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Wedding Flowers For Your Month, Cost-saving Tips

Updated on November 25, 2016
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Discover which Fresh Flowers are in Season

Every month has its own seasonal flowers. To obtain the freshest, most beautiful, and affordable flowers, it helps to know what is available for your bridal month.

Flowers are probably one of the more costly wedding purchases. Not quite as costly as the venue or food, but on par with this part of the budget. Floral arrangements add to the beauty of the wedding party and set them apart, besides adding fragrance and ambiance to the entire decor.

How To Make The Best Choice

  1. Look at the months you are considering for your wedding date
  2. Consider the colors of your wedding theme
  3. Perhaps you have favorites to include
  4. Make your choice from those readily available for that time of year.


A Complete Guide

For choosing and using the best flowers for the month you are being wed. Ideas for combining colors, for using fresh florals in many ways to make your celebration just what you envision.

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Flowers for Each Month of the Year

Many flowers are available year round, but even with the world wide growers and fast shipping there are some blooms which are seasonal. If you buy flowers in season, just like other perishables, they are better priced, too.

All Seasons

Flowers which tend to be available at any season:

  • Roses
  • Anthuriums
  • Orchids
  • Tropical flowers
  • Lilies
  • Gerberas daisies

Winter weddings:

December | January | February

Many of the classic blossoms are available, and they may be combined with surprising elements such as evergreen foliage, berries, or sparkling baubles. The look is most often an elegant one.

Spring weddings:

March | April | May

Refer to the table for blooms available in Spring. Some are only available then, like the peony.

Summer weddings:

June | July | August

As you might expect, this season has the most choices, from Astrantias to Viburnums, with multitudes in between. the colors range from light to bright and include some rich deep tones.

Fall weddings:

September | October | November

During this time berries, specific richer, brighter colors, and harvest themes abound.


Availability by Season

MARCH | APRIL | MAY
JUNE | JULY | AUGUST
SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER
DECEMBER | JANUARY | FEBRUARY
Lily of the valley
Asiatic lily
Physalis
Ranunculus
Peonies
Black-eyed Susan
Amaryllis
Gerbera daisies
Tulips
Cosmos
Bittersweet
Tulips
Hyacinths
Delphiniums
Hydrangea
Calla lilies
Mophead hydrangea
Gladioli
Roses
Anemones
Cherry blossom
Columbine
Sugar maple (foliage)
Kangaroo paw
Columbine
Larkspur
Sunflower
Gloriosa lilies
Lilac
Pee gee hydrangea
Scabiosa
Chrysanthemums
Poppy
Garden Roses
Gerberas
Roses
Ranunculus
Clematis
Mums
Cymbidium orchids
Rose
Cockscomb
 
 
Freesia
Daisy
 
 
Violet
Sunflower
 
 
 
Zinnia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winter has best choice & prices on cymbidium orchids

Buying Tips:

  • Tulips best quality and pricing in February.
  • Lilacs are in season in the spring - don't expect them in other seasons.
  • Hydrangeas are in season during the summer - inferior blooms at other times.
  • Gardenias will brown very easily from contact.
  • Callas are sensitive to cold temperatures and can suffer from frost damage. They have good heat tolerance and retain moisture well.
  • Lily of the valley can be very expensive and availability is usually limited to May.
  • Stephanotis is extremely delicate.

Beach Wedding
Beach Wedding | Source

Symbolism

Many fresh flowers are chosen for their meanings.

Ever since Kate Middleton became Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus, flower meanings have become much more a part of the modern wedding flower choices.

Another way to choose flowers would be to combine "birth month flowers".

Blooms of your Birth Month

Flowers for each month:

  • January: The Carnation
  • February: The Violet
  • March: The Daffodil
  • April: The Daisy
  • May: The Lily
  • June: The Rose
  • July: The Delphinium
  • August: The Gladiolus
  • September: The Aster
  • October: The Orchid
  • November: The Chrysanthemum
  • December: The Narcissus

Roses And Vanda Orchids For Any Month

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Pick Floral Materials For Your Style

Florist Styles

Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied according to the experts. Besides the floral material, accents, ribbons, and some unusual elements may go into the bouquets and centerpiece arrangements.

Go Glam

In these bouquets the flowers are bunched and then the stems are wrapped in wide satin ribbon. Brides who wish for glamorous bouquets choose beads, jeweled pins, rhinestone picks, pearls, and decorated ribbon (sometimes with monograms) to adorn the plain ribbon-wrapped base.

