Your choice of wedding date will be based on a number of factors: desired season, availability of your favorite venue, outside timelines of your VIP guests, but if all of those facets seem to be flexible, consider booking your day during the season that your favorite flower will be in bloom! Flowers traditionally play a large role in one’s nuptials, and if you’re planning on incorporating specific blossoms into your décor, it’s important to know when they will be in season. We interviewed Melissa McGowan – owner of expert floral design studio, Flowers by Cina – about which seasons hosted specific flowers to help you better select a wedding date based on your favorite perennials.
Inside Weddings: What are some of the most popular wedding flowers?
Melissa McGowan: Any flower can be a wedding flower, but some of the most popular are: garden roses, roses, ranunculus blossoms, hydrangeas, and orchids.
IW: What wedding flowers are most "in season" in the fall?
MM: Dahlias, leucadendron, rose hips, mums, oak leaves, echinacea, and Leonidas roses.
MM: Amaryllis bulbs, snowberries, winterberries, silver brunia, dusty miller, Star of Bethlehem blooms, and white peonies.
MM: Peonies, ranunculus flowers, tulips, irises, and lilacs.
MM: Roses, spray roses, sunflowers, dahlias, and lilies.
IW: Are there popular blooms available year round/for most of the year?
MM: Hydrangeas, lisianthuses, stock flowers, calla lilies, roses, garden roses, and orchids.
IW: What is your personal favorite flower?
MM: I love Japanese ranunculus blossoms!
IW: Any further information or advice on the subject you'd like to share?
MM: Couples should pick a season that speaks to them either for sentimental reasons, a favorite time of the year, or from a floral standpoint – the season that their favorite flower is in bloom. Spring is typically when the most luscious and romantic blooms are available, and flowers are generally larger during that time of year as well.
IW: Any funny/interesting stories you have from working with engaged couples planning their big day?
MM: We once had a bride that really loved lisianthus flowers. Each stem has a bloom, and some tendrils feature tight blooms at varying degrees. This particular bride liked the tendrils but only if the blossoms were no larger than the size of a pinky nail. To accommodate her, we spent hours measuring and removing blooms that did not fit the size standard!
Opening photo by The Yodsukars