Stunning Summer Centerpieces Using In-Season Flowers
What's not to love about a summer wedding? The weather, the natural backdrops, and the extended hours of daylight are all major highlights, but the best part of these seasonal celebrations may just be the plethora of wedding décor options. This, of course, applies to summer floral arrangements. There's something about an incredible centerpiece packed with in-season flowers that's sure to attract all your guests' attention—and, of course, speak to your warm-weather wedding date.
No matter what your ideal wedding style is, there's one more detail to consider before you start working with a florist to craft the perfect displays: You need to first research which varieties will be in bloom when you tie the knot. Using in-season flowers for your wedding can not only help you cut costs—it can also help you fully embrace the amazing look and feel of summer for your wedding day. Some of the best petal picks to take a look at? Hydrangeas, roses, peonies, dahlias, zinnias, and, of course, sunflowers, are all amazing options to add into your summer centerpieces. And, believe us, that's just the start.
Feeling overwhelmed by all the summer flowers available to you? Don't be. Just take a look at these gorgeous, seasonal arrangements for a little pre-wedding inspiration and let the amazing flowers featured in each one of them help inform your own summer floral search. Here, you'll discover all the ways to play with these timely blooms—and learn how to make them work for your specific wedding color palette (couples planning events fill with pink-and-purple details, bookmark this Layers of Lovely arrangement!), theme, and more.
If there's any season to whip out the ultra-bright colors, it's summer. This modern centerpiece by Nicole Chapman Design—situated on a tabletop designed by RSVP Event Design—is proof the seasonal neon shades can feel refined. Note the vibrant, sunny-centered pink peonies and bright yellow dahlias, both of which gave this arrangement its vibrancy.
A bright white centerpiece operates much like a neon one. Take this arrangement by Blue Ladder Botany, for example. The peonies, roses, and carnations are so white they appear almost fluorescent. They were so high-contrast, in fact, that they stood out against the cream-and-gray tablescape, curated by Green Apple Event Co., seen here.
Spring gets all the credit: We often associate the season with the blossoming of long-dormant blooms. But flowers come to life all summer long. Celebrate this lush time of year with a sprawling tabletop arrangement that looks more like a full-fledged garden than a compact centerpiece, à la this peony, rose, and ranunculus runner by Bloomwell & Co. The arrangement was so alive, that it creeped over the place settings, which were organized by Natalie Choi.
Turn to summer's ripe bounty when ideating your tablescape's design and florals. Bloom Wedding and Bloom Your Life turned to one of the season's most iconic harvests—peaches!—when creating this tabletop; they used the fruit's colorway throughout the tabletop, from the linens and pillar candles to the orange-meets-pink peonies embedded in the centerpieces.
If you look closely, you'll spot an iconic summer bloom right in the center of this Designs by Hemingway centerpiece: orchids. Our favorite part about this arrangement, however, is the gradient color palette. As your eye moves left to right over the image, note how cream roses darken to blush; a pop of bright pink (via the orchids!) defines the center; and dark burgundy scabiosa complete the ombré effect, signaling the end of this mix and the beginning of the next one.
Who says your summer centerpiece has to burst with seasonal color? This Mallory Joyce Design display is proof that moody shades, including merlot and mauve, work just as well—especially if you translate these hues through in-season buds, like peonies, roses, and carnations.
Couples planning polished, classic weddings should bookmark this idea by Kate Asire. A stunning mix of cream, pale yellow, and barely-there orange rose varieties defined this traditional compote centerpiece. The arrangement was right at home on this paisley-clad tabletop, which was designed by Upstate I Do.
When brainstorming your tabletop arrangements' color story, choose a focal-point shade that screams summer, like yellow. The cheerful hue defined the majority of this Emblem Flowers arrangement. Accent colors, like pink (seen in the centers of the vibrant lilies) and cream (a grounding neutral), added visual interest to the display.
