Mother Nature has been so generous with her gifts of flowers and foliage that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start choosing which flowers to have in your wedding bouquet and decorations. My advice is to settle on one or two focal flowers that you absolutely love and then let your florist build the design and other flower choices around them. Whilst many flowers are now available all year around from different parts of the world, here’s our quick guide to flowers by the seasons.
Spring brides can choose from a host of fresh flowers, many of which are also scented such as Lily of the valley (a royal wedding favourite) or Hyacinths. Delicate blue Muscari or Anemones with their black fronded centres add interest to a bouquet. Other options include Tulips – now in every colour under the sun including black – and of course, the heralder of spring, daffodils.
The summer bride is spoilt for choice with gardens and nurseries in full bloom. The star flower for May is undoubtedly the Peony – full, soft and in a range of deep crimsons to pale pinks and whites. Towering Delphiniums will also be available for dramatic ceremony and reception arrangements. For a more hedgerow-gathered look, opt for Cornflowers or Love-in-the-mist. Sweet peas with their heavenly scent are also abundant – we had big bowls full for our wedding reception table centres many moons ago.
The end of the summer is all about colour with stunning Dahlias in a whole host of different colours and shapes – great for all sorts of wedding work and a firm favourite at Corky and Prince. Zinnias and Sunflowers bring vibrancy whilst Gladioli make a stunning table centre or pedestal arrangement.There are also loads of berries, fruits and seed-heads to bring texture and interest to any floral design.
Thanks to the international flower trade through the Dutch markets, the winter bride does not have to forgo an abundance of flowers with Lilies, Roses and Orchids always available in a great range of colours and styles. The range of British flowers and foliage available over the winter months is also increasing with great growers in the milder climate of Cornwall giving us a year round supply of beautiful blooms.