Wedding Flowers on a Budget: DIY WAX Flower Arrangements

Say hello to your new best friend, Wax flower.

Peruse the endless scroll of Pinterest and you’ll notice a theme. Baby’s breath, mason jars, and burlap. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE baby’s breath too, but there is a colorful alternative that is just as cost effective and still gives you the rustic, “picked from the garden” style.

Traditionally labeled as an accent flower, wax flower has enough potential to stand on its own. Delicate with a lemony fresh scent, these long lasting blooms symbolize patience and lasting love. Arizona Flower Market is happy to work with farms in Australia to carry some of the largest wax blooms. (Sometimes they can be the diameter of a dime!) We are so crazy about our wax flower, we wanted to share some ideas with you on how to incorporate wax flower arrangements into your wedding.

Wax Floral Crowns

Floral crowns became widely popular last year. If you can’t afford a crown decked out in peonies and garden roses, consider a more affordable solution using wax flower. Because they are so simple, wax flower crowns will complement any wedding gown and bouquet style and will never overpower your beautiful glowing face!

Wax floral crown

Wedding Bouquets

Adding wax flower to your bouquet is a great way to stretch your dollar. Instead of packing in traditional spotlight flowers such as roses, dahlias, and peonies, mix in some wax flower to fill in the spaces and add some dimension to the look — the spotlight flowers will stand out even more if you give them more space to shine! Wax flower is available in white, pink, lavender, and yellow, so there are plenty of colors to blend with your dream bouquet!

Wax flower bouquets

Simple Centerpieces

Wax flower is flexible and fairly durable, making them beyond easy to work with. If you are DIYing your own centerpieces and want a simple look that will be easy to tackle, consider one of these simple centerpiece ideas. You can mix the wax flower with a few small blooms to add a little variety (tulips are a great idea since they are also easy to work with and easy to arrange with the wax flower), or you can allow the wax flower to stand on its own. Using the wax flower alone is a beautiful idea for rustic or outdoorsy-themed weddings, especially if you use mason jars or an eclectic array of antique vases.

white tulip and wax centerpiece, pink rose and wax flower centerpiece, purple wax flower rustic centerpiece

Other Wax Flower Arrangements

One of the best ways to use wax flower is to incorporate it throughout your entire wedding. One stem of wax flower can be used to construct a ring corsage, which is a great alternative for mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom corsages.

You can also dress up a simple cake with wax flower accents on each tier. Wrap each layer in a band of beautiful wax flower or ask your baker to design a cascade down one side. Fed up with frosting? Wax flower is the perfect addition to any naked cake too!

If you are feeling even more adventurous, you can also use wax flower to spruce up your man’s beard! Or not, your choice, but it does look cool and will leave your man smelling fresh and heavenly! For a slightly more practical idea (that he’ll actually let you do), you can tuck wax flower into each guest’s napkin at the reception. The bright sprig of flowers will make your tables look ever so elegant and provide a fresh palate cleansing smell before dinner.

Wax flower ring corsage, wax flower cake decoration, wax flower beard

Floral Crowns
Left: Jessica Sim Photography//Leaf & Honey
Right: Taylor Lord//Vintage Florals

Wedding Bouquets
Left: Elisa B’s Photography//Floral Designs by Jacquelyn
Middle: Tiffany Rebecca Photography//Brant Florist
Right: Ulmer Studios//Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events

Left: Maddy Hague
Middle: Connie Lyu Photography//Rooted Harmony
Right: Topsynette on Flickr

Other Wax Flower Arrangements
Left: Cara Dee Photography//Hide and Seek Design
Left-Middle: Sweet Cakes & Pastry
Right-Middle: Laura Segall Photography
Right: Sarah Winward