Match Your Wedding Flowers To The Season

January 11, 2012. Written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti’s Features Editor and a wedding expert with over 12 years' experience. Kate writes regular features for Confetti and the national press and wedding media. She has appeared on BBC TV and radio and been the expert on live web chats and podcasts.  

The month you marry will have a huge effect on what flowers you can have and what flowers you can afford for your wedding day. Find out more…

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Whether you’re getting married in June or January, find out what flowers will be in season because it could make the difference between getting the blooms you want, or being disappointed and penniless!

Basically, the price and availability of flowers changes throughout the year and although (just like fruit and veg) flowers can be imported or grown in greenhouses to help make certain types available all year round, seasonal flowers tend to be better value and easier to find.

As wedding costs have a nasty habit of creeping up really quickly, it’s worth doing a bit of homework before you choose your flowers, so that you can match your wedding blooms to the season you are marrying in.

Here’s a season-by-season guide to help you…

Spring

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Aster — daisy-like flowers on upright stems.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cherry Blossom — delicate blossom – perfect for weddings.
Cornflower — usually available in blue, but other colours can be found.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking orchids, up to 12 flowers on each stem.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes
Forget-me-not — tiny blue flowers on short stems.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Genista — masses of tiny flowers on straight stems.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gloriosa — bright yellow and cerise, dramatic flower.
Heliconia — tropical flower.
Hyacinth — beautifully scented and various colours.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Lily of the valley — tiny bell-shaped flowers. Can be very expensive.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Muscari (grape hyacinth)
Narcissus — spring-like. Also known as daffodil.
Nigella — also known as ‘love in the mist’. Delicate, papery flowers.
Oncidium Orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large flower, perfect for a wedding bouquet.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Ranunculus — delicate, papery flowers. Wonderful for romantic weddings.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Make wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Sweet pea — short lived. Wonderful colours and scents.
Sweet William — country garden flowers
Tulip — a very popular cut flower with many different varieties.

Summer

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Alchemilla — common garden flower with tiny yellow/green flowers.
Anthurium — exotic, waxy looking flowers.
Aster — also known as a Michaelmas Daisy. Daisy-like flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Carnation — long lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cattelya orchid — large, brightly-coloured orchid.
Celosia — crinkled flowers. Different varieties are available.
Cornflower — usually available in blue, but other colours can be found.
Crysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Dahlia — dramatic round flowers.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gypsophila — tiny white flowers. Perfect as a filler or used on its own.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lavender — Fantastic scent. Perfect for a country celebration with a lilac theme.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Marigold — daisy-like flower.
Mint — mint has a wonderful scent and a feathery flower.
Nerine — clusters of delicate flowers.
Nigella — also known as ‘love in the mist’. Delicate, papery flowers.
Oncidium orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Peony — soft, papery, large flower. Available in May and June.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Make wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Sweet pea — short-lived. Wonderful colours and scents.
Zinnia — a similar flower to a dahlia.

Autumn

Acacia — also known as Mimosa. Tiny yellow flowers.
Alstroemeria — also known as a Peruvian Lily. Popular and long lasting.
Amaryllis — large, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Aster — also known as a Michaelmas Daisy. Daisy-like flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long-lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cattleya orchid — large, brightly coloured orchids.
Celosia — crinkled flowers. Different varieties are available.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking, with many flowers on each stem.
Dahlia — dramatic round flowers.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes.
Echinops — globe-shaped, prickly blue flower.
Euphorbia — curving stems with a lot of tiny flowers. Various colours.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gladiolus — traditional flower used in large arrangements. Miniature varieties are also available.
Gloriosa — dramatic yellow and cerise flower. A type of lily.
Gypsophila — tiny white flowers. Perfect as a filler or used on its own.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Hypericum — the berries are a popular autumnal filler.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lilac — popular with a lovely, strong scent.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Marigold — daisy-like flower.
Nerine — clusters of delicate flowers.
Oncidium orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Makes wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.

Winter

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Amaryllis — large, trumpet shaped flowers.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long-lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking orchids, up to 12 flowers on each stem.
Euphorbia — curved stems with lots of tiny flowers.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gloriosa — bright yellow and cerise, dramatic flower.
Hyacinth — beautifully scented and various colours.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lilac — popular with a lovely, strong scent.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year but not in all colours.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Muscari — tiny clusters of blue flowers. Also known as grape hyacinth.
Narcissus — spring-like. Also known as daffodil.
Peony — wonderful flower. Can be found in November.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Tulip — a very popular cut flower with many different varieties.

You can even find artificial flowers in the Confetti shop!

Artificial Flowers at the Confetti Shop

Above, clockwise from the top-left: Country Rose Garland | Cream Eternity Peony Flower Stems | Eternity Rose | Cream Rose Garland | Fabric Rose Long Stemmed BundleWhite Heavenly Flower Guide

 

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