Wedding Flower Advice by Poppies + Posies

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

How do good florists always know how to get the best blooms for the best prices? Because they know when flowers are in their peak season, and they know the secret budget alternatives.

Now we’re sharing some of that info with you!

Andrea, our Brooklyn office expert on all things bridal, visited Sierra Steifman of Poppies + Posies to curate this wedding flower glossary.

Read on and discover how to get beautiful florals that are guaranteed to be in-season, and at the best price possible.

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Pieris japonica (aka andromeda)
Season: Year-Round
Sometimes pieris japonica will have small, delicate white blooms and at others it will be just the greenery, buds and no flowers. These change throughout the year, but are always available to add a great textural contrast!

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Garden Roses
Season: Year-Round
A beautiful bloom to incorporate into your wedding flowers. If you want peonies, but it is the wrong season or you can’t afford them, good old garden roses are a terrific alternative. 

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Spirea + Hawthorne
Season: Early + Mid Spring
These two flowering greens work so well together. Spirea is technically a shrub but it blossoms the prettiest, small white flowers in the early to middle spring. 

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Clematis
Season: Late Spring + Early Summer
A flowering vine with several varieties and showy colors to choose from including purple, blue, and pink. The vines are flexible, so they are ideal for making wreaths.

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Peony
Season: Late Spring + Early Summer
This is the wedding flower that everyone wants, but only worth they money in the late spring and early summer. We suggest relying on them in their true season depending on where you live. Some of our favorite varieties are mothers choice, tree peony and coral charm.

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Helleborus
Season: Late Winter + Early Spring
Helleborus flowers come in various colors from green to blush to dark purple. They’re often very delicate as a cut flower, only lasting about 5 days. They are worth it! Some people refer to them as the “Christmas Rose” but they’re not related to the rose family at all.

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Lisianthus
Season: Early + Mid Summer
This flower’s tones go from white to blush to dark purple. It’s wonderful for bouquets, and its shape makes it an excellent alternative to the ever-popular (and more expensive) ranunculus.

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

Flower: Ranunculus
Season: Late Winter + Early Spring
A great flower for weddings and parties. It comes in a wide variety of colors and can be used sparingly to add detail. The best time for ranunculus is February through May.

Wedding Flower Glossary by Poppies + Posies | west elm

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Wedding Flower Advice by Poppies + Posies

Poppies & Posies is a boutique design firm with locations in New York City, New England + Southern California. The owner & creative director, Sierra Steifman, believes in creating unique and memorable affairs to celebrate life’s most important moments. Get social with them on Instagram + Twitter.

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