Rustic And Natural

Beach and garden themes, which continue to be quite popular, have a more rustic and natural look. Rustic elements such as shells/starfish, feathers, berries and pinecones are worked into the arrangement.

Elegance

The rose, an elegant bouquet flower, reigns as queen in the floral shop as she does in the garden. Trendier choices are lilies, full blown peonies, romantic hydrangeas, tulips and elegant orchids.

Farm Girl Sweet

Just-picked casual look, loosely arranged, increasingly replace the tightly-bound bouquet shapes. Vivid flower colors in both wedding color and flowers will continue to grow in popularity.

Fresh Flowers Decorate a Special Spring Wedding Cake

Delicate hues for a spring or early summer wedding
Delicate hues for a spring or early summer wedding | Source

A Color Palette of Wedding Blooms by Color


Red Wedding Flowers:

Anthuriums

Gerberas

Freesias

Tulips

Alstroemeria

Rose

Calla lilies

Amaryllis

Heliconia


Pink Wedding Flowers:

Gerberas

Freesias

Tulips

Alstroemeria

Rose

Calla lilies

Amaryllis

Stargazer lilies

Lisianthus

Cymbidium orchid

Nerine


White Wedding Flowers:

Lily of the valley

Peonies

Tulips

Hyacinths

Rose

Freesia

Calla lilies

Stephanotis

Lilac

Amaryllis

Lisianthus

Stars of bethlehem


Yellow Wedding Flowers:

Gerberas

Freesias

Tulips

Lilies

Rose

Calla lilies

Amaryllis

Daffodils

Sunflowers

Coreopsis

Marguerites

Chrysanthemums


Romantic Pink and Pearls

Modern and Stunning Style

Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers
Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers

The modern bride wants something stunning, and without breaking the budget- a look at the best possible impact from the beauty of uncomplicated arrangements.

 

Blue Hydrangea and White Astrantia Brides Bouquet

Soft as the first day of summer, this is mainly made of two contrasting flower choices with graceful Bear's grass. Perfect for semi-formal or outdoor weddings.
Soft as the first day of summer, this is mainly made of two contrasting flower choices with graceful Bear's grass. Perfect for semi-formal or outdoor weddings. | Source

Blue Wedding Flowers:

Anemones

Freesias

Hydrangeas

Hyacinths

Delphiniums

Statice

Veronica

Sea holly

Nigella

Sweet peas

Pansies

Muscari

Iris

Tweedia


Purple Wedding Flowers:

Lisianthus

Anemones

Freesias

Hydrangeas

Hyacinths

Statice

Veronica

Sweet peas

Pansies

Iris

Vanda orchids

Orchids

Tulip

Stocks

Lilacs

Eggplant calla lily

Dahlias

Scabiosa

Violets


Orange Wedding Flowers:

Gerberas

Freesias

Tulips

Lilies

Roses

Mango calla lily

Birds of paradise

Sunflowers

Gloriosa daisies

Marguerites

Chrysanthemums

Spider protea

kniphofia

Physalis

Dahlias


Wedding Flower Trends

green and gingham
green and gingham

Color Trends for Weddings

Upcoming Color Trends For A Beautiful Wedding

One of the top trends for weddings in the next season is Mint Green, with centerpieces and even bouquets using succulents to create a subtle mint green palette.

The newest colors are fresh pastels and of course, gorgeous red.

Another look:

Colors that are dusty and a reminiscent of an old-fashioned era. Dusty pear green, light tangerine, light aqua, and gold.; matched up with gray, chestnut, or beige ... muted, subtle, tender colors.

Chocolate brown or black paired with bright jewel tones, turquoises, and pinks will still be popular.


Teal and Purple- think peacock feather colors- remain a popular choice.

Think about which flowers colors will complement the colors you choose for your wedding theme.

A Tussy Mussy, Perhaps

More and more mothers are carrying small posies instead of wearing the traditional corsage. -Trends"

Those small "posie" bouquets would be what used to be known as "Tussy-Mussy" bouquets, read how to make them, and their history.

Suggested example for green colors from Martha Stewart:

"In a gilded cascade, beaded florets, strung by hand, glint like tiny holiday lights amid cymbidium orchids, bupleurum, gloriosa lilies, and lady's mantle; velvety gold-tipped cockscomb lend their own luster. The stems are wrapped in a wide gold band of satin ribbon and adorned with "something old": a starlike rhinestone brooch."

