July wedding flowers embrace the season, channeling hues of buoyant summer nature and giving a whimsical feel.
Summer is undoubtedly a prime time for flowers. From cheerful sunflowers to exotic alstroemeria, there are flowers to match any aesthetic.
If you’re wondering how to choose wedding flowers, consider your ceremony style, location, and color theme.
For instance, sunflower and cornflower arrangements will suit rustic weddings, while orchids are best for a tropical beach affair.
Choosing seasonal summer flower varieties is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and ensures that your arrangements remain fresh longer.
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Alstroemeria, also known as Peruvian lily, has relatively small bell-shaped flowers and comes in various colors, including white, pink, red, two-toned, and spotted varieties.
It’s an excellent alternative to lilies if you find the latter fragrance too intense. Alstroemeria looks impeccably chic in minimalist bridal bouquets or in combination with filler flowers like gypsophila.
However, if you prefer colorful floral arrangements, mix alstroemeria with freesias, tulips, irises, or snapdragons.
Chrysanthemums are popular summer garden flowers that come in white, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, and numerous other colors, including two-toned varieties.
Some chrysanthemums have a flat top, single petal row, and yellow center, resembling daisies; others have multiple petal rows and a spherical shape.
This garden bloom is versatile and equally suitable for bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, and wedding cake décor.
Some of the best chrysanthemum combinations are asters, zinnias, ranunculus, gerbera daisies, and sunflowers.
Lavender blooms throughout spring and summer and is an all-time rustic wedding staple. A mono lavender wedding bouquet is an excellent choice for a carefree bride.
Lavender works equally well for bouquets, boutonnieres, and venue décor. Combine lavender with sage and eucalyptus leaves, white wildflowers, or purple garden blooms.
Forget-me-not is a delicate wildflower with tiny, clustered blooms and short stems. Although forget-me-not exists in over 50 species, it only comes in white, pink, lavender, and blue colors.
Forget-me-not is popular as a filler flower and looks exceptionally gorgeous with blue hydrangea. However, you may consider a minimalist forget-me-not bridal bouquet or crown if you seek a laid-back look.
Furthermore, forget-me-not arrangements are an excellent way to incorporate “something blue” into your wedding.
Freesia is one of the most popular wedding flowers year-round. This elegant flower has long verdant green leaves and white, cream, yellow, orange, red, pink, or purple blooms.
If you believe in flower meanings, freesia is one of the best choices for a wedding, representing loyalty and innocence. However, even if you have a solely practical take of wedding flowers, freesia is worth consideration.
It works equally well in boutonnieres, minimalist and elaborate bouquets, and other applications. Freesias pair the best with tulips, alstroemerias, irises, and stephanotis.
6. Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera daisy is one of the most colorful garden flowers, available in white, cream, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple shades. Most varieties have a flat head with a yellow or black center and two petal rows.
A colorful red, pink, and orange gerbera daisy combo is a simple yet stylish summer wedding bouquet idea. Alternatively, mix gerbera daisies with other garden flowers like zinnias, asters, and chrysanthemums.
Gerbera daisies also make perfect venue décor, and you don’t even have to order intricate arrangements. Simply place one gerbera daisy flower in a tall vase, and a modern centerpiece is ready.
Hydrangea is a lightweight, voluminous summer wedding flower available in white, cream, green, yellowish, blue, and pink colors.
Hydrangeas are a beautiful choice for a romantic bohemian bride – they make any floral arrangement look aerial and dreamy.
White or blue mono hydrangea bridal bouquets are especially popular, but combinations with peonies, baby’s breath, roses, and delphiniums are no less gorgeous.
Apart from bridal bouquets, hydrangeas work well in ceremony arches and venue décor but aren’t typically used for boutonnieres.
Everyone knows about purple irises, but there are also pale blue, pink, yellow, and two-toned iris varieties. Irises are a stunning choice for a blue wedding theme and are ideal for mono bouquets due to their unusual shape and color.
If you prefer more sophisticated floral arrangements, mix irises with hyacinths, sunflowers, forget-me-not, freesias, or crocus. Irises make perfect boutonnieres and hairpieces.
Asters are among the most popular wedding cut flowers year-round. They are versatile, cost-effective, and have a long vase life – what else could you wish for?
Aster variety selection is endless, but one thing remains unchanged – the sunny yellow center. Asters work well in bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, cake décor and look beautiful with most garden flowers.
