Wedding flowers planning is something you will probably start between 10 months and a year before your wedding. Whether you've got everything locked in stone, or you're just researching vendors, getting organised will get you the vendors you love without any conflicts on dates. However, if like most brides, you've no idea what flowers are in-season when or what will send you soaring over budget, we've got you covered. All you need to know is roughly what time of year you're planning to get wed, because we've asked expert wedding florists to tell us about what flowers you'll want and need depending on the season you've planned you're wedding for!

 

Spring Weddings

Under the direction of Head Florist Mary O'Reilly, The Shelbourne Hotel's in-house floristry team cater for bespoke bridal flower packages cover all your wedding flower needs. We asked them to tell us all about spring flowers.

1. What are the most popular flowers for spring?
The most popular will always be the traditional favourites like Roses, Garden Roses, Stock along with Lisianthus, Pittosporum, Veronica, Scented Eucalyptus, Anemones, Astible. Loose bouquets with seasonal, wild and foraged flowers are a perfect fit for spring weddings. A ‘fresh-from-the-garden look’ using lush and relaxed florals with natural textures and greenery create a gloriously secret garden feel.

2. Is there any in-season blooms you’d particularly recommend pairing?
Roses are classic and beautiful; you can never go wrong with a rose bouquet, boutonnière, or centerpiece. The Peony Rose is an all-time favourite for brides, the perfect mix of softness and texture and the pastel varieties complement so many wedding colour palettes. Ranunculus have a stylish edge and really pop when added to simple floral arrangements. Hydrangea’s full floral makes for a great standalone centerpiece.

3. Is it important to choose in-season flowers for your wedding?
It is important to choose in-season flowers if you are keeping within a budget but most are always available from suppliers abroad. You are however not guaranteed they will survive the elements of the day and look the best they can as they tend to be seasonal for their durability.

4. Do spring’s flowers particularly suit any particular style of wedding?
When matching your flowers with your wedding style, always start with your dress as the style of the dress will influence your wedding style. The first hint of colour to your wedding is the bridesmaid’s dresses so look to choose flowers that will create that colour pop in your photos. With your venue, it is important to be mindful that flowers might not suit all venues so consider the venue style itself and what will complement.

5. What colour schemes for flowers are popular in spring?
There is an endless choice of colour schemes. We love nothing more than a wedding that has a colour pop to work with and the pantone colours for 2017 will slot in perfectly for spring with including lapis blue, kale & primrose.

6. What wedding flowers bouquet style is popular in spring?
Three styles: the trailing bouquet, the loose style and the dome shape.

You can contact The Shelbourne's In-house floristry team at [email protected] You can find out more information on their website.

 

Summer Weddings

Judi Roche of Balla Florists in Co Mayo has been in the biz 13 years, and is the dedicated wedding florist at Balla Florists. We asked her to tell us all about summer wedding flowers.

1. What are the most popular flowers for summer?
The most popular flower for summer has to be the wonderful Peony Rose. Sure who doesn’t just love it? It’s the essence of true beauty.

2. Is there any in-season blooms you’d particularly recommend pairing?
If we stick with my favourite summer bloom the peony rose, I would compliment it with fresh and feminine flowers such as hydrangeas, garden roses, succulents, astilbe, lilac and stocks.

3. Is it important to choose in-season flowers for your wedding?
There are some varieties of flowers that bloom all year round. It’s important to consider the season of your wedding when choosing your wedding flowers because if you pick an out-of-season favourite flower, you could end up overpaying or going over budget. Choose seasonal flowers if possible, or leave your flower choices open and concentrate on the colours and textures you prefer rather than specific varieties. Your florist is experienced here and will select what’s current on the flower markets. The quality and price then will be the best available to you.

4. Do summers’s flowers particularly suit any particular style of wedding?
Summer time suits all styles of weddings – You have the pick of Ireland’s native flowers without having to spend a fortune on expensive imports such as roses, stocks, peonies, daisies, lavender etc. These are there to make an array of exciting bouquets and centrepieces; anything from your traditional classic hand-tied bouquet which can be transferred into a very current look of loose unstructured flowers to create a bohemian bouquet - floral headpieces, structural designs suspended from ceilings and arches can all be created from wonderful summer blooms.

5. What colour schemes for flowers are popular in summer?
This year’s colour trend is for muted pinks, lilac, grey, soft peach, with a hint of gold to add an extra touch of magnificence. Another big trend is single colours - using one colour – This creates intensity and impact while emphasising the beauty of the individual flowers.

6. What wedding flowers bouquet style is popular in summer?
I’m working on a number of summer weddings at the moment and the natural look and just picked style is this year’s hot fashion. Brides are picking a mixture of hand tied and trailing bouquets, loose in shape rather than tightly structured designs. The flower designs are all about capturing country garden styling that lends itself to vintage wedding themes.

