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Can Wedding Guests Wear Flowers in their Hair?

Oddly, this is a question I have asked myself before more than one wedding. Is it okay for wedding guests to wear flowers in their hair, including flower crowns?

I say, why not? If you want to wear flowers in your hair or a flower crown to a wedding, go for it. Just make sure your look fits the season and vibe of the wedding, and keep it subtle to avoid potentially upstaging the bride or bridal party.

And be prepared to be mistaken as a member of the bridal party if your flower headpiece is very dramatic…

In this post, I’ll talk a bit about why you might want to rock flower power in your hair as a wedding guest, the options for ‘flower hair’ looks, and finally some things to be cautious about should you decide to go the flower route.

How to wear flowers in your hair to a wedding

Do you like the idea of wearing flowers in your hair to a wedding but aren’t sure how to go about it? Don’t over think it. Take a ride to the grocery store the morning of the wedding, grab a bouquet from the fresh flowers section, and start picking the ones you want to wear in your hair!

If you’re buying your flowers a day in advance, put them in the fridge to maintain freshness.

Planning to wear fake flowers? I advise you to go for the real thing if you can, because they’re more environmentally-friendly, smell better, and are just prettier, but work with what you got.

For a backyard wedding, why not just stick some flowers in your hair, or make it a single flower? Use bobby pins to hold them in place, or secure it by sticking the stem through your elastic.

A larger flower makes this look more dramatic:

Especially if you’re going to be attending a wedding in a tropical destination, wearing flowers in your hair as a guests feels… on theme.

If you’re thinking to yourself, I want MORE FLOWERS, perhaps the flower headband is more your style:

It’s still flowery and adds a little something something, without being too over-the-top.

Of course, another option is the classic flower crown, pictured below. But with this option I would advise guests to be careful and ere on the side of subtlety. A flower crown can take up a lot of emotional space and you don’t want to outshine the “star” of the wedding, aka the bride!

In a normal world where weddings are not so expensive and don’t hold so much pressure and expectation, guests should be able to wear the biggest, craziest flower crown they want (and whatever else they want).

Even this one:

HAHA! I love it. But in this day and age when couples are paying INSANE amounts of money to have a “perfect” day, I think it’s in every guest’s best interest to play it safe when it comes to wedding attire – as to not outshine anyone or draw unexpected, unwanted attention.

That paragraph just made me a little bit sad to type though, and I hope guests at my wedding feel free to wear whatever they want on their heads and/or their bodies!

What season to wear flowers in your hair

A summer wedding especially is a nice time of year to wear flowers in your hair to a wedding. And for spring weddings, you’ll have so many choices in bloom.

I recommend being as eco-friendly as possible and choosing to wear flowers that are local and in-season if possible. I’ve written in the past about how to do eco-friendly wedding flowers if you’re interested in learning more on this topic.

Here on the west coast, I feel that people are a bit more relaxed in terms of wedding attire, and that flowers and flower crowns would be a welcome addition to any wedding guest outfit at any time of year. Maybe the same is true where you’re attending a wedding!

If you’re attending weddings in colder seasons, I think flowers or a flower crown would still work well, just with a different color palette. In fall, autumn-colored leaves as a hair piece or crown would be awesome, and perhaps cranberries and twigs for a winter wedding.

What outfit do I wear with the flowers?

Flowers are also a nice complement to flowery, or flowy dresses I get many of my flowy dresses on Amazon, which you can go to and check out the prices on if you’re in need of something to match your hair flowers!

If you have a solid-colored flowy dress, multi-colored flowers might add an interested detail to your look. Really, though, the better question is: What don’t flowers go with? 🙂

Have fun with your floral head wear!


Brittany is a writer and teacher in Vancouver, Canada. She started the website Wayfaring Weddings as a way to share her research on affordable, eco-friendly, and less stressful approaches to wedding planning.