Summer is a lovely time of year to get married in Australia. Wedding guests and family members often have time off work and summer flowers are in bloom! Let’s take a look at which flowers will survive the summer heat.
The main thing about a summer wedding that makes a summer bride nervous is the extreme heat. I was married in summer on the beach, and it was a very hot 39-degree day. There was so much anticipation leading up; how hot would it be? What our back up plans should be? But in the end, it just became part of the day and I remember the day as one of my happiest.
Extreme heat can naturally have an impact on fresh flowers. So, if you are getting married in summer, here is some aspects to consider and tips to keep in mind so that you have the freshest flowers possible on your summer wedding day.
Choose Long Lasting Flowers
Choose flowers that will stay fresh throughout the entire day. Florists often refer to these long-lasting flowers as hearty, meaning they are strong, and can withstand being put under stress such as hot weather. Great summer flower choices include natives, tropical flowers, orchids, sunflowers, celosia, daisies, carnations, chrysanthemums and even some rose varieties can do quite well in high temperatures.
My best advice is to work with your florist and buy local and seasonal. Particularly if you are after pretty blooms full of soft petals, it’s best to use blooms that are in season, in your area rather than imported as they will more likely survive a long day in a bouquet. A great example of this is hydrangea. A much-loved summer bloom beautiful for weddings but best sourced locally if possible as it can be temperamental.
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While it’s not the traditional soft petal look, flowers that will be fine to import for a summer wedding include tropical flowers and orchids. These are the perfect flower choice for a summer beach wedding. Think gingers, heliconia, birds of paradise, anthuriums, tropical leaves and foliage. They are available in a huge variety of colours too. How gorgeous is this inspiring summer tropical mixed bouquet by Brisa del Mar Palapa?
Tropical flowers and foliage for table centres can look so lush and effective. A great way to embellish and bring the summer vibe through is to add summer fruits such as coconuts, lemons and limes. I love this pink tropical and coconut combination by Bagatelle Decor.
Orchids are simply awesome for summer weddings. Varieties such as Vanda and Singapore orchids last well out of water. They are also an extremely versatile flower and can be used all throughout wedding flower design from buttonholes, corsages, to bouquets, ceremony flowers and table centrepieces.
Care for Wedding Day Blooms
In extreme weather conditions, it is best if the flowers are delivered as close as possible to when they are required. Your florist may leave you with some care instructions like keeping bouquets in water until the last minute and handling them only when necessary. During photography sessions in-between photos try to hold your bouquet in a shady spot, or place it in a vase of cool water so the flowers can have a quick drink. If you are thirsty, so are the flowers! If your blooms will be exposed to the summer heat for an extended amount of time, for example aisle flowers at the ceremony, a light mist from a spray water bottle will also help to keep flowers hydrated.
Think Plants and Succulents
There is nothing more hearty and drought tolerant than a succulent. These would with stand the most severely hot weather conditions. They are an alternative look and not for every bride but they can be softened by adding in other blooms and foliage. I adore this combination of succulents, calla lilies, blue gum foliage and berries by Mimi’s Bakery and Floral Shop. This bouquet would be a great choice for a summer wedding.
Also, don’t forget plants. Much of the issue with flowers and summer is that the flowers are cut and therefore their vase life is shorter than if the bloom was left on the plant. A great idea is to incorporate plants where possible in your summer wedding flowers. There are plants such as anthuriums, phalaenopsis orchids, ferns, daisies, simple potted colour and summer plants such as hydrangea and lavendar.
Choose Bright and Bold Colours
It is a summer wedding after all! Summer weddings are often held outdoors and therefore they are semiformal and a bit more fun. So be bold and brave with your colour choices, hot pink, purple, coral, yellow and lime green are all great choices. Bold colours also help with covering imperfections in flowers. Pastel colours and white tend to show bruising or yellowing from hot conditions more easily than the bright bold tones.
What season did you get married in? Do you love hot summer days? What flowers would you love for summer wedding style?