You can contact Judi at Balla Florists at [email protected] You can find out more information on their website, or catch them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

Autumn Weddings

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Hana Heubach of Hanako Floral Studios based in West Cork is inspired by her natural surroundings in the mountains of West Cork. We asked her to tell us all about autumn wedding flowers.

1. What are the most popular flowers for autumn?
Autumn is a special time in the garden. You still enjoy the floral abundance of summer, but a new side of nature’s beauty also emerges. Seeds, berries, and foliage in sumptuous tones suddenly take floral arrangements to another dimension. I love the wide variety of textures that autumn brings, like the dreamy, airy down of Old Man’s Beard (clematis drummondii), or the velvety tassels of Amaranthus, and the ruby red berries of Rose Hip.

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2. Is there any in-season blooms you’d particularly recommend pairing?
While it is easy to be struck by garden roses and Dahlias, I am most charmed by the small, delicate flowers that seem to dance above the rest. Flowers like Chocolate Cosmos, Scabiosa, and Chocolate Lace Flower, add a detailed, floaty look to bouquets and arrangements that I think makes them truly special.

3. Is it important to choose in-season flowers for your wedding?
Using seasonal, local materials means your flowers are fresher and will last longer. They have not been shoved in boxes and shipped from the other side of the world. Flowers from local growers, or foraged from the surrounding countryside have a natural grace and romance that the stiff, straight stems of wholesale flowers just cannot convey.

Image: Laura Gordon

4. Do autumn’s flowers particularly suit any particular style of wedding?
I believe that beautiful, seasonal flowers will suit any style of wedding. Beautiful flowers never go out of style, and adding unexpected elements that are so abundant during this season will make your wedding unforgettable.

5. What colour schemes for flowers are popular in autumn?
I love creating florals for autumn weddings, because you have nature’s full colour palette to work with. I love how rich eggplant tones, paired with coppers, creams and blushed pinks contrast and compliment each other in a way that delights the eye.

6. What wedding flowers bouquet style is popular in autumn?
I find that autumnal bouquets lend themselves beautifully to a loose, unstructured look. I love adding elements that have movement and life when a bride walks down the aisle. Incorporating Autumn’s rich, deeper colours into bouquets gives them a depth and visual interest that looks stunning in photos.

You can contact Hanna at Hanako Flowers at [email protected] You can find out more information on their website, or catch them on Facebook or Instagram

 

Winter Weddings

 

Mary Wilson of Forget Me Not Florists in Donabate, Co Dublin has been creating bespoke wedding flowers since 1999. We asked her to tell us all about winter wedding flowers.

1. What are the most popular flowers for winter?
The most popular flowers used in winter weddings are Roses, Amaryllis, Anemone, Gerbera, Ranunculus, Stephanotis,Tulips, Eucharis, NarcissusPaper white and Gypsophila, and also berries such as Hypernicum and Skimmia.

2. Is there any in-season blooms you’d particularly recommend pairing?
I love to incorporate berries and twigs into my winter wedding bouquets and arrangements, Such as Hypernicum Berry, Skimmia and Twigs such as Contorted Willow and Birch. The twigs may be left natural or have a frosting on them which adds to the lovely winter theme.

3. Is it important to choose in-season flowers for your wedding?
Yes. In-season flowers mean that they tend to bloom during a certain season and therefore they are at their best and also be more readily available. Out of season flowers will cost more and could mean going over budget.

4. Do winter’s flowers particularly suit any particular style of wedding?
Whether it is a Winter Wonderland, Christmas, a Formal Black-tie or a Rustic Winter-woodland style wedding, the flowers in season adapt beautifully to all.

5. What colour schemes for flowers are popular in winter?
I find this falls into three areas. Firstly, there is the soft pale palette of the winter theme, featuring white/cream flowers green berries and natural or frosted twigs. A touch of silver can add that little sparkle! Secondly, flowers and greenery in colours of red, dark green, cones and gold for that Christmas Themed wedding. Thirdly, there is the Opulent or Bohemian theme. Here, we can introduce rich jewel colours of amethyst, burgundy, cerise, and emerald.

6. What wedding flowers bouquet style is popular in winter?
The Classic round posy still proves popular as this bouquet is very versatile and suits almost all wedding gowns. A version of the classic posy is the loose organic hand-tied style bouquet and it also looks great with winter flowers and foliage. Of course, all styles of bridal bouquets can be designed with in-season winter flowers and foliage.

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You can contact Mary at Forget Me Not Florist at [email protected] You can find out more information on their website, or catch them on Facebook