February might be the last official month of winter but when it comes to wedding flowers, you’ve got lots of choice. There are more seasonal flowers available than you might think and, if you’re clever, they needn’t cost you more despite the peak in demand around Valentine’s Day.
What’s in season in February?
Seasonal blooms are always cost effective and you’ll have plenty of choice of wedding flowers in February. Orchids are definitely the exotic option and they work really well as luxurious table centres or use Gerberas for a pop of colour.
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If you’d like some pretty spring garden flowers then your florist will probably be able to source Narcissi, Muscari, Hyacinths, Freesias or Tulips. Freesias are always fantastic in bouquets and buttonholes and potted Narcissi are great for tables at rustic or country themed weddings.
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Roses are always available in February (think Valentine’s!) but they can be expensive. Using Ranunculus in your wedding flowers can give the same romantic look and Carnations and Chrysanthemums make excellent, budget-friendly fillers. If you want Roses, keep them just for your bouquet and buttonholes and go for other flowers in your decorations.
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Why do wedding flowers cost more in February?
Wedding florist Tarnia Williams explains why the cost of wedding flowers in February might be higher than you expect:
“Quite simply, it’s supply and demand. The growers can only produce limited numbers and although there are huge increases in quantities just for Valentine’s Day, there’s never quite enough to go around and this induces panic buying by florists in the same way that we all do when we shop for ourselves before Christmas!”
“The flower auctions in Holland work on a ‘reverse auction’ style so prices start high and then fall. If you’ve asked for a certain type of rose, your florist will have to commit to the higher price to make sure they get what you’ve asked for.”
How to get the best blooms for your budget
Happily, Tarnia knows how to make the most of any wedding flowers budget and here are her top tips for February weddings:
- Avoid any red flowers if you can or ask your florist to use them sparingly.
- Use lots of foliage to create impact, volume and texture instead of flowers.
- Embrace minimalism and go for simple designs using just a few stems in statement vases.
- Finalise your wedding flowers before Christmas. Your florists can fix the price they pay which means you’ll know the exact cost.
- Trust your florist and let them buy on the day. This lets them choose varieties are the most economical so you get more for your money.
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