Opt for flowers that will stay fresh throughout the entire day. Hawaiian blooms, such as orchids, are a great option (check out cymbidium and dendrobium orchids). Birds-of-paradise, tiger lilies, and even roses will survice the high temperatures. Buying local flowers is another way to go; blooms that are in season in your area will more likely survive a long day in a bouquet. Check with your florist to see which ones will work for your venue.
Calla lilies signify magnificent beauty and are available in white, black (which is more like a rich burgundy), peach, purple and yellow. These are some of my all time favorite wedding flowers because they look so polished and sophisticated. They look great with long stems on their own or calla lilies can be cut short and put into a bouquet or flower arrangement along with roses. Many lilies are bad in bouquets because the pollen can get on your dress, but this problem is less common with calla lilies.
For the color of your flowers, check out which flowers will be in bloom around your ceremony and reception site, and consider bold versions of those hues. For an outdoor or semiformal wedding, think violet, hot fuchsia, mango, magenta, and green. Wine colors and deeper shades are appropriate for formal weddings, like dark red roses or deep purple lilies. When it comes to casual weddings, sunflowers are a great option since you only need a few to create a vibrant pop of color.
Roses signify love and happiness and can be found in many different colors. They are the most essential wedding flower and they look great alone or paired with pretty much any flower. Summer is the best time to have roses in your wedding because they will be cheaper from a florist or you can even gather your own from your garden for a DIY flower arrangement.
You have plenty of summer centerpiece arrangements to choose from. If you’re having a formal ballroom wedding, go for tall vases overflowing with a mix of bold and deep-hued flowers accented with feathers or gems. To create a modern vibe, display monochromatic green, orange, or even yellow blooms in clear Lucite containers. During the cocktail hour, daisies in simple Mason jars will perk up the space. Or look into potted centerpieces so guests can take them home as favors.
Other popular flowers for a summer wedding include: aster, azalea, carnation, cornflower, chrysanthemum, delphinium, heather, iris, jasmine, lilac, marigold, peony (which is actually only in season in May), sweet pea and tuberose. You can mix and match these different blooms to create floral arrangements to match the color scheme of your wedding.