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Choosing wedding flowers by season helps support local growers, decreases your wedding’s carbon footprint (since the flowers don’t need to be flown in from around the world), and is often a great way to save money. As 60% of the wedding flowers sold in the United States are imported from overseas, using local flowers grown in season makes a huge difference. Most commercial flower growers use the chemical methyl bromide to keep blooms in perfect condition during shipping, which depletes the ozone layer and further contributes to global warming. Because we do not eat flowers, they are not regulated by the USDA and are doused in pesticides, which is bad for the earth and for the workers that grow and harvest them. Choosing locally grown, organic flowers is the best way to ensure you have fresh, gorgeous and sustainable floral arrangements. 

What is available will depend on what part of the country you live in, so the best thing to do is check with local florists and organic growers to see what will be in season. However, the following is a quick guide to some of the most popular wedding flower choices by season. 

Spring Wedding Flowers (March-May)

Spring wedding flowers should be colorful, fresh and light. Choose a single variety for classic style, or mix and match to create modern extravagance. Good choices include: 

  • Anemone (blue, red, pink, white)
  • Delphinium (white, blue)
  • Hyacinth (purple, pink, white)
  • Lilacs (violet, white)
  • Ranunculus (white, pink, red, orange, yellow)
  • Sweetpea (white, pink, red, coral, lavender)
  • Tulip (white, pink, yellow, red, purple)
  • Waxflower (pinky, purple, white)
  • Ranunculus
  • Peony
  • Baronia
  • Daffodil
Summer Wedding Flowers (June-August)

Summer wedding flowers need to be able to endure the heat. Soft, pillowy blooms and sprays of color make the perfect statement. Some good choices include: 

  • Alstromeria (orange, pink, yellow, white)
  • Chrysanthemum (white, yellow, orange, pink)
  • Freesia (white, yellow, pink, blue, purple)
  • Gerbera Daisy (pink, yellow, orange, red, white)
  • Hydrangea (white, blue, purple, pink, green)
  • Iris (purple, blue, white)
  • Lily (white, pink, yellow, orange)
  • Snapdragons (pink, yellow, orange, white)
  • Zinnia (red, orange, pink)
  • Sunflower
  • Yarrow
  • Forget-Me-Not
Fall Wedding Flowers (September-November)

Fall is a great time to mix leaves, pinecones and other seasonal elements in to your wedding decor. Add in a few bright stems to your wedding flowers for extra pop. Good options include:

  • Aster  (white, pink)
  • Chrysanthemum (white, yellow, orange, pink)
  • Dahlia (many colors)
  • Grasses (green, white, red)
  • Hydrangea (white, purple, pink, blue, green)
  • Marigold  (yellow, orange, red)
  • Statice (purple)
  • Zinnia (red, orange, pink)
Winter Wedding Flowers (December-February)

To add interest to your winter wedding flower centerpieces incorporate candles, berries, coffee beans, and other surprising elements. Good floral options include: 

  • Bamboo
  • Dried flowers
  • Evergreens
  • Forced branches from flowering trees
  • Forced bulbs (any kind)
  • Potted plants
  • Succulents 
  • Hippeastrum
  • Camelia
  • Holly
  • Jasmine
  • Poinsettia
  • Christmas Orchid

No matter which season you choose for your wedding, there are hundreds of different sustainable looks to pick from.