Which wedding flowers for which season? Our Surrey & Sussex experts answer
04 Oct 2018
Learn which flowers suit your wedding season, while finding a florist for your Surrey or Sussex wedding with this expert advice
Give your wedding flowers a seasonal edge by choosing the blooms which are most beautiful in the month you're getting married. Here, eight Surrey and Sussex-based florists share their top seasonal wedding flower picks.
Hannah Martin Flowers, Walton-on-Thames
"Wintry months are quite often forgotten for weddings, with spring and summer winning the race when choosing a season in which to marry. I think the winter months win hands down when it comes to interesting flowers, foliage and textures that are in abundance at this time of year.
"Using seasonal wintry foliage such as eucalyptus, pine and ivy, the white flowers really stand out and make arrangements look as crisp and fresh as the weather outside. Gold sprigs and clusters of gold pepper berries really enhance the display and add a festive element among flowers such as anemones, roses, hydrangeas and tulips. Mossed containers decorated with cinnamon sticks add beautiful texture and scent.
"I work with the season using seasonal items, drawing in sparkle from accessories such as candles, to create warm and luxurious arrangements attractive to all the senses."
Flowers by Elaine, Dorking
"For a winter wedding most flowers are available – apart from the signature summer flowers. Most brides choose white hydrangeas, white roses or red roses – for more of a rustic theme, pine cones, berries, eucalyptus and ferns and foliage. We take the theme right the way through from the bouquet, picking out elements to feature in decorative floral arrangements. Colours are usually red and gold or white and silver, and all-white is always a favourite at Christmas.
"Flowers by Elaine is a family-run business based in Dorking, in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Specialising in wedding flowers as well as displays for other occasions and events, we are a dedicated team of qualified and experienced individuals who take great pride in our excellent customer service. We buy our flowers daily to ensure a constant fresh supply and we work closely with our suppliers from both the UK and Holland."
Rebecca Cragg Floral Design, Hassocks
"Spring brings a freshness to the beginning of the year after the coldness of winter. Now we have the opportunity to use flowers which are delicate and beautiful. My favourite is muscari; a delicate spring flower which is a bluebell shape. Muscari comes from the Latin word 'musk' and these flowers have a delicate aroma. This little spring flower can add a lot of impact in a bouquet and can look stunning as simple buttonholes for the groom. These delicate flowers can be complemented with soft spring colours such as light peach roses and white anemones. Also small daisies, called tanacetum, work well for a loose country feel.
"My business, Rebecca Cragg Floral Design, is based in the middle of the Sussex countryside, in a village called Ditchling. I have a floristry shop with a variety of seasonal flowers and indoor plants but also cover weddings and any important life events."
Image: Dale Weeks Photography
In Bloom Brighton
"Peonies are a spring bride's dream flower; they are big, fluffy, lightly scented and truly romantic...real show-stoppers. They have a limited season from early spring through to the end of June and are available in various shades of pink (from blush to nearly red). Duchesse de Nemours is the favoured white bridal peony; they also come in buttery cream, burgundy and of course, the ever-popular coral peonies: Coral Charm and Coral Sunset.
"They are grown in the UK during spring and early summer, in Jersey, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. Peonies come in both single and double varieties and team beautifully with other spring flowers or are perfect just by themselves." Nikki Morton
Arabella Floral Design, East Grinstead
"Summer is abundant with beautiful flowers, but my favourites have to be gorgeously fragrant garden roses. In 2018, I particularly liked Romantic Antike, White O'Hara, Vitality and David Austin Carey Rose. Dahlias are also up there and offer such a wonderful range of colours and shapes that sometimes it's hard to know where to begin.
"The great thing about both these flowers is their versatility; I have used them in bouquets, vases, pedestal arrangements, garlands and floral arches. And the best thing is that the two work so well together. Some other favourites include: zinnias, antirrhinums and cosmos. I'm also a big fan of filler flowers like ammi majus, daucus carotta, fennel and astrantia.
"Arabella Floral is a small, independent florist based in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex specialising in weddings, events and special occasions. Where possible, I use British-grown flowers from local flower farms (dependent on the time of the year) and love the wild, natural look. I think every arrangement should include scented flowers and foliage." Arabella Timbrell
Butterflies and Bows, Lingfield
"One of the popular styles for summer 2019 is ‘romantic luxury’, featuring designs with lots of flowers showcasing a romantic twist and a pinch of luxury. Think perfect ivory and whites and then a splash of deep colour to contrast, also reflected in the venue styling.
"Round bouquets with lots of roses, freesias, gypsophila, or free-flowing longer shower bouquets, with the addition of pearls or diamantes to create a luxurious feel. These can be displayed after the ceremony on the top table, any buffet tables and the cake table.
"Table centres using tall vases with large blooms such as roses, hydrangeas and peonies mixed in with freesias give a wonderful aroma, and delicate bubbly gypsophila offers a romantic touch. Incorporating lights and/or crystals in the flower displays or vases adds an extravagant finish. Bespoke fresh flower garlands and large heart shaped displays brimming with roses and seasonal flowers can be used on any mantlepieces, banister rails and entrance arches. Use more greenery than flowers to reduce costs." Annabel Grange
The Oak and the Owl, Dorking
"My favourite part of the autumn flower season has to be the abundance of different berries available which are often overlooked by clients, but can be a seriously beautiful feast for the eyes. In this photo I have used ligustrum berries which create a deep sumptuous texture to the bouquet. Other berries to look into would be rubus (blackberry),viburnum, rosehips, snowberries and Ilex towards the end of the season. Another autumnal favourite of mine is waxflower which I've also used in this bouquet; it's a wonderful filler flower that has a really lovely lemon-like scent to it.
"With my business nestled in the Surrey countryside, it's easy to get lost in the vast amount of inspiration found in hedgerows and country gardens which I think reflects in my style of work." Chloe Dorling
"There are a plethora of colourful autumn flowers to choose from for your wedding: dahlias, chrysanthemum and sunflowers to name just a few, although these can be rather large and dominant in bouquets, but they do pack a punch.
"If you want something a little more dainty, then I would suggest including alstroemeria which come in lots of gorgeous hues and also the ever popular September flower. Aptly named after an autumn month, it’s available in lilac, pink or white and its cheerful flowers look stunning mixed with other larger blooms such as roses and lisianthus as seen here.
"Having worked with brides and grooms for a dozen years now, I am always excited to help guide them in their flower choices, regularly introducing them to something they might not even have considered, and then seeing their beaming faces when the big day comes around." Nina Tucknott
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