I'm Nadine – a wedding floral designer, event designer, holiday décor enthusiast, and fashionista based in Columbia, Maryland. Welcome to my blog, where I'll share recent weddings and events, as well as educational resources for my fellow wedding floral designers and freelancers!


Wedding Floral Design Through the Seasons



In the old days, couples would get married during the spring and summer months because the weather was more favorable, there was often plenty of food, and of course, the many blooms of flowers and herbs served practical and aesthetic purposes. Today, weddings can be held all year round, and often with the same types of flowers available. However, getting flowers out of their natural season can require a lot of hunting, and they can often cost a great deal more. For the best quality blooms at a lower price tag, seasonal flowers into your wedding day floral design. Our seasonal wedding floral guide will tell you the most popular, in-season blooms.

What Does Wedding Floral Design Cost?

Believe it or not, one of the more expensive wedding costs can be florals. Most wedding florists or wedding designers suggest slotting 10 – 15% for the total cost of florals. This often includes a variety of floral arrangements such as:

  • The bride’s bouquet
  • Bouquets for the bridesmaids
  • Boutonnières for the groom and groomsmen 
  • Corsages and boutonnières for the parents & grandparents 
  • Head table designs
  • Guest table centerpieces
  • Ceremony and reception hall decor
  • Arches, flower walls, and much more. 

When you order flowers that are in season, your florist doesn’t have to compete and barter with flower vendors to order a flower that’s in high demand and low quantity. Depending on where you live, it can also reduce or eliminate shipping costs, and your florist can work with local vendors. This means, more of your budget can go toward larger, more elaborate floral designs, that will WOW your guests.

What Flowers are Available Throughout the Year?

While most flowers and plants are intimately bound to their season, some can be available throughout the year. Some of the most popular of these include Alstroemeria, Anthurium, Aster, Bourvardia, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Lily, and Asiatic Lily. These often make great flowers for decor. They’re more durable, bright, and some of them come in a wide variety of colors to match your wedding palette. 

Spring Wedding Florals

The season of Spring got its name partially because of all the plants, flowers, and babies that would spring forth. A time of the annual cycle where life is abundant in many forms. With the weather warming up, flowers begin to bloom with beautiful shades. Because of this, Spring is a very popular time for weddings. Brides take advantage of the fresh florals just as the bloom is opening. There’s a variety of colors to choose from but the most popular during this time are pastel shades like pinks, peaches, purples, and creams. There are dozens of types of flowers blooming in the spring. We went ahead and pointed out the most popular ones.

Ranunculus: if you’re looking for a flower with large petals flowers and available in a wide color variety, Ranunculus is a great choice. They work well for modest budgets and have a bloom that very much resembles roses. They’re quite delicate, so handle with care, especially if they’re in your bouquet. 

Bluebell: Need that “something blue” to incorporate in your wedding day? Bluebells add rich color and a delicate touch to your bouquet. Bluebells are wildflowers, so they look great in bohemian-style wedding designs. 

Poppy: Poppies are known for their blooms as much as their seeds. They are not in bloom very long, usually ending their life cycle in May (for the northern hemisphere). These flowers have crinkly petals that add a special texture as well as bright colors. Most poppies have a pop of yellow in the center adding a little extra to their flair.

Peony: Peonies are popular for their strong fragrance and voluminous, silky petals. This flower is most commonly used in wedding bouquets. They come in lighter hues, which makes them perfect for a wedding floral design with a natural color palette. They’re also Megan Markle’s favorite flower, making them worthy of royalty.

Other flowers to include in your Spring wedding floral design are Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Apple blossom, Bird of Paradise, Brodea, Calla lily, Cherry Blossom, Cornflower, Cosmose, Dahlia, Delphinium, Delwood, Forsythia, Freesia, Gardenia, Heather, Helleborus, Hollyhock, Hyacinth, Larkspur, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Stargazer, Liatris, Lilac, Lisianthus, Narcissus, Orchid, Peach blossom, Phlox, Protea, Pussy willow, Rose, Seeded Eucalyptus, Solidago, Statice, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Viburnum, Waxflower, Zinnia.

Summer Wedding Florals

By Katherine Elizabeth Photography

Just like the heat and sun during this time of year Summer flowers are bold. These flowers are often brightly colored and fluffy blooms. Many springtime bulbs come to their blooming peak during the hot summer months. Summer weddings can also include tropical plants and exotic flowers thanks to the warmer weather Bright, exotic floral designs are great for beach weddings. 

Sunflowers: When we said bold, we meant it. The bright yellow to orange flower is an inspired summer flower. Whether you’re celebrating your special day indoors or outdoors, sunflowers are a bountiful bloom that resembles rays of sunshine. They’re affordable for most budgets and come in warm colors. They’re considered a symbol of good luck, kicking your marriage off right with positive and bright sunny vibes.

Snapdragon: The best time to take advantage of snapdragons is in the early summer. This Mediterranean floral has fragrant petals and long stems. Making them excellent flowers for long vase centerpieces and decor. They have a fairly unique shape compared to other blooms, and their blooms are often a blend of shades. 

