One of the best things about the summer wedding season is that the flowers are at their biggest and brightest, there are more to choose from locally, and the choices tend to be more affordable.
But summer blooms have some downfalls as well, as most things do. But there's no need to frown. We're here to give you the low down on which flowers are in season and what to keep in mind to ensure your summer wedding bouquets stay as fresh as a daisy all day long.
Flowers that are in season during summer:
Dahlias - These multi-layered flowers are big and bright and can add loads of color and texture to your arrangements. Plus, they symbolize commitment and a bond that lasts forever. Perfect for weddings!
Peonies - Peonies are lush, rounded blooms that come in shades of white to red. They are said to embody romance and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.
Hydrangeas - Hydrangeas are versatile and in full bloom during the summer. They come in all sorts of shades and can be mixed in with a variety of other flowers to create a stunning bouquet.
Roses - The most classic romantic flower of all, a bouquet of roses is always a winner. English roses are bigger than their cousin garden roses and will add extra oomph and elegance to your flower arrangements.
Gerbera Daisies - Filling your bridal bouquet with gerbera daisies is like filling it with sunshine. These happy little flowers bloom year round and come in a variety of colors, including bold summer ones like orange, red, and yellow.
Poppies - When you hear the word poppies, you might think of Dorothy and her friends falling fast asleep in a field of red poppy petals, but don't let that fool you. These bright blooms add an element of fun to arrangements. Plus, they're easy to work with, so if you want to DIY your bouquet, consider tucking some of these into your creation.
Spider Mums - Spider mums are a type of chrysanthemum and are typically used as accent flowers. They have long, spindly petals that resemble spider legs, but they're anything but scary. You can add a bit of whimsy to your bouquet with this flower and pair it with blooms like roses and freesia.
Orchids - Orchids are some of the most exotic flowers in that they blossom into the most beautiful colors and patterns. How fitting then that they represent love, beauty, luxury, and strength.
Cosmos - They may be little, but they can pack a punch when paired with roses, daisies, and wildflowers.
Calla Lilies - A simple bouquet of white calla lilies is a picture of elegance. In fact, it gets its name from the Greek word (calla) for beauty. These divine flowers represent purity, holiness, and marital bliss.
Snapdragon - Look closely at a snapdragon and you'll see where it gets its name from. These brightly colored flowers bloom into tall spires and come in just about every shade, except true blue. They make for great fillers, but also look beautiful on their own.
Sunflower - If summer was a flower it would be a sunflower. Bright and cheerful, fill your bouquet with this yellow-petal beauty and carry those summer vibes down the aisle.
Freesia - Freesia is bell-shaped and carries a sweet, citrus scent, so if you're looking for a fragrant bouquet, include this cute flower. It comes in a variety of shades including white, yellow, orange, pink, mauve, purple, red, and lavender.
SUMMER FLOWER TIPS:
One of the things you need to keep in mind when choosing your flowers for a summer wedding is how well they'll stand up to the heat. Some varieties do well and can last most of the day, while others will wilt in a matter of hours.
Tropical flowers like orchids, birds of paradise and calla lilies, and other summer varieties like roses, sunflowers, dahlias, and daisies stand up well to the heat
Succulents add texture and are hardy enough to stand up to the summer temperatures.
Hydrangea, peonies, and lilies are more likely to wilt in the heat of the day.
Consider your location and where your flowers are coming from. For example, if you see inspiration on a website or in a magazine that's coming from another area whose climate is milder than yours, the flowers may not survive as well during transport.
Get as many of your flower photos done as soon as possible - they will only stay fresh for so long and you don't want pictures of droopy blooms filling up your wedding album.