Say it With Flowers: What’s in Season for Your Wedding?
Once you’ve booked your ceremony, chosen your dress, and decided on your colour scheme, it’s time to think about your wedding flowers.
With a budget in mind, a florist will be able to give advice on how to achieve the look and style you want or give ideas on how to coordinate the colours with your theme.
First make a list of what you would like to include such as a bouquet for the bride, and maybe the bridesmaids and posies for the flower girls, buttonholes for the men in the wedding party, corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom, and any arrangements needed for the church or ceremony and reception venue.
Budget is always important, and to make your money go that bit further it pays to choose flowers which are in season at the time of your wedding. We’ve pulled together a list of suitable blooms for whenever your big day falls.
This beautiful flower with it’s darker coloured centre would be an eye-catching feature in any January bouquet. Soft and feminine but durable enough to keep its shape.
Capture the essence of a winder wedding by including some delicate snowdrops in your arrangements, or hand-tie a few for your younger flower girls.
An unusual flower, resembling a thistle with its icy-blue spikes would be perfect for a wedding making the most of a winter theme and pairs beautifully with soft whites.
With a range from mid-blue to violet, pinks and creams these multi-petaled flowers fill a bouquet with soft colour for a late winter wedding. They also give a lovely scent to any arrangement.
Popular with a vintage look, muscari is a pretty, delicate flower particularly suited to hand tied posies.
Fluffy and light, viburnum is perfect for hand-held bouquets with the white variety resembling little snowballs.
Lily of the Valley
With its beautiful, sweet fragrance this delicate flower is at home in any arrangement and just coming in to season in March
Forsythia is a long-stemmed, usually yellow flower still in season in March, and perfect for taller arrangements for the wedding or reception venue, adding a vibrant spring sunshine feel.
March also sees the arrival of lavender and with its stunning purple hues and unmistakeable fragrance its perfect for adding scent to a bouquet, holds well in buttonholes, and fabulous for a more rustic venue.
With their sweet scent and soft texture, Sweet Peas look and smell wonderful in a bouquet and particularly suit the bridesmaid and flowergirl arrangements.
With daffodils in season, they offer an affordable and cheerful way to decorate tables. Perfect for seasonal spring bouquets and buttonholes.
In a fantastic range of colours, the beautiful tulip is a popular flower in spring bouquets, either alongside other seasonal choices or on their own. Again, they make beautiful table decorations.
In a huge range of colours, snapdragons look great on their own or mixed with other flowers in a bouquet or arrangement, and they’re in the cheaper price bracket when in season.
Enjoying a renaissance, carnations offer an affordable way to bulk up your bouquets and arrangements without blowing the budget. Perfect for a romantic theme.
In shades of white or ivory, these strongly scented flowers make perfect buttonholes and add a sense of classic romance to any arrangement.
Locally grown roses come in to season in June, offering that classic look in a range of beautiful colours with their unmistakeable fragrance. A popular choice for many.
Another popular choice for bride is a bouquet featuring peonies with their vast colour range and impactful simplicity they look great alone or mixed with other flowers.
Perfect for buttonholes and offering a splash of colour in a bouquet, these flowers last well out of water.
Stunning tall blooms in blues and purples make an impact in any bouquet or arrangement and are perfect for summer wedding, even when you are spoilt for choice.
A momentous bloom that features in traditional and classical arrangements, perfect for the bride who wants to make a statement. Depending on the soil they are grown in, hydrangeas are usually found in shades of purple and blue, but you can get varieties that are dusky pink and also white.
More affordable than peonies and just as impactful, these beautiful blooms can be found in a huge range of colours from palest pink to darkest burgundy.
What better way to celebrate the summertime than with striking sunflowers in your bouquet and arrangements. Perfect as standalone table decorations in a simple vase too.
From hot pinks to vibrant oranges, the exotic looking hibiscus flowers brighten up any bouquet and look stunning against a white dress.
With their sculptured elegance, calla lilies are a favourite wedding flower for many and suitable for bouquets, buttonholes, and arrangements. They come in a range of colours and sizes offering amazing versatility, however the white variety are coming to the end of their season in august and so can be more expensive.
A delicate flower whose buds have a twist in their bell shape making it an eye-catching alternative for buttonholes and corsages.
Bring a touch of exotic style to your wedding flowers with orchids as they flutter back in to season for a couple of months from September. Available in many varieties and colours there’s something to compliment any theme.
Almost heart shaped in appearance, this waxy flower is a bold choice for an individual bouquet. Available in a range of colours, including white, it’s a lovely choice coupled with berries and foliage if your wedding slides into autumn.
The beautiful long-stemmed gladioli makes a stunning addition to large bouquets or venue decorations. Coming in a vast array of colours, there’s something for everyone.
A bold choice for a stunning bouquet, Celosia come in a range of deep, vibrant autumnal colours from burnt orange and dark red through to deep yellow and burgundy.
Otherwise known as the Peruvian lily, this bloom is a popular choice in wedding flowers for its vibrant, delicate flowers and low cost per stem.
With its structured petals and intense fragrance this flower is well suited to buttonholes and corsages as well as bouquets. Its waxy oval leaves make it a perfect addition to a winter wedding arrangement.
Mainly thought of as a Christmas flower, but the white variety with its tall stem and open face makes a beautiful alternative for a wedding bouquet
A fabulous addition to winter floral arrangements, hypericum berries come in a range of natural colours from white to deep red.
Clusters of star shaped flowers surrounded by deep green leaves, these come in a range of varieties and colours. Available from white, through soft pink, with yellow and purple options too, these are a great alternative on the more usual Christmas themed bouquets.
In demand with the rich and famous, this variety of rose is sought after for its size and photogenic qualities. Its opulence is perfect for a Christmas wedding.
While not a flower, this foliage adds a winter decadence to all bridal floral arrangements with its unmistakable scent and trailing leaves.
So, no matter when you’re getting married there’s a host of flowers and foliage available for you to create magical bouquets and majestic arrangements within your budget.
By Janine Cobain
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