14 Insanely Smart Flowers for Your Spring Wedding

Selecting flowers grown in the spring for your spring wedding makes so much sense! Often, you can get the flowers locally which strengthens your local economy and supports local businesses. Since each flower has a meaning, we list those here as part of The Guy’s Guide to Weddings series.

Hey, John!

Kaitlyn and I are getting married this spring!

She said we need to meet with the floral designer to discuss flowers, the meanings of flowers, and the cost. Help! What do I need to know???

–Mike, Mystified in Molalla

Hey, Mike!

First, congratulations!

Second, we have a few dates left this spring if you are still looking for a venue. Since we have beautifully landscaped gardens, you can spend less on your flowers by having your wedding here. Spring is a glorious time to get married at Ainsworth House & Gardens! The gardens are waking up after a long winter’s sleep and bursting out in a bounty of color. Our Ponderosa Pine seems to extend its vast branches to welcome you underneath its study frame.

During the Victorian times, it was not considered polite conversation to tell another person how you felt about them. For that reason, meanings were assigned to flowers so that the both the giver of the flower and the recipient knew the meaning of the gesture. A pink rose meant, “I like you,” while yellow hyacinths meant sorrow and jealousy.

And, you should know this: If you select flowers that are in season, it’s very possible that you can get the flowers locally (instead of the cost of having them shipped in) which means that they cost less. By selecting flowers that are in season, you keep your costs down and can get more blooms for your bucks!

Here are some of the flowers are in peak season for spring—and their meanings! 

Amaryllis: Peak season is November-April.

Colors: white, yellow, green, coral, pink, salmon, red, burgundy

Meaning: pride, splendid beauty

Grown from bulbs brought from Africa and Latin America by the explorers, the amaryllis is a long lasting flower which offers a lot of drama even if you only have a few stems! 

Anemone (Greek for “wind flower”): Peak season is Oct.-May.

Colors: white, pink, red, magenta, purple, burgundy

Meaning: expectation

With only a bit of greenery in a boutonniere, this is a spectacular enough flower to make a statement all by itself.  

Calla Lily:
Peak season is from winter through late spring.

Colors: white, yellow, orange, light pink, deep pink, red, dark burgundy, and purple. 

The white flowers under the title and the purple flowers are calla lilies. 

The flower comes in a single color, two colors, or a blend. 

Meaning:magnificent beauty, feminine modesty, consistent ardor (love)

Calla lilies are grown as one flower at the end of a long, green stem. For this reason, the stems can be cut exceptionally long to allow to create a bridal bouquet that elegantly cascades.

In a boutinere or corsage, it makes an elegant, classy statment. 

Daffodil: Peak season is November to April.

Colors: white, yellow, coral, orange

Meaning: gracefulness, creativity, inspiration, new beginnings, and rebirth

As one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring, it is the national flower of Wales and is the birth flower for March. 

Hyacinth: early to mid-spring. 

Colors: white, pink, blue, purple

Meaning: In Greek, it means “the blue larkspur flower” or “the color purple.”

At a wedding, hyacinths bring good luck. 

Originally the name of a male ancient Greek hero, it became a woman’s name in the 1900’s.

 

Hydrangea: Peak season is spring to early fall.

Colors: white, pink, lavender, violet, purple, blue, green (They range from soft pastels to vibrant shades.)

Meaning: These flowers symbolize a desire to understand someone and heartfelt emotions.

This is a large flower—you only need a few to create a large dramatic bouquet!

There are three different shapes: Mophead hydrangeas grow in huge, ball-shaped clusters.

Lacecap hydrangeas are esteemed for their mix of tiny bloom clusters among a few, larger blooms.

Panicle hydrangeas grow in cone-shaped clusters—a very unusual shape! 

Lilac: Peak season is mid-spring to late spring.

Colors: white, pink, lavender, magenta, purple, blue                  

Meaning:   

White: pure innocence                             Pink: delicate, gentle love                        Lavender: first love                            Magenta: passion and love                      Purple: spirituality                                    Blue: tranquility and happiness

Brought from Asia and Eastern Europe to the United States in the 17th. century, lilacs were cultivated in America’s first botanical gardens and by early presidents including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In Russia, lilacs were thought to bless infants with wisdom. Because the lilac bush is so study, one plant can grow for over 100 years! 

 

 Lily of the Valley:

Peak seasons are spring and summer.

Colors: white, pale pink, purple

Meaning:

White: happiness, return to joy, purity, sincerity

Pink: compassion, understanding, femineity

Purple: royalty, dignity, passion, success

Also called “May Bells,” “Our Lady’s Tears,” or “Mary’s Tears,” these flowers have long beem a favorite of the British royal family.

In Holland, newlyweds plant lilies of the valley in their gardens to help renew their love throughout the coming years and to bring good luck.

 Peony: Peak season is April to June.

Colors: white, cream, peach, light pink, bright pink, burgundy

Meaning: love, romance, happiness, beauty, wealth, honor

Peonies bring timeless elegance and unrivaled sophistication. With its rich texture and delicate petals, few flowers can match the peony’s ravishing beauty. 

Ranunculus:

Peak season is November to April.

 

Colors: white, yellow, apricot, peach, orange, pale pink, bright pink, red, burgundy

 

Meaning:

White: purity, innocence         

Yellow: joy, happiness, positive feelings

(In yellow, a ranuncula is also called a “buttercup.”)                                            

Pink: romance, love, gentle emotions                                                       

Red: passion, love, romance, intense feelings                                  

Purple: royalty, beauty, mystery

With their soft tissue petals and round shape, this romantic flower grace many a wedding bouquet! 

Snapdragons: Peak season is winter to late spring.

Colors: white, yellow, bronze, orange, red, pink, burgundy

Meaning: grace and strength

How did this flower get its name? If you gently squeeze the blossom, it will look like a fierce dragon opening its mouth. The ancient Greeks and Romans thought that snapdragons could protect you from those who evilly wished to harm you. In medieval Europe, these flowers were planted at the gates of castles to protect the castles in times of trouble. For being a small flower, that’s a lot of protection! While he didn’t grow them to protect Monticello, Thomas Jefferson grew snapdragons in his gardens.

Because snapdragons grow on an exceptionally long stem, they can be used in dramatic centerpieces and aisle decorations. 

Stock: Peak seasons are spring and summer.

Colors: white, cream, peach, pink, fuchsia, lavender, purple, blue

Meaning: happy life, lasting beauty, and contented existence

Offering a variety of textures and shapes, this strong stemmed flower is easy to work with—especially if you are making the flower arrangements yourself (DIY). Combined with greenery (e.g., ferns or eucalyptus), stocks make gorgeous bouquets! 

Sweet Pea: Peak season is November to June.

Colors: white, cream, apricot, peach, pale pink, hot pink, red, lavender, purple

Meaning: everlasting, blissful pleasures

With a gentle scent, the sweet pea grows with four to six lovely, ruffled petals per bloom on long, meandering stems; it has a beautiful randomness. 

Tulips: Peak season is March to May.

Colors: white, yellow, peach, orange, red, hot pink, light pink, purple with single color, two colors, stripes, blended colors, fringed, double petals, and more

Meaning: deep and perfect love

A wedding bouquet of cascading white tulips and blush peonies with greenery is becoming an enchanting trend for spring.

Another popular combination is pink tulips with ranunculus, white roses, pink roses, freesias, and greenery.

Your friend in the wedding business,

John Shyne

 

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