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

Updated on May 4, 2018
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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 freshest, most beautiful, 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

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

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

March | April | May
June | July | August
September | October | November
December | 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
 
 
Winter has best choice & prices on cymbidium orchids

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 | Source

Pick Floral Materials for Your Style

According to experts, ninety-five 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. | Source
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. | Source

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

What Colors Are Trending for Weddings?

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 stationary 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.

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Popular Wedding Combos - Trends by Season: Lilac and Mint Combo on Flickr
Popular Wedding Combos - Trends by Season: Lilac and Mint Combo on Flickr
Popular Wedding Combos - Trends by Season: Lilac and Mint Combo on Flickr | Source

Popular Flower Color Schemes

Here are some popular color themes for different seasons. I have chosen some floral material suggestions to create your chosen color combination.

1. Winter

  • All-White Wedding: The bride won't be the only one wearing white. It'd be a stunning event.
  • Black and White: These two colors together create a very striking and formal look.There are no truly black flowers, but Calla lilies come in an almost black and a creamy white which may give you a tuxedo effect for all your flowers.
  • Blue and White: This is a classic combination that can easily be done in flowers. Simple and economical, blue hydrangeas are a lovely option to use to contrast with white roses.
  • Silver/Grey and White: This could be one of the best themes for gorgeous floral arrangements. There are many silver-foliaged plants are used by florists, and most of the traditional and fragrant blooms for weddings are white. Examples include Artemisia, Tuberose, Lily of the Valley, orchids, succulents, Lambs Ears (betony), and lavender foliage.
  • White and Navy Blue: Have a navy color theme? What looks more fresh and crisp than simple white calla lilies or sumptuous white roses? They are available in every month, too.

2. Spring

  • Celadon and Pink: Soft green foliage and the many shades of pink flowers available make this an easy floral theme to accomplish.
  • Robin's Egg Blue and Pink: Forget-me-nots or Cynoglossum create the right blue, while you can have your pick of pink roses, Callas, or peonies.
  • Lilac and Chocolate Brown: Cymbidium orchids come in brown, and lilac is found in many blossoms and other orchids. Dahlias come in both hues. Freesias also come in a beautiful lilac.

3. Summer

  • Mint Green: Mint leaves, variegated ivy, fresh white flowers, and even bells of Ireland keep the beauty of this hue going throughout the table arrangements.
  • Burnt Orange and Cranberry Red: Try this combination of delicious colors in autumn flowers like chrysanthemums, berries, red and orange roses, certain sunflowers, blanket flowers, and more!
  • Royal Blue and Sun Yellow: Irises have a beautiful royal blue color that you can accent with ribbons and dyed carnations. Sun yellow is one of nature's favorites— yellow daisies, mums, roses, Callas, and all sorts of choices can round out the wedding decor.

4. Fall

  • Chocolate Brown and Taupe: With this subtle color combo, a spark of bright color might be your accent. If you desire a completely muted look, just go for white flowers with silver foliage. Chocolate lace flowers make a delicate filler.
  • Burnt Orange and Chocolate Brown: Mums and sunflowers, gloriosa daisies, and Callas could deck out these themes.
  • Celadon and Chocolate Brown: Pair together the palest green foliage with green roses or carnations and preserved magnolia leaves.
  • Yellow and Chocolate Brown: Yellow and brown are two of the colors found in the always useful and elegant Callas.

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Very simple hydrangeas bring a bright spot of pastel green to the mocha brown dresses.Old Fashioned Roses are a romatic choice.Cream white roses, berries, red foliage are gorgeous for winter bouquets.White lily, Carnations, and Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem) bring variation of a pure white theme.Cascade of calla lily and roses in subtle purple and rose is lush and romantic..
Very simple hydrangeas bring a bright spot of pastel green to the mocha brown dresses.
Very simple hydrangeas bring a bright spot of pastel green to the mocha brown dresses.
Old Fashioned Roses are a romatic choice.
Old Fashioned Roses are a romatic choice.
Cream white roses, berries, red foliage are gorgeous for winter bouquets.
Cream white roses, berries, red foliage are gorgeous for winter bouquets.
White lily, Carnations, and Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem) bring variation of a pure white theme.
White lily, Carnations, and Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem) bring variation of a pure white theme.
Cascade of calla lily and roses in subtle purple and rose is lush and romantic..
Cascade of calla lily and roses in subtle purple and rose is lush and romantic.. | Source

Popular Wedding Color Combinations

Red
Pink
Blue
green
purple
Apple Red and Black
Hot Pink and Black
Diamond Blue and Coral
Peapod Green, Blue, and Mocha Brown
Warm Gray and Purple
Red and Blush Pink
Hot Pink and Navy
Lavender and Sky Blue
Olive, Hunter, Slate, White
Ivory, Lavender, Plum
Strawberry, Sugar, White, Gold
Gold, Mauve, and Blush Pink
Sky Blue, Light Coral Orange, and Light Yellow
Kiwi, Pink, Plum, Silver
Raspberry, Lavender, Ivory, Blush
Trendy and Popular Color Combinations for Weddings
Sleek, elegant, unstated and sophisticated - no wonder Callas are the top choice for brides.
Sleek, elegant, unstated and sophisticated - no wonder Callas are the top choice for brides.