Orchid: Orchids are a huge summer wedding favorite, but they can be costly. But with their great blooms that resemble butterfly wings, it’s an enchanting flower to behold. With the higher price tag and longer life span, orchids are a great bouquet choice. their long life span. 

Dahlia: Summertime seems to provide a variety of uniquely shaped flowers and the dahlia is one of them. Dahlias are bright, bold, and big. They’re also affordable and come in a variety of colors to match your wedding aesthetic.

Other Summer flowers to talk to your wedding florist about are Alchemilla, Allium, Alstroemeria, Amaranthus, Baby’s Breath, Bird of Paradise, Calla lily, Campanula, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Delphinium, Dianthus, Didiscus, Euphorbia, Foxglove, Freesia, Gardenia, Genista, Ginger, Gladiolus, Hallaconia, Heather, Hydrangea, Hypericum, Iris, Kangaroo paw, Liatris, Lilac, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Star Gazer, Lisianthus.

Fall Wedding Florals

By Katherine Elizabeth Photography

As cooler winds roll in, and leaves begin to fall, most of the spring and summer blooms dwindle down. Others take on deeper, cooler hues. This is an enchanting and mysterious time of year that is perfect for bohemian and rustic weddings. Including flower crowns made from wildflowers, full foliage, and even bare branches can make your wedding day feel straight out of a storybook. flower crowns. Your florist might even include other elements such as feathers, fruits, and colorful leaves. You can have a dreamy fall wedding with floral designs incorporating these flowers.

King Protea: If you’re looking for a flower to make a statement with, King Protea is an easy candidate. This bloom resembles a lion mane, with a large head, spiky petals, and hefty stem. statement flower will steal the show at your wedding. South Africa’s national flower, it’s a light addition that can still pair well with deep fall colors. 

Amaranthus: More commonly known as pigweeds, these plants have an exotic look with their blooms hanging like a long tail. A naturally cascading flower, they look lovely in a bridal wedding bouquet.

Chrysanthemum: Nicknamed “mums,” these flowers symbolize abundance, and abundant they are. They have lots of little petals and come in a large selection of colors. Easy to grow, lasting through to the late summer season, and affordable, Chrysanthemums are a favorite among many brides and florists. 

Delphinium: Also known as Larkspur, this is a summer flower that lasts deep into fall. Its purple tones make it great for couples that want to incorporate Halloween colors into their wedding design. Other flowers with traditional fall shades include Acacia, Allium, Alstroemeria, Anemone, Baby’s Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, Chinaberry, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Echinops, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Hypericum, Iris, Juniper, Kangaroo paw, Kalanchoe, Liatris, Lily, Asiatic, Lily, Gloriosa, Misty Blue, Orchid, Pepper berry, Queen Ann’s Lace, Quince, Rover, Roses, Rowen berry, Salvia, Solidago, Statice, Star of Bethlehem, Sunflower, Yarrow, Zinnia.

Winter Wedding Florals

Cold temperatures, hard soil, and frost leave very few flowers behind. Many winter weddings have more foliage and use traditionally winter colors, including white, greens, and reds. Motifs usually enjoyed during the holidays can also make great additions to wedding designs, such as ornaments, pine cones, and berries.

Hellebores: Also called a Christmas rose, these flowers have a higher tolerance for frost, so you can enjoy a winter wedding up north and not worry about the life span of the bloom. 

Anemone: Commonly called windflowers, these flowers have a connection to Greek mythology, representing the love between Adonis and Aphrodite. Their deep plum shades make them lovely for fall and winter wedding designs. 

Eucalyptus: Have a stunning bouquet and improve your sinus health with this lovely green plant. The textured leaves and the strong fragrance of eucalyptus make it great in bouquets, fresh or dried.  

You can also include these winter flowers into your floral arrangements: Acacia, Alstroemeria, Amaryllis, Carnation, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Evergreens, Gerbera Daisy, Ginger, Holly berry, Lily, Asiatic Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, Narcissus, Pansy, Pepperberry, Phlox, Queen Ann’s Lace, Roses, Star of Bethlehem, Statice.

Get Professional Wedding Floral Design For Any Season with Nadine De Leon

A beautiful wedding design, complete with bouquets, decor, and centerpieces make the event more memorable for you and your guests. The colors, textures, and displays make for stunning backdrops in pictures of you, your beloved, and the people you’re celebrating with. 

Most people choose their wedding dates based on special occasions, in memoriam of ancestors, or because that’s when their favorite venue is available. While some popular flowers can be incorporated easily and rather affordably, everyone’s vision for their wedding day is different. That’s where Nadine De Leon comes in. An experienced artist when it comes to flowers, Nadine has been curating wedding floral arrangements for 10 years. She takes the time to learn about clients’ wishes and goals. She can capture your dream wedding day in detail, and bring you even more than you knew you wanted. 

Schedule a consultation with Nadine De Leon for your wedding floral design via our website



I'm Nadine – a wedding floral designer, event designer, holiday décor enthusiast, and fashionista based in Columbia, Maryland. Welcome to my blog, where I'll share recent weddings and events, as well as educational resources for my fellow wedding floral designers and freelancers!