Ideas for small summer flower arrangements

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Ideas for small summer flower arrangements
Use colourful flowers that symbolise things like cheerfulness in a small summer bouquet. (bouquet image by christophe denis from

Summer brides have many choices when it comes to their floral arrangements. A variety of beautiful blooms are in season throughout the summer months. The bride who chooses a small arrangement of flowers can still include flowers with meaning, bright flowers, and a number of appropriate "filler flowers" all designed to complement her summer wedding.

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Arrange a small nosegay, or hand-held bouquet, of wildflowers for a garden wedding. Include flowers like lavender and daisies--said to symbolise innocence and purity, with the gerbera daisy, in season in July, symbolising cheerfulness. Another flower for a more casual bouquet or table arrangement is stock, which symbolises lasting beauty, happiness in life, and bonds of affection, all of which are wished to a bride on her wedding day.

Ideas for small summer flower arrangements
Daisies are a wild flower that symbolise innocence and purity. (daisy image by Deborah Durbin from

Single-Flower Bouquet

Make a bouquet that features very few flowers--simply one large flower and a few small flowers to fill in space. To make such a bouquet, the Save on Crafts website advises cutting the stem of the single large flower, like an English rose, to 3 inches and placing it in the middle of a lace-trimmed bouquet holder. Fill in around the edges with glossy leaves or with short sprigs of flowers such as preserved Queen Anne's lace, dill, or milkweed, all of which are in season throughout the summer months.

Take apart the tiny individual flower heads of some additional filler flowers. Hot glue these flower heads into the petals of the large flower, for a multilayered effect. Tie coordinating satin ribbon around the base of the flowers, attaching any remaining small flowers to the tails of this ribbon. Finally, use floral adhesive glue to adhere pearl sprays to the inside of the petals of the large flower as well. Make in a vase for a small table arrangement--or group a number of decorated flowers in vases of different heights.

Ideas for small summer flower arrangements
Dill is a small flower ideally used as a "filler flower." (dill image by Tina Stumpp from

Bright Flowers

Use bright, colourful flowers in your small summer bouquet or arrangement. For example, carry a small bouquet of purple lilacs tied with matching ribbon if you are marrying your first love, since the purple lilac symbolises just that. Lilacs are generally in season in June or July depending on your location. A small bouquet of pink peonies, makes an elegant summer arrangement, symbolising a happy life and marriage, good health, and prosperity. Windflower, usually in season in August, comes in a variety of vibrant colours and can be used to accent any bouquet or arrangement.

For a casual party, inexpensive annual zinnias, in bright pink, purple, yellow and even lime green are charming in old-fashioned Mason jars, finished with coordinating grosgrain ribbon or raffia ties. Try black-eyed Susans or small sunflowers for a late-summer arrangement.

Ideas for small summer flower arrangements
Purple lilacs symbolise first love, making them a romantic floral choice. (lilacs image by Lena Grönwall from

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