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.
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.
Fritillaria persica stems also look great mixed with pastel colors, like this textured, springtime bouquet featuring shades of pale pink and cream.
Deep Purple Tones
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.
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.
Wispy & White
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.
Wedding Cake Embellishments
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.