16 Flowers for Spring Weddings that will make you swoon!
March 15, 2018
When brides start daydreaming about spring weddings, almost every fantasy has one thing in common: lots and lots of flowers. From the bouquet to the boutonnieres to the bunches of blooms decorating the charcuterie plate, flowers transform ordinary décor into a whirlwind of romance, whimsy, contemporary chic, traditional touches, and rustic charm. The best choices will always be the ones that are in-season. For spring weddings, that means asking your florist for one (or more) of the sixteen options below.
Decorate outside the box and spruce up your centerpieces with a scattering of fiery aloe blooms. Each spiky stalk can grow to a whopping 3-feet tall, ensuring they’ll make quite the statement when placed in towering vases on your reception tables. Smaller, immature blooms look right at home tucked into a bundle of succulents or framed by greenery for a custom veil clip or boutonniere.
Anemone is a Greek word meaning “wind flower”, a tribute to the way the flower’s petals open up when hit by a breeze. The blooms are similar to daisies in shape but situated in graduated layers. They’re available in white, pink, purple, or blue with a mesmerizing black center and they last for a very long time – two to three weeks, in the right conditions – once cut. Anemones are plenty dramatic all on their own, but they also look phenomenal when paired with more muted accents like brunia berries, dusty miller, eucalyptus leaves, or blue viburnum.
Arguably one of the most popular choices for modern spring wedding arrangements, calla lilies are universally beloved and easy to incorporate no matter what theme or color scheme is already in place. Choose pristine white blooms for a black-tie wedding, shake things up with flashy orange or yellow blooms, or strike a chord with black calla lilies that ooze romance and mystery. Calla lilies may not be the most affordable flowers on the market, but you only need a few to make a big statement.
When the daffodils lift their dewy heads up from the soil, you know springtime has arrived. Even the trumpet-shaped center of the flower looks like its ready to announce something momentous. Add daffodils to your wedding floralscape and revel in the joyous burst of bright yellow blossoms. You can’t help but be happy when daffodils are in the mix and that feeling of unadulterated glee is just what you want to experience when you’re about to say, “I do”.
It may sound counterintuitive but investing in a huge spray of a single flower type isn’t always the best way to impress your guests. You’d think that a mob of magnolias or a pile of peonies would be jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but the natural beauty of these flowers actually shines brighter when the blooms are paired with other, less arresting cuttings. That’s where fillers stems come in. From the feathery green fronds of solidago to the fluttering, flower-tipped branches of limonium, the plants that support your A-list flowers can make or break the final effect.
While some flowers are chosen for their perfume, foxglove is a good pick for anyone who prefers a flower that’s all style and no smell. Foxglove is not just one bloom but rather a cluster of trumpeted blossoms that hang from the stalk like church bells waiting to peal out in celebration. White, pink, and purple petals are all typically available in time for spring weddings and, if you’re lucky, you might happen upon a varietal that features a smattering of dots that look a lot like hand-tatted lace.
Fancier than your garden-variety daisy but less fussy than roses or orchids, the humble gerbera is simple, pleasant to look at, and available in pretty much every color of the rainbow. There’s a playful quality to this flower. Tuck a few in your hair for a whimsical, nature-inspired accessory or cluster bunches in baskets for an artfully undone twist on traditional floral arrangements.
The puffy head of the hydrangea flower looks like dozens of butterflies crowded on the top of a long, green stalk. Depending on the type of hydrangea, petals might be shaped like an oakleaf or have scalloped, lacy edges. Though hydrangea may seem fragile, they’re actually quite hardy and are known for their ability to withstand the elements. Take advantage of the flower’s height and use them to add interest to a buffet table or cut them down and tuck the blooms into burlap-wrapped mason jars for a sweet take on rustic charm.
If you’re into feminine flowers that smell fantastic, lilac should be at the very top of your list. Masses of tiny purple blooms cling together to form a grand display of flower power, but as beautiful as lilacs are, it’s the aroma that makes a lasting impression. A few sprigs here and there will really set the mood for romance which is probably why Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to have lilacs as part of their own spring wedding when they married in 2011.
The 210 plants in the Magnolia genus are among some of the oldest in the world – they even predate bees. That kind of staying power is nothing to scoff at which may be why the flower is held in such esteem, especially in the south where it’s the state flower of Louisiana as well as Mississippi. As a wedding bloom, Magnolias are a unique blend of elegance and opulence. Walk down the aisle with a bouquet of magnolias and the showy white or pink petals are sure to turn heads as the lemony scent follows in your wake.
The fluffy petals of the peony open up like the upturned skirts of a ballgown. Ideal for spring weddings with a soft, pretty theme, the pastel color of peonies adds a feminine touch to any bouquet or centerpiece. Confucius is reported to have enjoyed a peony-flavored sauce with most if not all of his meals and many parts of the plant are valued for their medicinal properties, but these days the elegant flower is prized more for its beauty and clean, fresh scent. Another perk: Peonies are stunning no matter where they are in the blooming cycle.
With their nested layers of tulle-like petals in a bevy of bright colors, ranunculus could easily be mistaken for the delicious topping on a freshly baked cupcake. Imagine a confection of those rosettes piled onto your sweetheart table or banded together in antiqued flower boxes. The duality of pretty-meets-pastoral will be unforgettable.
You can’t get more a traditional interpretation of romance than a bouquet of red roses. If dozens of roses seem overwhelming (or just threaten to overwhelm your budget), supplement some of the pricey blooms with other scarlet-hued flowers like alstroemeria, zinnia, lilies, tulips, or poppies. You can also veer away from red roses altogether and consider the same flower in a different shade. Pink roses stand for joy, sweetness, admiration, and grace, while lavender roses represent love at first sight.
Unlike flowers such as hibiscus and periwinkle that thrive in the hot summer heat, sweet pea wants to be planted in cooler weather, which means they’ll be in bloom just in time for a spring wedding. You can find sweet peas in an array of colors ranging from a pink so pale it’s practically alabaster to rich rubies and violets. There are even multicolored versions, such as the Nimbus sweet pea, which features smoky grey petals that deepen to an inky eggplant shade around the edges.
There are floral trends just as there are fashion trends, and succulents are very “of the moment”. Why? These hardy, versatile little plants can be used on their own or as part of larger arrangements and they need very little in the way of care. That means fewer fallen petals on the big day and long-lasting arrangements just in case anyone wants to take home a centerpiece. Succulents come in many different shapes and sizes; stick with smaller shrub-like plants or opt for mini cactuses topped with brightly colored flowers. Plant them in palm-sized terracotta pots and they can pull triple duty as name cards, décor, and wedding favors.
Classic, clean, and pretty as a picture, tulips are the embodiment of springtime. Their tightly curved petals are both graceful and chic yet come in a variety of bold colors, making them the perfect accompaniment for a sleek wedding dress or garden party. A single tulip back by a sprig or two of greenery makes a polished boutonniere; choose one color to match the overall color scheme or go all out and give every groomsman a tulip in their own special hue. Whatever your choice, remember it well – tulips are the traditional flower associated with the 11th wedding anniversary so you may want to recreate the bouquet from your big day somewhere down the line.
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