Planning a wedding comes down to all the little details that go together to make a big impact. One of the smallest details that can create a huge wow factor to your big day are the flowers you choose. Florals come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and some arrangements are not even real.
In our “How to Guide”, we have put together a list of popular seasonal florals used in weddings. In addition, we will share some tips and tricks on how you can save money on your florals or alternatives if real blooms are not your thing!
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In season florals can save you a huge amount of money on your big day. For brides on a budget, this can be a huge sway factor in what they choose and how many floral arrangements are included on the big day. While you may have a specific flower in mind that you want included in your bouquet or centerpieces, it can cost you more money at a certain time of the year.
Flower cost can vary based on their seasonal availability.
Increase in floral cost is usually directly associated with a decrease in availability. All flowers are seasonal, which means they tend to bloom during a certain season of the year. This means that each flower type will be more readily available and meet the supply and demand easier during their peak times of the year.
Choosing an out-of-season bloom is going to cost you.
You can end up overpaying on a flower just because of its seasonal bloom. To avoid this, it is important to consider the season of your wedding and what blooms are readily available during that season. Paying for out-of-season blooms can cause your budget to shift in other areas if your flowers end up being way over what you anticipate.
Spring wedding florals come in a huge variety of colors and types, but for brides looking for a softer look for their blooms, this would be the perfect month. With spring florals in the US, you’ll tend to see many forms of pinks, purples, and whites. Greenery is popular during spring as well, so a soft bouquet of whites and greens make for an earthy undertone to your big day.
Centerpieces can be easily decorated to create a soft and romantic vibe for your big day. These spring florals are popular and easy to come by if your wedding is during this season.
- Casa Blanca Lily
- Star Gazer Lily
- Sweet pea
- Wax flower
Summer is a bright and bold time for flowers. Almost any color palette you choose for your wedding can be complimented with blooms during this season. From whites and pinks to bright oranges, yellows, and reds, you’ll find something that will fit your theme and budget. Create inspiring displays of color with all the options that summer has to offer you.
Have fun with your summer florals and use the help of your florist to design bouquets and centerpieces that bring your wedding to life. These are some of the most popular summer florals that brides gravitate towards.
- Gerbera daisy
- Lily, both Asiatic and Oriental
- Queen Anne’s Lace
Fall florals still tend to have a very warm an inviting look similar to summer, yet a bit more muted on the pinks and purples. While brides will find an array of colors, the reds, yellows, and oranges of the changing season tend to prevail.
Additionally, whites and browns tend to make an appearance as we think of cool fall nights and introducing more rustic elements into the look. Brides looking for a fall wedding will find less of a selection of in-season blooms, which can lead to alternative floral options or considering a larger budget for bouquets and centerpieces.
Here are some of the most popular autumn blooms that can make for beautiful fall florals.
- Dried leaves
Surprisingly, winter florals are much easier to come by then many would think. With parts of the US still offering warmer weather during this time, getting domestic florals is still possible. Winter tends to boast a combination of bold and soft tones. Many turn to using a lot of greenery and berries in their bouquets during this season making it a festive affair.
You will find traditional florals to be popular with a sprinkling of color here and there. Many arrangements during the winter months include some white in them to celebrate the cold and snowy season. Check out these florals if you are planning your winter wedding.
- Bells of Ireland
- Casa Blanca Lily
- Star Gazer Lily
- Star of Bethlehem
There are always options for florals that can be added into your arrangements year-round that make for excellent options. Whether it is adding a touch of baby’s breath to a boutonniere or having that traditional bouquet of roses, these tried and true flowers will make any bride excited for her upcoming wedding day!
Talk to your florist about adding these year-round florals to the arrangements for your big day!
- Baby’s Breath
Alternative Floral Options
For some brides, the floral arrangements and bouquets are not as big of a deal. Or perhaps, you are looking for something a little more unique and out of the box? As far as centerpieces go, many brides ditch the thought of putting any florals on their tables. First—it is a huge money saver. Flowers are not cheap, and they do not last. Pouring a lot of money into a detail of your wedding that is not important to you may seem silly, so how about an alternative.
There are many other options out there for both bouquets and centerpieces. We’ll focus on swapping real florals for these incredibly unique options.
Parasols are classic! If you are sticking to a vintage theme for your big day, you cannot go wrong with a good parasol. If your wedding is planned for a historic site, a parasol may be just what you are looking for. To modernize it, select the colors of the parasols so that it matches your color scheme.
While this one may not be budget friendly, it could be fun go and find brooches on your own or use special ones from your family. If you aren’t the DIY bride, there are websites and craft sites where you can have a brooch bouquet made for you. They have become an increasingly popular non-floral option for brides that have a hint of vintage and a huge glam factor!
Feather bouquets carry with them simple elegance and can create dramatic pops of color for brides. Feather bouquets appear soft and velvety and create a stunning appearance that florals cannot quite duplicate.
Are you planning a winter wonderland wedding? You may consider ditching your bouquet of winter florals for a fur muff. One—you will feel like a fairytale princess and two—you’ll have the added bonus of keeping your hands nice and warm while you are outdoors.
Want to make a dramatic entrance? Have your bridal party carry a lantern down your aisle. For an evening wedding, there is nothing more romantic then dim lighting. Lanterns can easily be repurposed from your ceremony to your reception tables as well, so they are versatile and affordable for brides on a budget. Consider lanterns if you are planning a rustic-inspired wedding or a small, intimate atmosphere.
A handheld fan may be the perfect accessory for your hot, summer wedding. Flowers cannot cool you off and look pretty at the same time, but fans will accomplish both. Vintage fans come in many different designs and colors so there is always something available that will complement your big day!
There are many options for making your own bouquets. Go to your local craft store and find fake versions of your favorite blooms and create your own that way. You can make a bouquet out of buttons, paper, and even wood.
When it comes to creating a DIY bouquet your options are only limited by your imagination!
Every detail is a decision
There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning your wedding. Who knew every detail could be so complex? You can choose to roll with them or drive yourself crazy, however, we hope our guide to florals will narrow down your options and help you stay on budget with this tiny detail for your day.
While flowers can set the tone for your space, they don’t have to be the major focus of your day. For some brides, flowers are a crucial detail, while others just want something affordable that suits their day. Whichever you decide, just make sure you love it!
We would love to know what season your wedding is and what decisions you have made on your floral arrangements! Let us know at The Ring Boxes!