Picking out your wedding flowers can be one of the most fun, yet challenging parts of wedding planning. There are endless options to choose from and the prices can quickly add up. However, fresh florals and lush greenery elevate any event or venue space and can be hard to replicate with alternative decor.
To help guide your planning, embrace the season of your wedding and opt for flowers and colors that fit the natural timing of your big day. Choosing seasonal blooms can also help you stay within your wedding budget since flowers that are in-season are usually more available to florists and local vendors.
Use this seasonal flower bloom guide to identify the stunning florals for spring, summer, winter and fall. It even includes the flowers and greenery that bloom year round so you can mix in different styles and appease your budget. Follow these tips to plan out beautiful blooms for your wedding and add in some seasonal touches along the way.
Like with all things related to wedding planning, you should research ideas and collect images of flower bouquets, centerpieces, and decor that you admire. It also helps to collect photos of floral design pieces that you don’t like to give your florist or planner a better understanding of your vision and expectations. Save all of these images in one place and reference them during the planning process.
Stick to Your Budget
Outlining your budget from the start will help you plan out areas where you can splurge and areas you can save. Know your priorities and must-haves when going into the floral planning. Luckily, choosing seasonal flowers is a budget-hack to cutting down on florals costs. You can also substitute more expensive florals with year-round blooms that may be widely available at a lower price.
Follow the Season
Although it isn’t necessary to stick to seasonal colors, choosing a color scheme that fits within your wedding season can feel more cohesive and naturally pull things together. Don’t feel limited by your wedding season though; there are creative ways to make your flowers uniquely your one by adding surprising elements like jewels, rhinestones, feathers, fabric, or even fruit!
Here are some popular seasonal blooms for every time of year:
- Spring Florals: Peony, Poppy, Bluebell, and Lilac
- Summer Florals: Magnolia, Dahlia, Sunflower, and Iris
- Fall Florals: Marigold, Chrysanthemum, Aster, and Protea
- Winter Florals: Poinsettia, Daffodil, Tulip, and Violet
- Year-Round: Calla Lily, Rose, Orchid, Baby’s Breath
Talk to Your Florist
Flower blooms can be impacted by weather patterns at any time of year. As your wedding date approaches, contact your florist to ensure your planned florals are available. Otherwise, you may need to ship them in at a higher cost or change up the design of your flowers.
Preserve the Memories
After the special day comes and goes, you won’t be able to keep your wedding flowers forever but luckily there are some ways to keep those memories near and dear. Have your photographer take plenty of shots of your bouquet and decorations. You can also press flowers from your bouquet or preserve the petals in a shadow box display so you can treasure them for years to come.