Spring symbolises rebirth and new beginnings so what a wonderful time of year to say “I do”.
You will be spoilt for choice regarding picking your flowers for your special day - there are just so many beautiful, colourful flowers with different shapes, sizes and textures.
To get you thinking about what you might like and what could be available to you, today, we’ve put together this post all about in-season Spring wedding flowers as your go-to guide for inspiration.
Forget Me Not
If you are following the old tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, then this is the flower for you. There are many different species of Forget Me Nots but they only come in white, pink and shades of blue (blue being probably the most commonly known and beloved colour). They have a white-coloured inner ring and vibrant bright yellow little eye in the centre of the flower which provides a strong contrast against its five intricate symmetrical but strong petals. Its deep green, oblong leaves are often stalkless, have blunt tips, a deeply recessed mid-vein, and are covered with fine hairs. These tiny blooms have little or no scent in the daytime but are extremely perfumed in the evening and into the night. In the floral language, the Forget Me Not flower symbolises truthfulness, true love and memory - a perfect starting point for any wedding.
Always a firm favourite to use in bouquets. There is however, a great variation across the different Hellebore plants in fragrance, flower colour, shape (single, double, star-shaped) and size, as well as the foliage (shiny green, others have a light patterning on the leaves, and some are dark and leathery). They are available in a variety of colours - pure white, yellow, red, black, green, and lots of dusky pale pink and purple tones, with the flower symbolising serenity, tranquility and peace - the hope for the marriage for all couples!
Lily Of The Valley
Another traditional, classic bloom. Also known as the May Lily, it means "return to happiness" and symbolizes chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility. These incredibly delicate and small waxy bell-shaped flowers which dangle from a thin stem have the most exquisite sweet scent. The flowers are normally white, although you can find some with a pale pink hue to them but this is pretty rare! Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle had bouquets featuring Lily of the Valley.
Known to symbolise beauty, strength and dignity, Magnolia flowers bloom boldly which is no real surprise when they have six to twelve large petals each. They have dark green, oval-shaped leaves which are leathery in texture. The Magnolia flower is, again, a flower that comes in various shades and colours - white, pink, purple, peach, red, yellow and lavender, bringing with it a pleasant fragrance that has a hint of lemon.
This romantic little flower is also known as “Love in a Mist” because the flowers are surrounded by leaves, giving the appearance of the flowers being surrounded by a mist. There’s an old saying, “say it with flowers.” The Nigella flower definitely sends out the right message that anyone who is getting married wants to hear as it represents harmony and love and is the symbol of the bonds that bind people together. (It doesn’t matter if you were the person who chose this bud - the flower is doing the talking!). The ferny foliage and spiky flowers provide great texture. Best known for the vivid blue variety, Nigella also blooms in purples, pinks, and white - all are ideal for floral hair crowns, as a decoration for pew ends or included in bouquets.
A timeless wedding flower. Year after year, this bloom is always a popular choice and it’s so easy to understand why. Peonies are showstopping in any bouquet or floral arrangement with their large, fluffy luxurious blooms and lavish petal count. They are soft and romantic which totally matches what they epitomise - elegance and romance and are regarded as the omen of good fortune and a happy marriage - just the prophecy you want for your future life! Available in every colour except true blue, they pretty much fit in any colour palette. There is even a coral coloured Peony which is this year’s Pantone Colour of the year so is totally on trend! Different varieties of Peony have different scents from sweet and mild to very aromatic and some have no fragrance whatsoever, so if you are considering the smell of the bloom as well as its appearance, then speak to us and we can advise you further.
Sweet Peas are quintessentially English. Not all Sweet Pea flower varieties are fragrant, but the ones that are, live up to their namesake. Each blossom has one large, upright, roundish petal (banner or standard); two narrow side petals (wings); and two lower petals, forming a boat-shaped structure (keel), but if you use your imagination, they do sort of look like mini butterflies on their long straight stems. (We will leave you to make up your own mind on that one)! Symbolising appreciation and blissful pleasure, they come in various shades of every colour you can think of, except yellow. Sweet Peas are SO pretty and delicate that they look gorgeous on their own in a hand-tied bouquet or in simple jars for table decorations.
Symbolising longevity, immortality and wisdom, Wisteria is a natural choice for cascading bouquets as it produces radiant fragrant flowers on long woody vines. It is known for its stunning flowers that range from white to various shades of pink, purple or blue and represents beauty and love.
We adore working with different ingredients in all of our work to create unforgettable memories and complement the celebratory atmosphere of your special occasion. Following our initial consultation, all of our clients also receive a complimentary trip with us to the London flower market to look at flowers, colours and textures and to help you explore every possibility. Whether you want the in-season flowers as featured above, the hottest trend right now, something meaningful to you, have already gathered inspiration or want to start from scratch, this is such a lovely opportunity for us to solidify your combinations and finalise the details of your perfect arrangement(s).
“Many people think that seasonality is the main factor when it comes to cost of wedding flowers. The cost and availability of each stem does vary according to the time of year. For example, Lilacs in August will cost more than Lilacs in May, red Roses will cost more around Valentine’s Day and it’s very hard to find Peonies in Winter. But while season does mean that certain flowers will be at their best, will be more readily available and therefore cheaper, actually, the main driving force is usually the ratio of blooms to foliage and the overall size of arrangements. The larger the display, the more stems that are required”. (Continue reading)
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