All the expert advice you could need for picking the perfect summer wedding flowers!
August has to be one of the most wonderful months of the year and if you’ve chosen an August date for your wedding, you’re guaranteed a very special summer celebration. Flowers always add extra beauty to your big day so to help you along, here’s everything you need to know about August wedding flowers.
Beautiful August wedding flowers
August is all about abundance when it comes to summer wedding flowers and you’ve got a huge choice. Agapanthus, Snapdragons, Astrantia, Dahlias, Delphiniums, Chrysanthemums, Sunflowers, Hydrangeas and Larkspur are just some of the blooms your need to know about. However, florist Joanne Fletcher from Fletcher & Foley has two particular recommendations for you:
“Without a shadow of a doubt now is the time for the Dahlia. It’s such a versatile flower, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for soft blush tones, blousy romantic styling, Café Au Lait has been the star for a couple of years now, mixed with something like Wizard of Oz to bring in a softer pink shade. I have invested in a few other varieties, namely Burlesca and Labyrinth which are soft peachy/orange tones and these work so well with the dark claret dahlias.”
“And I know this will be slightly controversial, but the Chrysanthemum is back. I’m not talking petrol station eye watering colours, more subtle shades, and again there’s such a variety, a real mix of jewel tones or dusky elegant blooms. Gorgeous.”
Using seasonal wedding flowers
Now we all love August for its summery vibe so you can embrace the very best summer wedding flower ideas out there. But, as Joanne explains, this time of year is also perfect if you’d like to do something a little different:
“As the seasons change, late August can actually seem quite autumnal. We always think of it as high summer, but it’s a little more of a dusky seasonal gear change. The way hydrangeas change colours, and move into a more muted palette, mix them with grasses for a just picked look. Or go big, with arching branches of berried foliages and tall spires of delphinium, dahlias and roses. For buttonholes, try incorporating berries, wheat or grasses for a textured look.”
Making the most of your summer wedding flowers
August is most certainly peak wedding season and this is definitely worth keeping in mind when you’re planning your wedding flowers. There are always surges in demand for flowers, particularly around Bank Holidays, so Easter, May and August are all peak periods. For you, this means that your budget might not stretch as far as it would at other times so you might need to be flexible:
“It’s basic supply and demand,” says Joanne. “Around August Bank Holiday, the price of scented garden roses and blousy hydrangeas will be considerably higher than at other times of year. If your florist is sourcing British grown flowers, demand will be high and you may not be able to source everything from one grower.”
Another point to keep in mind is the weather. We all dream of long hot summer days and as your wedding approaches, you’re bound to be checking the forecast. But, as Joanne says, your flowers might not appreciate the sun as much as you:
“If your flowers are delivered at home, try and keep one room aside that’s cool. Close the curtains, keep windows open and avoid direct sunlight. Usually garages are quite cool places, worth checking out and if it is, clear space for their arrival. Spritz them with water so they have a fine mist to keep them happy.”
“I always deliver my bouquets in vases so they have access to water, and then take them out at the last possible moment. It’s always wise to have another vase at the venue to place them in after the ceremony to keep them in tip-top condition. And if you’re one of life’s worriers, pick a venue with air con!”
If you’re looking for more inspiration for your summer wedding and love the thought of a bright, bold theme, take a look at this feature that’s full of the best colourful wedding ideas around.