Popular Summer Wedding Flowers from Anemones to Zinnias
Your A to Z Guide for Summer Wedding Flowers
If you plan to get married in the summer, you have a dazzling array of blooms to choose from. No matter what color, scent, shape, or price range you’re working with, there are a multitude of summer flowers that will add elegance and beauty to your wedding.
This flower leads the list because it starts with the letter A, but it’s a headliner in its own right. You’re probably familiar with its distinctive shape because of its aquatic namesake, the sea anemone. One especially popular type, the Panda Anemone, has a black and navy center. Since navy is an up-and-coming wedding alternative to black, the Panda Anemone complements that color palette.
First discovered in Aztec gardens, these bold, bushy flowers caused a sensation when conquistadors introduced them to Europe. The spicy-scented flowers are available in hues of white, yellow, orange, pink, red, or purple, and they will be a dramatic addition to your wedding florals. If you’re looking for a whimsical, un-done bouquet, mix dahlias and some other structured flowers with airy Queen Anne’s lace.
This charming, old-fashioned flower may be just up your alley if you’re planning a casual wedding. It evokes feelings of comfort and nostalgia based on the old, “He loves me, he loves me not” game. (Since you’re getting married, you obviously won that game!)
The permeating, intoxicating scent of gardenias is reason enough to include them in your wedding bouquet, tuck them into your bridal updo, or fashion them into corsages, but these ivory-to-white flowers have a beauty that matches their fragrance. Surrounded by waxy, dark green leaves, gardenia petals can bruise easily, so handle them carefully.
A perennial garden favorite, the hydrangea is showing up at more and more weddings. It’s another of those big, beautiful flowers, with each head measuring 4-8 inches in diameter. If you plan to use these flowers, note that they require more TLC than other choices.
Thanks largely to the fact that these small, sweet-smelling flowers fit in well with summer’s popular pastel palettes, lavender is featured in many a summer bridal bouquet. As a bonus, its relaxing scent can calm you down if you breathe in deeply! Adaptable lavender can fit in with classic, modern, or rustic design styles.
With its cheerful, full-headed structure, sweet perfume, and bright color, the peony epitomizes summer. These large, versatile blooms give you more bang for your buck, and their heady fragrance evokes pleasant memories of summers past. Keep in mind, though, that peonies are only in season from the end of spring through midsummer, so get them while they’re available!
Queen Anne’s Lace
You may be surprised to see Queen Anne’s lace on this list since you think of these flowers as weeds—or, more politely, wildflowers—but these gauzy, deceptively delicate-looking staples of summer are perfectly in tune with today’s eco-conscious weddings. Use them for inexpensive but eye-catching additions to centerpieces or bouquets.
Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, the rose is the uncontested ruler of wedding flowers. These flowers are especially desirable if you can locate fragrant heirloom roses that are available only in summer.
Non-heirloom roses are available year-round, though. Since roses are so widely available, they’re also surprisingly affordable as long as you steer clear of the flower-giving holidays such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. If scent is important to you, check with your florist, as only some roses are scented.
These flowers are last on the list because they start with the letter Z, but they’re definitely not least. If you’re planning a casual-but-still-unforgettable vintage- or garden-inspired wedding, consider these classic, daisy-like flowers. Symbolizing “thoughts of friends,” zinnias are colorful, meaningful additions to bridesmaid bouquets or reception centerpieces.
Your florist may have other recommendations, but even if you stick with these ten flowers you can take full advantage of summer’s bounty without breaking the bank. Enjoy choosing your wedding florals, and may your wedding and your marriage be as lovely as these flowers!
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