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When thinking about a wedding floral design it is important to think about a color scheme and flower selection that is seasonally appropriate for the time of year that you are getting married. But where do you start? You may not know what flowers grow when and what color palettes are the most ideal.

Take a read through this insightful information from some of Maryland’s top floral designers to see their suggestions and gather some inspiration. Feel free to reach out to these vendors directly to tap into their expertise and to have them bring your dream wedding floral vision to life. We promise with these ladies, you will not be disappointed.

Love Blooms – Emily Lin

Website – http://lovebloomshere.com/

Instagram – @lovebloomsdc

Winter

Cool tones (Lavender, Blue, White)

Ranunculus, Roses, Spray Roses, Delphinium

Spring 

Pastels (Peach, Blush, Cream)

Ranunculus, Tulips, Sweet Pea, Spirea

Summer

All bright happy shades (Yellow, Orange, Red)

Dahlias, Roses, Feverfew, Scabiosa, Snapdragons

Fall

Mix of earthy neutrals (Brown, Cream, Mauve) with pops of bold fall hues (Burgundy, Rust, Bronze)

Dahlias, Amaranthus, Pampas Grass, Mums, Assorted Fall Foliage

Steelcut Flower Co. – Emma Bates

Website – http://www.steelcutflowerco.com/

Instagram – @steelcutflowerco and @steelcut_md

Winter

White with pops of dark – We love to combine lush white blooms with different types of dark pops and textures. 

Amaryllis, anemones, ranunculus, sweet peas garden roses, magnolia leaves, privet berries, stock, spray roses, scabiosa, star of bethlehem, Peonies from Alaska and other areas come back in winter so we love to re-introduce them.

Spring

Spring Rainbow – There are such amazing flowers coming in locally from farms it’s fun to embrace the color! Consider incorporating fruit into still-life like designs for tables. 

Roses, garden roses, delphinium, ranunculus, single and double tulips, astrantia, ivy

Spring

Spring Greens – It’s really fun to embrace the brighter greens that come in Spring and also blooming branches that start to come out at this time. 

Green hellebores, Clooney ranunculus, garden roses, orlaya, apple blossoms, cherry blossoms, magnolia blooms, spray roses, mock orange branches

Summer

Bayside Boho – For a muted summer look that is particularly fitting on the Easternshore or other beach or bay location. This look picks up on local colors and comes green foliage as well as grasses. 

Agrostemma, Quicksand roses, bleached ruscus, astrantia, wild olive branches, lisianthus, various grasses including pampas, carnations, stock

Summer

Modern Tropical – Tropical leaves and foliage paired with lush summer blooms is a winning combination for almost any setting. We love this look at formal venues like art museums or in ballrooms, but it’s also perfect beachside.

Peonies, orchids, dendrobium, butterfly ranunculus, tulips, lisianthus, ferns, monstera leaves, palms, protea

Fall

Classic White – Always fitting for any setting we love all white in the Fall when lush dahlias start to come into bloom. Dark centered anemones are also a favorite and start to become available late Fall (though bigger in the winter). Consider a subtle hint of blue or a pop of another color. 

Limelight hydrangea, roses, spray roses, dahlias, anemones (if late Oct or later), thistle, bleached ruscus, brunia balls, seeded eucalyptus

Fall

Lush + Dried – One of our all time favorite looks is to start to juxtapose dried elements with lush blooms to reflect the changing of the season and the drying out of the landscape around us. This can be done with a slant toward any color palette– such as fall orange tones, or more muted dusty pinks and browns

Toffee roses, brownie tulips, dried mushrooms, abelia foliage, celosia, dried seed pods, stock, amaranthus, grasses, tuberose, dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa

Floret and Vine – Kate Denman

Website – https://floretandvine.com/

Instagram  – @floretandvine

Winter

Classic White and Green 

Peonies, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Anemone, Dusty Miller, Ruscus Greenery, Cedar Foliage, Huckleberry Greenery, Magnolia Leaves.

Spring

White, Soft Blush or Light Mauve, Sage Green 

Peonies, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Tulips, Herbs (Such as Sage and Rosemary), Pittisporum Foliage

Summer

White, Dusty Blue, Green 

Delphinium, Garden Roses, Veronica, Scabiosa, Tweedia, Olive Branches, Camelia Foliage

Fall

White, Mauve, Burgundy, Sage Green or Ivory, Sand, Caramel and Green 

Local Dahlias, Garden Roses, Scabiosa, Ranunculus, Olive Branches, Multiple Varieties of Eucalyptus (Seeded Eucalyptus being a favorite), Pods, Rose Hips, Berries – So many local textural foliage elements to play with!

Additional Notes from Kate:

Choosing your wedding day decor and flowers should be fun and it should represent you as a couple! The flowers and decor are how we bring your personality into a space and make the day your own. I absolutely love working with clients and helping them develop their wedding day vision. It’s such a fun process and should not be stressful! Just remember there are no dumb questions when it comes to floral design, ask away!

Also remember, while we can get many flowers year round, not all flowers are available all the time. It’s my job to assist you in choosing flowers that will bring your vision to life, no matter the season! Just remain flexible to flower types you may not be familiar with, and you may just discover a new favorite flower!

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