Use Flowers to Create Your Wedding Theme!

Example: Calla Lilies

Calla lilies are popular not only for their graceful elegant shape and variety of color choices but also because they are perennially available.

Whether you use fresh flowers or their representations, they can adorn all your decorations, from the bouquet to the guest books. It creates a very elegant and coordinated look to the ceremony and reception.

If you love Calla lilies, center your theme around them. They are the most popular of the nuptial blossoms. Carry a theme of the meaning of the flowers you choose into your choice of favors. In this case, Callas represent purity and faithfulness. Artists painted these blooms in their pictures of the Virgin Mary.

Wedding Flower Arrangement Advice: Autumn Orange Is Amazing
Wedding Flower Arrangement Advice: Autumn Orange Is Amazing

What Are Classic Wedding Hues?

You may not find all the colors of these popular wedding themes in a blossom, but use ribbons to tie up bouquets, or accent floral displays.

  • Tiffany Blue
  • Aqua Blue
  • Teal Blue
  • Navy Blue
  • Pistachio Green
  • Honeysuckle Pink
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Chocolate/Mocha
  • Black and White

Color trends come and go, but there are perennial favorites that are always regarded as good colors for weddings. Any of them can be made fashionable when combined with accents and elements, such as metallics in silver, pewter, copper, or rose gold. Harmonies like Tiffany Blue and rose quartz create a variation on the newest themes.

Fresh flowers can be in the main color or an accent shade, and the metallic elements can be added with ribbons or jeweled pins instead of the typical pearl pins. Some flowers, like roses, come in such wide array of color they are included in almost every color theme.

A Tussy Mussy, Perhaps?

According to Trends, more and more mothers are carrying small posies instead of wearing the traditional corsage. Those small "posie" bouquets would be what used to be known as "Tussy-Mussy" bouquets.

Here is a suggested example of green colors from Martha Stewart:

"In a gilded cascade, beaded florets, strung by hand, glint like tiny holiday lights amid cymbidium orchids, bupleurum, gloriosa lilies, and lady's mantle; velvety gold-tipped cockscomb lend their own luster. The stems are wrapped in a wide gold band of satin ribbon and adorned with "something old": a starlike rhinestone brooch."

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        Peter 

        3 years ago

        I also would like to know where I can get a copy of what looked like a poster with all the different flowers and colors.

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        Fran 

        3 years ago

        Where can Ibuy the long sheet or card that shows all different flowers and colors. Thanks

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        ComfortsOfHome 

        4 years ago

        This is very helpful information! I remember when my sister-in-law was planning her wedding, she had her heart set on a certain few types of flowers for her bouquet and the flowers for the bridal party, but when she went to the florist it turned out that a couple of them (I forget which flower) were out of season - one type was simply not available, while another type was available but the cost was sky-high and they couldn't guarantee the quality. If she'd had a better idea of what flowers were best for the month she was looking at for the ceremony, I'm sure she would have sidestepped a big disappointment and been much happier with the flowers she ended up ordering.

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        PartyLocations5 

        4 years ago

        Beautiful flower decorations

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        Maui-photographer 

        5 years ago

        Great lens. I can tell you spend a lot of time on your research.

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        Deborah Carr 

        5 years ago from Orange County, California

        I love the idea of different flowers for each month of the year!

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        What a beautiful lens. I'm not planning a wedding, but looking through your lens gave me ideas for other parties. Love this.

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        ruth-williams lm 

        5 years ago

        Great in depth lens! Will be sure to share with my clients from now on :)

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        coolaunt 

        5 years ago

        I think this is very thorough lens. It is also structured well. What a lucky daughter you have!!

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        malena10 

        5 years ago

        I was on a wedding two weeks ago and wedding flowers were sunflowers, beautiful.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Great ideas for flowers on that special day !

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        Cara 

        5 years ago

        The flowers look beautiful. I find it interesting that the size of wedding bouquets have changed over the years.

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        JoleneBelmain 

        6 years ago

        Love the bouquet that seems to have four leaf clovers in it... that's my wedding theme... and it's called "Lucky In Love"... I get married this July :)

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        Bellezza-Decor 

        6 years ago from Canada

        Such beautiful wedding bouquets and cake decorations!

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        Coffeebreak9am 

        6 years ago

        I have enjoyed your lens o Flowers for weddings. My daughter will be getting married soon and she will have tulips. Thank you for your lens.

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