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 and affordable wedding flowers available. Not only are these flowers most affordable and lush during June, July, and August, you may also expect to see some of these flowers in bloom if you have an outdoor garden wedding.
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The trumpet-shaped blooms of the lily stand for purity, whether or not white flowers are tucked into the bouquet. 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 comprised entirely of 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—and it's a strong scent—so brides should be familiar with the smell before choosing lavender 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 are nice 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 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 12 below.
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The 4-foot-long spikes of delphinium flowers come in all shades of blue from powder to cobalt and navy, as well as 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 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 the gladiolus. 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 the vase; however, make sure the water hasn’t been treated with fluoride, as this can cause the flowers and foliage to discolor.
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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 12 below.
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These flower clusters come in a rainbow of red, orange, pink, purple, and white. For the budget bride, the flowers 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 tones, as well as white, pink, and red. The fern-like foliage is attractive as well as a fragrant addition to wedding flower arrangements. Brides should take some of their yarrow-containing flower arrangements home to grace their tables, as 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.