Flowers are one of the most crucial parts of weddings. From decor and centerpieces to bouquets and boutonnieres, their timeless beauty and symbolism create a wedding tradition not to be forgotten. As you go about selecting the best blooms for your big day, there are many factors to consider, such as color, theme, style, symbolism, personal preference, and seasonality. With so much to think about and an endless amount of flowers to choose from, this process can often feel overwhelming.
While browsing through wedding magazines, Instagram, Pinterest, and other sources for inspiration, it is important to become familiar with the types of blooms that catch your eye. Knowing their names, when they are in season, and what region of the world they grow can be extremely helpful in selecting the perfect flowers for your wedding. To give you a hand, the experts here at Griffin’s Floral Design have put together a resource of the most popular wedding flowers, including a visual guide to when they are in season.
12 Most Popular Wedding Flowers
Full, fluffy, and perfectly round, peonies are a hot commodity in the wedding industry, and it’s easy to see why. These romantic wedding flowers come in some of the most popular color palettes like ivory, white, pink, red, and yellow. Blooming in late spring through early summer, they can be ideal for weddings in April, May, and June.
While classic red roses are the most sought-after flower globally, representing the epitome of romance, garden roses are their sweet sister found in many wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements. Garden roses have a greater amount of airy, luxe petals layered from the center, creating a stunning and romantic look. The best part of utilizing garden roses in your wedding is that they are available all year round.
Anemones are easily identified by their elegant, graceful white petals that surround a unique and bold black center. Also blooming in shades of red, burgundy, pink, purple, and blue, anemones are sure to match almost any wedding look and feel. Many winter and spring weddings have the privilege of including anemones in their arrangements and bouquets as they are in season from December through June.
Thin tissue paper-like petals are tightly bundled to create the many delicate layers of a ranunculus bloom. Although its appearance is delicate and fragile, making it a favorite flower for weddings, it is actually a hardy bloom. As such, it is a fabulous choice for boutonnieres and centerpieces for outdoor weddings in the spring. Ranunculus blooms in late winter through early spring, making them available for weddings in February through May.
A little quirky, artsy, showy, unique, and brilliant, dahlias often steal the spotlight when included in wedding floral designs, as they rightfully should. They bloom in all sorts of colors, including yellow, pink, peach, red, lavender, orange, pink, white, and even mixed hues, making them attractive for just about any theme. You often spot dahlias in fall weddings, as their blooming season begins in mid-summer and ends late in the fall.
Hydrangeas tend to be a go-to flower for weddings because they are nice and big, lush, abundant, versatile, and exquisite. They pair well with almost any other flower or combination of flowers or can be simply breathtaking all on their own. While white hydrangeas are the most common for weddings, you can also find them in purple, blue, pink, or “antique” mauve. Although hydrangeas tend to be available for weddings at any point in the year, they mostly bloom from mid-spring through early fall.
As a symbol of “blissful pleasure,” sweet peas are an endearing flower to include in your bouquets and wedding floral arrangements. They offer a truly lovely fragrance that can be described as sweet, fruity, and, well, floral! Blooming in pink, blue, white, and lavender shades, these ruffled flowers are always an excellent choice. You will be pleased to know that sweet peas are in season all year-round.
From crisp, pure white to heavenly lavender and purple hues, lilacs are another winning choice and popular wedding bloom. Their petals ooze with sweet love and romance and bunch together to make a luxurious and wonderful blossom. Like most spring flowers, lilacs are usually ready for weddings help in April, May, and June.
Moody wedding color palettes are incomplete without hellebores. These muted-toned flowers not only bloom in the perfect shades of mauve, dusty blue, dusty rose, ivory, and block, but their cup-shaped petals slightly droop and surround one of the more interesting floral centers with many long anthers. Since the blooming season for Hellebores begins in December and lasts through early April, you can be sure they will be ready for your winter wedding.
Lilies of the Valley
A royal wedding favorite, Lilies of the Valley were included in bridal bouquets for Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle. Known for their romantic and charming appearance, the graceful bell-shaped blooms also bring luck and love to the newlyweds. No matter what time of year you plan your wedding, you can include this royal flower in your bouquet since Lily of the Valley blooms year-round.
Tulips are a spring icon and a timeless flower to include in wedding floral designs. While some people believe tulips are a nostalgic bloom, they can also bring a modern feel to a bouquet or centerpiece with their upright, sleek, and simple bulb. They are also a symbol of “perfect love,” which is appealing to many couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together. Tulips bloom in almost every color from late winter through the spring, making them an obvious choice for celebrating your springtime nuptials.
This chic trumpet-shaped flower cannot be missed or mistaken for any other flower. Calla Lilies are a striking and sophisticated addition to any wedding bouquet or arrangement. Many brides opt for carrying a bouquet made strictly of calla lilies for a minimalistic and modern look. Blooming in various shades like burgundy, purple, red, white, and orange, they are sure to fit any wedding theme and season as calla lilies are available throughout the year.
Why You Should Choose In-Season Flowers for Your Wedding
Including a wealth of flowers in your wedding ceremony and reception decor adds a natural element of inspiring beauty that elevates your big day from something special to something magical and enchanting. Seasonal flowers do this and more as the blooms are in tune with the season, bringing an authentic look and feel to your wedding. Not to mention, purchasing in-season flowers ensures peak freshness, availability from local growers, and the most cost-effective option.
Mother Nature has done a flawless job making sure she has graced each season with breathtaking, gorgeous, and unique gifts. When seasonal flowers are collected by expert floral designers and carefully arranged to create your one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet, centerpieces, and other wedding arrangements, you are left in awe. Marveling over these stunning masterful works of art can help make your big day simply flawless and a dream come true. Take a look below to learn what flowers will be in season for your wedding.
Seasonal Guide to Popular Wedding Flowers*
Use the below picture guide of seasonal wedding blooms to help you narrow down your list of favorites. Then, you can present your list to your florist and together create something magical.
Spring Wedding Flowers (March, April, May):
Summer Wedding Flowers (June, July, August):
Fall Wedding Flowers (September, October, November):
Winter Wedding Flowers (December, January, February):
Wedding Flowers that Are Available Year-Round:
*Depending on yearly weather patterns, growth cycles, or climate changes, some blooms may be available well before or long after their typical growing season. If your heart is set on having a particular flower in your wedding that typically blooms just before or after the season you are getting married in, check with your florist. They will know if there’s a possibility of those blooms still being available to you.
For a list of alternative flowers that you can use in place of out-of-season or unavailable wedding flowers, check out our blog on the best substitute flowers for your favorite blooms.