Discover what flowers suit your wedding season as these Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex florists share their expertise
Finding out what wedding flowers suit the season in which you're getting married is key to ensuring your florals are both beautiful and blooming. Take heed in this advice from a host of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex wedding florists, who share the flowers perfect for each month of the year and offer examples of their most stunning floral arrangements.
Cheryl Slater at Cheryl's Flowers in Halstead, Essex: "January is my birthday month and this is also one of my favourite times of year. Winter is still about although very early signs of spring are emerging, which can be included in wedding flowers to highlight new beginnings.
"Flowers available for the month of January can include: gardenia, paperwhites, pine cones, pussy willow, ranunculus, roses, and tulips. One of my top five flowers is stephanotis, the ultimate Snow Queen bloom and an absolutely stunning flower. LED fairy lights, tea lights and candles can be included in the bridal bouquet to give a warm glow on a cold day."
Lesley Colella at Shanida Flower Studio: "Shanida Flower Studio is based in the Norfolk Broads. As a freelance florist I devote time to just your wedding flowers, never taking on more than one wedding per week.
"This Norfolk bride wanted to be in-keeping with her lilac colour theme and wanted textures. Lilac is in season in February and is great to use for texture and scent; you could use hyacinths as an alternative. The roses, eustoma and freesia were all used for transition of size, while senecio and eryngium add more contrasting textures. I couldn’t resist adding the lavender as the bride lived close to the Norfolk lavender fields.
"February is not such a difficult month for choice, many flowers are now available all year round. Want to stay seasonal? Consider using genista, muscari, anemone, virburnum roseum and ranunculus. On a real budget? Then look no further than the humble tulip... the colour possibilities are endless."
Arrangement includes: rose 'Ocean Song', lilac (syringa), lilac (eustoma), freesia 'Bohemia', senecio, silver eryngium and dried Norfolk lavender
Claire Brightwell at Bright and Beautiful Flowers: "We are Bright and Beautiful Flowers based in the heart of Norfolk, in the historic town of Dereham. We are a family-run business established since 2012 and have many years' experience in wedding flowers, offering you a personal and bespoke service. Each package is carefully created with the bride initially at a non-obligatory consultation.
"We have really noticed the pure white and green theme rearing its head again this year with foliages of soft blue and green being prominently interspersed with beautiful garden roses, peonies and the like. This truly stunning bouquet was from a beautiful wedding at Hales Hall near Loddon, perfect for a March wedding."
Image: Nik Hill at Acorn Studios
Sally Wilkinson at Sally's Floral Studio in Lakenheath, Suffolk: "I am a qualified freelance florist with City & Guilds qualifications. After owning a shop for six years and gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience, I decided to become a freelance florist in 2012. I now specailise in weddings and events as that is where my passion lies.
"Vibrant hand-tied bouquets including an abundance of seasonal flowers are perfect for April. Choose beautifully fragrant peonies, blueberry roses, cerise pink sprays roses, tanacetum daisy, blue anemone, orange asclepia, lime green alchemilla mollis, blue eryngium thistle, purple lisianthus, blue grape hyacinths and yellow craspedia balls to add texture and interest within the bouquet. Pearl accessories added to the centres of the roses offer an extra special touch. I favour thlaspi green bell greenery to complement the bouquet. This particular style of bouquet is always one of the most popular choices because it is incredibly versatile and suits almost all wedding dress styles.
"In April, spring is well underway and the colours and scents are beautiful. Wedding flowers such as lily of the valley and ranunculus are among the most popular."
Claire Crummett at Pro Prosies in Thetford, Norfolk: "Natural seasonal flowers are always best because of their scent, texture and variation of colours available. I have chosen peonies (Sarah Bernhardt) for their opulence and the luxurious double petals. Veronica Smart Caya in white offers a complete change of texture to the peonies and astrantia in Pink Sensation has silvery white petals and pink stamens. Foliage to complement includes pistache and mini galax leaves around the tying point.
"Other flowers available in May are: agapanthus, anemones, antirrhinums, astilbe, bouvardia, cymbidium orchids, delphiniums, eryngium, freesia, hyacinths, hydrangeas, iris, lily of the valley, sweet peas, stocks, musscari, nigella, phlox, protea, ranunculus, roses, scabiuos, syringa, stephanotis, tulips, wax flower, and zantedeschia (calla lily). Some of these are available in a wide range of colours such as ranunculus, roses and zantedeschia.
"I am a florist located near to Dereham, Swaffham, and Watton. I have worked as a florist for more than 25 years and my speciality is wedding floristry."
Lydia Mulcahy at Rambling Rose Florist in Norwich, Norfolk: "June is the most abundant time for flowers, so if flowers are really important to you this is one of the best months for a wedding.
