Choosing wedding flowers by season can help save costs and make the planning process easier.
Seasonal Flowers Save Money
One of the best reasons to choose wedding flowers that are in season is that they are often cheaper. Instead of having to fly or truck in particular varieties, local growers and greenhouses can often provide the plants without the added shipping costs.
Wedding arrangements made with seasonal flowers gives the wedding decorations a more cohesive look, especially if photos are done outside where the time of year will be evident. Of course, brides can choose any flowers they wish for their wedding, but if you are using the season as a big part of a wedding theme, it makes sense to keep flowers in line with that season.
Depending on the flowers you choose, building ceremony and wedding reception decorations based on your flowers can also be cheaper than finding other ways to decorate. Flowers automatically look dressed up and a single stem can be placed in a vase with a ribbon for an easy elegant look at little cost. Choosing seasonal flowers can really make the decoration savings add up.
Choosing Wedding Flowers by Season
In the United States, seasonal flowers will vary by region. After all, a winter growing season in Florida is different than a forced indoor season in upper Minnesota. Speaking with your wedding florist can help you identify the commonly used varieties of wedding flowers in your area of the country.
Winter wedding flowers and greenery used in bouquets and décor might include:
Special attention is often paid to Christmas wedding bouquets and arrangements, using deep red and green velvets for tying the stems. Poinsettias make cheap centerpieces at the reception.
Love and flowers both bloom in the spring. Be sure to let your florist know whether or not you want your flower heads to be blooming. Different arrangement effects can be created by using blooming or closed flowers.
- Blossoms (cherry, pear, apple)
- Sweet Pea
Summer often brings the most weddings and the biggest choice of flowers for brides-to-be. Summer wedding flowers include:
- Lilies (Calla, Casablanca, Lily of the Valley)
- Black-eyed Susans
Fall foliage is frequently used in arrangements and bouquets, especially in the Midwest and Northeast. The rich oranges, reds and yellows of the fallen leaves make a perfect background for fall wedding flowers. Choices of flowers might include:
Grains and fruits also make appearances in fall wedding floral arrangements for greater variety and a seasonal harvest connection.
Additional Seasonal Flower Information
Many flowers are available year round in most parts of the country. Forced bulbs, roses, lilies and stephanotis are just a few. Tropical flowers and other out-of-season flowers can be shipped almost anywhere.
To save money and use flowers that are not in season, you can always use silk wedding flowers in your bouquets and arrangements. Wedding florists often have large selections of high quality faux flowers for this purpose.
Get more information on wedding flowers by season by visiting the following websites:
- Garden Flower, Shrub and Tree Index: LoveToKnow's Gardening channel has a large glossary filled with information and photos of many of the flowers listed in this article.
- Tiger Lily Weddings: A South Carolina florist that lists available flowers by month. While regional, it can provide a starting point for others looking for in-season flowers.
- Flower Pictures: Galleries of flowers, including seasonal and month-to-month for the Midwest.
Choosing wedding flowers by season can help couples save money while still planning lovely floral accents for their ceremony and reception. With many types of flowers available throughout the year, it is easy to find just the right bloom no matter what season it is.