5 Ways to Use Zinnias in Your Wedding

  • By Eleni N. Gage
  • Photos by Kate Mathis

Zinnias are gorgeous even when plunked (predictably) into mason jars. But with the right mix, the farm-stand favorites can be downright dazzling. 


A Fresh Look

"Zinnias are thought of as a humble flower," says floral designer Ariella Chezar, who grew the blooms featured here in her fields at Zonneveld Farm, in upstate New York. "But they have so much possibility, and there are so many cool varieties." Above, she's arranged red-and-white "Mazurkia;" tall peach "Zinderella;" and peach, orange, and pink scabiosa in gray porcelain vases by Mud Australia (from $60 each, mudaustralia.com). The neutral vessels set off the flowers' bold hues, and a love-in-a-puff vine winding through the arrangements adds romance. 

Loose & Lively

Zinnias in pitchers are a standby of rustic décor, and no wonder: The flowers evoke the carefree beauty of farmhouse gardens. For a more sophisticated spin, Chezar bunches red, gold, orange, and chocolate "Persian Carpet" zinnias in white Astier de Villatte pottery (from $75 each, abchome.com)— creating a haute-but-homey French-country feel. The narrow color palette makes them chic: "Zinnias have a big impact when massed together by color," she says. "It's when you mix all the shades together that they seem more pedestrian and familiar." 

All Dressed Up

Zinnias are abundant—flowering all summer long until the first strong frost—but they needn't be ho-hum. This lush chartreuse-and-pink bouquet is proof that they can be as showstopping as rarer, more costly blooms and can hold their own in mixed company. "Similar to carnations, they play well with others," says Chezar. This bold cascade mixes "Queen Red Lime" and "Zinderella Lilac" zinnias with ranunculus, pitcher plants, ivy berries, pink snowberries, love-in-a-puff vines, green acorns, oak leaves, and lycopodium ferns, all tied up with luxurious silk ribbons.


The Details: Chemical embroidered lace (#61473, color 40), $30.50/yd., and 50 mm gold moiré ribbon (#4496, color 13), $17.50/yd., www.mokubany.com

Dramatic Variety

This red-and-pink bouquet has a classic round shape and a foundation of traditional bridal blooms. (Hey there, spray roses, dahlias, and carnations.) But it's the "Mazurkia" zinnias that add new style to the pretty arrangement—and lend it a bit of deeper meaning, too. In the Victorian language of flowers, zinnias represent thoughts of absent friends. With this clutch, you can carry their love with you down the aisle.


The Details: Pink vintage brocade ribbon (#40283), $65/yd., eastcoasttrimming.com

Delicate Arrangements

They're known for fiery hues like red and orange, but zinnias aren't just zingy. "The colors are so varied," says Chezar, that it's easy to choose a palette that brings out their softer side. Just look at these peach and lavender "Zinderella" and scabiosa varieties, mixed in with pastel dahlias, eucalyptus, blushing brides, and lisianthus. Tied with a silk ribbon, the bouquet is feminine, elegant, and as fitting in a marble ballroom as it would be in a big old barn.


The Details: 50 mm silk moiré ribbon (#20001, color 31), $44/yd., mokubany.com


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