6 Tips for Incorporating Flowers into Your Wedding Cake

Keep reading to get all six of our tips for deciding if using fresh flowers on your wedding cake is right for you.

By Anni Irish

Tips for Incorporating Flowers into Your Wedding Cake
Photo by Shaunte Dittmar Photography

The First Look ✨

  • Fresh flowers play a huge role in any wedding, and more and more are being used as another detail to enhance the look of wedding cakes.
  • There are few things to keep in mind if you’re interested in using florals on your cake. One major thing is to make sure that the flowers are edible and haven’t been treated with any harmful chemicals or pesticides.
  • When deciding whether or not you're interested in using flowers on your wedding cake, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional baker, pastry chef, and/or florist.

What kind of cake they want and how to decorate it is a huge moment in any couple’s wedding planning journey. When it comes to timeless elegance, one way to wow guests is by decorating your cake with fresh flowers. Using real, and sometimes edible, flowers can give your wedding cake a classic and beautiful look with extra wow-factor. Nowadays pastry chefs are creating wedding cakes that look like true pieces of art and using real flowers adds another dimension.

Wedding cakes are one huge focal point of a wedding. They are often quite literally put on a pedestal, and your choice and style of cake say a lot about who you are and what kind of aesthetics you’re drawn to. And the cutting and eating of the cake is one of the most anticipated moments in a wedding reception, which can add more pressure to picking the perfect cake for you. Using fresh flowers can help add something special to your dream cake and enhance an already beautiful focal point to your reception.

When it comes to using fresh flowers in your wedding cake, there are a few things to keep in mind. Things like deciding what kind of look you want to do with your florals, what kind of flowers, and also if they are edible or not are just a few things you'll want to think about when making this decision.

Do Your Research

One of the biggest things to do when deciding whether or not you want to incorporate flowers on your wedding cake is researching the topic. This will give you insight into what to expect in terms of how to go about using them, but also what kind of flowers, and also ensuring that it's safe for you and your guests. Using flowers that are non-toxic is essential, but if you aren't sure what to look for knowing how to go about this can be tricky.

There’s also a specific way flowers need to be prepared in order to go on your cake. It's not just a matter of cutting them and placing them around the cake. For example, often once you cut the stems of flowers, they can leak. To avoid that, bakers and florists will cut the stems, then wrap them.

Here is a list of flowers that are generally considered safe: pansies, lavender, violas, violets, roses, marigold, cornflower, carnations, chrysanthemums, day lily, hibiscus, peony, chamomile, freesia, gerber daisy, lisianthus, queen anne’s lace, primrose, and sunflowers. There are, of course, other edible safe flowers. A longer list can be found here.

Consult a Professional

When you’re deciding exactly what kind of flowers to use on your wedding cake, it’s vital to have a conversation with your baker—and also possibly a florist. Consulting with your baker can help fill in a lot of blanks for you in terms of how they’ve used flowers on wedding cakes in the past. They can give you an idea of what’s worked really well and what hasn’t. They have a professional knowledge base and are there to help guide you through the process whatever you decide to do. Another reason to discuss this with them is because they know what kinds of flowers are edible and which aren't, which is incredibly important to know when feeding guests. You'll also want to double check with them to make sure the flowers you’re using haven't been sprayed with anything that could be potentially harmful to you and your guests. such as pesticides and other things.

Make Sure the Flowers You Choose Haven’t Been Treated With Harmful Chemicals

While this information can sometimes be a little hard to come by, it’s important to make sure that any flowers you use on your cake haven’t been treated with harmful chemicals or pesticides. You can find this out by tracking down where the flowers came from. If you’re using a flower farm or distributor, they can put you in touch directly with the grower. If you aren't working directly with them, make sure to ask whoever is sourcing the flowers.

Make Sure the Flowers You Choose Are Edible

Make certain any flowers you choose are safe for human consumption. Having this kind of information is extremely important, and you want to make sure that whatever kind of florals you use can be ingested without any harmful side effects.

If you are even the slightest bit unsure, the best thing to do is avoid eating them and check with a professional. They can give you the best advice about how to proceed. You can refer to the list provided in the research section as well, but the best thing to do is always ask if you have a question. This way you can avoid anything bad from happening.

Here are flowers to avoid: lily of the valley, daffodil, poinsettia, azaleas, calla lily, hyacinth, oleander, wisteria, rhododendron, hydrangea, mistletoe, holly, and sweet pea. A longer list can be found here.

Decide What Style of Cake You Want and How You Want to Use Flowers for It

One major thing that will play a role in all of this is deciding the style of cake you want. Once you are able to nail down your larger theme/aesthetic, you can narrow down other factors. After you’ve made up your mind on the kind of look you want your cake to achieve, you can also determine precisely how you want to incorporate florals into the overall look.

There are a lot of ways to go about it. From having flowers be a focal point of the cake to using them more as a decorative accent, this all depends on how much of your cake you want to use florals on. Once you have these details figured out, you can then start to brainstorm exactly the kind of look you want to achieve with the flowers.

Decide How to Incorporate Flowers Into Your Cake

When you’re thinking about the best way to use flowers on your wedding cake, there are a lot of ways to go. You can choose to make them a focal point or have them be a subtle accent—or be something more in the middle.

Some possible options could be a floral topper. This could be really tasteful and understated and feature some of your favorite florals on top of your cake. It could also be larger or smaller, depending on you and your partner's taste.

A flower cascade is always a great way to go. This could be off to one side of your cake or also be featured on multiple tiers, depending on the aesthetic you want. A minimal cake where flowers are the main focal point is equally beautiful. Florals can add a striking and bold element to any cake. Think about different colors, and the various textures they can add and how different seasonal flowers can be incorporated. Using flowers can also help you get creative and think outside of the box.

There are a lot of great and creative ways to work flowers into your wedding cake design. They can help provide a real wow factor for you and your guests and add another memorable detail for your big day. Flowers can help make your cake really stand out and make it come to life in another way. However, you choose to use florals for your wedding cake, remember to do research and always consult a professional to ensure it's safe for you and your guests.

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