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Dahlia Guide: Beautiful Dahlias For Weddings (14 Stunning Photos)

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There’s no denying it, dahlias are breathtakingly gorgeous. So much so, that if you think you don’t like them, I challenge you to read on, as there are so many sizes, shapes and colours within the dahlia family that I bet you find one to fall in love with.

Some, like the one used below by Little Big Farm, are the size of dinner plates! For me, I am in love with them all, as each one has their own unique feature. Some have soft, ruffled petals while others are more structured. Let’s take a closer look at decorative dahlias: their season, colours, varieties and how to best use them in weddings.


Dinnerplate Dahlias | Floral Design by Little Big Farm | Photography by With Love & Embers


In Australia, dahlia season is Summer/Autumn, from late December, early January to around April. I love this season as the locally grown blooms from the Adelaide hills start popping up everywhere, from the markets to jaw dropping images on Instagram. They are truly captivating cut flowers, originating from Central and South America between Mexico and Colombia.

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Dahlia Season | Image via https://www.floretflowers.com


The range of colours available is extensive and breathtaking, as one of my favourite farmer florists, Floret Flowers, shows here. There are deep red burgundy tones, brighter reds, pinks, purples and peaches in all shades, as well as lemons, creams and whites. Because of the extensive colour palette available they can be used in bright festive floral designs, to pretty, soft and feminine designs.


Colours | Image via https://www.floretflowers.com

One of the most popular shades with brides-to-be is the soft pastel pink dahlia. A lovely choice for a summer/autumn wedding for the pretty in pink bridal party.

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Soft Pink | Floral Design by Green Petal Design | Photography by Sandra Fazzino

Cactus Dahlias

Now, there are many, many varieties, but I have chosen to focus on just a few of the more popular varieties. Firstly, one that may not be as well-known as some, but is quite unique: the cactus dahlia.

It has long pointed petals that roll back on themselves giving the petals a spiky look, like a spider chrysanthemum. While this variety is not as popular with some brides, I think this style can be quite interesting, adding texture and interest to a design. The cactus dahlia in the floral design below by Basil & Bergamot Flower Farm certainly stands out as the feature.


Cactus Dahlia | Floral Design by Basil & Bergamot Flower Farm | Photography by Abigail Bobo Photography

A simple grouping of this variety, perhaps in different colour tones, can give a simple and striking effect on guest’s tables. I love this table centre design by The London Plane.

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Table Centre | Floral Design by The London Plane | Photography by Christine Clark

Double Dahlias

Now this variety, the double dahlia, is what most people know and love. They have a double layer or ring of broad flat petals that come to a point. Sometimes these petals are wavy, especially in the larger blooms, but most are straight. Some varieties are formal with evenly spaced petals and some are informal with random petals forming the overall circle shape.


Photography by Jesse Leake

You can see each flower is different, even within the one variety. Blazing Star Farms created this beautiful wedding bouquet using different sized and shaped blooms within the double dahlia family.


Bouquet | Floral Design by Blazing Star Farms | Photography by Katie Slater Photography

Pom Pom Dahlias

Sometimes referred to as a Pompon or ball dahlia, it is aptly named for the shape of the bloom. I could stare at these blooms and marvel at their perfect petal design all day long. They remind me of a beehive for their perfect structure. Pompoms are often smaller in size than the double.

pink pompon

Pink Pompon Dahlia | Image by kmillerphotographs.com

How cute do they look in this bouquet by Nature Composed? The colours of apricots are just gorgeous, in all the flowers including the ranunculi and peonies.


Orange Pompom | Floral Design by Nature Composed | Photography by Laura Gordon Photography

Single Dahlias

These have a single row of flat overlapping petals. You can see the centre of the flower and in this regard, it looks like well-known daisies with the outer sometimes pointy petals and prominent centre. Again, there are so many colour variations, like every colour of the rainbow!


Singles| Image via https://www.floretflowers.com


The possibilities for this flower in weddings are endless. Perfect in simple vessels scattered down a long table or as feature blooms in floral crowns (the stronger pompon varieties work best for this). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for buttonholes as they are large and the petals would not hold up to a lot of stress. Some varieties and colours can be more delicate than others and they do like to be in vessels of water rather than oasis as they drink lots of water up their tall stems.

Naturally they are an absolute hero and feature flower for any wedding bouquet. This combination of whites, roses, blushing bride and green textured foliage by Mint Floral Co is just beautiful.

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Dahlia Wedding Bouquet | Floral Design by Mint Floral Co | Photography by Sarah K Byrne + Dylan M Howell

The brighter blooms including red, burgundy, hot pinks, bright oranges and yellows are fantastic for adding colour into wedding flower design. These blooms can certainly pack a punch with their size and colour. Use them to make a bridal party stand out or have guests saying ‘wow’ upon entering your reception space.

red bouquet

Red Bouquet | Floral Design by Papillon Floral Design |
Photography by Mike Larson

What is your favourite colour and variety? I am always torn between the doubles and the pompoms. And as for colours, well, that’s an even harder decision!

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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  1. Yes they are stunning flowers, what would you suggest the best way of keeping
    them looking good and standing strong in a brides bouquet ? thanks

    1. Author

      Hi Kim,

      I recommend buying Dahlias at their most fresh, just before the wedding, conditioning them buy re-cutting the stem, removing leaves and giving them a good drink.

      Then when arranging them in a bridal bouquet I do like to support their large bloom with strong foliage or other mix blooms positioned next to them to give them some support.

      Some varieties are stronger than others and don’t need this and can even be used on their own or loosely, but for the more delicate varieties using other blooms and foliage to support I find works well. It also makes them the stand out feature in a bridal bouquet which is perfect because they are so beautiful.

      Hope that helps, Kyla 🙂

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