By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
When it comes to wedding planning, choosing wedding flowers has to be one of the loveliest to-dos.
But I know what you are thinking, when it comes to summer wedding flowers, there is a lot of choice.
So just how do you choose your flowers if you are marrying in the summer months of June, July or August in the UK? Allow me to share some of the seasonal flowers, from early summer, right through to the late summertime to help nail your florals.
It’s important to keep in mind, that flower blooming time changes. Each year the availability and timing of flowers alter thanks to the weather primarily. So do keep in mind that you may need to be flexible and liaise with your florist to ensure your dream blooms.
Another tip is to remember that some flowers have a huge range of species that vary wildly in colour, shape and size. For example, roses have a vast array of styles to allow you to really personalise and match your floral scheme.
Peonies are available in whites, pale pinks, bright magenta and coral tones. They array from fluffy heads to closed blooms and wide-open flowers. Does it get any prettier than a peony wedding bouquet?
Dahlias are my all-time favourite flower, I love growing them and I had them in my own wedding bouquet. These divine blooms are available in so many different colours, sizes and shapes, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find one you love.
To make a real statement and for something really rather unique, why not consider the iris? The vibrant purple and yellow beauty will make for a real bouquet-stopper.
I love planting cosmos every year, they are so easy to grow and flower for ages. They make for the perfect delicate flower choice for summer weddings.
Tall and striking in blue, delphiniums can really make a wow moment in your summer flower wedding display.
Sweet peas smell incredible, however, they can quickly wilt so can be tricky to work with. They can though be available in a large number of colours; purple, pink, white, red and blue.
Nigella is a great option if you are looking for a blue wedding flower. They add great texture and shape to bouquets and flowers too.
For outstanding scent and calming properties (great for pre-wedding nerves!) as well as its long-lasting quality. Lavender is a great choice for bouquets and place settings alike.
Roses are one of the most popular wedding flowers for a reason. Available in a huge variety of tones and shapes, as well as beautiful scents. They are readily available thoughout the UK summer.
Daisies really are the sweetest of flowers. Days of daisy chain making on the lawn to right there in your wedding bouquet evokes a sense of childhood days.
Add the vivid blue of seasonal cornflowers to really add a colour pop to your arrangements.
Foxgloves have a fairy-like ethereal feel thanks to legend. But they bring a wonderful height and shape to wedding flowers.
The poppy is perfect for summer wedding flowers, these papery blooms create subtle drama in arrangements. Plus there are more colours available than the red you may presume.
Another stem perfect for adding height is the stock. Beautifully traditional and seasonal, they will bring a real sense of summer to your flowers.
A classic summer flower choice is the hydrangea. These large flowers make a real impact and you only need a few to make them work well. From greens and whites to pinks and blues, there is quite an array of colour options.
Great for adding drama and cottage garden vibes, the lupin is a really striking flower to choose for weddings.
The carnation is great for that fluffy floral look on a budget, as these blooms are usually great value. Perfect for adding volume and colour.
Chrysanthemums can also be a great budget-friendly option for summer wedding flowers. They are just quite simply a happy bloom, with a vast array of colours available.
Gerberas evoke a 90s vibe thanks to their popularity in that era. But why not give them a comeback thanks to their daisy-like petals and fun colour options.
Many of the below flowers are available late-Spring and into Autumn, so do take these lists with a pinch of salt.
The best thing to do is consult with your wedding florist or wedding flower supplier on your flower choice. But then also be flexible as to whether these florals will be available in your wedding month.
June is an amazing month for wedding flowers, here are some of the blooms that you can expect to be available for your day:
For July weddings, there are so many gorgeous flowers in season such as:
If your wedding date falls in the late summer, there are some late bloomers around:
When it comes to budgeting for your wedding flowers it all comes down to how important flowers are to you. Draw up your top three wedding priorities and allocate your budget accordingly.
On average wedding flowers can cost from £400-£800+ but vary depending on quantity, flower choice, season and florist.
There are no set rules as to when to plan your wedding flowers. But once your wedding date is chosen, and the venue(s)are booked, it’s then a good time to source your florist. Florists can book up fast so you don’t want to miss securing yours.
Once you have a florist, they will then be in touch to arrange a meeting for flower choice. If DIYing your flowers, try to work out 6 months in advance the flowers you’d like and need. Ready to then purchase them and budget for them with ample time.
Wedding flowers do not need to match. You can have multicoloured bouquets, different stems for different arrangements and wildflower style looks.
It’s great to think in advance about how to keep your wedding flowers forever. There are many different ways to preserve wedding bouquets and flowers. You can dry, press, seal or frame flowers amongst many other alternative ideas.
Arguably the most popular flower used in weddings has to be the rose. Other popular choices include hydrangeas, peonies and dahlias. Of late, greenery and dried flowers such as pampas grass have been incredibly popular at weddings.
First things first, get searching for inspiration and compile a mood board to take to your florist. Other factors to consider when choosing flowers include budget, colour scheme, scent, meaning and season.
No, brides do not have to have a bouquet and grooms don’t need to have a buttonhole. If it’s not for you, don’t feel like you to have to have flowers at all.
There are many flower alternatives if you fancy; brooches, felt, paper, pom poms and artificial flowers to name a few.
So there you have it, some of the beautiful wedding flowers available in the summer season in the UK. You really are spoilt for choice and I am so excited for pretty floral displays.
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