This summer’s weather has been inconsistent but February’s here and no doubt we’ll see some hot Aussie days yet.
So, if you (or your bride) love summer and want to get married at this time of year (I did, on the beach, on a gorgeous but hot day nearly 12 years ago) then what are the best flowers to choose for summer weddings?
Generally, it is best to choose local and in season blooms to ensure they are the best quality and fresh enough to last throughout a hot day. With that in mind there are a few stand-out varieties that are very hardy, long lasting and great in warm conditions.
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Firstly, Singapore Orchids, they love hot humid conditions and last very well. Available in just about all the colours of a rainbow and varying shades from whites and pastels to brights. Perfect for summer weddings.
Singapore orchids | RSD Designs
Speaking of bright summer tones, look at this gorgeous wedding bouquet from Charters Flowers of hot pink, yellow and lime green. If you are a bride with your heart set on roses, the best option for summer would be standard glasshouse roses. They have thick sturdy stems and aren’t as delicate as garden roses grown outdoors that can unfortunately be affected and even burnt by extreme hot weather conditions.
Gloriosa and Oriental Lilies
Delightful blooms that pack a punch in summer are the Gloriosa and Oriental Lily. Bright hot pinks teamed with lush tropical foliage like the example here from Gentle Flowers, would be perfect for a summer beach wedding.
Lisianthus and Carnations
Two classic flowers that are also very hardy in hot conditions are Lisianthus and Carnations. These blooms are a fantastic option for your summer bouquet and in a mixed design as seen from Aphrodite’s Weddings in white and pale pink tones they give a classic pretty bridal look.
A very traditional flower and a fantastic choice for hot conditions is Gypsophila. Used on its own or mixed with other blooms, this little gem will last beyond your wedding day. The little white blooms on Gypsophila appear delicate but quite the contrary, they even survive sprayed different colours! This is a perfect pretty little bloom for flower girl posies and halos too.
Just like Gypsophila, Chrysanthemums are extremely hardy and they are available in a great range of sizes, textures and colours. There are the large varieties like Disbud Chrysanthemums and the currently popular round Pom Pom Chrysanthemums, great for modern designs. Right through to the Daisy and small Button Chrysanthemums, perfect for garden style bouquets. Sweet Pea Florist shows us a beautiful textured floral and foliage bouquet using Chrysanthemums. This bouquet would last so well in the summer heat.
Natives, Berries, Nuts and Foliage
Natives, berries, nuts and foliage including all the glorious blooms highlighted below from Dahlia Flowers & Gifts would last so well in hot weather. Think Proteas, Leucadendrons, Sea Holly, Blue Gum and yellow Billy Button balls (which can be dried, so can be available all year round).
What could be more hardy and long lasting than a Succulent. Not every Brides first choice for their wedding bouquet, but as you can see from this divine bouquet from Emma’s Floral Designs, they can be included with other great summer flowers like standard roses and lisianthus and still create a feminine style. Succulents are also perfect buttonholes for the Groom who doesn’t want to wear a flower.
Similarly, Lotus Pods and foliage are other great options to survive summer. Botanic Art shows us that just by adding cute daisies the look can be very pretty indeed.
Finally, a gorgeous summer flower, Lavender. Like all blooms that can be dried and retain their shape, Lavender is a great choice for a summer wedding. Caitielou Designs has combined it here with other great long lasting flowers including Gypsophila and Geraldton Wax. This bouquet could be dried after to keep after the wedding.
So if you are planning a summer or early autumn wedding, do bear in mind that some blooms are better than others in the heat, particularly the extremely hot days!
But it does not mean that you have to comprising too much, as you can see from the examples here, there are so many divine choices, that I’m sure you will find something that suits your style, theme and colour.