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April Showers Bring Beautiful Spring Wedding Flowers

May 15, 2023
By Wedding Spot

Spring weddings are a time of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate than with fresh and vibrant spring wedding flowers?

This time of year offers a stunning array of blooms in a variety of colors and styles. Whether classic roses or unique wildflowers, there's a spring flower that's perfect for every couple and every wedding style.

We'll take a closer look at some of the most popular and beautiful spring wedding flowers, as well as the factors to consider when choosing them for your big day. From elegant peonies to delicate lilacs, these flowers are sure to add a touch of natural beauty and romance to your spring wedding celebration!

Spring wedding flowers are perfect for you

Spring flowers offer a variety of benefits that make them ideal for a wedding celebration. From their symbolism to their vibrant colors, incorporating spring blooms into your wedding can not only enhance the visual appeal of your special day but also imbue it with deeper meaning.

Spring flower symbolism

In many cultures, spring is a time of renewal and rebirth, making it a fitting choice for a wedding, the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of the couple. The flowers that bloom during this season often hold symbolic meanings that align with themes of love, happiness, and growth—elements that are often incorporated into weddings and are integral to a successful marriage.

Freshness and fragrant spring blooms

Using fresh, fragrant spring flowers in your wedding decor can add an enchanting touch to the overall atmosphere. The appealing scents and refreshing appearance of these blooms serve as a lovely reminder of the season and can help create a joyful and inviting backdrop for your nuptials.

Abundant spring flower choices

Spring provides a wealth of flower options for every wedding theme and color scheme. With an incredible variety of blossoms to choose from, you can find the perfect flowers to express your personal style and create a cohesive aesthetic for your big day.

Popular spring wedding flowers that will rock your big day

Spring weddings are a popular choice for many couples and there are several types of in-season flowers that are particularly popular during this time.

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1. Peonies

Peonies are a classic choice for spring weddings. These large, fluffy blooms come in a variety of colors. From pink and orange to yellow, white, and red, there’s truly a peony for every color scheme. They make great statement flowers in bridal bouquets and centerpieces due to their lush, fluffy blooms. They also symbolize love, prosperity, and good fortune—a great sign for your wedding flowers.

2. Hyacinth

Known for their pleasant fragrance and delicate, bell-shaped blooms, hyacinth represents sincerity and playfulness, adding a touch of whimsy to your wedding. Their vibrant, clustered flowers make them a standout choice for unique bouquets and centerpieces alike.

3. Tulips

Tulips are famous for their bright color and variety. They come in a wide range of colors: white, pink, yellow, red, orange, purple, and more. Tulips are often thought to symbolize perfect love and tend to be used in bouquets and loose arrangements, because of their long, graceful stems.

4. Daffodils

Daffodils are a cheerful spring flower that symbolize new beginnings and rebirth. Their bright yellow and white petals make them a great option for joyful wedding arrangements, from bouquets to arches to cake decorations. If you’re looking to infuse some pep into your wedding, daffodils are the flower for you.

5. Lilacs

Lilacs are a fragrant spring flower that come in soft shades of purple, pink, and white. They’re often used as accent flowers in bouquets as they’re thought to symbolize first love, but they make a beautiful addition to any wedding arrangement. Their gentle color, scent, and delicate clustered petals help create a romantic and calming atmosphere.

6. Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are often used in spring weddings, at the peak of their bloom, because they have a short blooming period. This short blooming period is often thought to be the reason cherry blossoms are associated with new beginnings and hope. The delicate white and pink blooms stand out beautifully against the stiffer branches they’re found on. The branches themselves add an interesting architectural element to any wedding arrangement.

Pretty and unique ways to incorporate spring wedding flowers

Whether you want a few choice blooms to compliment your venue or a magical fairy garden vibe, these spring wedding flower arrangement ideas will help you pull it off.

