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What Wedding Flowers Should I Choose? A Beginner's Guide to Selecting the Perfect Blooms

Updated: 4 days ago


Spring seasonal british bridal bouquet
Photographer Perfect Moment Studios

Embarking on the journey of choosing wedding flowers is a blend of excitement and overwhelming choices. Often, clients approach me expressing their uncertainty, confessing, “I don’t know anything about flowers,” or, “I don’t even know the names of my favourite flowers.”


There’s so much choice ... from fragrant and romantic peonies, to luxurious orchids or vibrant calla lilies.  Even as I peruse webshops for client purchases, the sheer volume of approximately 15,000 flower varieties available internationally at any given time can be staggering. However, the effects of climate change on growing seasons can also lead to a surprising lack of options. This year, for example, flash flooding in Kenya and an early end to the British peony season have impacted availability.



But fear not if you're not well-versed in floral terminology. Whether you can't distinguish a ranunculus from a rose or are unsure of the availability of your chosen flower, rest assured, we have you covered.

 

This guide is designed for couples starting their floral journey from scratch. From understanding the basics of flower types to selecting the perfect florist, our goal is to empower you with floral confidence. Before you dive in, there are a few things to consider. Familiarising yourself with popular wedding flowers is a great starting point. To help, we've created a seasonal visual flower guide, complete with names, to assist you in choosing the perfect flowers for your big day.


Spring fabric drapes and flowers
Photographer Perfect Moment Studios

Why Flowers Matter in Weddings


Your wedding florals are so much more than bunches of flowers or just decoration. They are the fragrant focal point of your wedding style; they set the mood, add beauty, and are source of scent which will evoke memories of your wedding for years to come; a symbolic accessory enriched with personal significance – whatever your flowers mean to you, it’s sure to be a key feature of your wedding day. 









Why choose seasonal flowers?

Spring bud vases with poppies by Jacqui O
Photographer Perfect Moment Studios

Choosing seasonal flowers or giving your floral designer the rains for your wedding ensures that you capture the essence of each moment, as flowers bloom naturally at different times of the year. Not only does this guarantee the best quality and fragrance, but it's also the sustainable choice, aligning with the rhythm of nature. Each season brings its own palette of blooms, from the blousy peonies of May to the vibrant dahlias of late summer and early autumn. By opting for seasonal flowers, you infuse your wedding with the authentic beauty of the time of year, creating a harmonious atmosphere that resonates with the natural world and adds a unique, memorable touch to your special day.


Your floral designer can source flowers year-round from specialist international growers, ranging from Holland to Ecuador. However, it's crucial to inquire about the sustainability practices of these growers. Many growers, but not all are committed to improving the quality of their flowers while reducing their environmental footprint and promoting positive social impact within their communities. This includes using eco-friendly farming methods, such as integrated pest management, organic fertilisers, and efficient water use. They may also invest in renewable energy sources and strive to minimise carbon emissions from transportation. Additionally, socially responsible growers often ensure fair labor practices, provide fair wages, and contribute to local community development, such as by supporting education and healthcare initiatives. Therefore, when working with your florist, discuss the sourcing and sustainability practices of the growers they partner with to ensure that your floral choices not only beautify your event but also support ethical and environmentally responsible practices. This alignment with sustainable values can add an extra layer of meaning to your special day, knowing that your celebration is contributing to a better world.

 

However we encourage our clients to Immerse themselves in the charm of artisan seasonal blooms, where fragrant abundance meets the exquisite textures and natural rhythms of the changing seasons. Ideal for eco-conscious couples, our 'Bee Friendly, Bee Kind' collection is quintessentially English, proudly grown, not flown, in rural Cheshire. These captivating flowers not only enchant with their natural beauty but also contribute to a thriving ecosystem, providing sustenance and habitat for butterflies, bugs, and bees. Perfect for free-spirited and spontaneous souls who appreciate the beauty of imperfect stems, these blooms support the local economy and sustain small businesses, making them a meaningful choice for your celebration.


Understanding Flower Seasons


Knowing which flowers are in season can help you make cost-effective and sustainable choices. Here’s a quick guide to our clients favourites:


  • Spring: Tulips, Peonies, Ranunculus, Daffodils, Poppies, Sweet Rocket

  • Summer: Roses, Nigella, Astilbe, Ammi, Hydrangea, Daucus, Phlox, Sweet Pea

  • Autumn: Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Aster, Zinnia, Sedum, Nerine

  • Winter: Hellebores, Amaryllis, Holly, Eryngium, Waxflower


Spring flower ideas for wedding

Summer flower ideas for wedding

Autumn flower ideas for wedding

Winter flower ideas for wedding


Finding Inspiration


Seek inspiration from a variety of sources to refine your vision for wedding flowers. Browse bridal magazines, Pinterest, and wedding blogs to explore a wide array of styles, arrangements, and colour palettes. These platforms offer a treasure trove of ideas, from classic bouquets to contemporary floral installations. Additionally, visiting local botanical gardens can provide a firsthand look at different flowers, allowing you to appreciate their textures, colours, and fragrances in a natural setting. While you're there, take photos and notes of the blooms that captivate you the most. Don't hesitate to explore other weddings and events for inspiration, noting any floral arrangements that stand out. This comprehensive approach will help you identify and articulate your preferences, ensuring that your floral choices resonate with your personal style and the overall theme of your wedding.


Setting a Budget


Flowers can be a significant part of your wedding budget. Decide early on how much you're willing to spend. on, considering expenses for bouquets, boutonnieres, centrepieces, and other floral decorations. If you're uncertain about how much to allocate, consult our editorial, "What should I spend on my wedding flowers?" for guidance.Remember to include costs for bouquets, boutonnieres, centrepieces, and any additional floral decorations. Having an idea will help your florist make suitable recommendations.

 If your unsure visit our editorial What should I spend on my wedding flowers?


Choosing a Floral Designer

Yellow wedding drapes and fresh flower wedding arch detail
Perfect Moments Studio

Of course, your floral designer is there to bring your vision to life so you don’t need to be an expert in flowers – it’s like having your own personal shopper. Simply providing a colour palette can guide them in creating arrangements that reflect your style and vibe, enhancing your special day. Having a few ideas in mind can help communicate your preferences and ensure your wedding florals are perfect. 



At Jacqui O, we excel in creating unforgettable combinations. Ready to start your floral journey? Whether you're a floral connoisseur or new to flowers, we're here to advise on the perfect seasonal blooms for your wedding day. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of the top florists in the North West and let's make your wedding dreams come true!

 



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