June is one of the most popular months for marriages in the US, and has been for decades. With the near-assuredness of summer warmth without the heat and humidity of July and August, June is a dainty lady. Outdoor weddings are popular in June, as couples take full advantage of some of the year's best weather.
Perhaps more than any other reason, however, June and July appeal to brides for their incredible floral abundance. While modern farming and shipping allows for almost any bloom, at almost any time, anywhere, seasonal blooms are preferred for cost reasons. In the US there are few months, if any, that offer more seasonal blooms than June and July.
Delphinium, a beautiful purple-blue flower popular in large, English-style gardens, blooms in early summer and makes for a dramatic wedding flower. A hardy, long stem supports endless clusters of the delicate petals, perfect for a draped bouquet. Delphinium comes in shades of lavender but can be found in a rich, cobalt blue - a rare flower indeed, and hard to beat for drama.
Another long stem June/July beauty perhaps unparalleled for drama and romance is the Calla lily. Calla lillies, most popular in pure creamy white, offer an architectural foil to multi-petal flowers. With their long green stems and delicate, bell-shaped flowers, Callas punctuate bouquets but look incredible on their own. A simple cluster of stems tied with a simple ribbon exudes a refined elegance. If the stems are short, the bouquet is a bit prim. If left long and draped over the arm, a calla lily bouquet is the ultimate for a modern bride.
Hydrangeas, with their big, fluffy heads of tiny petals, are very popular for summer centerpieces. Their size alone means a single bloom can fill a lot of real estate (and fill it well) and their abundance keeps the price relatively low. Happy brides who love the preppy romance of hydrangea are even happier to know that white (and a very pretty white at that) is one of hydrangea's natural colors. Brides looking for a little more punch can opt for shades of baby pink, fuchsia, and occasionally, purple and Dutch blue.
Cosmos, a delicate, symmetrical flower, is almost an archetype. With its center surrounded by big looping petals, cosmos is the real version of the flower any 4-yr old might draw. This simplicity and familiarity lends a sweetness to this hardy plant, and few brides can resist cosmos' straightforward appeal. Cosmos is readily available in shades of baby pink, rich pink, white, and more - but one variety stands above the rest and makes for a perfect bouquet flower for brides looking for serious drama: chocolate cosmos. As their name might suggest, chocolate cosmos are rich burgundy ranging to deep chocolate brown. The texture of their petals combined with the color gives the impression of luxurious fabric.
Colorful and hardy dahlias are an excellent choice for a late June/July summer wedding. Grown all over the US and North America, this popular flower comes in an almost endless variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, from tiny to almost 10" wide. Even better for a bride? They can last up to a week after cutting.
Of course, a June/July wedding is not a real wedding without the incomparable rose. Roses have a reputation that precedes them, which is both good and bad. Some brides may turn their nose up at what they perceive to be an overly popular plant - popular in the bad sense - but roses are famous because they are beautiful, and come in endless varieties and colors sure to complement any taste.
Feeling overwhelmed by the beauty? It doesn't stop. These are just a handful of the many, many flowers available for June and July weddings. It is no wonder that brides can't resist celebrating their nuptials amongst such an abundance.
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