The Best Wedding Flowers for Every Month of the Year
Floral decor is a major part of most weddings and it's not hard to see why couples prioritize florals during wedding planning—they're just so beautiful. However, with all the stunning inspiration out there, it can be hard to narrow in on which flowers are the best fit for your big day floral arrangements. This is why we're here to help you understand which options are best for you, based on what time of year you're saying "I do."
Knowing what flowers are in season during spring, summer, fall and winter is an important first step in deciding which flowers are best for your wedding floral design. Once you have a grasp of the best wedding flowers by season and month of the year, you can narrow down your flower search to find something that complements your venue and color palette. A flower may be readily available during a certain time of year, but not quite the right fit for your wedding bouquet, boutonniere and centerpiece needs. Conversely, year-round flowers, like roses, shouldn't be discounted when deciding on your own botanicals. Some flowers that are available all year round look more at home during certain seasons than others. In that vein, to help you weed through the noise and settle on the perfect blooms for your wedding day, we've laid out the best flowers for every month of the year.
With this guide at your convenience, the next step in the process is to book a florist to handle your wedding flowers. They'll be able to help you understand what greenery and filler blooms pair well with your dream flowers. Plus, the floral designer you hire will help draft up a proposal that takes into consideration every arrangement you'll need—from bridesmaid bouquets and grandparent corsages to aisle decorations.
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Despite colder weather, many beautiful floral varieties thrive during the winter. From orchid boutonnieres to anemone-filled bouquets, the options for your winter wedding are as limitless as they are chic. For a more in-depth look at which flowers are available for winter weddings, take a look at this guide.
Best January Wedding Flowers
Anemone Known for its distinctive black center, anemones bring a modern vibe to most arrangements where they're used.
Amaryllis This vibrant red flower is a quintessential winter flower. While it would look good at a Christmas wedding, we love the bold hue for January weddings as well.
Baby's Breath Though baby's breath (which looks similar to Queen Anne's lace) can be acquired almost any time of year, it's an especially useful filler for January weddings where fewer filler and greenery options are in season.
Best February Wedding Flowers
Orchid Both cymbidium and dendrobium orchids are go-to varieties for couples who want to include this eye-catching flower in their winter wedding arrangements.
Ranunculus Distinguishable by its tightly packed petal pattern, ranunculus flowers are a popular wedding flower and look great alongside roses.
Waxflower Waxflower is a hearty bloom that can stand up to cold February temperatures. The petite bloom works especially well in boutonnieres.
Best March Flowers Wedding Flowers
Ranunculus Given that ranunculus is such a popular flower, many couples look into procuring it all year long. However, it naturally blooms during late winter and early spring so it'll look especially fresh and sprightly at a March wedding.
Sweet Pea This delicate bloom smells great and looks amazing, but is only available for couples tying the knot in late winter or early spring.
Tulip Much like daffodils, tulips are a classic late winter and early spring flower. Tulips (which come in shades as varied as vibrant yellow to pastel pink) bring an elegant, refined feel to wedding arrangements.
Spring couples are in luck because so, so many flowers reach peak bloom during the spring. Plus, the colors, from purple lilacs and hyacinths to soft pink sweet peas and peonies, are just divine. Learn more about in-season spring flowers here.
Best April Wedding Flowers
Sweet Pea While most couples think of pink and peachy hues for sweet peas, the botanical also grows in brown and purple colorways as well.
Lily of the Valley A favorite of the British royal family, this small bloom is great for an April garden wedding.
Hyacinth Similar in shape to lilacs, hyacinth (which can be white, pink or purple) works well in spring centerpieces that benefit from the plant's height.
Best May Wedding Flowers
Peony Peonies are beloved by many to-be-weds, but sadly have a relatively short growing season. Only a few lucky mid-Spring couples are able to utilize this lush flower in their designs.
Hydrangea Great for large-scale installations at weddings, hydrangeas are at their peak before seasonal temperatures get hot, causing them to wilt.
Lilac A quintessential spring flower, lilacs are a great option for May couples who want a bold pop of purple in their flower arrangements.
Best June Wedding Flowers
Rose Roses can be procured almost anywhere during any time of the year, but they look especially great at June weddings. Since June is a transitional time as late spring gives way to early summer, some strictly spring or summer flowers are hard to come by. However, rose is a timeless standby that works in any wedding aesthetic.
