A Wedding Flower For All Seasons
A florist will often talk of the crestfallen bride that comes to her with her heart full of Arum lilies only to announce she’s in fact having a summer wedding, when those curly fluted flowers just aren’t around. So what seasonal flowers can I choose from for my wedding?
The lasting commitment celebrated at a wedding invites the ability to go with the seasons. So whether you’ve set the special date for summer, autumn, winter or spring, there’s a full year of wedding flowers ahead of you.
Evoking compassion, the fluffy hydrangea makes an ideal wedding flower. Hydrangeas are one of the few blue wedding flowers you can find! Whilst a white hydrangea centrepiece couldn’t be more elegant, hydrangeas can also be a really natural-feeling flower provincially-styled in a concrete urn. The antique look of pale violet and green hydrangeas offers a less traditional, natural palette especially paired with eucalyptus. As a bonus, they don’t have much of a scent, so won’t interfere with your menu. Get them from Flower Jar, Melbourne.
November is peony season in Australia, and what a treat to see these bulbous beauties filling buckets at the market. Honourable peonies actually rival roses as a bride favourite, and for good reason. The popular varieties of white, peach, burgundy and soft pink flowers all accompany you down the aisle with a flutter of fresh scent from lighter shades. For romance, choose a ruffled peony cascade or look for tight, round buds so you can watch the blowsy transformation on your mantel after. Round succulents make a surprisingly sweet match for peonies, completely adore this peach bouquet. Find yours, at Kate Hill Flowers.
How often do you hear people say they don’t do carnations? But what better occasion to marry tradition with something new than a wedding? Brighten them afresh with some of the more vibrant pink, purple and peach tones, even put them all together for a whimsical style. A few larger carnations can be dotted into the bouquet to give them the attention they deserve instead of being a 90s filler, then accompany with ferns. Perfect for summer weddings too as those carnation petals can really take the heat and exude a clove-like sent.
A symbol of devotion, what better wedding flower than a statuesque white lily. Often noted for its slightly spiced scent, the lily is a mature choice. The fluted Tiger lily flower is well-suited to bold and tropical bouquets, alongside larger foliage and Native Australian plants.
“What a lovely thing a rose is!” The rose isn’t just a classic choice for its effortless romance, it’s also a really practical wedding flower. Why? Because it comes in so many colours and is available year-round. White roses, red roses, lavender roses, pink, lavender, yellow...the list could go on. However a rose isn’t just a rose and so you don’t have to limit it to tradition or even a typical fall colour scheme. Instead, blush tones and berry fillers can make a warming Autumn wedding flower bouquet. That ‘rose scent’ comes from pink roses, while deeper tones are stronger and citrusy tones, you guessed it, more fruity. Find them at the fantastic Grandiflora https://grandiflora.net Sydney.
One of those beautifully simple wedding flowers, a tulip has many colours including purple, deep red and the bride’s beloved, white. The belled flower is perhaps best in an understated bouquet, as this lively plant’s stem will continue to grow in a vase. Place alongside some myrtle leaves, and choose orchids to accentuate a pink tulip perfectly. Fitting, as it’s the flower of perfect, true love. Get them from the folk at Flower Vasette Floretta, Melbourne.
It’s the plush oval shape of lisianthus petals that’s awarded this flower its meaning as a symbol of appreciation. Pretty lilac, purple and white are some of the most common colours for this delicate flower, which is often seen as a slightly deconstructed rose. Lisianthus makes a nice fairy tale wedding bouquet when paired with trailing vine leaves.
The loose, innocent unfolding of freesias can be dusted throughout your bouquet to break up the more structured wedding flowers. Pair the citrus-smelling freesia bells, available in most colours, with some larger, contemporary arrangements of purple roses and add in some cool, blue gum foliage for a trendy, blue-toned bouquet.
Camelia flowers are just so darned pretty! But not just a pretty, rounded face, camellias also stand for longevity. Available in white and shades of pink, their plush appearance will help soften your bouquet. Camellia foliage is well known as a fabulous filler for botanical bouquets too and even adds a natural, leafy touch as decor when combined with eucalyptus.
Sweet peas are joyously fragrant and enchanting, their resemblance to confetti makes them an adorable flower for those little flower girls to carry. In classic pastel hues and more vibrant colours, they’re versatile enough to break up a bouquet or form part of a handpicked, rustic wedding bouquet.
The climbing hyacinth flowers are a happy symbol of playfulness. A lovely way to add height and texture to your red bouquet, compliment them with a graduation of pink roses, white peonies and gold-dusted blooms for a real celebratory feel and a sweet scent that fills the room. If you like the special grape-like muscari variety with it’s candied scent and modern look, you’ll have to wait until summer.
Helleborus is a bold, show-stealing flower with a beautiful opening. In dusty pinks, burgundy, purple and white, it’s well-suited to dazzling cold-weather bouquets alongside bright greens. A slightly downturned, buttercup crown gives some movement for a looser, playful flourish. Or lighten up the chills with white helleborus, some whimsical gyp, and bubbling peonies in light pink and white for a cherishable, full bouquet.
Delicate looking, heavily-perfumed lilacs make for an unforgettable wedding flower. Romantic draped into vintage vases, or even unique milk bottles, smaller flowers like lilacs can be used liberally for that flowers-everywhere feeling along the aisle, without being overpowering. An absolute favourite in pinks and purples they make a glamorous, yet simple, wedding flower.
The Calla or Arum lily is a regular wedding guest with its strikingly curly features. Often seen displaying its fluted elegance in a clean, white, centrepiece, the Arum lily also comes in an amazing deep burgundy shade. The stunning flower has little need for any filler and symbolizes good fortune on your wedding day, and for years to come.
A proud, bushy flower native to Mexico, the dahlia signifies an everlasting bond. Most popular in shades of pink, burgundy and white. The spicy bloom can also feature a light, dip-dye effect, or come in a tubular, pom-pom shape making it welcome in more contemporary bouquets alongside modern wedding fillers like olive leaves. Dahlia can also work wonderfully in wildflower arrangements including Queen Anne’s lace an thistle. Get your own dream dahlia bouquet at Poppies & Lace.
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