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How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers for the Month of Your Nuptials

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Choose flowers that are in season to get the best prices.

Choose flowers that are in season to get the best prices.

Discover Which Flowers Are in Season for Your Wedding!

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

Flowers are one of the more expensive wedding purchases aside from the wedding venue and food costs. These arrangements add to the beauty of a wedding while also wafting a lovely fragrance and natural ambiance to the entire scene. How do you choose what flowers to use to convey the mood you want to set?

How to Make the Best Flower Choice

  1. Look at the months you are considering for your wedding date.
  2. Consider the colors of your wedding theme.
  3. Brainstorm your favorite flowers that you'd like to include.
  4. Make your choice from the readily available blooms for that time of year.

The Ultimate Wedding Flower Guide

  1. Flower Availability by Season
  2. What Flowers Symbolize Months?
  3. Wedding Floral Styles
  4. List of Blooms by Color
  5. Floral Color Trends
  6. Popular Flower Color Schemes
  7. Using Flowers to Create a Wedding Theme
  8. Classic Wedding Hues
  9. Tussy Mussy for Mothers
  10. Video: How to Make a Modern Bouquet
  11. Video: How to Arrange a Traditional Arrangement
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Flowers for Each Month of the Year

Many flowers are available year round, but even with the worldwide growers and fast shipping currently in existence, there are some blooms which still remain seasonal.

Flowers Available During All Seasons

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

General Flower Guidelines for Each Season

1. Winter Weddings: December, January, February

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

2. Spring Weddings: March, April, May

Refer to the table for blooms available in the spring. Some are only available then, like peonies.

3. Summer Weddings: June, July, August

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

4. Fall Weddings: September, October, November

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

Tips to Choose the Best Flowers for Your Wedding

  • Tulips are at their best quality and pricing in February.
  • Lilacs are in season in the spring. Don't expect them during other seasons.
  • Hydrangeas are in season during the summer. You could still access them during the other seasons, but you'll be working with inferior blooms.
  • Gardenias will brown or bruise very easily from any physical contact.
  • Callas are sensitive to cold temperatures and can suffer from frost damage. They tolerate the heat well because they retain moisture efficiently.
  • Lily of the valley can be very expensive, and their availability is usually limited to May.
  • Stephanotis, or Madagascar Jasmine, is extremely delicate.

Floral Availability by Season

Winter has best choice & prices on cymbidium orchids

March, April, MayJune, July, AugustSeptember, October, NovemberDecember, 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

 

 

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What Flowers Symbolize What Months?

Many fresh flowers are chosen for their meanings. Ever since Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Strathearn, and Baroness Carrickfergus, flower meanings have become much more a part of modern wedding flower choices.

If you don't want to go by traditional flower meanings, another way to choose them would be to combine "birth month flowers."

Blooms of Your Birth Month

  1. January: The Carnation
  2. February: The Violet
  3. March: The Daffodil
  4. April: The Daisy
  5. May: The Lily
  6. June: The Rose
  7. July: The Delphinium
  8. August: The Gladiolus
  9. September: The Aster
  10. October: The Orchid
  11. November: The Chrysanthemum
  12. December: The Narcissus
Roses And Vanda Orchids for Any Month

Roses And Vanda Orchids for Any Month

Pick Floral Materials for Your Style

According to experts, 95 percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied. Besides the actual flowers, materials you might use to create bouquets and centerpiece arrangements are the following: visual accents, ribbons, and wire. Here are different floral styles you can try.

1. Glamorous

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

2. Rustic And Natural

Beach and garden themes, which continue to be quite popular, have a more rustic and natural look. Rustic elements include shells, starfish, feathers, sand dollars, berries, twigs, or pinecones worked into the arrangement.

3. Elegant

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

4. Farm Girl Sweet

The just-picked casual look of loosely arranged flowers is increasingly replacing the tightly-bound bouquet shapes. The vivid flower colors in both wedding colors and flowers are continuing to grow in popularity.

Delicate Hues for a Spring or Early Summer Wedding: Fresh Flowers Decorate a Special Spring Wedding Cake.

Delicate Hues for a Spring or Early Summer Wedding: Fresh Flowers Decorate a Special Spring Wedding Cake.

Romantic Pink and Pearls

Romantic Pink and Pearls

A List of Wedding Blooms by Color

1. Red Wedding Flowers

  • Anthuriums
  • Gerberas
  • Freesias
  • Tulips
  • Alstroemeria
  • Rose
  • Calla lilies
  • Amaryllis
  • Heliconia

2. Pink Wedding Flowers

  • Gerberas
  • Freesias
  • Tulips
  • Alstroemeria
  • Rose
  • Calla lilies
  • Amaryllis
  • 'Stargazer' lilies
  • Lisianthus
  • Cymbidium orchid
  • Nerine

3. White Wedding Flowers

  • Lily of the Valley
  • Peonies
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinths
  • Rose
  • Freesia
  • Calla lilies
  • Stephanotis
  • Lilac
  • Amaryllis
  • Lisianthus
  • Stars of Bethlehem

4. Yellow Wedding Flowers

  • Gerberas
  • Freesias
  • Tulips
  • Lilies
  • Rose
  • Calla lilies
  • Amaryllis
  • Daffodils
  • Sunflowers
  • Coreopsis
  • Marguerites
  • Chrysanthemums
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.

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.

5. Blue Wedding Flowers

  • Anemones
  • Freesias
  • Hydrangeas
  • Hyacinths
  • Delphiniums
  • Statice
  • Veronica
  • Sea Holly
  • Nigella
  • Sweet Pea
  • Pansies
  • Muscari
  • Iris
  • Tweedia

6. 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

7. 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

Wedding Flower Trends: Green and Gingham

One of the top trends for weddings is mint green, with centerpieces and even bouquets incorporating succulents to create a subtle mint green palette.

  • The newest colors are fresh pastels and of course, gorgeous red.
  • Experiment with colors that are dusty and reminiscent of an old-fashioned era. Examples are dusty pear green, light tangerine, light aqua, or gold matched up with gray, chestnut, or beige (the muted, subtle, and tender colors).
  • Chocolate brown or black paired with bright jewel tones, turquoises, and pinks will still be a popular palette.
  • Teal and purple make a stunning pair—think peacock feather colors. The trendy addition of succulents to a bridal bouquet lends harmonious shades to a bouquet for this palette.

Consult the Pantone color choices since your bridesmaids' dresses and other purchases will follow those color trends. I use Pantone color trends regularly when designing wedding stationery to provide a fool-proof way to match hues to bridesmaids dresses and other important sources of a color theme. Take swatches along when consulting with a florist.

It is possible to have a completely coordinated look for everything, from the bridal party flowers to the table settings. Think about which flowers colors will complement the colors you choose for your wedding theme.