Hello! I am Rachel, and I own and run The Rose Shed, a wedding and event florist business based in Bristol. These last few weeks have been a bit of a blur what with Valentines and Mother’s Day being only three weeks apart this year. It felt as though I had only just finished picking the rose thorns out of my hands before it was time to think about Mother’s Day! I am here today to share with you some tips on choosing wedding flowers in April and May.
Brides always come to the consultations asking ’What is in season?’ on their big day and I always like to provide an honest answer focusing on the most suitable, seasonal blooms that are available at that particular time. I always say that like food, flowers are at their best during their natural growing season so to me, as a wedding florist, I always emphasise the importance of using seasonal flowers within wedding flowers.
April and May are two of my favourite months of the year to get married, not only do you have a lot of the spring varieties of flowers still available such as the ranunculus and tulips, yet the gorgeous summer flowers are beginning to come through in the likes of the peonies, stocks, and hydrangeas. You get the best of both flower world’s in my eyes with the merging of spring and summer offering couples getting married an extensive choice in flowers.
I will start with one of my favourites that no bride should get married in spring time without them! The ranunculus, is a blousy spring flower with what seems like never ending layers of petals, available in pastel shades such as ivory, pale pink, apricot and peach they are used a lot in the vintage, romantic style weddings. They also come in bright, hot cerises, yellows and oranges so are perfect for couples wanting to add a pop of colour in their big day. Here I teamed bright orange ranunculus with peach and ivory avalanche roses, scabiosa seed heads and eucalytpus foliage. Can you see how the some of the ranunculus have that green eye centre? Nature at it’s best!
Tulips are another firm favourite of mine to use in spring, the colours that they come in is astonishing and I love the way that they can be so textured and interesting. For example the parrot tulips used above in the white rose, tulip and narcissi bouquet, are crinkly, nuggets of goodness and the green, fresh tinge they offer is perfect for spring weddings wanting a clean, fresh palete of creams, greens and ivory.
Narcissi above have been used with viburnum tinus foliage which offers tiny, little white flowers which balance perfectly against the delicate nature of the scented white narcissi. The narcissi, are extremely scented which really adds another dimension to your wedding, by the incorporation of the scent. In years to come when you smell some narcissi, it will still take you back to that very moment that you were holding your bouquet and walking down the aisle.
This bouquet above, epitomises spring for me, jam packed full of muscari, hyacinths and ranunculus by using the light and dark blue against the white you can really get a true blue bouquet, something which a lot of people think is impossible! The seed heads and berried eucalytpus add that rustic, natural edge that I like to provide with my bouquets offering texture and interest andf a more modern twist to the bouquet. Hyacinths can again be a great flower to use to provide perfume, they also work terrifically well in planted pots and can be a fab alternative to using cut flowers.
Photograph by Dorit Stuckey
Photograph by Kerry Diamond Photography
Moving on to May, we have one of the most beautiful, blousy, romantic flowers that you could possible use in a wedding. Peonies! They are such a sumptuous flower, packed full of layer upon layer of petals, available in soft pinks, whites, corals, and cerises they work well within most colour schemes. The white peonies tend to offer a fabulous, sweet scent too, what more could you want?! The exact growing season for peonies can change year upon year, however from the end of April, right through May you should be safe in knowing that peonies will be available for your wedding day.
I have picked just a few of my favourite flowers that are available during April and May, however there are still plenty more out there. Your florist will be able to advise you on current seasonality and the different types of variety of flowers that are available on your exact wedding day. Do not worry if you had your heart set on a certain flower and it is not available, any good florist will be able to provide you with substitutions and offer alternative suggestions.
I hope this has been helpful and has provided you with a small insight into flowers that are available in April and May. Choosing your wedding flowers can be an absolute dream for brides who know what they are looking for and have certain ideas in mind, but for a lot of couples choosing flowers can be a daunting task. I hear all the time from my brides, ‘I do not know anything about flowers’ and by the end of the consultation the majority of couples come away surprised about how much they ‘DO’ know about flowers! As long as you know what you like and what you don’t like, selecting your wedding flowers can be such a fun, interesting and exciting part of the wedding planning process. In summary I have listed the key seasonal flowers available during April and May. There are lots of other flowers available during these months too, however these are just some of my favourites to use.
- Seasonal flowers available in April: ranunculus, tulips, muscari, hyacinths, anemone, pussy willow, blossom, forsythia. stocks, viburnum, genista, mimosa.
- Seasonal flowers available in May: ranunclus, tulips, anemone, peonies, hydrangeas, lily of the valley, stocks.
Spring is such a wonderful time of year and this is reflected so well in the flowers that are available. I am looking forward to the wedding season well and truly kicking and cannot wait to show you some of my springtime weddings from this year in my next post!