A wedding day scene set up with the backdrop of a lovely summer day may sound picturesque and romantic, but the fact is, a wedding held outdoors in the summer will mean special considerations for every planned detail, including the flowers you choose. You may have a certain type of flowers in mind to order from the florist to adorn tables, line walkways, and even create bundled bouquets, but before you get your heart set on any flower type specifically, there are a few things you should know. When it comes to live flowers for your outdoor summer wedding, make sure you keep these tips in mind.
Not all types of flowers stand up well to the heat of summer.
Some flowers hale from subtropic climates where they can withstand the heat of the sun, while others will not fare well in direct sunlight and heat at all. For example, tulips and other bulbed flowers will often droop in the heat. Plus, tulips will open up fully in the bright sunlight to create a totally different appearance, more like a poppy flower. Before you pick a certain type of flower, make sure you do a little research and discussion with your florist about which types will fare best in the summer heat.
Some live flowers naturally attract bugs worse than others.
Sweet smelling hyacinths, gardenias, and freesia may be a lovely decoration choice for your outdoor wedding, and you may be thinking the fragrant odor will be a nice atmospheric addition. However, bugs are a big deal in the summer. So, if you must go with live flowers for a summer wedding outdoor, it is best to stick with flowers which do not naturally radiate a strong fragrance. For example, roses do have a fragrant smell, but this is not one of the most aromatic flowers. The last thing you want is for your guests or bridal party to be left fighting off bees, wasps, and ants for the entirety of the event.
Bundled flower bouquets for the bridal party must be safely kept before use.
It is a popular choice to go with a bundle of fresh flowers for the bride and all her party to hold during the event. These bouquets are typically just tied together with a small ribbon or piece of jute twine. While the natural look can be stunning, your fresh floral bouquets will look anything but if they are not properly cared for in the heat of summer. Make sure the bouquets are ordered well in advance from the florist so they can be constructed the day of your wedding, and once they are delivered or picked up, keep the bouquets in a vase of water to keep them fresh.