If a bride wants a certain flower at a particular time of year, chances are there is a florist who can get it for her whether the flower is in season or not. But keeping in mind that flowers are generally least expensive during the season in which they bloom can help brides prevent costs from running wild.
Perhaps the only exception is the rose, a bridal bouquet staple, which is usually inexpensive because of the supply. “Roses are available all year long,” says Mona Kinnel, special events coordinator at Cook & Smith Florist in Dover.
Spring flower favorites include bulb plants such as tulips, hyacinths and irises. Summer standards include peonies, calla lilies and carnations. For autumn, florists gravitate toward chrysanthemums, lilies and Gerbera daisies in vibrant fall colors. Sunflowers are also popular for their color and size. Keep in mind that many flowers, such as mums, bloom across seasons.
Flowers for winter weddings could be considered to be the priciest because they have to be shipped in, says Dawn Geiger, owner of DiBiaso’s Florist in Wilmington. However, supply is being adjusted to meet demand as winter weddings become more common, so prices may not be as high as expected, she says. In addition, winter wedding arrangements are often accented with pine greenery, ivy and other hardy plants, which helps lower the cost, Geiger says.
A few blooms are pricey no matter what time of year.
One of the biggest budget busters may come as a surprise—the lily of the valley. This is because the flower “only blooms for three weeks out of the year, then it’s gone,” says Geiger. The lily of the valley is also very fragile and difficult to ship, she adds. Likewise, gardenias tend to bruise easily, so must be handled with great care.
Another way to stay in budget regardless of the season is to use a showy tropical flower, like bird of paradise, because the flowers are so dramatic you don’t need to use as many, Kinnel says. Just a few stems of a brightly colored tropical flower, accented with leaves, can be all you need. “You actually get more bang for your buck,” she notes. —Samantha Drake