Pink Callas

The great thing about Calla lilies is their availability. They are economical and available  for every month.
The great thing about Calla lilies is their availability. They are economical and available for every month. | Source

Wedding Flower Favors

Calla Lilies can be an Entire Theme


Calla lilies are supremely popular not only for their graceful elegant shape, and variety of color choices, but because they are perennially available.

Whether you use fresh flowers or their representations, they can adorn all your items from the bouquet to the guest books. It gives a very elegant and coordinated look to the ceremony and reception.

Sleek, elegant, unstated and sophisticated - no wonder Callas are the top choice for brides.
Sleek, elegant, unstated and sophisticated - no wonder Callas are the top choice for brides.



If you love Calla lilies...center your theme around them. They are the most popular of nuptial blossoms.

Carry a theme of the meaning of flowers into your choice of favors



Popular Wedding Combos - Trends by Season

Lilac and Mint combo on Flickr
Lilac and Mint combo on Flickr | Source

Color Themes for your Special Day

Here are some popular color themes for different seasons. I have chosen some floral material suggestions to create your chosen color combination.

WINTER

ALL WHITE

... not only the bride wears white

BLACK AND WHITE

.... a very striking and formal look

There are no truly black flowers, but Calla lilies come in an almost black and a creamy white which may give you a tuxedo effect for all your flowers.

BLUE AND WHITE

A Classic combinations and one that is easily done in flowers. Simple and economical, use blue hydrangeas with white or with white roses.

SILVER/GREY AND WHITE

This could be one of the best themes for gorgeous floral arrangements. There are many silver foliaged plants that are used by florists and most of the traditional and fragrant blooms for weddings are white. Artemisia,Tuberose, Lily of the Valley,Orchids,succulents, Lambs Ears (betony) and Lavender foliage.

SPRING

CELADON and PINK

Soft green foliage and the many shades of pink flowers make this an easy floral theme.

ROBIN'S EGG BLUE and PINK

Forget me nots, or Cynoglossum create the right blue, while you can have your pick of pink roses, callas, or any peonies in pink.

LILAC and CHOCOLATE BROWN

Cymbidium orchids come in brown, and lilac is found in many blossoms, other orchids.Dahlias come in both hues. Freesias come in a beautiful lilac.

SUMMER

MINT GREEN #1 Favorite

Mint leaves, Variegated Ivy, fresh white flowers, and even Bells of Ireland keep the beauty of this hue going throughout the table arrangements.

BURNT ORANGE and CRANBERRY RED

Delicious color in autumn flowers like Chrysanthemums, berries,red and orange roses, certain sunflowers, blanket flowers, and more.

ROYAL BLUE and SUN YELLOW

Real blooms don't come in royal, but ribbons and dyed carnations do. Sun yellow is one of natures favorites and yellow daisies, mums, roses, callas, and all sorts of choice swill round out the wedding decor.

FALL

CHOCOLATE BROWN and TAUPE

With this subtle color combo, a spark of bright color might be your accent, but if you desire a completely muted look just go for white flowers with silver foliage. Chocolate lace flower makes a delicate filler.

BURNT ORANGE and CHOCOLATE BROWN

Mums and sunflowers, gloriosa daisies, and callas could all deck out this themes.

CELADON and CHOCOLATE BROWN

Softest.palest green foliage, green roses or carnations, and brown preserved magnolia leaves.

YELLOW and CHOCOLATE BROWN

Yellow and brown are two of the colors found in the always useful and elegant Callas.

Some Pretty Examples

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Very simple HydrangeasOld Fashioned RosesCream white roses,berries, red foliageWhite lily, carnations, and OrnithogalumCascade of calla lily and roses in subtle purple and rose.
Very simple Hydrangeas
Very simple Hydrangeas
Old Fashioned Roses
Old Fashioned Roses
Cream white roses,berries, red foliage
Cream white roses,berries, red foliage
White lily, carnations, and Ornithogalum
White lily, carnations, and Ornithogalum
Cascade of calla lily and roses in subtle purple and rose.
Cascade of calla lily and roses in subtle purple and rose. | Source

Have a Favorite Color?

  1. Find the trendy color themes that are up and coming with that color.
  2. Then locate flower suggestions for including these colors in the floral arrangements.
  3. Check to see whether the material is available at the wedding date

Use the table and lists on this page to come up with the best color scheme for you.

