Whether you want to keep your wedding seasonal to reduce your carbon footprint, or are simply looking to create the perfect autumnal wedding, matching your wedding flowers to your season will ensure you end up with the perfect bouquet and a blooming beautiful big day.
Here The Real Flower Company give you their guide to the best seasonal blooms, whatever time of year your big date is. From sweet springtime posies to beautiful winter blossoms, we have the inspiration you need to create gorgeous locally sourced arrangements all year round.
If you’ve organized your wedding for the Spring, you’ll have no end of flowers and foliage to choose from. To make the absolute most of the Spring blooms on offer, a colourful array is essential. The Spring palette is extensive and full of bright, busy colours, shapes and textures as the floral world gears up to attract the insects which will help to pollenate it for next year. Every flower is out to impress.
From bright, golden daffodils, to many-coloured snapdragons and tulips in bright pinks, yellows, oranges and reds – in fact virtually every colour you can imagine – there is a stunning, eye-popping selection of stand-out blooms to turn your spring wedding into a cacophony of incredible, celebratory colour – helping your guests to really get into the party mood. Freesias are also big, bold and beautiful Springtime flowers to add to your stunning, rich bouquet.
If you’d prefer something a little less ostentatious, there are dozens of beautiful, restrained Springtime options for you to consider. From pretty, light purple lilacs, to beautiful, white droplet-shaped lily of the valley, you’ll find plenty of pretty Spring flowers which will set your wedding off perfectly, without overpowering your surroundings. Soft pink cherry blossom, pastel coloured peonies or a simple bunch of spring irises are all gorgeous seasonal spring wedding flowers. Combine a traditional white rose with a purple, pink, or peach tulip. For a monochromatic effect, why not pair ivory tulips with ivory roses for a stunning bridal effect.
Summer is, of course, a rich and verdant season – making a Summer wedding full of stunning foliage and flowers a truly lovely experience. Surround yourself with colour and light with summer peonies, daises, irises, sweet peas and coreopsis in the first half of the season. Towards August interweave sunflowers, asters, dahlias, zinnias and hydrangeas for a truly spectacular arrangement.
For a pared back look, the beautiful pastel blue of hydrangeas looks truly spectacular with a traditional white wedding colour scheme, especially next to a white gown.
Roses are an option throughout both spring and summer, but autumn roses have a delicate beauty all of their own. Autumn, in the words of Keats is a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and the deep hues of an autumnal palette work beautifully in wedding arrangements. Faded, nostalgic Autumn roses, deep and fiery dahlias, pale mysterious lilies – all create an abundant, warm and intriguing arrangement. In early autumn, we’d recommend considering chocolate cosmos – these are our absolute favourite Autumn flowering treats – exotic, dark red, rich and utterly scrumptious.
Autumn is also a season of berries, which can make a truly gorgeous addition to any floral designs. Snowberries are available and offer a pearl-like berry which sets off arrangements beautifully. Meanwhile, hypericum berries are another addition particularly suited to Autumnal wedding flowers. With berries in a range of colours including brown, red, orange, green and cream, they are a beautiful extra textural element for autumn wedding arrangements.
Holly, poinsettia, ivy, mistletoe – if you’re planning a winter wedding, these traditional festive plants can add real heart and soul to your wedding, providing a striking red, green and white theme, especially if you’re using a white wedding palette. Lots of evergreen foliage can make an absolutely stunning addition to wedding decoration, making ivy a particularly effective and beautiful choice. If you like the organic, pretty hedgerow look – incorporating snowdrops in small winter posies for table arrangements looks divine.
If you’d rather steer away from a conventional, Christmassy feel, there are other floral options which are just as seasonal throughout the British Winter. Ranunculus offer a brighter winter flower, with densely packed petals in colours including pink, yellow and white. Meanwhile, anemones, with their pretty pastel purple-blue petals, can add floral colour to a winter wedding. Meanwhile, to stick to a winter colour scheme without using conventional winter plants – tall, white amaryillis look completely spectacular – particularly in arrangements with ivy. Jaw dropping winter wedding flowers!
So there you have it, inspiring seasonal flowers for weddings throughout the year – whatever your tastes. Not only does using seasonal flowers help you to cut down on your carbon footprint, it can also be a more affordable option, all whilst perfectly complementing your wedding season.
If you’d like to learn more about seasonal flower bouquets for weddings, The Real Flower Company are passionate about seasonal produce. From hedgerows to specialist growing facilities, The Real Flower Company pride themselves on inspiring with the very best each season can offer.