A Seasonal Guide to Wedding Flowers
Photo: Krista A. Jones Photography
There are many costs associated with wedding planning, from the venue to the invitations and beyond. One of the more expensive wedding costs can be florals, with an average bridal bouquet costing $150 — and that’s before you calculate centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, and other floral displays. After all is said and done the average couple can plan to spend $700-$2500 on their floral budget.
Incorporating seasonal flowers into your wedding day gets you the best quality blooms for a lower price tag. You’ll get the best quality and a lower price tag because blooms are more affordable during their peak season.
When you order in season flowers, your florist doesn’t have to compete with other businesses to order a flower that’s in high demand and low quantity. It also cuts down on shipping costs because florists can more easily use local vendors. Keep in mind that weather, climate, and a number of other factors can impact flowering seasons so make sure to double check with your local florist before you order. If you know what month you’re planning your wedding or pre-wedding event, you can also jump to the specific season for flower inspiration here:
- Spring Flower Inspiration
- Summer Flower Inspiration
- Fall Flower Inspiration
- Winter Flower Inspiration
Flowers add beautiful and natural notes to your wedding day. Incorporating season-specific blooms will create a trendy and authentic display that will have your guests and wedding photographer swooning. You can also consider designing your own dreamy DIY wedding bouquet or flower centerpieces.You can also order flowers online for your bridesmaids bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnieres and more.
While you’ll save money using peak-season blooms for your bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral displays, keep in mind that some are more expensive than others. Year-round blooms can make perfect bouquet fillers or statement pieces during any season.
Below, we’ve designed inspirational mood boards featuring seasonal bouquets so you can get ideas before you go flower shopping.
Spring Flower Inspiration
Spring kicks off the year’s biggest blooming season. As the weather slowly warms, plants begin to flower into beautiful pastel shades. You’ll want to take advantage of the fresh florals as they awaken for your springtime wedding. It’s the perfect time of year to add in pinks, peaches, purple, and cream into your wedding style.
Something to keep in mind when selecting your springtime bouquets is that cold fronts and long winters can delay the flowering season, which can impact the fullness of your blooms. Touch base with your florist a few weeks before the wedding to see if you can still buy locally sourced in season blooms to cut down on cost or if it makes more sense to order them due to weather.
Check out some of our favorite delicate springtime blooms:
Ranunculus: This large petaled flower is found in a wide variety of wedding bouquets. Its petals look similar to rose petals but are extremely delicate and tissue-paper thin. Their color palette makes them perfect for any season and despite their springtime bloom, they are cheap and widely available so you can feature them all year long!
Bluebell: Add a whimsical touch to your bouquet with bluebell wildflowers. These intense blue bulbs grow in woodland areas and are linked with fairy enchantments in British folklore. Their deep shades make this flower a moody addition to any bouquet, perfect for a garden-inspired look.
Poppy: Because poppies prefer cooler weather, these flowers have a short blooming season that wraps up by May. If you’re getting married in spring, this crinkly spring flower will add bright color to your bouquet. Although the petals come in many shades, the center is usually bursting with yellow, making this wildflower a perfect addition to a bouquet for a free-spirited outdoor ceremony.
Peony: This voluminous flower is a wedding bouquet favorite. Peonies have silky, fluffy petals that come in light hues. The petals have a strong aromatic scent and they begin to burst as the warm weather moves in, making them a perfect option for a fresh springtime wedding. They’re also fit for royalty as they are Megan Markle’s favorite flower.
Summer Flower Inspiration
Summer is the perfect time of year to feature bold colors and full blooms. Many flowers that began to bulb in springtime reach peak bloom during the hot summer months so you have endless options to take advantage of.
It’s also the perfect season to add tropical, warm weather flowers to your special day. Bright, exotic floral choices are a great way to tie a summertime vibe into your ceremony. One thing to keep in mind is that all that sunshine makes heat waves and dry spells common this time of year, which can impact the blooming season of some flowers.
Here are some of our favorite warm season blooms:
Sunflowers: Add a bright pop of summertime to your wedding with this classic wildflower that resembles rays of sunshine. Sunflowers begin flowering in July and their bountiful bloom makes them extremely affordable. Sunflowers are also considered a symbol of good luck, so incorporating them into your floral display will start your marriage off with positive and bright sunny vibes.
