As a creative wedding planner in London, the south east + beyond, there is nothing I love more than a wedding overflowing with seasonal flowers. With blooms and foliage that instantly give a feel for the day and time of year. Making heartfelt wedding celebrations come to life through colours, scents, and textures. And this is especially true of bridal bouquets. From the light and airy nature of spring to the bolder colours of summer, and from the richness of autumn florals to the foliage of winter – seasonal bouquets create a meaningful connection between your wedding flowers and your chosen date.
Spring Wedding Bouquets
Spring is the season of new life. Bulbs bloom. Blossom covers trees. And sweet flowers, quite literally, spring up from the ground. If you want some spring wedding inspiration, this spring wedding photoshoot (featured on Coco Weddings) is sure to inspire.
This light and full-of-life feeling, makes seasonal spring bouquets very pretty and airy. There is a fresh and romantic delicateness about everything, including a soft pop to colours and nothing too striking in texture or shape.
Some popular spring flowers for seasonal bouquets include: ranunculus, tulips, hyacinths, lily of the valley, and freesia. Many spring flowers have a beautiful scent making seasonal spring bouquets a feast for all the senses.
Summer Wedding Bouquets
The season of sunshine, outdoor ceremonies, and partying under the stars. At least, that’s what we all hope for, but you can never be too certain with British weather!
One thing you can be sure of… amazing flowers. By early/mid-summer, flowers move from light and airy to bold and blousy. You can still play around with softness and elegance (in both colour and form) but the possibility for fuller bouquets and more vivid colours becomes available.
Seasonal summer bouquets can include: peonies (although they have a short season of May-June), garden roses, hydrangea, lavender, and trailing jasmine (which has a gorgeous scent). Colours can include corals, oranges, and pinks… in fact, they look incredible as a palette together. You can also go down a more tropical route, with vibrant pops of colour, alternative flowers and foliage, and more striking shapes.
If the thought of planning a summer wedding has your heart jumping for joy, my collection of London’s Top 10 Wedding Venues With Green Spaces is the perfect place to start.
Autumn Wedding Bouquets
When it comes to the autumn season, my personal favourite (I got married in September), everything gets more intense and delicious. Flowers take on a richer hue, with deep reds, oranges, and purples, creating sensual palettes and distinctive designs.
There is an abundance about autumn. Seasonal autumn bouquets still feel full like summer, but delicate and blousy blooms are out – and comforting, tactile textures are in.
I love the season so much, I created a post full of my Autumn Wedding Styling Tips.
Dahlias really take centre stage in autumn, with their spectrum of colours, and their full and structural shape. Other seasonal autumn choices include: nerines, chrysanthemum, clematis, cosmos, and grasses and trailing foliage.
Winter Wedding Bouquets
Speaking of foliage, it really comes into its own in winter. With colder temperatures and fewer flowers in season, seasonal winter bouquets can take advantage of unusual greenery and grasses, and blue-green foliage such as eucalyptus.
Unique structures and lots of texture, create dynamic and stunning designs – often with a wild or unkept feel. You can also have fun by adding in other elements, to create further interest, such as feathers and berries
However, there are still some flowers in season in winter. Popular choices for winter bouquets include: ranunculus (which come back in season), myrtle, viburnum, hellebore, and anemone. Colours include the indulgent side of purples, reds, and deep pinks (think jewel tones), and lots of wintery white.
One of my favourite winter weddings was full of gorgeous jewel-toned flowers and lots of seasonal details: Experiential Wedding at Christmas.
A Seasonal Wedding
As you can see, it’s possible to create beautiful seasonal wedding bouquets, whatever time of year you decide to marry. Each season has a slightly different feel and style, so it’s important to decide what suits you as a couple. And if you have a particular flower in mind and want to stick with seasonal blooms, you’ll need to choose your wedding date carefully. But, whether you want a pretty spring bouquet, bold summer blooms, rich autumn colours, or stunning winter foliage, choosing seasonal flowers will create a bouquet perfect for your day.
For more detailed information on what flowers are in season, then take a look at this guide from the British Flower Collective. If you dream of seasonal flowers and beautiful bouquets at your wedding, and need help choosing the right date and suppliers, why not get in touch and say hello?
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