Guide To Wedding Flowers By Season

Aug
04
2014

Choosing wedding flowers by season helps support local growers, decreases your wedding’s carbon footprint (since the flowers don’t need to be flown in from around the world), and is often a great way to save money.

bride carrying a local organic wedding bouquet in a field in fall

Image: Gideon Photography via mywedding.com

As 60% of the wedding flowers sold in the Unites States are imported from overseas, using local flowers grown in season makes a huge difference. Most commercial flower growers use the chemical methyl bromide to keep blooms in perfect condition during shipping, which depletes the ozone layer and further contributes to global warming. Because we do not eat flowers, they are not regulated by the USDA and are doused in pesticides, which is bad for the earth and for the workers that grow and harvest them. Choosing locally grown, organic flowers is the best way to ensure you have fresh, gorgeous and sustainable floral arrangements. 

colorful wildflowers in the mountains for a green wedding

Image: www.oilpaintingsgallery.com

What is available will depend on what part of the country you live in, so the best thing to do is check with local florists and organic growers to see what will be in season. However, the following is a quick guide to some of the most popular wedding flower choices by season. 

Spring Wedding Flowers (March-May)

Spring wedding flowers should be colorful, fresh and light. Choose a single variety for classic style, or mix and match to create modern extravagance. Good choices include: 

Spring wedding flower options for green brides

Images: Anemone, Boronia & Daffodil 

purple spring wedding flower options

Image: Delphinium, Hyacinth, Lilac, Peony

pink and yellow spring wedding flowers

Image: Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Tulip

Some of these spring flowers are available in multiple colors. Variations to look for:

  • Anemone (blue, red, pink, white)
  • Delphinium (white, blue)
  • Hyacinth (purple, pink, white)
  • Lilacs (violet, white)
  • Ranunculus (white, pink, red, orange, yellow)
  • Sweetpea (white, pink, red, coral, lavender)
  • Tulip (white, pink, yellow, red, purple)
  • Waxflower (pinky, purple, white)

 

Summer Wedding Flowers ((June-August)

Summer wedding flowers need to be able to endure the heat. Soft, pillowy blooms and sprays of color make the perfect statement. Some good choices include: 

Summer wedding flower ideas pink, yellow and white

Image: Alstromeria, Chrysanthemum, Forget-Me-Not & Freesia

Summer wedding flowers Gerbera daisy, Iris, Oriental lily

Image: Gerbera Daisy, Iris, Oriental Lily

Yellow and white summer wedding flowers: Sunflower, Yarrow, Zinnia

Image: Sunflower, Yarrow, Zinnia

Some of these flowers are available in multiple colors. Variations to look for:

  • Alstromeria (orange, pink, yellow, white)
  • Chrysanthemum (white, yellow, orange, pink)
  • Freesia (white, yellow, pink, blue, purple)
  • Gerbera Daisy (pink, yellow, orange, red, white)
  • Hydrangea (white, blue, purple, pink, green)
  • Iris (purple, blue, white)
  • Lily (white, pink, yellow, orange)
  • Snapdragons (pink, yellow, orange, white)
  • Zinnia (red, orange, pink)

 

Fall Wedding Flowers (September-November)

Fall is a great time to mix leaves, pinecones and other seasonal elements in to your wedding decor. Add in a few bright stems to your wedding flowers for extra pop. Good options include:

pink fall wedding flowers

Image: Aster, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, & Marigold

white fall wedding flower options for eco-friendly local weddings

Image: Statice & Zinnia 

Some of these flowers are available in multiple colors. Variations to look for:

  • Aster  (white, pink)
  • Chrysanthemum (white, yellow, orange, pink)
  • Dahlia (many colors)
  • Grasses (green, white, red)
  • Hydrangea (white, purple, pink, blue, green)
  • Marigold  (yellow, orange, red)
  • Statice (purple)
  • Zinnia (red, orange, pink)

 

Winter Wedding Flowers (December-February)

To add interest to your winter wedding flower centerpieces incorporate candles, berries, coffee beans, and other surprising elements. Good floral options include: 

Winter wedding flower options for a sustainable event

Image: Hippeastrum, Camellia, Holly, Jasmine, Poinsettia, Christmas Orchid 

Other good winter wedding flower options include:
  • Bamboo
  • Dried flowers
  • Evergreens
  • Forced branches from flowering trees
  • Forced bulbs (any kind)
  • Potted plants
  • Succulents 

No matter which season you choose for your wedding, there are hundreds of different sustainable looks to pick from. Don't forget to review the 10 Florist Contract Musts to make sure you get exactly what you pay for, and be sure to ask your florist about recycling and donating flowers after the big day. 

Contributed in part by Jessica Lin with images from Wikipedia. Jessica is a freelance writer who loves reading and writing about creative craft ideas, delicious food, and travel. You can find more of her writing at www.thinkingturtle.com

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