Navigating Wedding Dress Codes & Coordinating Blooms

Wedding dress codes are a key decision in solidifying the style and tone of your wedding day. They can even create some peace of mind for guests, giving everybody in attendance a little glimpse of what to expect when walking through the doors to your ceremony and reception. If you’re leaning towards a specific dress code but are having trouble visualizing what the rest of your wedding might look like, this one’s for you! The team at Flora D’ Amore is sharing the best style guide to steer you in the right direction when it comes to florals that coordinate with your wedding dress code of choice.

Autumn wedding flower arrangement in bright colors

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White-Tie or Full-Dress

A white-tie (or full-dress) wedding is the epitome of elegance. Ladies, pull out all the stops with your most formal, floor-length gowns that make you feel like royalty, paired with dazzling jewelry. Gentlemen, it’s time to break out the tuxedos with tails, white shirts, vests, and bowties — the fancier, the better! Guests will be surrounded by florals fit for a palace, from white hydrangeas and roses to stems that were carried down the aisle during your favorite royal wedding: orchids, lily of the valley, gardenias, freesia, ivy, veronica, sweet peas, hyacinth, and the ever-so-regal myrtle.

White wedding bouquet with orchids


More common than white-tie weddings are black-tie weddings. This dress code still calls for women to dress to the nines in floor-length gowns or pantsuits (depending on the venue). Men should still consider a tuxedo (sans tails) with a bowtie, although a sleek black tie is also acceptable. Since this style can feel slightly more modern than the super traditional white-tie, floral designs can mirror this elegance with a twist. Imagine tall centerpieces in gold vases filled with classic roses, lush hydrangeas, sleek calla lilies, or ultra-romantic peonies.

White color wedding table decorated with decorative and elegant for wedding. There are flowers, candles and serving plates on the wedding table.

Formal or Black-Tie Optional

If your wedding invitation indicates a formal or black-tie optional dress code, guests will have a little more room to wear what makes them most comfortable. For women, that could be a fancy floor-length gown, but it could also mean a stunning cocktail dress. Men have the liberty of opting for a formal tuxedo or a pair of black dress pants with a nice dinner jacket — think white jacket for a summer soiree. Floral designs should be show-stoppers, especially for the ceremony. While your favorites, like roses and peonies, are always flawless, don’t shy away from adding unique blooms like protea, anemones, and lush greenery for texture and contrast.

Arch for the wedding ceremony, decorated with white and pink flowers. Wedding day.


Cocktail attire is the go-to for many weddings. Ladies, you’ll rock tea-length, midi, or knee-length cocktail dresses, while men will look dapper in their best suits and ties. Florals should be classic and beloved: your wedding besties could easily be roses, peonies, and ranunculus. Pair these blooms with abundant lush greenery and a fun, seasonal color palette to keep things lively and fresh. Think vibrant colors in summer or rich, warm tones in autumn to match the festive mood.

large pink and red rose floral centerpiece for wedding decor set on white linen table for festive party event

Semi-Formal or Dressy-Casual

Whether you opt for a semi-formal or dressy-casual dress code, the setting of your wedding will play a significant role in helping guests choose the perfect attire. For instance, darker colors pair well with evening weddings, while lighter shades are great for daytime ceremonies! From midi dresses and dressy skirts to pantsuits for women and dress shirts with a pair of nice slacks, either with or without a tie, for men, guests will arrive feeling comfortable, confident, and ready to celebrate in style. Flower designs will also be venue and vibe-specific — speaking to your unique style and personality, of course. This opens the door to a wide variety of wedding blooms, from the most popular to the most creative.

Decoration for centerpieces with flowers in pink, red and purple.


A festive dress code is still a relatively new concept that encourages guests to have fun with bold colors, patterns, and textures. Think cocktail dress code with bright, playful, funky accessories, from shoes and jewelry to bowties and pocket squares. Your wedding flowers should be just as vibrant: think big, bold, colorful stems with playful textures—dahlias, protea, anthuriums, and striking palm leaves will make your wedding a true celebration. These arrangements scream fun and excitement, perfectly matching the festive vibe.

Banquet tables decorated in tropical style decor, dishes on the tables with pink napkins, glasses, candles, colorful flowers


Casual wedding attire will never mean jeans, shorts, or flip-flops (big faux pas!). Instead, women are encouraged to wear nice, flowy sundresses with dressy sandals, and men should sport collared shirts with nice slacks or khakis (ties and jackets optional). Floral designs for a “casual” wedding also tend to lean toward a boho or country chic style and vibe. Picture wildflower arrangements with pampas grass, delicate baby’s breath, and other charming accents that create a laid-back, organic, and natural feel.

decorations made of wood and wildflowers served on the festive table

Team up with the experts at Flora D’ Amore and match your favorite wedding dress code with flawless floral designs that will bring your dream wedding to life!