Lilies boast numerous varieties, but most have a recognizable bell-shaped head, long stem, and intoxicating sweet fragrance – you either love it or hate it.
From colorful spotted tiger lilies to elegant white calla lilies, every bride will find a variety to match her style.
Lilies look incredibly chic in mono bouquets or in combination with exotic summer wedding flowers. Apart from bouquets, lily blooms can be used as hairpieces or table décor.
Stephanotis is one of the most delicate, elegant summer flowers. Always pure white, with five waxy petals, stephanotis looks like it was made for weddings.
Consider a mono stephanotis bridal bouquet with a satin ribbon if you admire minimalism. However, this stunning flower will also go well with tulips, freesias, or orchids.
Filler flowers like gypsophila and waxflower are an excellent way to add volume to a stephanotis bouquet. Such arrangements also work well as venue interior.
The most cheerful flower of all, large sunflower blooms boast a vibrant yellow color that never fails to improve one’s mood. Sunflowers are a popular choice for rustic weddings, giving a carefree feel to the event.
Sunflowers look gorgeous in oversized bridal bouquets, ceremony arches, centerpieces, flower crowns, and boutonnieres.
Combine sunflowers with cornflowers, asters, gerbera daisies, forget-me-not, or gypsophila for an ultimately summery look.
Tuberose is famous for its intense fragrance favored by parfumiers. This long-stemmed flower with small, clustered blooms comes in white, yellow, pink, and blue colors.
A few stems of tuberose in a tall vase make ideal table décor. Consider pairing tuberose with other long-stemmed seasonal blooms like hydrangea, lily, delphinium, or gerbera daisy.
Describing zinnia isn’t simple, as it exists in so many entirely different varieties. Some zinnias resemble daisies; others are spherical and voluminous. They come in white, yellow, orange, red, pink, and various color combinations.
Mix and match zinnias with other textured summer garden flowers like asters, chrysanthemums, anemones, roses, ranunculus, or yarrow.
Zinnias work well in bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, flower crowns, or other applications. Furthermore, they have a long vase life and are cost-effective.
Yarrow is a flat-topped flower with tiny daisy-like clustered blooms available in various colors ranging from white and pastels to bright shades. Some varieties have contrasting centers.
Yarrow is a great filler flower, while mono yarrow bouquets may look too dense and flat. It looks stunning with many garden blooms and wildflowers, from roses and anemones to cornflowers and sunflowers.
Delphinium is a long-stemmed flower with clustered blue, purple, lavender, pink, yellow, white, or red blooms. This unusual wedding flower is captivating enough for mono bouquets but also pairs beautifully with most summer garden blooms.
Delphinium isn’t cheap, but it’s pretty cost-effective for venue decoration as you can use just a couple of stems instead of elaborate floral arrangements.
Furthermore, delphinium looks beyond gorgeous hanging from a chandelier or adorning ceremony arch.
Yet another long-stemmed summer wedding flower, snapdragon, features beautiful colors ranging from soft pastels to deep plum and burgundy. Some flowers feature a combination of white and pink or yellow and pink.
Snapdragons are so unique that they don’t require additional adornments and look excellent in mono bouquets. However, they can also serve as an accent flower in rich asymmetrical arrangements.
Gardenia trees have large, rich green leaves and waxy white, pink, yellow, or red blooms with an intoxicating sweet fragrance.
Gardenia applications are limitless – it holds up well in boutonnieres, bridal bouquets, venue décor, wreaths, and hairpieces. Gardenia leaves can liven up any minimalist bridal bouquet.
Freesias are some of the most popular wedding flowers, regardless of the season and style. That’s no wonder, as freesias come in many colors and are highly versatile, suitable for bouquets, boutonnieres, and cake décor.
Furthermore, freesia combinations are endless – this elegant bloom looks stunning with tulips, roses, stephanotis, gardenias, tuberose, and most other garden flowers.
There’s no exotic wedding flower more popular than an orchid. Orchids come in an array of colors and shapes but are all equally gorgeous. Perhaps, the most common orchid species for weddings are white Phalaenopsis.
Consider modern asymmetrical or cascading orchid bouquets for an elegant yet creative look, or use single orchid blooms as boutonnieres and hairpieces.
Dahlia is a summer garden flower that makes an intense competition for zinnias. These exotic beauties have over 40 species, each with a wide selection of colors.
You may come across dahlias with sharp or rounded petals, flat or spherical shape, mono or bi-colored. Because all dahlias are different, there’s a variety for any wedding style and application.
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