How many times have you seen a beautiful bouquet of flowers on blogs, photos or magazines and thought ‘those are the flowers I want for my wedding,’ but when it comes to speaking to your florist or researching online, you have no idea what they’re called!
Well Festival Brides have teamed up with the lovely Katherine from Florist in The Forest (a flower guru – I kid you not!) to bring you regular posts on seasonal flowers so you know what’s growing when and more importantly what they’re called!
Using seasonal flowers is not only good for the environment but they are also better in quality compared to mass produced flowers grown in controlled conditions. I much prefer the idea of using flowers that have grown in their natural habitat for my wedding plus (and this is a fact) seasonal flowers are kinder on the old purse strings! A huge bonus if you are on a tight budget but still want gorgeous colourful flowers.
Katherine has put together a list of Spring flowers so if you are getting married between February and May then take note!
Personally I am going to go Anemones mad for my bouquet – love them!
Early spring flowers Feb/march
The perfect flowers for this time of year are Hellebores, Fritillaries, Anemones, Hyacinths and Narcissi. Each flower blossoms in a different colour so if you fancy only having 1 type of flower in your bouquet but in a range of colours then you can.
We had Hellebores on our stand at the save the date exhibition in deep red and purple and they were gorgeous. Smelt pretty good too!
Clockwise from top left 1. Hellebores 2. Hellebores and Fritillaries 3. Anemones 4. Hyacinths 5. Narcissi 6.Fritillaries
Spring flowers – March/April
For March and April comes the blossoming of some beautiful and bright seasonal flowers. You can choose from Tulips, Ranunculus, Hyacinths, Guelder rose, Lilac, Blossom, Lily of the valley, Bluebells and Iris.
Clockwise from top left 1. Tulips 2. Guelder Rose 3. Ranunculus 4. Lilac 5. Hyacinths 6. Guelder Rose
If you wanted your bouquet to be soft, romantic with a carefree festival vibe then Katherine suggests wedding flowers in muted soft pastels such as ranunculus, anemones, fritillaries, lilac, lily of the valley and then late spring peonies and sweet peas.
For a bright zingy festival choose a more eclectic mix of wedding flowers such as vibrant tulips and ranunculus with guelder rose in fresh yellows, whites and lime.
For your table flowers why not plant bulbs in unusual containers or fill large enamel pitchers or bottles with apple or cherry blossom. You could collect various jam jars and mason jars and fill these with bright spring flowers or even paint terracotta pots to match your colour scheme!
Katherine has put together a pinterest board for some of the spring flowers mentioned in this post so check it out: Spring Pinterest
May Spring Flowers will be on Festival Brides on Monday so please don’t be a stranger!
If you need some expert advice on which flowers to choose and when, then please contact Katherine. She grows her own flowers too and if you give her enough notice she will even plant some especially for you – that’s why we love her!
Florist in The Forest – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07984 540893
Thank you so much to Katherine for your flower suggestions – you rock!
Have a lovely weekend guys!
Festival Brides xx