Wedding flowers by season in Australia

Bride and her bridesmaids with stunning bridal bouquets for wedding. Image via Blumenthal photography

Bride and her bridesmaids with stunning bridal bouquets for wedding. Image: Blumenthal Photography

When choosing your wedding flowers, it’s not only about picking blooms that complement your choice of wedding dress and overall wedding theme, but it’s also important to consider whether they’re even available. Here’s a list of wedding flowers by season in Australia.

While certain blooms such as roses are available all year round, most other flowers are only available during particular months and seasons. In some cases, however, it is possible to import flowers that aren’t in season from another region or country.

Importing flowers that aren’t in season in Australia is not possible for all flowers, and can sometimes be a costly exercise, so it’s important you consult your florist to see what your best options are. Sometimes your florist may be able to suggest a flower that is very similar in appearance, but won’t cost as much as it’s imported lookalike.

To help you better understand which flowers are available the month of your wedding, here is a list of some of the most popular wedding flowers based on availability by season. Just keep in mind, that, depending on the climate in your state, many may be available a little earlier or, even, a little later than their standard seasons.

Wedding flowers by month

Summer: January

Hydrangeas, Lotus Flowers, Kangaroo Paw, Phaleanopsis Orchids, Alliums

Many brides shy away from the Hydrangea because of its age, however, if you’re after a ‘something blue’ bridal bouquet, a skilled florist can make this bloom truly shine.

The Lotus Flower in white, lemon and pink is only available in January, but, with its oriental aesthetic it can look quite stunning as a bridal bouquet.

The Kangaroo Paw is ideal for a wildflower or native bridal bouquet, and this flower’s wide range of colours provides brides with so much choice.

hydrangea wedding table centrepiece via red door flowers

A lovely Hydrangea arrangement. Image: Red Door Flowers

Summer: February

Carnations, Zinnias, Freesias, Water Lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace, Delphiniums

If you want a striking floral bouquet then Zinnias will deliver some visual drama with their dome-shaped petals and smorgasbord of bright colours.

Delphiniums are flowers which have elegant long stems, delicately shaped petals and come in beautiful shades of blue.

Water Lilies in pink, lemon, white or violet hail originally from Sri Lanka and are ideal for a seaside ceremony.


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Autumn: March

Ivy, Gardenias, Slipper Orchids, Dahlias, Magnolias, Arum Lilies, Gloriosas

Gardenias are white with a heady perfume and look great surrounded by green foliage. Slipper orchids make an unusual floral choice but their attractive shape and varied colours are striking. Dahlias offer a huge variety in colour and shape and are perfect for a large bouquet.

Autumn: April

Tulips, Lisianthus, Chrysanthemum, David Austin Roses, Garden Roses, Iris

Tulips look beautiful when open or slightly opening and their bright colours make for an eye-catching floral arrangement. Lisianthus have a simple and traditional look about them, and their soft fluffy white blooms and elegant stems create a romantic feel.

bridal bouquet featuring pink and burgundy david austin roses. wedding flower availability by month

A gorgeous bridal bouquet featuring pink and burgundy David Austin Roses. Image: Affair With George 

Autumn: May

Tulips, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Gardenia, Glass House Rose, Silver Suede, Cornflowers, Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies are elegant, simple and sophisticated. Their dark green long stems contrast well against soft wedding dress fabrics such as silk or satin.

Silver Suede is a light blue/green foliage, which has a soft velvety appearance. It works best with a pastel colour scheme, and looks great in a nosegay style bouquet.

bridal bouquets featuring silver suede. wedding flower availability by month

Bridal bouquets featuring Silver Suede. Image: Brides in Bloom 

Winter: June

Camellias, Hyacinth, Iris, Oriental Lillies, Singapore Orchids, Glass House Roses, Anemones 

Camellias have beautiful soft petals which look fantastic contrasted with other circular-shaped flowers.

Anemones have a striking black centre and are encased in brightly coloured petals. They come in a great range of colours and are ideal for a bright and fun wedding colour scheme.

Winter: July

Ranunculus, Jonquils, Antheriums, Camellias, Carnations, Gardenias, Gladiolis, Sweet Peas, Daphnes

Ranunculus come in different shades or pink, purple and yellow and have a relatively large head. Daphnes are very small flowers and have a strong scent.

Sweet Peas are a beautiful and very soft, with extremely delicate petals which fold over slightly. They look great in an unstructured and whimsical bridal bouquet.

A wedding table centrepiece made of carnations.

A wedding table centrepiece made of white Carnations. Image: Annette’s Flowers & Wedding Accessories 

Winter: August

Star of Bethlehems, Freesias, Gardenia, Gladioli, Hyacinth, Iris, Magnolias, Poppies, Oriental Lilies, Lavender

The Oriental Lily in classic white or pink is believed to have links with the goddess of love. Hyacinths have star-shaped blooms, and come in a variety of rich colours.

Star of Bethlehems are small, white flowers which feature subtle green-edging.

Spring: September

Cymbidium Orchids, Anemone, Blossoms, Freesias, Lily of the Valley, Antherium, Gardenias, Cherry Blossom 

Jonquils look very similar to daffodils and they are ideal for a Spring wedding.  Cherry blossoms, which hail from Japan, are foliage adorned with soft pink or white little flowers. They are know for their beauty and look fantastic incorporated into small or large bridal bouquets.

A bridal bouquet featuring white cymbidium orchids. Image Fleur and threads

A bridal bouquet featuring white Cymbidium Orchids. Image: Fleur and Threads

Spring: October

Peonies, Orchids, David Austin Roses, Antheriums, Lissianthus, Blushing Brides, Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley is a timeless classic for a wedding bouquet. They are very small white flowers which appear as if they are tipped upside-down.

Blushing Brides sounds are a creamy white flower with unique pointed petals. They look fantastic when mixed into a native bridal bouquet.

Spring: November

Orchids, Peonies, Stephanotis, Hydrangeas, Gladiolis, Bouvardias, Delphinium, Iris

Peonies are a popular choice for bridal bouquets and are known for their large, bulbous shape. Peonies come in a variety of colours, but the most popular choices are white, soft pink and deep burgundy.

The Iris is a gorgeous bloom favoured by many brides for its striking appearance, and it comes in white and purple.

bridal bouquet of fresh pink peonies

A bridal bouquet made of fresh pink Peonies

Summer: December

Antheriums, Bouvardias, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Freesias, Gladioli, Jasmine, Poppies, Gerberas

Poppies are known for their bright red colour, soft folding petals and black centre. Poppies can make for a striking, colourful bridal bouquet.

Gerberas are large, flat flowers with lots of long petals. They come in lots of bright colours and are ideal for a summer wedding.

Flowers that are available all year round

Some flowers are available throughout all seasons. Here are some popular bridal flowers which are available all year round:

Baby’s Breath, Lisianthus, Alstroemeria, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Silver Suede, Carnations, Roses, Sweet William, King Proteas

Phalaenopsis orchids by bouquets of ascha jolie

An ombre Phaleanopsis Orchid bridal bouquet. Image: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie 

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