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While fragrant flowers look beautiful and can fill the room with a sweet, perfumey scent, they also can give you a headache, cause an allergy attack or make your food less-appetizing. So before you order bunches of Stargazer lilies to fill your venue, think about their strong scent. You can still use them, ... read more

While fragrant flowers look beautiful and can fill the room with a sweet, perfumey scent, they also can give you a headache, cause an allergy attack or make your food less-appetizing. So before you order bunches of Stargazer lilies to fill your venue, think about their strong scent. You can still use them, but think about using smaller amounts of them in with non-fragrant flowers. Avoid using them in bouquets since those are usually closer to faces/noses for longer amounts of time.

floral design

The above arrangement shows how to effectively use a strong-scented flower like Stargazer lilies in with subtle and no-fragrance blooms. The only other flower that has a scent in this altarpiece is the stock. Another ideal thing about this arrangement is it is an altarpiece, and therefore not on a guest table or being worn by the bridal party–so its scent won’t travel too far and it will likely not annoy guests in the least.

Most flowers do have some sort of fragrance, but the majority of them are subtle enough that they will not cause headaches, alter flavors or cause allergic reactions. I have compiled a list of fragrant, sorta fragrant and fragrant-less flowers below for your reference…

Usually people are more affected by the pungent (strong) fragrances that come out of these lovely blooms:
Oriental Lilies (most commonly used: Stargazer and Casablanca varieties)
Gardenias
Lily of the Valley
Lilac
Hyacinth
Herbs
Paperwhites
Christmas Greens
Eucalyptus

red wedding bouquet

I am a florist and even I am very allergic to Christmas greens and eucalyptus. Just being around the smell of them gives me a headache and eventually makes me sneeze or get a runny nose. I love the look of them, but they literally make me ill!!! While I do use these foliages, I try to avoid them whenever possible. In the above bouquet, I used boxwood instead of evergreens and I used seeded eucalyptus which I find less-offensive then spiral eucalyptus.

These lovelies are much less intense, but still fragrant:
Freesia
Stock
Peonies
Garden Roses
Sweet Pea
Some Rose, Sweetheart and Spray Rose Varieties
Dahlias
Stephanotis
Marigolds
Mums
Wax Flower

spring wedding bouquet

This bouquet is the perfect example of having some mildly-fragrant blooms, like peonies and sweet pea, in with a bunch of non-fragrant ones like ranunculus and Billy balls.

And if you want to play it safe, these flowers have subtle/minimal-to-no fragrance:
Most roses
Hydrangea
Callas
Most Orchids
Ranunculus
Tulips
Lisianthus
Gerbera Daisies
Carnations
Iris
Amaranthus
Celosia
Billy Balls
Brunia
Gladioli
Kale
Larkspur
Asiatic Lilies
Snapdragons
Bells of Ireland
Anemones

purple wedding bouquet

This bouquet combines non-fragrant kale, tulips, anemones, and lisianthus with lightly-fragrant sweet pea.

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