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Flowers for a May Wedding

May really is the start of Summer Wedding Season here in the UK, so whilst the venue prices are notoriously higher from this point on, the vast option of which flowers are available to use for your special day, is pretty endless (flower lovers rejoice!)

It really is a beautiful time of year for those in-season buds and if you’re looking to source sustainably, there is plenty of UK grown options, more so than any other time of the year I’d say! Including Lily of the Valley, Lilacs, Forget-me-nots and Tulips. There is a reason the Chelsea Flower Show is held in May every year, those of you who are planning a May 2025 Wedding I suggest you take a visit to gather some inspo (or just fancy a nice day out!) The dates are May 21st - 25th 2024, find out more here

Flowers are hugely important to a lot of couples on their Wedding day, everything from the bouquet to the table arrangements are carefully considered and thought out, with some couples even choosing which month to get married by the season in which their favourite flower blooms!!

So let’s talk May, with April pretty much behind us (and with it we hope the rain) I’m guessing if you’ve chosen this month to have your Wedding then you’re pretty passionate about your florals.

A recent discussion with the team on flowers had us discussing our faves! I asked the girls what their favourite flowers are for May, starting with our very own soon to be May bride Alex!

Alex’s favourites: Sweet Peas

Known as the ‘Queen of Hearts’, sweet peas are a pretty addition to Weddings due to the beautiful smell, delicate petals and array of fabulous colours. They are delicate and often used in posy vases, bridal bouquets, table centre piece and can be used to decorate food displays, table plans and cake meadows!

Liv’s favourite: Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are hugely popular to include in Weddings, they are a statement flower that comes in an array of colours.  White hydrangeas are classic and elegant whereas that blue / purply tone make a statement and set the design of your day.  Hydrangeas are big and bushy which gives you the added benefit of being able to cut down on the amount of stems needed yet still create that full effect.  Three is the perfect amount of stems to create a beautiful circular bouquet for your bridesmaids!

Tash’s favourite: Delphiniums

Delphiniums create excellent height and texture, they are perfect for elaborate floral displays such as aisle meadows, doorway arches and they create lots of volume in an oversized ‘messy’ bouquet.  They come in shades of blue, purple, dusky pink, red and white. The pastel purple is romantic and eye catching too, whilst also looking whimsical!  The name derives from the Greek word 'delphis' which means dolphin, referring to the unique shape of these flowers.

And mine?

I love anything delicate, frilly and organic. Im very much a wild floral lover, where flowers flow naturally and organically. I'm also a big lover of tulips and love planting different varieties in my garden each year. I think they're a hidden gem, let's not forget wisteria too. Although not to be used in your display, they are a May beauty that I am always on the look for and have meticulously learnt to care for my in my own garden.

Peonies are most known for being the IT flower of the season and we are big fans of them over here at Bride Academy (tbh show me a girl that isn’t) but sadly they are here for a good time and not a long time!! They are the fullest in May in particular and are popular for Weddings due to their feminine and romantic aesthetic, not to mention the beautiful tones of pale to hot pink. 

Surrey based florist Steph Lovell says although beautiful and very sought after, they do come with a hefty price tag! About 70% of Steph's Wedding couples ask especially for them and she is often having to let them down due to it being a Winter or Spring Wedding. She says 'With April Showers bring May flowers! There are so many beautiful options available this month, where we transition from spring blooms to gorgeous summer flowers, including countless types of Garden Roses' (her favourite!)

Want to check you have all bases covered when it comes to your Wedding Flowers? Click here for my Wedding Flower Checklist!


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