Congratulations if you are recently engaged and starting to plan your Wedding. As a Wedding Florist there is one question I always ask my Brides:
Do you have a favourite flower that you really would love in your Wedding bouquet?
If you've answered yes then it's worth checking with a Wedding Florist that this flower will be in season around the time of your Wedding. Perhaps checking 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? Having said that each season has a selection of beautiful flowers and foliage, so I hope you enjoy reading this little guideline for Bridal 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 work that every Wedding is different and unique to each couple.
As December tends to be the busiest month for proposals lets start with Winter Weddings. Roses are available all year round and flowers like Hellebore (otherwise known as the Christmas Rose) are only around during the colder months. Scabiosa seed pods are great for texture and interest. Delicate Butterfly Ranunculus, Ranunculus and Anemones start to become available too.
A few flowers overlap like Tulips and Ranunculus which can have limited colours over the Winter. Spring is a refreshing time of year when Tulips are in full season and available in so many shades and varieties. Fragrant Hyacinths, Jasmine, Sweet Peas, Lilac, Iris and Anemones are wonderful too.
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. This is also the main season for full blown Garden Roses many of which are highly fragrant. Achillea, Cosmos, Delphinium, Echinecia, Larkspur, Scabiosa, Stock, and Sunflowers.
In the UK Peony are generally available for only two months from the beginning of May and June so if it is one flower that must be in your Bridal bouquet it is worth considering marrying during those months. Obviously Mother Nature is a wonderful thing and Peonies can flower a little earlier and go on a little longer after June.
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, Celosia, Orchids, Honesty Seed heads, Leucospurnum and Pampas Grass. Hydrangea at this time of year start to naturally change shades to the most wonderful dusky muted tones.
Wedding Inspiration and Planning
I would recommend that as a Bride 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, linking and bringing everything 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. firstname.lastname@example.org