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Picking Your Petals

Stick with seasonal blooms to keep your bouquet in vogue and your price down.

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  • Peony — Bulb flowers are the name of the game come spring.
  • Tulip — Bulb flowers are the name of the game come spring.
  • Ranunculus — Bulb flowers are the name of the game come spring.
  • Hydrangea — Summer is peak time for the most floral options.
  • Gladiola — Summer is peak time for the most floral options.
  • Calla lily — Summer is peak time for the most floral options.
  • Mums — Berries and foliage are popular additions to bouquets in fall.
  • Dahlia — Berries and foliage are popular additions to bouquets in fall.
  • Craspedia — Berries and foliage are popular additions to bouquets in fall.
  • Amaryllis — Remember: Hot colors are haute for winter.
  • Anemone — Remember: Hot colors are haute for winter.
  • Poinsettia — Remember: Hot colors are haute for winter.
  • YEAR-ROUND: These blooms are available January through December, with little variation in price and variety: Carnation
  • YEAR-ROUND: These blooms are available January through December, with little variation in price and variety: Rose
  • YEAR-ROUND: These blooms are available January through December, with little variation in price and variety: Gerbera daisy
  • YEAR-ROUND: These blooms are available January through December, with little variation in price and variety: Orchid

Flower Logic

Tips, tricks, and trends of the trade:

  • Do your homework and come with a price point in mind. On average, brides spend 10 percent of their overall budget on flowers.
  • Shop around for a florist you like and give them creative freedom (with your wedding colors and style in mind, of course). After all, they’re the experts.
  • Know when to save and when to splurge. Don’t hold back on your bridal bouquet, but go easy on ceremony decorations and other accents.
  • Avoid Valentine’s Day for a wedding date, if possible. Flower prices—especially for roses— skyrocket on this holiday.
  • Current trends in the floral industry point to a soft garden look rather than a modern, structured arrangement.

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