Wedding Flowers by season: Fall, Summer, Winter, Spring

For me, one of the most challenging things about planning our wedding was deciding on the right flowers.

That’s because I didn’t know anything about wedding flowers and had no idea certain blooms were only available during specific times of the year.

Luckily, my good friend and floral designer helped me along the process!

So I was inspired to create this article on seasonal wedding flowers.

I’ve asked four professional wedding florists for their advice on the best flowers to choose for spring, summer, winter and fall.

Use this as a brainstorming guide, but make sure you talk to your own florist about the best wedding flowers for your region.

Let's get started...

Spring Wedding Flowers


image via Jeri Soloman

Jeri Soloman is a floral designer based in Boston and a four-time Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice award winner.

OK, so what are some of the blooms you would recommend to brides for spring weddings?

Tulips and peonies are popular spring flowers.

Tulips are in abundance in early spring, even before – January through April, typically.

Peonies, although available all spring, are more abundant in May and June depending on what part of the country you live in.

Other springtime blooms I would suggest are hyacinth, lilac, viburnum and sweet pea.

What should a bride keep in mind when working with these spring flowers?

Most of these spring flowers are durable, but not very long lasting.

Typically, they average about four to five days instead of the usual 10 to 12.

But for a wedding day, that’s not much of a concern.

You just want to make sure they last the day!

Bulb flowers like tulips and hyacinth pair well with other bulb flowers, calla lilies and woody-stemmed blooms such as lilac and viburnum.

They also look good with roses and hydrangea.

In general what are the price ranges for some of these wedding flowers?

Tulips are average price – probably $1.50 to $2.50 for good quality – but some special varieties like parrot or French tulips can be more expensive.

Peonies are pricey, about $8 to $10 per bloom, but worth every penny.

Nothing else looks like a peony.

If a bride can’t afford to have a lot of peonies, then I would suggest putting them in strategic spots like the bridal bouquet and a few in each centerpiece.

What kind of advice would you offer a bride who is looking for flowers to use in her spring wedding?

Consider flowering branches like pussy willow, forsythia and cherry blossom.

They are showy and dramatic without a lot of effort.

For a fresh and seasonal look, add spring green to your color palette.

And, most spring flowers perform better in water than in arrangements made in foam.

But regardless of season, a bride should always hire a professional floral designer with a good reputation who will guide her through the selection process.

So why is it a good idea to use seasonal flowers?

Flowers are perishable products, like fruits and vegetables.

When they are in season they are at their best and the cost is more reasonable.

How can a bride make sure that the flowers she’s considering are seasonal?

Ask a professional floral designer.

If a bride loves a certain flower and must have it for her wedding, she should find out from designer when they are available and then plan her wedding date around that.

Otherwise, she should choose her date and let the floral designer make recommendations to her based on the season.

Even if a flower is in season, it doesn’t mean it will be inexpensive.

For brides on a budget, it’s often best to select flowers that are available year-round.

Floral designers are like chefs; they want to use “ingredients” that are fresh and in season.

All right, now let’s talk about trends. What are some of your favorite spring floral trends you’re seeing and what are some interesting ways brides are using flowers in their wedding décor?

Lots and lots of color!

Purples and yellows with accents of gray or green.

When it comes to centerpieces, “shabby chic” is still in and one of the best ways to accomplish this is by adding moss and grass.

I’ve seen brides use petals to create designs, like a monogram, along the aisle.

I’ve also done floral dog collars!

Summer Wedding Flowers


image via Coast Concierge Services

Owner of Coast Concierge Service, Rená Puebla is a floral and event designer, and author of The Wow Factor.

What are some of your favorite summer wedding flowers?

Orchids are perfect for the summer, but brides can use them all year.

For summertime weddings, tiger lilies are good for outside beach or park weddings because they have vibrant colors and markings.

A summer bloom I would really recommend is the Iris.

It’s a delicate flower that pairs well with roses, heather and lisianthus.

Do you have any tips on the best way to work with these summer blooms?

Iris, heather, and lisianthus all pair very well with roses.

The bouquet shape that would work best with these is a smaller ball bouquet or group of three flowers with a satin ribbon.

When it comes to roses, don’t put them outside in the heat if it is an outdoor summer wedding.

They’re great for evening weddings, though.

Putting roses in ice water is a good way to keep them fresh.

Why is it a good idea to use seasonal flowers?

Flowers that are in bloom last a lot longer.

What are some of your favorite summer wedding floral trends that you’re seeing in 2013?

I’m seeing a lot of single-stem bouquets tied with a beautiful satin ribbon and small bouquets with a lot of bling.

For centerpieces, brides are using a lot of orchids in tall cylinders or low clusters of one type of flower in a single color.

Less is more this year – it gives the clean and chic feel.

Any really interesting ways you’ve seen brides use flowers in their wedding décor?

Depending on the location, brides will use flowers suspended from the ceiling in different sizes, levels and colors.

This is the picture of elegance and gives the room a totally different dynamic.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Flowers by Season - Fall

image via Cactus Flower

Corrina Chavez is event sales manager for Cactus Flower in Scottsdale, Ariz., a family-run business since 1972 named one of Teleflora’s Top 10 florists in North America.

