If you're having a spring wedding, you're definitely choosing a prime time for flowers. Flowers that bloom in spring are some of the most lush and beautiful of the year! However, one of the most surprising expenses to 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. We know, we know, you want big, beautiful fluffy peonies everywhere, but if you're getting married in the dead of winter, that probably isn't the best choice. Bummer. But hey, we're getting ahead of ourselves—this is about flowers that are in season in May, not January! And lucky for you, May is just about the best time of year to get those spectacular, highly sought after peonies.
But May is good for more than just beloved peonies! This beautiful spring month is bursting with delicate and fragrant blooms—from gardenias to garden roses, if you're getting married in May you definitely chose a good time of year for flowers! So what flowers are in season in May, you're asking? Here are 15 of our favorite and most popular flowers for the month of May.
These graphic beauties are perfect for everything from classic to romantic to modern arrangements. Try a traditional all anemone bouquet if that's your vibe, or get a little boho and mix them in with roses and trailing greenery. These scentless blooms range in color from crisp white (by far the most popular variety) as well as bright red, pink, magenta, purple, and blue. Additionally, there are other white anemone varieties with green centers as well as yellow centers. They are pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to price.
Anthuriums have really been becoming trendy recently, in cool-girl minimal and modern arrangements. We love them as single blooms in pastel shades—they don't need much else in the way of other flowers, they standout on their own. They come in a huge range of colors—from bright reds to creamy whites and bright pinks.
Don't turn up your nose! When used en masse, these guys can really pack a punch for cheap (for instance in a massive hanging installation). As long as you don't go for the bodega-style carnations that are dyed any number of unnatural colors, you're good. Go for the dusty, muted variety for real modernity. Plus, they're trending.
Delicate and ruffled, sweet peas are feminine and have a lovely sweet and perfume-y (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!
Lily of the Valley
Not just for royal bouquets, this delicate little bloom works well in small and low centerpieces as well. These little guys only come in white.
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 also 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, 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!
And roses! Another classic bloom that will never go away and has an infinite amount 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 only in an arrangement—that can start to go into tacky territory (imagine a bouquet of all red bodega roses—it's a no-no!).
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!