A guide to choosing the perfect seasonal blooms for your big day

A guide to choosing the perfect seasonal blooms for your big day

Whether your wedding decor is extravagant, minimalist or somewhere in between, flowers are often the finishing touch-the bow that ties together the reception and ceremony. Seasonal flowers are not only an excellent way to complete an event's aesthetic; they're also often more affordable than blooms that aren't as readily available. We asked local florists for advice on choosing seasonally appropriate flowers for your winter or spring wedding.

Winter Greens

Ask a florist what flower they'd recommend for a winter wedding, and chances are, roses will be at the top of the list. With a wide range of varieties, roses are versatile, classic and as an added bonus, not as expensive as they once were, says Michelle DeSantis of DeSantis Florists. Other go-tos include calla lilies and hydrangeas, but keep in mind that these flowers wilt quickly.

If you're looking for something a little less traditional, Kim Meacham, owner of The Paper Daisy Flower Boutique, is a big fan of amaryllis and anemones-with a caveat. "[They're] more expensive than roses," Meacham says. "But I think it's nice to have multiple textures, so even if somebody wants to incorporate a more expensive flower, you can also include other flowers, too, to bring the cost down." Less costly flowers to consider include mums and carnations. Succulents and dusty miller also are great for adding varied textures to arrangements.

On a tight budget? Money may not grow on trees, but flower stems add up fast. Save some cash by adding greenery and other less-costly complementary pieces to your floral arrangements. "There are so many cool greens and even pinecones, berries and feathers that can be incorporated for different textures," Meacham says.

Spring Blooms

"There's definitely more flower options as the weather gets warmer," Meacham says. "Spring flowers can be arranged to be super casual and gardeny or super formal, and it almost has more to do with the arrangement and the vase than the flowers themselves." For the former, she recommends flowering branches, which make great centerpieces. "The smaller branches can be incorporated into bouquets for more of a woodland feel."

While some flowers-hydrangeas, baby's breath and garden roses-are readily available year-round, others are much more seasonally specific. Tulips are in season in late winter and early spring, and dahlias and peonies are available for a short time in late spring. Other popular spring blooms include hyacinths, orchids, larkspur (also known as delphinium), daffodils, irises, sweet peas, ranunculus and waxflowers.

If you're looking for a flower with lasting power, Steve Hoover of The 5th Ave. Floral Co. says alstroemeria, carnations and daisies are the last to wilt. "Alstroemeria is great because it comes in a variety of different colors, and you can do the spring colors-yellows, pinks, oranges, whites," Hoover says.

Regardless of which flowers you choose, Hoover has one more piece of advice: "The most important thing is to keep the flowers in water; keep them refrigerated if you can before you use them. And don't leave them in the car."