What are some of your favorite fall wedding flowers and what kind of tips do you have when it comes to working with them?

Dahlias are a good option.

Mokara orchids and sunflowers, too, though they’re available year-round in some locations.

These particular blooms are quite durable and pair well with circus roses, hypericum berries, mango calla lilies and foliage.

They work best in a hand-tied or cascade bouquet.

And what are the prices like?

Costs of any bouquet or design range from very affordable to moderately expensive depending on the quantity and type of flowers used as any other seasonal variety.

Dahlia and sunflowers are usually moderately priced and the Mokara orchids are an expensive but beautiful blossom!

What kind of advice would you give brides about fall wedding flowers?

Keep in mind, as we are working with a product of nature, slight hue variations of color may occur from flower to flower.

Trust your professional designer to choose the designs that match your personality.

If your wedding is in a natural setting, spend some time and “harvest” from nature some items to include in your designs.

Include a combination of flowers to create a dynamic appeal and texture to the bouquet or design.

So why is it a good idea to use seasonal flowers?

The use of seasonal flowers provides a beautiful effect of currently grown flowers at a reasonable price.

How can a bride make sure that the flowers she’s considering are seasonal?

Ask your florist!

They will be able to assist you with what is readily available by season.

What are some of your favorite fall wedding floral trends?

Seedpods and succulents combined with flowers are popular at the moment, and appeal to the back-to-nature trend.

The same thing applies to centerpieces; only they can be even more natural with branches, curly willow and moss.

Any really interesting ways you’ve seen brides incorporate flowers into the wedding décor?

Archways and arbors are being featured more often, enhanced with curly willow, foliage, and flowers.

This offers a garden concept even in the height of autumn.

Also including fresh flowers to surrounding live trees and added crystal embellishments bring drama and sparkle to the venue.

Winter Wedding Flowers


image via Michael Gaffney

Michael Gaffney is a celebrity flower designer and founder of the American Schools of Flower Design.

What kind of blooms would you recommend for a winter wedding?

Ranunculus, cockscomb and sweet pea are all available in the wintertime.

I recommend pairing these varieties with other flowers like lilies and roses or other elements such as stock flowers, pine, cedar and even evergreen branches with berries.

What should a bride keep in mind when working with these winter flowers?

These winter blooms are very fragile and can be expensive.

I love the classic hand-tied bouquet with ivy or Italian ruscus.

It creates a beautiful cascading effect that is really coming back in style.

Do you have any advice to offer brides who are searching for the perfect winter wedding flowers?

Use a lot of Casablanca lilies, and white stock flowers and white roses in a vase or a bouquet with a touch of cedar pine to bring in the winter feel.

Also, the combination of lisianthus, cymbidium orchids, white tulips and hypericum berries is a really beautiful way to feature flowers in your wedding.

Consider stepping outside of the regular flower types and exploring other varieties.

Champagne-colored roses are stunning by themselves in bouquets and centerpieces.

It’s great to consider sticking to one flower type as well.

Why do you think it’s a good idea to use seasonal flowers?

It’s about style.

A bride doesn’t want to walk down the aisle with unseasonal flowers – a spring wedding with autumn flowers just doesn’t look right.

It only makes sense to use seasonal flowers!

So how can a bride make sure that the flowers she wants are seasonal?

Ask your florist.

This sounds simple, but it’s also helpful to think of certain flowers that look good in the winter.

Any great winter wedding flower trends you’d like to share?

I love bouquets of tall white orchids with a touch of hypericum berry and lots of white Casablanca lilies.

Cascade bouquets are making a comeback and will be huge this year.

I’ve created a fun updated cascade design for brides.

It’s a hand-tied bouquet with lots of Italian ruscus designed to spill over like a waterfall with beautiful calla lilies tied in throughout.

For centerpieces, I’ve been seeing a lot of antique vintage silver-plated containers that sit low on the table to hold flowers.

White hydrangeas in tall cylinders up in the air are quite dramatic and incredibly beautiful.

Another great idea: individual mint julep cups filled with white roses and pine tips at each table setting.

Any really interesting ways you’ve seen brides incorporate flowers into their wedding décor?

I’ve wrapped brides in garlands of orchids to use as a shawl as they walk down the aisle.

It’s a really beautiful and whimsical look.

I also love to use stacks of glass towers in the middle of each table like the New York City skyline filled with floating candles and orchids for that OZ effect.

Always in Season

These beautiful blooms are available year-round and can be the perfect addition to your wedding bouquets and centerpieces.

  • Roses: A great and relatively affordable go-to flower for weddings, try Ecuadorian or Colombian roses for blooms that stay open longer.
  • Lilies: Calla and Casablanca lilies are popular and Gaffney is a big fan of Stargazer lilies for their fragrance and pop of pink.
  • Hydrangeas: Chavez says they are most beautiful in spring and early summer, and Gaffney recommends avoiding antique hydrangeas as they can cost up to $24 per stem! The classic green with wine-colored stem gives the same feel for less.
  • Succulents: These are super easy to maintain and you don’t have to worry about them holding up to the elements.
  • Daisies: A classic bloom, gerbera and daisy chrysanthemums versions are readily available all year long.

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