"The large variety of blooms available offer so many different textures, fragrances and colours. Try garden roses - perhaps David Austin for a romantic feel; sweet peas - delicate flowers with a beautiful fragrance; alchemilla mollis - small headed, apple green flowers for a pop of colour; or peonies. Peonies are our favourite flower at Rambling Rose; with their delicate scent, soft petals and big blooms, they are the perfect flower to us. The peony is also regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage, so what's not to love?
"Pictured is the 'Red Charm' peony, pale pink roses, dark pink lisianthus, and Love in the Mist creating a blush and berry colour palette. Wedding flowers are our speciality at Rambling Rose and all our designs are tailor-made and lovingly created."
Sally Wilkinson at Sally's Floral Studio in Lakenheath, Suffolk: "This shower bouquet, also known as a teardrop or cascade wedding bouquet, includes ivory dolomiti roses and dark blue delphiniums. This type of bouquet is the most formal and traditional and is definitely making a comeback. This style of bouquet is designed with flowers and greenery which flow downwards towards the floor and are arranged to create an illusion of an elegant teardrop shape because they narrow at the tip of the bouquet.
"The sunshine and warmth of summer means that it is the peak time for flowers to bloom. During summer you can source an abundance of summer flowers in every colour of the rainbow, from vibrant yellow sunflowers to pretty pink peonies. Scented garden roses, fluffy hydrangeas, delphinium, stocks and sweet peas are some of the most popular summer requests.
"I am a qualified freelance florist with City & Guilds qualifications who specialises in weddings and events."
Stacey Day at Pretty Blooms Florist: "This summery hand-tied bouquet was perfect for this bride’s rustic wedding theme. A few of the flowers were even grown in the couple’s garden for the special day. Sweet and ivory avalanche roses interspersed with pale pink peonies were the focal point of this country-style bouquet. The use of purple lisianthus, fountain grass, eucalyptus and purple freesia gave it a fresh hand-picked look to match the location.
"Other flowers to consider for August are hydrangeas, lavender, delphinium and bouvardia. No matter what style of wedding you prefer, August offers a beautiful variety of flora and colour.
"Pretty Blooms Florist was set up in Cawston, North Norfolk in August 2017. After working in the industry for seven years and training as a wedding florist, it was my dream to start my own business. I get such enjoyment from creating floral arrangements for weddings and creating unique styles to fit each bride's taste."
Cheryl Slater at Cheryl's Flowers in Halstead, Essex: "September is a bit of a funny month for me as it is the wedding season coming to an end for another year, but also a time to reflect on all the brides that I have helped achieve beautiful bridal flowers. It is a real privilege for me to be involved in their special day, as it's about building a relationship with that bride from beginning to end and gaining trust using Cheryl's Flowers.
"Flowers available for the month of September can include: astilbe, ergngium, astrantia, skimmia, delphinium, hydrangeas, trachelium, bouvardia, limonium, lisianthus, orchids, sunflowers and veronica. In this picture this arrangement was used for the ceremony table."
Claire Brightwell at Bright and Beautiful Flowers in Dereham, Norfolk: "We at Bright and Beautiful Flowers love the autumn months and we have fewer weddings at this time of year. However, when we do we love it when the bride goes with the gorgeous autumnal tones as a colour theme. This photo shows how these shades of golds, browns and reds work perfectly together and still look very bridal."
Image: Nik Hill at Acorn Studios
Cheryl Slater at Cheryl's Flowers in Halstead, Essex: "The later part of the year is always my favourite as you can incorporate winter into the bridal flowers with snowflakes, tea lights and candles.
"Flowers available for the month of November can include: amaryllis, anemone, bouvardia, calla lily, camellia, carnation, cornflower, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, muscari and hyacinth.
"I will guide you and give you all the help where necessary to create beautiful flowers to make any day special for that specific time of year. Pictured here is a November wedding in 2017; candles and tea lights were included everywhere and the bridal flowers used were anemone, muscari, hyacinth pips, lisianthus, roses and freesia."
Lesley Colella at Shanida Flower Studio in Hickling, Norfolk: "December weddings are becoming increasingly popular. Many venues have decorations already in place, so you already have a great backdrop to your day. As an experienced florist I have seen December demand first-hand.
"This particular bride chose a winter white theme; she was keen to incorporate pine cones into her event decorations. The bridesmaids wore silver grey, so we also carried this theme through. The table centres included silver crackle vases with candles to create a glow come evening time. Swap the white roses for red, add some hypericum berries or skimmia and you would have a completely different look.
"If you prefer a tall table centre and have a limited budget, consider tall vases filled with ilex berries or several amarylis grouped together. Or why not opt for the scent of white hyacinths in individual pots? They could double as wedding favours and these are all in season in December."
Arrangement includes: Conifer, berried ivy, kochia, silver brunia, senecio, silver eryngium, rose 'Countdown', white eustoma