My mom always told me, “Try not to wear a lot of white before Memorial Day, and definitely no white after Labor Day.” Whenever I heard this mantra I knew that summer was approaching! Fortunately, this fashionable maxim does not apply to flowers. It actually may be the opposite! If you’re planning a wedding for the summer season, here’s some advice…

Seashells enhance this tropical bouquet.

Seashells enhance this tropical bouquet.

When you are planning a summer wedding, let the aspects of the season guide your wedding flower choices. Try to personify the cool summer breeze, the colors of the red sky at sunset, or the warmth of the sand in your floral arrangements. There are lots of ways to incorporate the ambiance of summer into your wedding flowers. Punchy colors, cool greenery, and playful accents give summer wedding flowers a little kick. Something as simple as adding shells to your beach wedding bouquet will add elegance to your summer wedding!

Remember that smaller bouquets are appropriate for most summer weddings, as larger bouquets tend to wilt more easily. You also want to keep your flowers looking light and natural, so stick with bouquet shapes like organic, round, or small cascade. A loosely tied bunch of white daisies makes a perfect summer wedding bouquet.

Try not to choose off-season flowers. When you select your flowers, choose varieties that are blooming in the summer. Flowers that aren’t in season for summer are more likely to wilt and discolor in the heat. Flowers that are seasonal in your area or in similar climates will work best.

Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies

Here’s a list of some summer flowers…

Alstroemeria: Also known as a Peruvian Lily is available in yellow, purple, and violet. They are beautiful, exotic looking flowers.

Chrysanthemum: These summer blooms come in large and compact varieties. Colors range from white, red, yellow, purple, pink, and orange.

Gerbera Daisy: These friendly flowers will add brightness to any wedding bouquet or centerpiece. They come in a variety of beautiful colors like vibrant yellows, pinks, and oranges.

Sunflower: Sunflowers epitomize summer! Large or small varieties make a terrific summer wedding flower arrangement.

Rose: The traditional wedding flower! Roses don’t always have to be red. They come in a variety of shades and colors.

Orchid: A tropical flower in many exotic colors including white, pink, and purple. A lovely selection for a beach wedding.

Calla Lilly: A gorgeous bloom in an amazing array of colors from white, pink, lavender, red, yellow, orange, and many more. 

Bright punches of color for summer!

Bright punches of color for summer!

Lastly, don’t forget to always have fun with color, it is summer of course! Summer wedding flowers can be as bold and bright as you want them to be. Combinations of vibrant brights will make a poised statement at your wedding, or mix brights with pastels for a more subdued look. Color combinations like coral and turquoise, orange and light green, and hot pinks with lighter shades of pink look fresh for summer!

And probably the most important advice, make sure to keep your flowers fresh! During the summer months, you’ll be dealing with a lot of heat and humidity. Remember to keep a watchful eye on your wedding flowers on the big day.  Make sure that bouquets and centerpieces get plenty of water and are spared from extreme heat conditions as much as possible. Keep flowers in refrigeration or air-conditioning as long as possible before you walk down the aisle.  Also, place bouquets into water when you’re not using them.

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