1. Boost your bouquets

Whether you want classic or modern, spring flowers have a place in your bouquet. A loose arrangement will look beautiful with tulips or peonies, while cherry blossoms will offer a striking special touch. Choose blooms that complement your wedding color scheme and style and you can’t go wrong!

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2. Brighten up the boutonnieres

Don't forget about the men's boutonnieres! A pop of color is a great idea here, especially against a black or grey suit. Use similar flowers to those in the bridal bouquets to create a cohesive look, or go with a something completely different. Because they’re so small and relatively easy to create, the world is pretty much your oyster here.

3. Bring centerpieces to life

Floral centerpieces can add color, beauty, fun, ambiance, or even functionality to your reception tables. This is a great place to find unique ways to emphasize your theme. If you’re going for the ultimate spring romance, big fluffy flowers like peonies, roses, and lilacs would pair beautifully with voluminous greenery and soft white candles. If you want something sleeker, tall glass vases with tulips, daffodils, or even calla lilies would look lovely.

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4. Freshen up those aisle decorations

Statement aisles are going to be big this wedding season. If you want to hit the trend, find a way to highlight the aisle with your flowers. Rather than a dusting of petals, go for a full coverage blanket of blooms. Or line the aisle with potted or arranged flowers to create a more distinguished look. Try using full branches of cherry blossom to mark the rows of seats.

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5. Add an arch

Arches are one of our favorite ways to add flowers to your ceremony. And they’re so versatile that you can create one that will match any venue or theme. If you're having an outdoor ceremony, consider decorating a trellis with florals. If you’re looking for something that will make a big impression, pick a unique arch shape, like a triangle or hexagon. You can also bring your florals into the cultural elements of your ceremony, like adding decoration to a huppah or mandap. The options are truly endless. And even better, they’re a great way to add a touch of sweet fragrance to your wedding ceremony.

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6. Include a backdrop

Perfect your wedding pictures with a ceremony backdrop, or offer a cute nook for friends and family to take pics at the reception. And—you guessed it—you can really personalize backdrops to fit your vibe. Whether you pack a wall full of flowers a la influencer brand launch parties or hang floral garlands or wreaths behind the altar or ceremony space, you’ll create a beautiful photo op that you and your guests will love.

7. DIY some flower crowns

You don’t need to have a boho wedding to wear a flower crown. Flower crowns add a touch of whimsy and natural beauty to your bridal look no matter what you’re wearing. That makes daffodils and hyacinths great additions to your flower crown.

8. Add some flower girl accessories

After all, they are called flower girls. If you want to amp up a classic, see if your flower girls can toss full flower blossoms instead of petals on their walk up the aisle. Or create a mini me and have your flower girl wear a floral crown or carry a small bouquet of flowers down the aisle to match you. And hey, why not give the ring bearer a boutonniere of his own, too?

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9. Fill out your corsages

Don't forget about the mothers and grandmothers. Whether you choose to go with wrist or lapel corsages, make them extra-special with a unique arrangement or surprising color. Purple is often thought to symbolize respect, loyalty, and honor in western cultures. Some lilac could be a wonderful way to show your family you appreciate them. Red peonies are a great option for cultures that associate red with luck, prosperity, and honor.

10. Adorn cakes with edible blooms

Add fresh flowers to your wedding cake to create a beautiful and natural look. We always recommend sticking with edible decorations for your cake, so lilac, pansies, and daisies make great spring-y decorations here. If you’re having someone, like a caterer, cut and serve the cake for you, adding some inedible decoration is often fine, so the options are endless here! Just make sure the caterer knows they need to remove any inedible elements.

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11. Make escort cards stand out

Tie small flowers to escort cards for a lovely and easy-to-DIY project, or place floral arrangements on the escort card table. You can make them small or large—this could even be a great place to repurpose some ceremony flowers if sustainability is one of your concerns.

