If you're having a spring wedding, you're definitely choosing a prime time for flowers, because those blooms are some of the lushest and beautiful of the year! However, one of the most surprising expenses for any wedding is flowers (if you're choosing to have them—hey, non-floral decor can be cool too!).
One of the most reliable ways to save money and get more bang for your buck when it comes to wedding flowers is to have your florist only use flowers and greenery that are in season. Using flowers that are out of season means that you're importing flowers, which greatly adds to the cost. Plus, if you're getting hothouse blooms, they're just not going to be quite as lovely.
Lucky for you, April is one of the best times of year to get those spectacular, highly sought after peonies. But April is good for more than just beloved peonies! This beautiful spring month is bursting with delicate and fragrant blooms, from gardenias to garden roses.
So what flowers are in season at this time of year? Here are 15 of our favorite and most popular flowers for the month of April.
We can get down with every variety of tulip (these are fringed, but we love a parrot, double, and French tulip as well!), and each type has a different style and feel. Plus colors! SO many colors.
Another flower perfect for a boutonniere, freesia is a sweetly fragrant spring favorite with up to 10 tiny bell-shaped flowers on each stem.
Delicate and ruffled, sweet peas are feminine, with a lovely perfume (but in a good way) scent. They have an enormous range of colors—in fact, they have one of the biggest ranges in the plant kingdom. They're not the cheapest of flowers (some more rare varieties can be very expensive) but they aren't nearly as expensive as, say, a peony!
We loooove snapdragons. They're whimsical, they come in upwards of 60+ colors, and they look sculptural either on their own in a bouquet or used sparingly with mixed blooms. Price-wise these are on the less expensive end.
With their strong, sweet scent and large size, gardenias make perfect boutonnieres. These guys only come in shades of white or ivory, and be careful—they can turn brown when they start to die.
Another classic bloom that will never go away and has an infinite number of varieties and colors for every style. They work well mixed in with other flowers in both centerpieces and bouquets.
Unless the roses are a mix of colors and types, we don't suggest using the same variety and color of roses alone in an arrangement—that can start to go into the tacky territory (imagine a bouquet of all red grocery-store roses—it's a no-no!).
There was a time these tropical beauties were considered cheesy as a wedding flower (hint—that time was not so long ago), but now they're actually trending and we've been loving all the fun new ways they've been used in arrangements with a modern twist. Not only do they come in a huge range of colors (and patterns for that matter) but they have countless varieties—mini orchids, huge orchids, and every shape imaginable.
Ahh, peonies. What's there to say? Everyone loves 'em, even with that hefty price tag. The traditional peonies you might think of (like the one pictured) come in white, pink, rose, and red. Tree peonies and hybrid peonies come in a more extensive color palette and include shades of coral, yellow, dark mahogany, and deep purple.
Peonies are versatile flowers—they pair well with lots of other floral varietals, but when used alone in a bouquet can end up looking a little too spherical. So diversify that bouquet!
In our opinion, irises are vastly underrated. They are mainly associated with a bright purplish hue but come in beautiful varieties that have a sunset or ombréd coloring that are unique and beautiful. Throwing in white irises to a bouquet adds texture and a little frilliness, similar to the effect of a sweet pea.
Although it's true that blue flowers are not often found in nature (and what we sometimes see in the way of blue flowers are those dyed an unearthly/unnatural blue and gracing your local bodega), cornflowers are a sweet wildflower that works well for a tiny pop of color in your bouquet or centerpiece.
These long flowering branches scream spring and work well on their own in large, sculptural arrangements. Perfect for a bar setup!
Although sometimes looked down upon because they're so commonly used as "filler flowers," there are some truly gorgeous types of lisianthus out there. Some varieties are so frilly and full they could almost be mistaken for a rose!
Tall and stemmy, delphiniums are statement-makers, and usually work well alone in an arrangement. They come in varying shades of blue and blueish-purple.
These are just the cutest little flowers. Small and feminine, they are perfect little additions to an all-white or greenery bouquet. We've even seen petite bouquets made of nothing but tweedia!
This popular flower is one that is super versatile (hence it's popularity), comes in a huge spectrum of colors, and has tons of sizes and varieties. The price range is wide, as some kinds are spectacular and huge, and rarer compared to the normal, smaller ranunculus you often see.