Last Updated: May 17, 2012 at 9:00 am
Lilacs are available in late spring, usually April-May. White lilacs are available from Holland as early as January, but will be much more expensive that time of year. If you are set on lilacs but their bloom time doesn’t coincide with your wedding date, consider these alternatives: Butterfly Bush: a purple, summertime flower with a similar shape to the lilac. It usually comes in dark purple. Hyacinth: This spring flower is available from greenhouses starting in December and available through May. They are much easier to secure ahead of time than lilacs. They are fragrant and have a similar shape to lilacs, though much smaller. They are available in pink, white, deep blue, lavender, and sometimes yellow. Blooming Privet: This unusual flower comes from the common shrub, privet and is a gorgeous alternative to lilacs. Available in the late summer to early fall, the flowers aren’t fragrant but will certainly give your wedding the same feel as lilacs. They are available in white. Happy flower arranging!