When it came time to thinking about what kind of flowers I wanted for my wedding, I didn’t know where to start. First, I knew nothing about gardening or the names of flowers, except for three: roses, peonies, and tulips. Oh wait, and gladiolas, too! Yes, I am florally challenged, which means I definitely didn’t know what the BEST wedding flowers by season actually were.
Since I wasn’t working with a traditional florist, there wasn’t a “shop” I could visit where someone could explain to me what was available or how to pick them. It was more like “tell me what you want.” So, I had to figure it out.
The Problem With Seasonal Flowers
Wedding websites were a huge help when it came to floral inspiration, except that most of the flowers I saw and loved were either way too expensive or out of season. For example, let’s take peonies. They are only in season in the U.S. primarily late April-June, and cost about two or three times as much as roses (which are always in season). Of course, you can get peonies when they’re out of season, but because they have to be shipped in from other climates, you’re going to pay a pretty penny for them. According to this online wholesaler (which is a great resource if you’re looking to DIY your flowers), 25 Hot Pink Roses will cost you $49.99, while 20 Hot Pink Peonies will cost you $109.99 in June only. For July, September, and November that price jumps up to $179.99!
If you love peonies (which I do) but don’t love the price, you can get a garden rose variety that basically looks the same. For example, this Peony Rose is available year-round and costs $119 for 24 stems. Still not as inexpensive as traditional roses, but not nearly as expensive as peonies. I ended up going with a mixture of garden roses and traditional roses that were 2-3 days old, so they had that “open” and more rustic look.
Wedding Flowers by Season
For a quick overview of what’s in season when, I’ve compiled a short list of popular wedding flowers by season and their wholesale price according to Fiftyflowers.com. While most flower wholesalers have year-round availability (like roses and orchids), some local florists may not, so be sure to check with yours to see what works best for your wedding date and budget.
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