Wedding Bouquets And Flowers: Summer Flower Ideas

Whether your tastes run to traditional or informal, simple or exotic, summer flowers offer the greatest variety and versatility for your wedding arrangements. No matter what you choose, you can be sure that be certain that the flowers will be almost as beautiful as the bride- almost!

Pastels for spring, vibrants for winter, harvest shades for fall- for every season there's a wedding palette, but a summer wedding offers the most exciting range of selections, from the very traditional to the sweepingly modern, and that's especially true when it comes to selecting the flowers that will accent that special day.

You can't get more traditional than roses- white and crimson are popular choices for very formal affairs, but roses come in a spectrum of colors. Want to capture the warmth of the summer sun? Consider a bouquet of Harison's Yellow roses- the famed Yellow Rose of Texas, blended with coral Donna roses and rich, orange Belinda roses.

Or perhaps you'd like to celebrate the playful, vivid shades of summer fashion? If so, hot pink Ravel roses bound with pale peach Champagne roses make a striking combination.

For the truly unique, consider a spray of Fire and Ice roses- gorgeous blooms that fade from crimson at the tips to white at the base- or a stunning blue-silver arrangement of Twice in a Blue Moon roses. White roses, like carnations, can also be dyed to match nearly any color- even your bridesmaid's dresses!

Roses aren't the only option for summer florals, however. Daisies and black-eyed susans, with their abundant, contrasting petals and centers, make for beautiful countryside-style arrangements. With their long, smooth stems, these flowers are especially suited to being woven into garlands and floral crowns. If you'd like a more multi-hued approach to daisies, African daisies can offer shades of blue and pink, as well as the more traditional white and yellow.

The ruffled fringe of an aster bouquet can be an unforgettable sight- much like roses, asters come in a brilliant range of colors, including true blues and purples. Asters can be arranged in similar hues for a regal, defined look, or the wide-range of shades can be bundled together for a riotously bright bouquet that truly evokes the excitement of summer.

Another excellent choice for a bright spray of many colors is a wildflower bouquet. Different regions offer different varieties, but it's universally true that wildflowers bear the most vibrant colors of all, and they're ideal for the non-traditional bride. Beautiful and casual, wildflowers are ideal for daytime weddings, and they make eye-popping centerpieces.

Orchids and dahlias offer a dramatic touch to any wedding day. The frilled edges of an orchid and the dahlia's huge, brilliant blossoms are ideal not just for bouquet and hair arrangements, but for centerpieces, pew decoration, and the flower girl's basket. They both come in a rich array of colors, from pale silvers to shocking pinks- and many varieties of dahlias offer two- or three- colors in a single bloom.

For a touch of the exotic, the unmistakable flare of the tropical birds of paradise make a lasting statement. These tall, orange, angular blooms can offer a minimalist streak of elegance to any bridal party and reception- to really make a statement, consider a "bouquet" of just one. These flowers are striking enough that they don't need greenery and baby's breath to present a finished image.

Don't count out the baby's breath, though. Those ubiquitous white puffs make a perfect backdrop for forget-me-nots, the ideal flowers to present a sense of delicacy and sweet sentiment. Forget-me-nots have a range of color similar to asters, but for a truly romantic statement, consider the classic blue blossoms. Captured in poetry and in medieval legend, these are the flowers a gallant knight collected for his soon-to-be bride.

Finally, even the very traditional calla lily can brighten any summer wedding. Lovely in white, these striking flowers also come in brilliant oranges and reds, elegant pinks and garnets, bright yellows and peaches, or for that especially striking evening wedding, burgundy blooms so dark they're nearly black. There are even giant varieties of calla lilies, like the bright yellow Mammoth, which could create completely unforgettable centerpieces.

Whether your tastes run to traditional or informal, simple or exotic, summer flowers offer the greatest variety and versatility for your wedding arrangements. No matter what you choose, you can be sure that be certain that the flowers will be almost as beautiful as the bride- almost!

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