How to pick seasonal flowers for your barn wedding

As the seasons change, so too do the flowers.

Old Essex Barn is beautiful at any time of year, but the seasons give our barn wedding venue a new look and feel. Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, autumn, or winter, when it comes to venue styling, wedding flowers are sometimes all that is needed. Thanks to their rustic charm and character, flowers are the perfect easy accent to personalise your gorgeous venue for your big day.

While it is easy to get any flower at any time of the year, the best florists will always want to work with the best quality blooms, and a flower in season is always going to be a far superior specimen and much more sustainable.

In today’s blog, we spoke to Jo Dilworth, an experienced florist at Dillys Bespoke Florist in Colchester, who has gathered together some of her favourite seasonal wedding flowers to share lots of floral inspiration with you right here. Whenever you’re getting married, there are so many brilliant blooms to choose from.


With all the new growth popping up, Spring lends itself to lots of mixed colours. Planted bulbs look fabulous on tables wrapped in hessian or popped into mixed vintage containers with lots of moss, or little jars and bottles with a few stems of flowers with some fresh herbs tied with raffia to give the freshly-picked look, all standing on a slice of wood. Flowers to look out for are hyacinths, paperwhites, daffodils, tulips, muscari, iris and anemones.


The season of big blowsy blooms! Try peonies, delphiniums, garden roses, antirrhinums, Eustoma, and sweet peas. To bring the outdoors indoors, use large milk churns, apple crates all filled in a wild country cottage-style, or decorated archways and freestanding pillar arrangements, and carpets of blooms draped along the tables for a more sophisticated look.


The rich colours of autumn leaves always lend themselves to warm shades of creams, peaches, burnt oranges, dark wines, and plums. Large displays with roses, lilies, astilbe, amaranthus, hydrangea, and pampas on tall gold stands give the “wow” factor, or if you’re looking for something a little quirky: mixed sized pumpkins stacked up by the entrance doors, lining the aisle and on the tables with hurricane lamps and candles with artfully placed autumn leaves.


Jo loves the winter for all the drama it brings – she recommends winter whites such as ranunculi, anemones, roses, winter flowering jasmine, brunia, lunaria, lots of ivy and silver foliage such as eucalyptus, olive, and dusty miller. You can also add a bit of sparkle with some silver twigs and fairy lights.

Winter is also the perfect time for rich winter jewel colours using flowers such as protea, berries, eryngium, roses, hellebores, mixed with cones and dark foliage lots of ivy – both colourways look amazing surrounding hurricane lamps or on tall stands.

Nevertheless, flowers are gorgeous all year round and no wedding is complete without an abundance of fresh blooms – the scent will forever be a reminder of your special day.