If you're having a summer wedding, you're definitely choosing a prime time for flowers. Those blooms are some of the lushest and beautiful of the year! However, flowers are one of the biggest (and most surprising) expenses to any wedding (if you're choosing to have them—hey, non-floral decor can be cool too!).
One of the most reliable ways to save money and get more bang for your buck when it comes to wedding flowers is to have your florist only use flowers and greenery that are in season. Using flowers that are out of season means that you're importing flowers, which greatly adds to the cost. Plus, if you're getting hothouse blooms, they're just not going to be quite as lovely.
We know, we know, you want big, beautiful fluffy peonies everywhere, but if you're getting married in the dead of winter, that probably isn't the best choice. Bummer. But hey, we're getting ahead of ourselves—this is about flowers that are in season in July, not January! July isn't prime peony time, but it's a beautiful month for blooms nonetheless! This beautiful summer month is bursting with exotic tropical flowers and hardy wildflower blooms, from orchids to cornflower. So what other flowers are in season in July, you're asking?
Here are 15 of our favorite summer flowers perfect for your July wedding.
And roses! Another classic bloom that will never go away and has an infinite number of varieties and colors for every style. They work well mixed in with other flowers in both centerpieces and bouquets. Unless the roses are a mix of colors and types, we don't suggest using the same variety and color of roses only in an arrangement—that can start to go into a tacky territory (imagine a bouquet of all red grocery-store roses—it's a no-no!).
There was a time these tropical beauties were considered cheesy as a wedding flower, but we've been loving all the fun new ways they've been used in arrangements with a modern twist. Not only do they come in a huge range of colors (and patterns for that matter) but they have countless varieties—mini orchids, huge orchids, and every shape imaginable.
In our opinion, irises are vastly underrated. They are mainly associated with a bright purplish hue but come in beautiful varieties that have a sunset or ombré coloring that are unique and beautiful. Throwing in white irises to a bouquet adds texture and a little frilliness, similar to the effect of a sweet pea.
Although it's true that blue flowers are not often found in nature (and what we sometimes see in the way of blue flowers are those dyed an unearthly/unnatural blue and gracing your local bodega), cornflowers are a sweet wildflower that works well for a tiny pop of color in your bouquet or centerpiece.
Usually seen as a flower used in more traditional and classic arrangements (especially when you think about blue and white hydrangeas), but there are (lesser-known) varieties that are popping up with cool, it-girl florists (like antique varieties in the dreamiest dusty variegated shades), so it's a flower that's worth exploring with your florist!
A favorite face-flower in case peonies aren't in your budget or aren't your style, these textural beauties can get huge (dinner plate dahlias can literally get to the size of dinner plates!), and can stand in easily for a peony. Plus, they have a huge color range—from soft pinks to deep dark burgundies.