As wedding planners, there’s nothing in the world that excites us more than pretty flowers (other than a great glass of wine, obviously). By the time summer is in full swing, we’re privy to a number of bright blooms that make for incredible additions to that stunning summer soirée you’re planning. Today, then, we wanted to break down ten of our all-time favorite summer floral options for brides and grooms saying I Do during those sunny months. Move over peonies—you’ve got some serious summertime competition.
These furry, swirly flowers are at their peak season in late summer and early fall, and they make for a fun and playful addition to summer weddings. We espeically love them in short, focused arrangements as centerpieces.
Cornflowers offer bright, bursting blooms that resemble a firework in mid-air. They’re available in whites, pinks, and blue (our favorite of which is a super saturated periwinkle hue), and you can get them peak summer to early fall. A bundle of cornflowers makes for a bright and bold bouquet for an outdoor affair with a palette focused on cool tones.
Cosmos have sort of a classic daisy-like look to them, and, as such, we love the idea of using them in a summer wedding alongside other natural-looking wildflowers. With sprawling stems and dainty pink blooms, they look divine in both wild bouquets and untamed centerpieces—and are perfect for the couple who seeks a more natural aesthetic.
Dahlias offer a unique, layered and circular bloom for the bride who’s looking for a bouquet that wows. Available in white, orange, yellow, red, pink, and purple, you can find Dahlias in nearly any hue to suit your soireé—our favorite of which is a super saturated deep cabernet color, which looks dreamy when paired next to brighter golden-yellow and periwinkle blooms.
Did someone say flower crown and Volkswagen Vanagon? There’s no flower more classic for a boho-inspired summer affair than the classic white-and-yellow daisy. We especially love the idea of working these into an earthy flower garland alongside spray roses as a table runner or chair swag. They also make for simple and sweet bouquets for boho bridesmaids or flowergirls.
Garden roses offer full, fluffy blooms that rival peonies (which are only available in spring). We are obsessed with garden roses for nearly any type of affair. Paired with thistle or succulents, they make for a great addition to a boho or desert-inspired soirée. While, paired with softer fillers and creeping, crawling vines, they work perfectly for a whimsical affair. There are a number of different types of garden roses, but our all-time favorite happens to be the Juliet Garden Rose (which rivals a peony in size and fullness).
These colorful, circular blooms are perfect for the couple who wants a bright and cheery summer soirée. They’re fairly inexpensive compared to other summer flowers, and, with their eye-catching hues, offer quite the bang for their buck. We love the idea of using one or two gerberas in a flower girl’s floral crown or working them into centerpieces alongside viney, green filler for a whimsical touch.
With peak season from July-November, couples saying I Do in July or August can work these massive, fan-favorite blooms into their summertime soirée. We love the idea of working these billowing blooms into a birch archway for an oh-so earthy altar space, or adding them to a bridal bouquet for a classically romantic touch. They also look divine incorporated into floral table garlands/runners and chair swags.
Phlox are said to symbolize a “unification of souls,” which makes this pretty disc-shaped bloom perfect for nuptials. These blooms may be tiny, but they pack a powerful punch when grouped together in a colorful cluster.
An absolute no-brainer when it comes to summer wedding flowers, we’re rounding out our list today with our all-time favorite summer wedding flower: sunflowers. We love the idea of incorporating these classic bright-yellow blooms into a boho-inspired outdoor affair. Pair them with some burgundy dahlias and blue thistle for a palette that’s both earthy and sophisticated.
Photo courtesy Shane and Lauren Photography