Handtied Stems Shows Flower Expertise

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Flower Arranging Supplies - ...if you do your own bouquets

Popular Wedding Color Combinations

red
pink
blue
green
purple
Apple Red and Black
Hot Pink and Black
Diamond Blue and Coral
Peapod Green, Blue, and Mocha Brown
Warm Gray and Purple
Red and Blush Pink
Hot Pink and Navy
Lavender and Sky Blue
Olive, Hunter, Slate, White
Ivory, Lavender, Plum
Strawberry, Sugar, White, Gold
Gold, Mauve, and Blush Pink
Sky Blue, Light Coral Orange, and Light Yellow
Kiwi, Pink, Plum, Silver
Raspberry, Lavender, Ivory, Blush
TRENDY & HOT COMBINATIONS

Fresh Florals to Decorate Cakes

Tulips hold a beauty unmatched by other spring flowers and come in such a delicious array of colors.
Tulips hold a beauty unmatched by other spring flowers and come in such a delicious array of colors. | Source

Classic Wedding Hues:

You may not find all the colors of these popular wedding themes in a blossom, but use ribbons to tie up bouquets, or accent floral displays.

TIFFANY BLUE

AQUA BLUE

TEAL BLUE

NAVY BLUE

PISTACHIO GREEN

HONEYSUCKLE PINK

RED

ORANGE

PURPLE

CHOCOLATE / MOCHA

BLACK and WHITE

Color trends come and go, but there are perennial favorites that are always regarded as good colors for weddings. Any of them can be made the height of fashion when combined with accents and elements: metallics like silver, pewter, copper, or rose-gold. Harmonies like tiffany blue and rose quartz. make a variation on the newest themes.

Fresh flowers can be in the main color or an accent shade, and the metallic elements can be added with ribbons or jeweled pins instead of the usual pearled types. Some flowers, like roses, come in such wide array of color they are included in almost every color theme.

Have a "NAVY" color theme? What looks more fresh and crisp than simp white calla lilies or sumptuous white roses? They are available in every month, too.

Making Arrangements - Wedding Flower Advice

Autumn Orange is amazing
Autumn Orange is amazing

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Roses, Dahlias, Stock, Freesia, Tulips, Calla Lily, and Ranunculus.

I used a large straight handle "wedding belle" with oasis to hold the design of the bridal bouquet.

I always use a clear tall vase to hold the bouquet while in the process of designing. If you lay it down this gives the opportunity for it to get crushed. Plus, this allows any water from the oasis to drain down the handle before wrapping with ribbon.

Before beginning the assembling of the bouquet, I use floral lock spray to adhere leaves to the bottom of the bouquet.

I use two rubber-bands to hold the cut stems onto the handle and then make sure the french braiding covers the rubber-bands.

I used decorative corsage pins on two of the french braids, they coordinated with rhinestones on the bride's gown."

--JAGwired

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      Coffeebreak9am 5 years ago

      I have enjoyed your lens o Flowers for weddings. My daughter will be getting married soon and she will have tulips. Thank you for your lens.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      Such beautiful wedding bouquets and cake decorations!

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Love the bouquet that seems to have four leaf clovers in it... that's my wedding theme... and it's called "Lucky In Love"... I get married this July :)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      The flowers look beautiful. I find it interesting that the size of wedding bouquets have changed over the years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great ideas for flowers on that special day !

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      malena10 4 years ago

      I was on a wedding two weeks ago and wedding flowers were sunflowers, beautiful.

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      ruth-williams lm 4 years ago

      Great in depth lens! Will be sure to share with my clients from now on :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I'm not planning a wedding, but looking through your lens gave me ideas for other parties. Love this.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      This lens is very helpful. I will recommend it to some of my friends.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love the idea of different flowers for each month of the year!

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      Maui-photographer 3 years ago

      Great lens. I can tell you spend a lot of time on your research.

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      PartyLocations5 3 years ago

      Beautiful flower decorations

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      ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

      This is very helpful information! I remember when my sister-in-law was planning her wedding, she had her heart set on a certain few types of flowers for her bouquet and the flowers for the bridal party, but when she went to the florist it turned out that a couple of them (I forget which flower) were out of season - one type was simply not available, while another type was available but the cost was sky-high and they couldn't guarantee the quality. If she'd had a better idea of what flowers were best for the month she was looking at for the ceremony, I'm sure she would have sidestepped a big disappointment and been much happier with the flowers she ended up ordering.

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      Great lens!

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      Fran 2 years ago

      Where can Ibuy the long sheet or card that shows all different flowers and colors. Thanks

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      Peter 2 years ago

      I also would like to know where I can get a copy of what looked like a poster with all the different flowers and colors.

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