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Summer Wedding Flower Ideas

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The key to getting it right is to choose flowers that are in season. Deep red roses don’t really look the part on a hot summer’s day, whereas hydrangeas and sweet peas will suit a summery theme perfectly.

Summer flowers will have similar qualities to those from the spring although perhaps more fragrant and in deeper shades. Fine summer weather brings with it the possibility of a garden wedding. Open air settings require themes that will link the occasion to the place and time of year including the right flowers for the right time and location. The summer brings an abundance of pretty flowers in subtle pinks, ivories, lilacs and white with intoxicating heady fragrances.

Flowers at the wedding of a summer bride will probably be central to the entire wedding theme and everything else should fall into place around the floral choices. Lavenders and lilacs clearly encompass everything a summer wedding should be and many summer brides choose bridesmaid dresses in these shades. To compliment the dress fabrics, go for lavenders and sweet peas to form the basis of the floral theme with other fragrant summer flowers making an appearance throughout. Blue, lilac and purple shades look fantastic on a bright and sunny day.

Fragrance is a very important factor to consider in a summer bouquet although steer clear of heady fragrances on reception tables where guests eat. Some blooms can have quite an overpowering scent that can be off putting during a meal. The more highly perfumed flowers in summer bloom are stocks, sweet peas, jasmine, rosemary and peonies. Hydrangea and rose petals are also seasonal and would look great scattered on reception tables as well as thrown over the bride and groom!

Remember to order extra flowers to decorate the wedding cake with and you could also continue the floral theme with wedding favours. Why not tie bunches of lavender with pink ribbon sand a tag? These can then double as place settings and favours. You could also present guests with a small corsage of flowers at their place setting and tie it to their napkins. Some brides even hang them from the back of the chairs; perfect if you are having an outdoor wedding!