More flowers are in bloom on the summer solstice than on any other day of the year, and summer brides can capitalize on this floral bounty with the wide range of fragrant, fresh, and affordable wedding flowers available. You may even want to consider growing your own flowers so that you can make up your own personal eco-friendly bouquet.
All of these flowers bloom around June, July, and August and are perfect summer wedding flower options, whether to feature in a mixed or single species floral bouquet, a table centerpiece, or during the ceremony.
Whether you're looking for something traditional, informal, or bold, keep reading for 20 summer wedding flowers for your big day.
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The trumpet-shaped blooms of the lily stand for purity. Oriental lilies, which are in season during late summer, have a strong fragrance and larger blooms than the Asiatic lilies of early summer. A wedding bouquet comprising entirely lilies looks contemporary and dramatic, but lilies also pair well with other flowers like roses or lisianthus.
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No matter what colors you've chosen for the wedding, there's a shade of daisy to go along with it. The cheer and innocence of daisies pair well with yellow flowers that pick up the golden tones of a daisy’s center, like yellow roses or Asiatic lilies. Additionally, the strong circular shape of daisies makes a striking pomander arrangement to hang from the ends of each row of guests.
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No other flower smells like lavender, so brides should be familiar with the smell before choosing this for a bouquet. The flowers make a good choice for scattering from a flower girl’s basket, but be mindful of guests' allergies. They also work well as dried flowers for a keepsake sachet after the ceremony.
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The awkward-sounding name of this bloom derives from Greek and means “love flower.” Most often available in shades of blue or sometimes white, these delicate flower clusters add volume without density to table centerpieces. Agapanthus, also called the African lily, is gorgeous on its own when tightly clustered into a bouquet but also adds a pop of color when combined with a neutral bloom such as baby's breath.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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The four-foot-long spikes of delphinium flowers come in all shades of blue (for that "something blue" of tradition), from powder to cobalt to navy, in addition to white and pink varieties. Brides can incorporate delphinium flowers into ceremony or reception arrangements as well as arm sheaf bouquets.
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Hydrangeas are a short-lived wedding flower, lasting just five to seven days, but remain popular with brides nevertheless. The white, blue, and pink blossom clusters can be as large as a softball, providing mass and volume from a few stems. The fragrance of hydrangeas is very light, making them suitable as cake toppers.
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Brides looking for vertical drama in every shade except blue should consider gladioli. A single flower spike can sport more than two dozen blooms, often with fancy ruffled edges. Gladiolus flowers are very thirsty, taking up large amounts of water in a vase, and may not last as long as other florals on your big day.
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Liatris, or gayfeather, is a North American native flower that blooms late in the summer. Brides who choose pink or white wedding flowers can add the feathery Liatris blossom for vertical accents. These flowers open from the top downwards, so florists can tuck the unopened florets deeper into the arrangement to maintain a neater appearance.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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You may want to ask your florist for the botanical name of this flower, scabiosa, to avoid confusion with the pincushion protea flower. Pincushion flowers are commonly available in shades of blue, pink, and white, but the deep burgundy hue looks outstanding with white or green flowers.
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Snapdragon flower clusters come in a rainbow of red, orange, pink, purple, and white. For the budget bride, they are an inexpensive way to add mass to bouquets and table arrangements. Snapdragons always want to be upright, and they will bend their tips toward the ceiling if you lay your bouquet on a chair during your reception.
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Blooming in early summer, yarrow comes in yellow, white, pink, and red shades. The fern-like foliage is an attractive and fragrant addition to wedding flower arrangements and is an herb associated with lasting love. Brides should take some of their yarrow-containing flower arrangements home to grace their tables because the cut flowers can last as long as three weeks. The flowers dry very well if you hang them upside down in a dry area for two weeks.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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If you're looking to achieve a more wild, informal look with your bouquets and arrangements, then freesia could be a perfect choice. This fragrant flower symbolizes innocence and trust and can work well on its own or as a filler flower.
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For lovers of purple shades, iris should definitely be considered as a summer wedding flower contender. They also come in a variety of other shades to suit. These dainty, ruffled flowers add plenty of texture to arrangements.
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Queen Anne's Lace
If you are keen to incorporate wildflowers that still have a touch of traditionalism, try Queen Anne's lace. It's great for using as a filler and a substitute for greenery. The blooms' delicate nature make them a perfect match for dresses made of lace.
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For couples looking to create a bright, cheery, sunny wedding vibe—no matter what the weather is like—look no further than the sunflower. They are well-suited to country-chic, farmhouse weddings, but they also pair up well with more formal, traditional flowers, like roses. If you love sunflowers but don't want such a rustic vibe, you could use just one or two as accent flowers in your arrangements.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Dahlias come in a range of sizes and colors, and their detailed, textured petals make them a popular statement flower for arrangements. They are very versatile, and the smaller varieties work well in a mixed arrangement. Scentless, they are perfect if you don't want your guests to be overpowered by the fragrance of their table arrangements.
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Roses continue to be one of the most popular floral choices for weddings—and for good reason. If you are looking for a timeless, classic feel, these flowers will always work well. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, and there are countless ways you can use them in your wedding arrangements. Whether you want to opt for hybrid tea roses, a traditional heirloom rose, or something else entirely, no flower says romance more than a rose.
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Anemones are a great choice as statement flowers that are still relatively delicate. Their contrasting petals and center are sure to catch the eye of your guests. They are versatile, come in a variety of shades and sizes, and work in many different bouquets and table arrangements.
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Robust and cheery flowers, zinnias are popular as cake toppers, and they also look great in wildflower bouquets and arrangements. Plus, zinnias are relatively inexpensive, making them an ideal option for couples on a budget.