A Dozen Summertime Wedding Bouquets
June is traditionally one the busiest months for weddings, unfortunately here in GA it’s also one of the hottest months. Let’s take a look at 12 beautiful bouquet combinations that will holdup to summer time heat and look beautiful for your special day.
For those of you that do not know I am also a custom floral designer by trade. I have a little flower company called Butterfly Landings, which I started at the same time as JENRON DESIGNS. So today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite summertime wedding bouquets. I know what your thinking….. but it’s already June how is this article going to help anyone if they are getting marries next week? Well it’s common practice to start planning a year ahead, so this article is aimed at brides already planning for your big day next year. Okay so what if the trends change? I can assure the trends do change, but I am presenting you with timeless classic options that will hold the test of time. By all means have a trendy wedding but let you trendy things be you invitations, bridesmaids dress color, signature cocktails, and the DJ’s tunes.
If you ask me what the perfect summer time bouquet would look like this would probably come to mind. It has four types of roses (white- Modial, Pink- Sophie, Antique Pink-Faith and Lt. Pink/Green Cabbage style- Esperance). Which are all very hardy during the hot summer months, along with white larkspur, white stock and pink wax flower. This particular bouquet was for an outdoor park venue and had a rustic theme so we added a lace and burlap cuff. The neutral tone of this bouquet pairs easily with many options for bridesmaid dresses.
Now this lovely bouquet is probably the closest combination to my own personal wedding flowers. Since the larger focal flowers are more to the tropical side this bouquet will do very well in the heat of July or August. This fragrant bouquet is filled with pink Stargazier lilies, (which always transport me back to my wedding day) white Dendrobium orchids, hot pink-Kiko roses, white Vendellea roses, pale pink Sophie roses, and pearl head stephanotis. The bold color of this bouquet should be carefully paired with bridesmaid dresses. I would recommend black, navy, burgundy, any shade of pink, mint green, or even yellow would be pretty.
So as I mention above roses are pretty resilient during the summer months, while unfortunately hydrangea is not. It has a tendency to melt and droop when exposed to extreme warm weather. This does not mean you can not have hydrangea, just use it sparingly in mixed bouquet or vase arrangement applications; boutonnieres or corsages would not be advisable. As you can see above there are touches of white hydrangea, mixed white Tibet roses, silver Brunia berries, peach Hypericum berries, blue thistle and white freesia. This is also a very neutral colored bouquet that would look pretty with virtually any color bridemaid dress. My personal suggestions would be mint green, peach, navy or any shade of blue.
Ahhhh Peonies, I must get asked about these beauties all the time. They are gorgeous and one of the most sough after bridal flowers. Only in season May-June, which is prime wedding season. They only come in the three colors you see above pink, hot pink and white. Commonly confused with a cabbage rose or David Austin Rose which do come in other colors, like peach. Since they are large the are mainly only used in bouquets and armaments. They can be used alone as seen above or mixed with other flowers for a fresh picked garden feel. Since they only come in the pink ranges they are limited to pink color themes, unless you go with all white which goes with anything. A fun tip is to utilize the buds, they look like rounds balls above, for boutonnieres.
Chic simplicity with this bouquet that never goes out of style, and will match any color dresses you pick. This bouquet features white Vendella roses, white Dendrobium orchids, white tulips, white wax flower and ivy. The is a very classic hand tied design, with a ivory satin ribbon wrap and pearl studs. It also has the fresh picked exposed stems which is important in the heat of the summer months, to be able to keep your flowers hydrated between photos shoots.
This sweet little bouquet just makes me envision the happiest bride on the planet. You know the one, all smiles, full of sparkle and loving life. I think it is because of the Gerber Daisies, they are just such a fun flower. All daisy varieties do well in the summer months, which includes the Gerber’s, daisy poms, and even the button mum. This fun bouquet has white Gerber Daisy with black centers, pink daisy poms, white button mums and pearl head stephanotis, which as a side bar is the only flower that could melt in the heat.
This Grandma’s Nostalgic bouquet. It was designed for a sweet bride that wanted to have her grandmother’s favorite flower incorporated into her flowers. Queen Anne’s lace a very common flower, sometimes seen along the sides of the road here in Georgia, will droop under extreme heat as will the hydrangea, which is why we mixed these delicate flowers in with white Tenike roses and babies breath . Which creates a pretty hand picked on the farm look.
For a more refined high end look I recommend the uber chic mini calla lily. Paired with other flowers or simply used alone this flower make a very stately bouquet. This bouquet contains both white and black mini calla lilies which creates a very modern sophisticated look. Especially when paired with black fiddle head ferns (aka monkey tails), chocolate cosmos, pearl head stephanotis, gold ting ting and white Dahlias- which are available in later summer months. To complete the look 4 types of ribbon (gold sheer, gold satin, ivory lace and black satin) were layered with pearl studs to create a vintage vibe.
This pretty bouquet makes me think of a Hawaiian beach wedding. Fragrant stargazer lilies are added to a base of Oceana peach roses, and fuchsia Dendrobium orchids. Just a few touches of solid green pittosporum leaves to give it a botanical feel. This bouquet was actually designed in a bouquet holder, in order to make a small teardrop cascade for the lovely bride.
These beauties just scream summertime romance and as seen above pair beautiful with a pale pink, but any icy sherbet pastel color would be pretty with these flowers. A gorgeous hand tied bouquets of white Duchess De Nemours and light pink Percher peonies (again only available May- June) are accompanied by 3 shades of pink roses, Sweet Akito, Titanic , and Sweet Eskimo. It also has beautiful white Tibet roses, and smaller white Eskimo roses. The flat leaf dusty miller does tend to droop in any kind of heat but if strategically placed inside the bouquet it will do just fine.
So I used to be nicknamed “The Queen of Cascades” when I worked for a large event company, in my past life.I was even every cascade bouquet to make since the other girl’s did not like to make them since they are very time consuming and extremely delicate. Here is a prime example of a stunning over the top knee length cascade bouquet. It has a very retro vibe with a nod towards the royal wedding style bouqets, think Queen Elizabeth’s or Princess Diana’s. So this bouquet in designed in a holder and weighs about 15 lbs. so it is not for the faint of heart. This beauty contains over a dozen Creme de la Creme white roses, white Dendrobium orchids, white freesia, white stock and ivy.
Last but certainly not least, with have a simple hand tied white on white bouquet. This combination is a very economically option if you have a large bridal party, and your trying to control your flower budget. Paired beautifully with any color combination since it is white. The mix of the large white Vendella roses and small white Eskimo roses actually create a unique textural appearance, along with the white hydrangea and hypericum berries. Fun fact hypericum berries are from Saint John’s Wort, which used to be used to treat depression, but that does not mean your bridesmaids can just take a bite out of there bouquets.
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