In Season Now: Fritillaria Wedding Flowers

These lesser-known blooms are absolutely perfect for spring weddings

Updated 05/11/17

Photo by Kate Osborne

Ask any florist when the best time to get married is—they'll undoubtedly say: spring! This time of the year, the flower markets are bursting with life and the beautiful, brightly colored blooms are a welcome sight for sore eyes after a long winter.

One of the most beloved spring blooms these days is the fritillaria—a delicate flower that comes in various shapes and colors, from the showy, long-stemmed fritillaria imperialis, to the wispy fritillaria meleagris, which have shy, downward-facing bell-shaped petals with the most enchanting checkerboard pattern. Fritillaria can be used in a variety of ways, from simple centerpieces to elegant one-bloom bouquets.

If you haven't heard of this flower, you're not alone; this lesser-known beauty has only recently become en vogue inside the wedding-flower world. Ask your florist if he or she is able to source these stunning blooms—they are absolutely perfect if you're planning a spring wedding.

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Bright Orange

Photo by Kelsey Regan Photography; Bouquet by Valley Flower Company

Prefer something more bright and colorful? Fritillaria imperialis (aka Crown Imperial) is a flower you need to know about. This variety features orange bell-shaped flowers that hang from a crown of tufted green leaves that resemble a mohawk; in the bouquet above, you can see the showy stems in the top-right portion of the arrangement.

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Soft Pastels

Photo by Jen Huang; Bouquet by Saipua

Fritillaria persica stems also look great mixed with pastel colors, like this textured, springtime bouquet featuring shades of pale pink and cream.

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Deep Purple Tones

Photo by Kate Osborne

If your wedding color palette includes deep purple tones, ask your florist to include a few stems of fritillaria persica. In the bouquet above, the fritillaria stems are seen gracefully arching on the left and right, with their delicate bell-shaped flowers lending movement to the overall arrangement.

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Golden Centerpiece

Photo by D'arcy Benicosa; Florals by Sarah Winward

Fritillaria imperialis stems can also work with an earthier color palette, as seen in this buttery, golden-toned arrangement by florist Sarah Winward. It features dusty pinks, rusts, and golds mixed with delicate blooming branches—perfect for an early-spring wedding. And the graceful fritillaria stems, which you can see arching out of the vase, just seem to dance.

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Wispy & White

Photo by Jose Villa; Florals by Sarah Winward

A more delicate member of the fritillaria family, these wispy, white blooms are called fritillaria meleagris. These beauties have wispy foliage and charming bell-shaped petals; if you look closely, you'll see they have a faint checkerboard pattern. This variety also comes in a plummy purple color—when the sunlight shines through the petals, it creates a beautiful stained-glass effect.

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Wedding Cake Embellishments

Photo by Jose Villa

Fritillaria blossoms also make the perfect finishing touch to your wedding dessert. Instead of sugar flowers, ask your florist to set aside a few fritillaria stems to decorate your wedding cake. This is also a great way to save money, since fresh flowers are more affordable than sugar flowers, which require a lot of labor to create. Here, the fritillaria stems are affixed on small pin frogs and displayed on a pretty tray.

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