenever I can. I think the reason a lot of people don’t use them is because they wilt easily but I couldn’t really care less.

Look forward to these post because I love Wedding Syle Guide magazine.

Mastin Studio | Reply

I love the poppies. Spring is almost here!

leigh | Reply

how beautiful. very cohesive but not matchy matchy the photos and great and the colors make me die a little inside for spring time.

leigh | Reply

how beautiful. very cohesive but not matchy matchy, the peach illustrations are my favorite. the photos are great and the colors are making me die a little inside for spring time.

Kelly Oshiro | Reply

I know! I saw some poppies in front of my parent’s local supermarket this weekend and I resisted the urge to snip some and bring them home with me.

Kate Miller Events | Reply

I was just thinking the other day, “why are there not more poppy weddings?” Because honestly, they are so fun, fluffy and textural! They are crepe paper reincarnated!

Alaina | Reply

Dawn, I love the invitations as well and have spent my whole morning tying to figure out who designed them. I finally found them. They are letterpress and made by Chapel Press at http://www.chapelpress.com.au.

Hope that helps!

Dawn | Reply

Thanks Alaina!

krystle | Reply

I thought poppies were in season during late summer/early fall…are they a spring flower?

Sandra | Reply

Hi absolutely adore poppy’s; but would usually not recommend them to a client for use in their wedding. The reason being is that my business is based in Canada. Canada is one of the countries that associates poppy’s with death. It’s a war memorial flower here that we use to remember the dead. Here we traditionally use the red ones.

It is a flower that I might recommend if the couple wishes to have a meaningful reminder of a relative who passed on that was a veteran. Without that aspect the association to death might be bad karma.

Someone | Reply

In the UK we also use them to remember those who were lost in military service especially WWI and WWII.

Annie | Reply

We are using poppies for the exact reason Sandra lists as maybe not wanting to use poppies. Well, not because they are associated with death, but because they are a war memorial flower. My fiance’ is a veteran and many of our friends and family members are, too, including my fallen cousin. We like paying homage to those who have served our country (we’re from the US) and it doesn’t hurt that we’re having an outside, early fall wedding and poppies are adorable, too! :)

ali | Reply

Love the photos, and I LOVE poppies. BUT I have to agree with what’s been stated already: poppies are very sensitive flowers. I’ve been growing them for years, whether Oriental, Californian, Icelandic, or Kashmiri, and they all seem to prove the rule that they don’t survive stress very well at all. Most of my poppies – in the garden, attached to roots in the ground (and well-watered) – last maybe 1 to 2 days max. from bud-opening to petal-dropping. And that’s under perfectly ideal conditions of well-watered plants, still in the soil, no stress and now wind. I can’t imagine what would happen if they’d been cut and wrapped for a bouquet.

I think the best solution for all us poppy-lovers out there is to find a garden that grows them and host the ceremony or reception (or photos) there. That way you get the true beauty of the flowers without the disappointment of watching the bruised petals fall off midway through the vows.

nikki | Reply

i adore poppies…cant seem to shake the idea of not using them for my wedding…everyone knows its ‘my flower’…so im forging ahead…whether they be real or silk..im going to make it work and be beautiful!! the bridesmaid dresses are gonna be a bright blue to contrast with the oranges, corals, pinks and yellows of the poppies..ive even found some pretty white ones:) ok but reason for my post…i wanted to share what i found for another meaning for the poppy…its an Asian version of Romeo/Juliet and for someone whos fiance is in the military…both meanings have huge influence of why im choosing the poppy…im listing the meaning next……..


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