Snapdragon: Early summer is the best time to take advantage of snapdragons, which begin budding in the cool springtime. This flower is from the Mediterrannean and has fragrant petals and long stems. Snapdragons come in a wide variety of beautiful bold shades and they’re perfect to pair with larger buds such as roses and peonies.
Orchid: Start your honeymoon early with this tropical stunner. While many varieties bloom year round, orchids feel especially seasonal during the sunny summer months. Their bright petals resemble butterfly wings and despite their high cost, orchids can be a practical bouquet choice given their long life span. Pair with lush greenery and bright bulbs for a lush, tropical floral design.
Dahlia: These dreamy summer flowers are bright, bold, and uniquely shaped. While they begin blooming in late May, their flowers begin to burst during the summer months into early fall. Dahlia’s large bloom, affordability, and variety make this a practical and impactful addition to your bouquet.
Fall Flower Inspiration
Flower season slows down as the crisp air moves in. Autumn sees plants and trees shed their leaves as foliage transforms into beautiful jewel-toned hues. This whimsical time of year is a great time to add boho touches to your wedding day, such as flower crowns. Other seasonal touches for your floral arrangements can include twigs, feathers, and berries.
Many summer blooms continue to flower throughout early fall, so despite the changing colors autumn brings you’ll still have tons of options to choose from. You’ll also find a rebirth of some cool-weather bulbs that resurface from spring after hiding from the summer heat.
Here are some of our favorite flowers to add into a fall wedding display:
King Protea: This statement flower will steal the show at your wedding. The tropical flowering plant is South Africa’s national flower and it stuns with a heavy head, spiky petals, and a thick stem. Despite its light pink color, the uniqueness of this flower makes it the perfect addition to a moody fall bouquet.
Amaranthus: This exotic longtailed plant has rich Aztec history and its name translates to “love lies bleeding.” With rich harvest hues such as pink, red and green, these petals hold color even when dry. The velvety flowers will look sultry and glamorous as they cascade down your wedding bouquet.
Chrysanthemum: Also called mums, this popular flower signifies autumn abundance, making it the perfect addition to your fall wedding day! Mums come in brilliant shades and offer brides tons of variety in flower shape. They’re also easy to grow in the late summer season, making them an affordable bouquet addition and a great flower for fall gardens.
Delphinium: This summer bloom is still in season through October, making it a perfect addition to an early fall wedding display. There are multiple shades of petals so you can choose a more traditional autumn color or surprise your weddingguests with pops of delicate blue petals paired with more traditional fall shades.
Winter Flower Inspiration
Few flowers can survive the hard frost of wintertime. Celebrate the strong stems that bloom despite the chill by featuring them in your winter wedding!
This season is all about delicate decadence, from your wedding cake to your floral display. Try featuring neutral flowers with pops of bright red and green. You can also add in festive holiday ornamentation with features like pine cones and red berries.
Here are some lovely and sturdy winter floral options:
Hellebores: Often called a Christmas rose, these flowers may bloom as early as December. Hellebores have a rich history in both Ancient Greek Mythology and Christianity. These plants’ tolerance for frost and stunning, rich petals make them an obvious choice for a dreamy winter wedding display.
Anemone: Also known as windflowers, these bulbs are a symbol of love between Adonis and Aphrodite in Greek Mythology. This along with their striking petal shades, including deep plum, make them a perfect choice for a winter wedding.
Eucalyptus: Delicate greenery has been really popular in wedding florals over the past few years and the beautifully textured leaves of eucalyptus make this a perfect choice for a winter bouquet filler. Native to Australia, these leaves grow on trees and have a strong, aromatic scent. They look beautiful fresh or dried, so you can buy them fresh or stock up early.
Winter Garden Rose: Roses are a symbol of love and beauty, which is why they’re the most popular wedding flowers. They also bloom all year round, making them a romantic and tasteful choice any season. Winter Garden Roses bloom in December so their soft, delicate petals won’t break the bank and still offer a beautiful color variety during the winter season.
A beautiful bouquet can be one of the most memorable parts of your wedding day. Beyond a visually stunning display, flowers add natural textures and elements into your ceremony and reception, reinforcing the intrinsic nature of love and marriage.
Although everyone’s budget is different, taking advantage of seasonal blooms will help you save in the floral department. Every season has its own features–from the fresh blooms of springtime to the deep hues of winter–and researching up on florals before you visit your florist will help you pick a bouquet that matches your theme and wedding palette.
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