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DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE FLOWER AND WILL IT BE IN SEASON ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

Updated: May 17



Anemones, Ranunculus, Hellebores white bridal bouquet
Classic, elegant and modern Bridal bouquet

Congratulations if you are recently engaged and starting to plan your Wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate Wedding or a larger Wedding celebration flowers really enhance the ambience and atmosphere of your special day and they can also be a beautiful reminder of the season you married. As a Wedding Florist there is one question I always ask my Couples:

Brides and Grooms do you have a favourite flower that you really would love in your Wedding bouquet or buttonhole?

If you've answered yes then hope you enjoy this little blog to give you an idea of what will be in season around the time of your Wedding. Perhaps checking your favourite flower is in season before you book your Wedding date? This may sound a little drastic but if you're a flower lover and always dreamed of having a particular flower in your Wedding bouquet, then it's worth checking will it be in season? (I have recently flowered the most gorgeous Wedding that was centred all around stunning Coral Peony - but that will be another Blog post). Anemone, Dahlia and Peony have to be the most asked for Bridal flowers so please read below to see when they are in season.

Each season has a selection of special flowers and foliage, so I hope you enjoy reading this little guideline for Wedding inspiration to flower seasonal availability. Obviously this is just a guide, give or take a few weeks as Mother Nature has its own rules as to when some flowers can be available. But that is the beauty of nature and the excitement of creating Wedding designs that every Wedding is different and unique to each couple.


We purchase our flowers from a few different locations. We use a couple different sources to gather all our flowers and foliage for our Wedding work. Using wholesalers in the UK at Covent Garden Flower market who import from the Dutch flower auctions and around the world, so we are able to source lots of flower varieties. During the warmer months from April to October local flower farms add seasonally available English grown flowers to our designs. These English growers are now also sending into the flower market. Flowers grown outside at the local flower farms add charm and uniqueness to our work, the flowers will all have different characteristics and some beautiful wonky twisty stems as they are grown naturally. Being able to use flowers that are in season will also be a reminder of the time of year you married.

Winter

As December, January, February and March tend to be the busiest months for proposals when couples get engaged or start looking for a wedding florist so lets start with Winter Weddings.

Hellebore (otherwise known as the Christmas Rose) are only around during the colder months. Scabiosa seed pods are great for texture and Wax Flower adds interest. Anemones and Ranunculus start to become available too.


Anemones, Hellebores, Ranuculus, Sweet Peas, Roses, captured by Nick Ray

Hellebore, Ranunculus and festive Winter texture on workbench before ribboning

Spring

Ranunculus
Ranunculus

Spring, end of March, April and May is a refreshing time of year when Tulips and rufflicious Ranunculus are in full season and available in so many shades and varieties. Fragrant Hyacinths, Sweet Peas, Fritillaria, Lilac, Iris and Anemones are wonderful too. April beautiful blossom starts flowering in the Garden too and late Spring all the gorgeous fresh green foliage like viburnham and birch starts around late April early May. If you are having a very late Spring April Wedding Peonies might be available. What is available one year may not necessarily mean they are available the following year at the same time, give or take a few weeks.

Upclose Spring March bridal bouquet including Anemone, Hellebore, Ranuculus plus more, beautifully captured by Nick Ray Photography

Tulips, Ranunculus, Gentisa, Spring bridal bouquet
Spring Bridal bouquet

Anemones, Sweetpeas, Roses and Euringum thistle captured by Maja Tsolo Photography

Early Summer Peony
Peony

One of the most frequently requested flowers to be included in a Bridal bouquet is the Peony. These gorgeous fluffy blousy ball of petals are made even more special because they are very seasonal. Marrying in May then Peony are one flower that is definately around.

Coral Peony, Garden roses, Quicksand roses, Lissianthus, Stock. Gyan Gyan Photography

Peony, Roses, Sweet Peas, Butterfly Ranuculus, Gyp. Helen Warner Photography

Peony, Ranuculus, Sweet Peas, Jasmine. Helen Warner Photography

Peony, Roses, Sweet Peas, Forget me nots, Roses. Richard Skins Photography


Summer

Constance Garden roses

Summer is the main season for full blown Garden Roses many of which are highly fragrant. Achillea, Cosmos, Delphinium, Echinacea, Larkspur, Scabious, Stock, and Sunflowers.

In the UK Peony are generally available for only around 6 weeks maximum from the begining of May and early June so if it is one flower that must be in your Bridal bouquet it is worth considering marrying during those months.

Garden roses, Cosmos, Astilbe, Panicum Grass, Veronica. Jessica Reeves Photography

Roses, Lissianthus, Stock, Craspedia, Astible. Fiona Kelly Photography

Elegant and natural, Ohara roses, ferns and foliage Bridal bouquet. Captured by Helen Warner
Soft pastel blue and white Bridal bouquet

Classic all white timeless roses. Rebecca Searle Photography

Loose and natural textured bouquet captured by Inverve Studio

Fully wired bridal bouquet of Phalaenopsis Orchids and Roses

Classic and elegant domed bridal bouquet captured by Fiona Kelly

Modern and Chic Orchids, Anthirium and tropical leaves. Jade Greebrooke


Autumn

Dahlia pom pom
Dahlia

Dahlias are at their best during the late Summer/Autumn months and available in the most wonderful shades, blending beautifully with the natural nature shades at this time of year. Other flowers like Amaranthus, Calla lilies, Cosmos, Craspedia, Celosia, Orchids, Honesty Seed heads, Leucospermum and Pampas Grass. Hydrangea at this time of year start to naturally change shades to the most wonderful dusky muted tones.

Dahlia, Amaranthus, autumnal bridal bouquet full of texture. Captured by Graham Nixon

Bride and Bridesmaid bouquets captured by Natalie J Weddings

I would recommend that you start looking at what flowers are in season a year out in the month that you are planning to get married. Flowers are an integral part of a Wedding, they link and bring all your details together, from invitations, Bridal dress style, Bridesmaids colours, the style of your Wedding, Venue and even the cake.


Being chosen to design Wedding Flowers is an honour, we love working with our couples finding out their likes and dislikes and are here to advise and help. If you love flowers as much as we do we look forward to you getting in contact. I offer a free Wedding flower consultation if you'd like to discuss your Wedding flowers in more detail we can organise a Google Meet appontment. I look forward to hearing from you via email johanna@johannapedrickflowers.co.uk

Photo credits Wedding photographers who captured some of the above bouquet images

https://www.louiedonovanphotography.co.uk






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