Summer Brides beware of over-sized bouquets. A smaller hand-tied bouquet will hold up longer in the heat than a full cascading one. Opt for flowers that will stay fresh throughout the entire day. Look for ones with a glossy finish on them to ensure staying power. Hawaiian blooms, such as Orchids, are a great option. Birds of Paradise, tiger lilies, and even roses will champion high temperatures too. Buying locally is another way to go also. Blooms that are in season in your area will more than likely last the whole day in a bouquet.
Make sure your flowers are delivered the morning of your wedding. They need to be kept chilled in a refrigerator until just prior to the ceremony. If possible, have the centerpieces and bouquets sprayed with a light mist after a few hours to keep them looking lively and fresh long after the last song is played.
Go for some bright and bold colors for summer. For your flowers, check out what flowers will be in bloom at your ceremony and reception site. Consider going for some bold versions of those hues. For a more formal wedding, wine colors and deeper colors like red roses or deep purple lilies would be more appropriate. For an outdoor semiformal wedding, think violet, hot fuchsia, mango, magenta and green. And for casual weddings, Sunflowers are a great option since you would really only need a few to create a vibrant pop of color.
There is so much you can do for a summer centerpiece arrangement. If you plan on having a formal ballroom wedding, go for tall vases overflowing with a mix of bold and deep-hued flowers accented with flowers or gems. To create a modern vibe, display green, orange, or even yellow blooms in clear Lucite containers. For an outdoor wedding, consider wooden containers filled with colored, locally grown flowers. During cocktail hour, daisies in mason jars will perk up the space. Or look into potted centerpieces so guests can take them home as favors.
So what’s your favorite summer wedding flower and a tip to keep them looking amazing all day long?