Pink-lovers, this fuchsia-everything arrangement, which was created by Color Theory Collective, is for you. One word of advice: Incorporate a neutral hue (the pros worked in a unique café au lait-hued rose in the center of this display) to temper the over-the-top color palette.
When you think of nautical wedding motifs, one distinct color comes to mind: blue (more specifically, navy). A floral arrangement, however, can still reference oceanic elements sans that color marker. This organic, pink-centric Beauty in the Making arrangement was composed of many sea-inspired blooms; its fluted lilies' patterns recalled fish scales, while the base mauve plant resembled anemones.
Pinks and Purples
Using a slew of in-bloom flowers, like carnations, peonies, and cosmos, can help bring just about any floral color palette—including a spring favorite, like pink and purple—straight into summer. Wild Muse Florals created this vibrant mix; Lovingly Yours was responsible for the rest of the tabletop's design.
Look to tropical locales where it's summer all year round when sourcing flowers for your warm-weather tabletops. Don Eloy included two lace leaf buds—an exotic favorite—in this dynamic garland, which also featured ranunculus, orchids, roses, and scabiosa.
The best part about flowers that come to life in the summer months? They're about as plentiful as it gets—which guarantees that there's a readily-available option to suit your event's color palette. You can find just about any of these bloom types in neutral hues, as evidenced by this Simple Florals arrangement; the mix showcases a gamut of creams, from yellow-tinted ranunculus and buttery Japanese anemones to barely-blush spray roses (note the addition of seasonal berries for a pop of contrasting color). The monochrome arrangement spoke to the rest of the tabletop's modern marble design, courtesy of Roxanne Bellamy.
Lilies and Leaves
Bright pink lilies and lush, leafy ferns—which reach their most verdant shade in the summertime—pair prettily together; this Wildheart tabletop arrangement, which also involved orchids, peonies, andromeda, ranunculus, and tulips, is proof.
Darks and Lights
We love how the orange, yellow, and fuchsia roses and ranunculus in this Jenna Lam Events arrangement complement the salmon tones used throughout the rest of the tabletop.
Think beyond in-season florals when curating your centerpieces' elements. TOAST Santa Barbara rounded out these ranunculus, variegated anthurium, Japanese sweet peas, merletto crimson carnations, Charlie Brown orchids, roses, and amaryllis mixes with another fun, seasonal element: halved papaya.
Think spring owns pastel color palettes? Think again. Work your favorite watercolor shades, like lilac, blush, and peach, into your summer centerpieces, like Meristem Floral did here; this mix incorporated garden roses, dahlias, hellebores, ranunculus, delphiniums, larkspurs, snapdragons, clematis, spray roses, and cosmos.
Though thistles look like a dried bloom—and, therefore, feel more fall-forward—they actually bloom from July through August, making them accessible for your mid-summer nuptials. Make like Studio Sorores and use them as an accent bud alongside garden roses, orchids, and chocolate cosmos.
Contemporary Rose Garden
There's a reason why roses are such a popular wedding flower—they're readily available all year round. They're also incredibly malleable—reinvent them to fit your modern summer wedding's aesthetic by gently pulling down the base petals (this completely changes the flower's shape!) and tucking them into sleek ceramic bowls, à la this Clementine Botanical Arts display.
Here's a creative way to help your summertime blooms stand out: Highlight your favorite varieties by keeping them longer than the rest. Yellow-centered peonies hovered above the base flowers—including ranunculus and poppies—in this copper trove vessel, arranged by Moon Canyon.
If your event walks the line between summer and fall, consider adding blooms (and fruits!) that speak to both seasons to your centerpieces. Beehive Events did just that when creating this timely mix, which was comprised of spray roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and amaryllis paired with burnished pears, persimmons, figs, and fresh herbs.
Pretty in Pink
Looking for a little floral romance to add to the big day? Take a cue from this rose and dahlia centerpiece by Jaclyn Journey.
Dusty pink roses and vibrant blush dahlias look even fresher when placed inside an antique planter bowl (we're crazy about the subtle moss staining on the vessels of these KD&J Botanica creations).