Delphinium (Larkspur) Delphinium, also known as larkspur, looks similar in nature to Bells-of-Ireland or stock. Delphinium works well as ceremony aisle flowers because of the height it brings to arrangements.
Gardenia Gardenias are especially fragrant flowers so care should be taken when deciding to incorporate them into boutonnieres or bouquets as some may have sensitivities to smell. Nevertheless, the spring flower is a beautiful option for romantic and elegant occasions.
Summer flowers are naturally a bit heartier than spring blooms because they have to withstand greater heat. That resilience also happens to make summer flowers great for weddings. From wildflower-inspired arrangements packed with zinnias to garlands of marigolds, summer wedding flowers will bring color, versatility and beauty to your big day
Best July Wedding Flowers
Lisianthus Lisianthus can sometimes be mistaken for roses, but the bloom is identifiable by the green stamen in the middle. Lisianthus is generally slightly smaller than rose blooms so it works well as a boutonniere flower at early summer weddings.
Calla Lily Another great boutonniere flower, calla lilies generally bloom in early summer. The sleek, long-stemmed botanical blends nicely with glam-themed weddings.
Gerbera Daisy Gerbera daisies, along with other daisy varieties, are a solid option for DIY summer backyard weddings and come in a variety of bright colors.
Best August Wedding Flowers
Protea When it comes to deciding on the best flowers for each season, aesthetics should be considered in addition to seasonality. Protea, for example, has a fairly long growing season and can be procured beyond just the month of August. However, the unique bloom has an innately summer look about it, making it a strong contender for August flower arrangements.
Zinnia The growing season for Zinnias lasts from late spring through early fall, but the vibrant flowers are generally at their peak in August.
Cosmos For couples who like petite blooms, but are getting married during the summer when sweet peas and lilies of the valley are unavailable, cosmos are a good replacement. The flowers have narrow stems and small blooms, but are absolutely swoon-worthy.
Best September Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Dahlias are like the peonies of fall. Both blooms are highly sought after by couples, but only available for short periods of time. To-be-weds tying the knot in September, however, are in luck as dahlias are readily available at this time.
Marigold Especially popular as decor for Indian weddings, marigolds work well when strung into garlands for backdrops and installations at late summer and early fall weddings.
Carnation Carnations are another flower that is generally available throughout the year but stylistically looks most at home during the summer months. Carnations, like ranunculus, pair well with roses and are a good stand-in for the times of the year when ranunculus flowers may be harder to procure.
When it comes to the floral selection alone, it's not hard to see why autumn is such a popular time of year to tie the knot. From lush dahlias in a myriad of colors to jewel-toned scabiosa and celosia blooms, all your wedding-day arrangements are sure to shine. Learn more about fall wedding flowers with help from this seasonal guide.
Best October Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Dahlias comes in an astonishingly wide variety of colors and shapes, so there's sure to be an option that fits any wedding style.
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemums feature a similar petal structure to dahlias, but tend to be their more budget-friendly counterpart.
Amaranthus Amaranthus is one of the few flowers that hangs down instead of standing up, making it a good option for cascading bridal bouquets.
Best November Wedding Flowers
Scabiosa Visually similar to summery cosmos, scabiosa flowers add a nice pop of texture and color to fall arrangements.
Celosia (Cockscomb) Celosia can take on two styles—it generally either resembles sea coral, growing in rounded bunches, or takes on a feather-like quality, growing up into tapered points. But no matter which style it takes on, celosia blooms in a vibrant variety of jewel-toned colorways.
Stock Similar in nature to delphinium and snapdragons, stock is a tall bloom that works well in large-scale arrangements. It can be procured beyond just November, however, it's a good option for when the weather starts to cool and many late summer and fall blooms are no longer available.
Best December Wedding Flowers
Rose As the all-time most popular wedding flower, roses have been cultivated to be able to grow year-round. However, they're an especially strong option for late fall and early winter when few plants are naturally blooming.
Hellebore Hellebore looks great in boho arrangements because of its dusty greenish-purple appearance that almost resembles eucalyptus. The petite nature of the bloom also makes it a great boutonniere choice.
Camellia Camellias resemble a cross between garden roses and dahlias, making them a good option for the times of year when dahlias are hard to come by.