Winter, spring, summer, and fall brides, listen up! (Yes, that's basically all of you!) For the best wedding flowers, you're going to want to read this... Your bridal bouquet and floral arrangements can really impact your big day in a major way — and your wedding budget too, for that matter. But how in the big wide world of floral and fauna can a bride ensure a blooming success that doesn't blow away her whole budget? Simple! Seasonally-based arrangements.
In-season flowers are right on-trend for 2016 and it's the most sure-fire way to get the most beautiful arrangements. And while that may sound like common sense, there are millions of myths floating around the wedding world about what's in season and when, leading to brides choosing out-of-season or out-of-budget blooms. In fact, although most people believe May and June to be the months for wedding flowers, — April showers bring May flowers makes sense, doesn't it? — that's not always the case.
"June is a great month to get flowers, they are just a little more expensive," shares expert florist Amy Febinger of the Brooklyn-based floral company, Bourgeon. "Summer into fall, a lot of local product becomes available on the east coast," she explains. "But just because the flowers are local and importing costs are not attached to them, it does not change the amount of planning, time, labor and work that your floral designer puts into making your wedding beautiful." True that!
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Therefore, just because you choose to have a springtime soirée, doesn't mean you'll be cutting down on floral costs. And with fully-booked florists (spring and summer weddings are insanely popular, after all!), you might be met with some serious sticker shock. After all, Meryl Streep in the* Devil Wears Prada* said it best: "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking..."
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Febinger's fabulous advice? She suggests checking out the petal offerings of the year's chillier months for beautiful blooms and the best deals. "People tend to shy away from winter months, but there are some real showstoppers available in the winter."
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As for those seasonally-based arrangements, Febinger has plenty of sweet-smelling suggestions. For the fall, dahlias, porcelain vine, and seasonal fruits such as concord grapes and persimmons are petal pleasers. In the winter, anemone, amaryllis, ranunculus, and poppies are in bloom. When spring has sprung, go for fritillaria, muscari, lilac, flowering branches, and peonies. And in the summer zinnias, cosmos, celosia, and wild grasses are all in season.
And of course, always try to keep Febinger's money-saving golden rule in mind: "You only need a few 'face' flowers," she says. (That's fan-favorite, big blooms for the non-lily literal, such as peonies and heirloom garden roses.) To save major cash, your bridal bouquet doesn't need to have dozens of these expensive buds to look luxe. "Those stems are so large and special, that just a few will do amongst other materials." And that'll hold true no matter your "I do" season!