Formal Summer Wedding Centerpieces

If you are a bride planning a formal summer wedding, you may be frustrated at how many of the design ideas for summer weddings are geared towards casual beach celebrations. Formal weddings can definitely take place at any time of the year, including the summer months. These are some elegant designs for formal summer wedding centerpieces that are seasonal and stylish.

The terrific thing about designing summer wedding centerpieces is the abundance of flowers which are in season at that time of the year. Some of the best blossoms to include in formal centerpieces are roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. Orchids and lilies are also easy to come by in the summer, and can be excellent to use in grand table arrangements. One thing that will help formal centerpieces retain a summery feeling is to use light colors like pink, peach, blue, or white. Rich hues such as dark red or eggplant will tend to give formal centerpieces a more wintery style.

One breathtaking idea for an elegant centerpiece is to use footed urns as the vessels. The shape of the urns will automatically make the arrangements feel more grand and graceful. Fill them with lush garden roses and peonies in shades of pink peach, and white in loosely shaped arrangements. Add elements which will drape softly over the side of the urn such as ivy or trailing flowers for a very romantic effect. This would be a lovely centerpiece for a formal daytime wedding or one held in a garden or tent.

Tall centerpieces will naturally be dramatic and grand, which is ideal when you are planning a formal wedding. Very tall thin vases are an easy way to elevate your floral design. Silver fluted vases are outstanding for a traditional evening reception. Top them with large arrangements of orchids, with a few trailing elements. White or pale purple orchids would be gorgeous. For a more tailored effect, opt for a tall clear glass vase. The fun part about the clear vase is that it can be filled with something pretty for a very grand design. Large faux pearls are great for brides wearing pearl bridal jewelry sets, while crystals are fabulous vase fillers for those who have chosen crystal bridal jewelry sets. Top with a large round bouquet of bright pink roses and peonies.

Hydrangeas can be used to great effect to create formal summer table arrangements for your reception. Create a wreath of blue or green hydrangeas around the base of a tall silver candelabra for a romantic evening wedding centerpiece. If you prefer low centerpieces, create elegant arrangements of white roses and hydrangeas to place in low round vases. Don't overlook the possibility of hanging flowers above the dinner tables as part of the table design; drape garlands of hydrangeas or even orchids around chandeliers for a stunning effect.

A final thing to keep in mind when creating formal centerpiece for summer weddings is that the bright tropical colors such as fuchsia and orange which tend to be popular in the warm months are less-than-ideal for a formal wedding. As long as you combine graceful elements with classic blossoms in light colors, you will be able to create fabulous centerpieces which will be absolutely perfect for your formal summer wedding.


Bridget Mora writes mostly about fashion,weddings and jewelry. She is a former bridal shop manager and stays on top of the wedding industry trends. She writes often for silverlandjewelry.com Shop for a stunning rhinestone jewelry set or the perfect wedding earrings. Order free sample crystals and pearls in your wedding colors to insure you get the right jewelry for your wedding.