Wight Wedding Blog

Spring flowers – we blooming love’em!

For us two, Spring is the most exciting time of the year when it comes to flowers. Following the bleak winter and days upon days of grey skies, there is nothing more lovely than that first sighting of a Crocus or Snowdrop, followed by the appearance of rows of Daffodils and bluebells, hyacinths and lily of the valley.

There is something so cheering about those early flashes of colour – it fills you with hope of the year ahead and reminds you that new life is springing up all over. With all the charm of these gorgeous flowers, if you’re planning a wedding in March, April or May, you’d be wild not consider using these abundant blooms to brighten up your day.

If you starting thinking far enough in advance, you could be in with a chance of growing enough flowers to use on your wedding day. You may struggle to plant enough to compile all your floral decorations, but it’s certainly worth trying to supplement your professional bouquets with your own home grown additions. You might find you’re able to save a bob or two by creating your own buttonholes or centre pieces.

Daffodils (Narcissus)

Blooming season: February - April

Get planting: August - November

Perfect for: Bouquets, centrepieces, buttonholes

 

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)

Blooming season: January - April

Get planting: October - November

Perfect for: bouquets, table decor

 

Crocuses (Crocus longiflorus)

Blooming season: February - March

Get planting: October - November

Perfect for: Table décor, centrepieces, bouquets

 

Tulips (Tulipa)

Blooming season: March - April

Get planting: November - December

Perfect for: Bouquets, centrepieces

 

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Blooming season: April - June

Get planting: November

Perfect for: Bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces

 

Hyacinths (Hyacinthus)

Blooming season: January - April

Get planting: September

Perfect for: Bouquets, button holes, centrepieces

 

Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

Blooming season: March to May

Get planting: July to August

Perfect for: Button holes and table decor

 

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus)
Blooming season: May- June
Get planting: September-October
Perfect for: Bouquets, centrepieces

If the idea of sewing, growing and arranging centrepieces for each table leaves you tired just at the thought, we love the idea of using potted spring bulbs as table decorations. Low maintenance, rustic and truly beautiful, these are ideal for Easter weddings and can be enhanced with other colourful items such as candles or table runners.

Now, I just want to point out that as I write this I’m gazing of the window at a rather grim and freezing cold day, there is a frost in the air and I’m starting to genuinely fear for the snowdrops in the garden. As we can never predict the weather it pays to have a back up plan set up with a local florist, just in case old jack frost casts an evil spell all over your flower beds.

Also, you might not think you’ll have time to grow and arranged your own flowers and would like a pro to take care of this aspect of your day, then we have a few suppliers who will be able to lend a hand.

In our next Spring flowers blog we will be sharing the advice of some our favourite Island Florists to help us understand how to select the best colours and combinations when it comes to Spring time Bouquets.

For more inspiration on Spring flowers on the Isle of Wight why not take a break from planning to visit some of the Island’s most beautiful gardens:

  • Osbourne House Garden
  • Mottiston Manor Garden
  • Ventor Botanic Garden
  • Princess Beatrice Garden – Carisbrooke Castle
  • Thompsons Plant and Garden Centre

It’s probably best to take a trip on or around the day your wedding will fall on next year, so you have a good idea of what will be in season come your big day!