With wedding season in full swing, it’s an apt time to start thinking about your floral décor. That’s one of the biggest advantages of having your ceremony during summertime: you’re spoiled for choice, and you may actually have a hard time selecting a main flower for the festivities. That’s ok, though, because no one said you have to choose just one, right? There’s room for creativity where your wedding is concerned — and it is your wedding, after all!
That means it’s your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go all out with the decorations of your dreams. If you’ve already selected a color palette or have one in mind, that’s great — it may help you better zero in on the flowers you might want to include. If you haven’t, however, that’s not a big deal. You might find that choosing the flowers first sets the tone for the other decisions you’ll need to make. Here are some of the best seasonal blooms to keep in mind for your upcoming summer wedding.
Roses, roses, roses everywhere. If it’s summer, there’s bound to be one somewhere in your midst, especially if you happen to be at a special event. A wedding is a natural place to include them. There’s almost no bloom more romantic than the rose, and it’s a classic addition that will fit in nicely no matter your preferred aesthetic. These days, you can find them in virtually every color, making it even easier to choose one that’s right for your mood and ceremony.
There’s an almost fantasy-like appeal to roses. They evoke the old-world charm of an English garden. They channel the fairytale appeal of your favorite Cinderella romances. They conjure images of the most beautiful outdoor weddings you’ve ever seen. Yours can be just what you want it to be when you incorporate a few roses into the mix. Pastel colors are natural for summer, but don’t be afraid to shake things up with fuchsia or purple for added energy. Double The Unicorn is a lively and festive pick for the occasion.
Hello, summer! The peonies are among the season’s most lavish and abundant blooms. Available in a broad range of colors, from pink to white to fuchsia, these pretty flowers boast a lovely fragrance and add some showy beauty to your festivities. What’s not to adore about something that you can just as easily use to decorate every single table as you can give to your entire bridal party? That’s the kind of versatility you’ll appreciate when it comes time to make your choices.
Triple the Sunburst makes an utterly radiant addition to your head table, as an example. No matter what color you happen to wear, this will provide just the right pop of color and deliver some seriously big energy to your festivities. Have fun mixing peonies to create interesting color palettes for your bridesmaids to hold or to elevate the look of your dinner tables. A single peony beside or on each guest’s plate makes a decorative addition, too.
Conjuring images of bohemian ceremonies, the wildflower is the fitting finishing touch for a wonderful outdoor event. Wildflowers offer a more rustic take on the traditional floral scheme, making them a suitable choice for a natural, down-to-earth affair. What sets them apart is their charming unruliness. They’re distinctly whimsical, and they make the perfect choice for anything from a garden wedding to a farm wedding.
In short, wildflowers are positively dreamy. Without that conventional structure that traditional bouquets boast, they stand out in their own unique way. Have fun mixing it up with everything from regal cornflowers to pale lavender to deliciously crimson poppies. The variety is part of the joy of putting together a wildflower bouquet — and because the colors are so diverse, you can easily incorporate them into virtually any type of ceremony.
If you have something decidedly sophisticated in mind for your nuptials, think orchids. The flower, traditionally symbolic of love, strength, and luxury, is delicate and elegant. It captures a sense of innocence, too. The orchid was a mainstay at wedding ceremonies throughout the 1980s and ’90s, and it’s returned with something of a vengeance in the 21st century. The difference is that it can be as bold and showy or as subtle and understated as you like.
Even if you don’t choose to clutch a white orchid arrangement in your grasp for your walk down the aisle, you might choose to add one or two orchids to each table at your reception. The Lemon Drop is an exquisite, sunny tabletop accent that will instantly brighten up your festivities. Utterly fitting for a summer day, it mimics radiant sunshine and is destined to bring just as much joy to your wedding.
Never underestimate the presence of the delphinium. They work marvelously if you’ve got something earthy yet colorful in mind for your ceremony. The lean plant stands tall, featuring a splashy shade of either blue or blue-toned purple. Great for your rustic ceremony, they look beautiful perched on tabletops or even set at the end of each row of chairs for an eye-catching end cap.
You’ll find them in a variety of styles, often mixed with other stems for an interesting and contrasting blend that catches the eye at a single glance. Otherwise, try them on their own if you want to fully show them off in all their colorful glory. The Violette shows off all that’s special about the delphinium — and finishes the look with roses and other stems in all shades of violet.
The best flowers for your summer wedding are those that resonate with you most deeply. Maybe they bring an immediate smile to your face. Maybe it’s the flower your significant other first gave you. Maybe it’s something that reminds you of your undeniable love for one another. Whatever the reason, weddings are a big reason to celebrate — and to splash out on the prettiest blooms around. What better season than summer to take advantage of?