Smart Swaps for Out-of-Season Wedding Flowers
Looking for peonies in January? It'll cost you. Here, smart, seasonal alternatives to your favorite flowers.
Sticking to in-season flowers makes sense budget-wise: If they're freshly available in your area, your florist won't have to ship them in from an out-of-state-or, in some cases, out-of-the-country-grower, in turn passing that added expense on to you. If budget is a concern (and when isn't it?), consider the following list of just-as-gorgeous options for the most popular big-day blooms.
Lilacs: They flower for only about three weeks each year, which means the aromatic favorite can be hard-and expensive-to come by other times of the year.
Off-Season Sub: Stock
Lilies of the Valley: Small in shape but packing a strong, sweet scent, these blooms resemble upside-down bells.
Off-Season Sub: Forget-me-nots
Peonies: The large, pillowy blooms have a short season, blooming only in May and June.
Off-Season Subs: Garden roses; dahlias
Sweet Peas: Delicate and dainty, the fragrant blossoms are a longstanding bridal favorite.
Off-Season Subs: Jasmine; monkshood
Hydrangeas: They're big and bushy, and an ideal way to add a little heft to arrangements.
Off-Season Sub: Lilacs; any hardy flowering branches
Jasmine: The small star-shaped blooms are superstars in the heat, which makes them a good candidate for outdoor weddings.
Off-Season Subs: Stephanotis; star of Bethlehem
Anemones: There are varieties that bloom in spring, but if you're marrying in cooler months, anemones-with their eye-catching centers-should be in abundance.
Off-Season Sub: Hellebore
Dahlias: They start appearing in late summer, but the spiky, lush petals cruise well into fall.
Off-Season Subs: Blooming clematis; garden roses
Cymbidium Orchids: This orchid variety packs a tropical punch that belies its cold-weather hardiness.
Off-Season Sub: Gladiolus
Ranunculus: Becoming just as ubiquitous as the peony when it comes to bridal blooms, ranunculus has layers upon layers of thin, crepelike petals atop a thick, curvy stem.
Off-Season Subs: Small roses; trolliesSee Winter Bouquets