Best Flowers for Summer Weddings

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Summer is a lovely time to celebrate love and marriage, and we adore the variety of summer flowers for weddings! If you're planning a summer wedding, you have a great opportunity to select blooms that thrive in warm weather and complement the season's vibrant colors. You also want your floral arrangements to look fresh and bright from the ceremony to the reception.

In this post, we'll talk about the best combinations for summer wedding flowers for your bouquet, centerpieces, and wedding decor. You'll add beauty and color to your wedding theme with flowers that hold a significant meaning to you as a couple.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Flowers for Your Summer Wedding Bouquet

Before you start your search for the best flowers for a summer wedding bouquet, keep the following in mind:

  • Seasonality: Pick flowers that are in season during summer to ensure your blooms remain fresh and retain their quality for longer. 
  • Heat resistance: The best flowers for outdoor summer weddings are those that can withstand hot temperatures and stay beautiful without wilting.
  • Fragrance: Consider the scent of different plants. Some flowers' strong fragrances can enhance or impact the sensory experience for you and your guests.
  • Personal meaning: Choose flowers with sentimental value or symbolic significance.
  • Your style: Explore flowers that reflect your personal style and desired wedding vibe.

The Best Flowers for Summer Weddings

Choosing beautiful in-season flowers has many perks and allows you to create a gorgeous and unforgettable day! Here's our list of the best flowers for a summer wedding.


Clematis features delicate star-shaped blooms and lush foliage, adding texture and movement to light and airy floral arrangements. Whether flowing from floral arches or laced into bouquets, clematis offers stunning beauty in various color options. To keep this summer flower beautiful throughout the wedding, avoid direct sunlight for too long.


Cosmos are also known for their airy, delicate appearance, which adds softness to bouquets and centerpieces. These flowers provide a bright and fun addition to summer weddings, offering a modern twist to traditional daisies. Cosmos are available in white, purple, pink, yellow, red, and orange, giving you various colors to play with.


Dahlias are one of the best late-summer flowers for weddings. They are known for their show-stopping geometric shapes and vibrant colors. What they lack in scent, they make up for in visual appeal, from soft pinks to deep burgundies and bright oranges. With intricate textures and a wide size range, dahlias can help create rustic vibes or stand alone for a refined look.


Delphiniums are recognizable by their tall stems. These elegant summer flowers add structure and height to floral decorations. They are ideal for creating a bold, rustic aesthetic in shades of blue, bluish-purple, white, and pink.


With their sweet fragrance and vibrant colors, freesias make a great choice for summer wedding florals. They provide a perfect wildflower look with bell-shaped blooms and look beautiful when combined with greenery or bold white flowers.


Greenish white hydrangeas for wedding arrangements

If you're looking for elegance with a hint of nostalgia, hydrangeas are perfect for traditional arrangements or sweet garden weddings. Available in white, blue, pink, purple, and even green hues, hydrangeas symbolize gratitude, making them a meaningful addition to your wedding day. They're especially suitable for large-scale installations like wedding arches.


Orchids are versatile statement flowers that complement any floral design with their color options, long stems, and unique shapes. As classic cascading flowers, they work well with trendy towering flower installations, adding elegance and a tropical touch to any floral arrangement.


Peonies are highly sought-after for their fluffy shape and stunning array of colors. They're known for their lush, full blooms and delightful fragrance, and they add elegance and beauty to wedding arrangements. Peonies have a limited growing season and are most abundant in May and June.


Known as one of the most romantic flowers, roses are versatile and offer a classic appeal. Numerous colors, sizes, and varieties are available. They're timeless and elegant and fit most wedding themes, especially classic, glamorous, and fairytale-inspired wedding styles. 


Tweedia flowers are small and delicate blooms that add a soft texture to floral designs. They're available in light blue, pink, and white, with light blue being a popular option for brides as a "something blue" option. Tweedia flowers are a perfect match for white or green bouquets, and their size makes them ideal for boutonnieres.


How to Pick Your Perfect Pairing 

By making different elements work together harmoniously, you can create floral combinations that enhance the overall look and feel of your wedding day. Now that we've covered a range of beautiful summer wedding flowers, let's discuss how to pick a perfect pairing. 

1. Pick Your Color Palette 

Start by defining your wedding theme and style — romantic, rustic, modern, or vintage. If you're unsure which flowers will fit your theme, focus on a color palette that complements your wedding theme or personal style. Creating a mood board can help you visualize and find inspiration for what will work well together.

2. Choose the Perfect Flowers to Match 

Reflect on your bridal party's attire, your venue location, and the desired ambience to guide you in choosing your summer wedding flowers. For large flower arrangements, choose flowers with large heads to create impactful bouquets and fill space effectively. Taller blooms work well in venues with high ceilings. Above all, align your flower colors with your wedding palette for a cohesive look.

3. Plan Ahead With Your Florist

Hiring a wedding florist can streamline your planning process and allow you to focus on other aspects of your wedding. Be sure to start discussions early on with a professional who understands your preferences. They know what works well and are in season during summer. They can deliver in terms of color and workable substitutes to bring your vision to life.

4. Remember to Preserve Your Flowers

To enjoy your wedding summer flowers long after the wedding day, consider preserving them as framed and resin art! Preserving your wedding bouquet creates a lasting memento of your special day, allowing you to cherish it for years to come. Preserved flowers in frames or resin can be displayed in various settings, adding a touch of elegance to your home decor.

Preserve Your Summer Wedding Flowers With Element Design

After carefully selecting the perfect summer blooms for your special day, it makes sense that you may seek ways to extend the life span of your wedding bouquet beyond the wedding. Frame and resin floral preservation offers a unique and artistic way to capture the essence of your wedding flowers.

Our team at Element Design loves creating preserved wedding flower designs. We guide you step by step through caring for, packing, and shipping your flowers from your hands to ours, then back to you.

Shop some of our designs and collections, and book your free appointment with our Client Relations Manager.


Preserving summer wedding flowers with Element Design


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