12. Beautify your bar

Add a few floral arrangements or garlands to your bar area to make it look more festive and celebratory. Also, remember that bartenders and waitstaff have to use this space to serve you and your guests. A smaller arrangement or something out of the way—like the aforementioned garlands—would be a great option here. Ceiling decorations could add a special touch to your reception, and hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, and wisteria are all wonderful options to create that draped effect.

Spring wedding flower color trends we love

Color is a crucial element when planning a wedding, and choosing colors that match or complement the spring wedding flowers in season on your big day is a great way to build a palette. We like to look at these options when we need some inspiration for incorporating spring wedding flowers into your color scheme.

Soft pastels for a romantic touch

Pale pinks, lilacs, and creamy whites create a soft, romantic ambiance that is perfect for a spring wedding. Pastel-colored spring flowers, such as peonies and cherry blossoms, can be used to create a dreamy and elegant aesthetic, or use daffodils, hyacinth, and lilac to match a cheerful theme.

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Bold and vibrant colors for a modern look

For a more modern take on spring wedding flowers, consider using bold, vibrant hues like deep purples, bright oranges, and vivid yellows. These eye-catching colors can be found in tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, creating a striking contrast against the softer shades of spring. They make such a big impression that you don’t need to go overboard with them, making them a great option if you think minimalism is for you.

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Monochromatic themes for a sophisticated style

Opt for a monochromatic color palette to create a sense of elegance and sophistication at your wedding. Choose a single spring flower or a mix of blooms, such as white tulips and peonies, to make a chic, cohesive statement. Of course, white isn’t your only choice. Peonies, tulips, roses, and more also come in reds, pinks, purples, and more.

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When should you buy spring wedding flowers?

The ideal time to buy flowers for a wedding can vary depending on the type of flowers you want and where you plan to buy them from. However, if you’re DIYing your flowers, the general rule of thumb is that it's best to buy wedding flowers about 2-3 days before the wedding.

This allows the flowers to be as fresh as possible for the big day, while still giving you enough time to make any last-minute adjustments or changes to your arrangements. If you are working with a florist, they may have their own recommended timeline for ordering and picking up flowers.

It's worth noting that some types of flowers, such as peonies and cherry blossoms, may have a short blooming season and may need to be ordered further in advance to ensure availability. If you have your heart set on a particular type of flower, it's best to check with your florist to see when they recommend ordering them.

Other important factors to consider when sourcing spring wedding flowers

● Availability

Some flowers are only available during certain seasons, and some may be more difficult to source than others. When planning a spring wedding, it's important to consider which flowers will be in season and readily available. Luckily, all the flowers we walked you through here are in season in the spring.

● Cost

The cost of flowers can vary widely depending on the type, availability, and location. Peonies are notoriously expensive while tulips are often more affordable. You need to have a budget in mind when sourcing flowers for a spring wedding, and to work with a florist who can help you find beautiful options within your price range.

● Fragrance

Some spring flowers, like lilacs and hyacinths, have a strong fragrance that can be overpowering in enclosed spaces. Remember to consider the scent of your flowers when selecting them for a wedding, especially if anyone in the wedding party or guest list has allergies or sensitivities.

● Sustainability

More and more couples are prioritizing sustainability when planning their weddings, and this includes sourcing eco-friendly flowers. When choosing spring wedding flowers, consider how they were grown and harvested, and to look for options that are sustainably sourced. You can double up on sustainability by repurposing flowers, maybe by using your aisle decorations as centerpieces.

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Spring wedding flowers can make your wedding even more beautiful

Spring wedding flowers offer a breathtaking range of colors, fragrances, and styles that can elevate any wedding celebration. With careful consideration of factors like availability, cost, color and style, fragrance, and sustainability, couples can select the perfect blooms to complement their wedding vision. With the right flowers and a little creativity, a spring wedding can be a beautiful and memorable event that reflects the couple's unique style and love.

Check out more about popular wedding flowers and what they mean to choose the right blooms for your big day!

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