By Carolyn

August 24, 2021


The best August wedding flowers in the Pacific Northwest

LOCALLY GROWN SUMMER WEDDING FLOWERS FOR AUGUST

We know that the details of wedding planning can quickly get overwhelming - especially when it comes to choosing flowers! There are so many beautiful flowers and inspiration images, but how are you supposed to know what is blooming when?! After a full season of flower farming in 2020, we love helping clients know exactly what to expect. We love talking about seasonal and local flowers, so this week, we wanted to share some of our favorite locally grown wedding flowers for August! Weddings in August have the benefit of occurring when so many things are blooming, the possibilities are endless! Here are some of the best wedding flowers for August weddings, in our experience.

DAHLIAS (AGAIN)

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We hope you're not tired of dahlias, because August is their best month yet! Dahlias are a very popular choice for wedding flowers in August, due to the wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes available. There are no blue dahlias, but otherwise, the sky is the limit. They grow amazingly well in Seattle, so our local growers provide a dazzling array of options from July until the last frost. You can always find several dahlia varieties that work beautifully for every wedding color palette! Sometimes early dahlias bloom more brightly, then fade later into the season. In late August and through September, you can watch the classic Cafe au Lait dahlia go from a brighter pink to a beautiful blush, and then neutral taupe. We love pairing dahlias with other flowers on this list, as you can tell from these photos!

dahlia vase

COSMOS

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We love cosmos for their delicate, bouncy, fun personalities! They can make any bouquet or arrangement seem a little bit more wild and delicate. They typically start blooming in June, but grow taller and more prolific in August! They are such a favorite wedding flower for August, particularly with dahlias. We love using their feathery blooms and foliage to contrast with more geometric and rigid flowers. We also love that they come in white as well as more nuanced blushy tones. These cosmos "apricot lemonade" (above) are the perfect color to tie together blush, mauve, and sherbet yellow within the same palette. We love how sophisitcated, airy, and light cosmos can look in August wedding arrangements.

z flat lay photo with dahlia heads, ferns, and cosmos

RUDBECKIA

rudbeckia in an array of colors from yellows to browns and reds laid flat

I'll be honest - rudbeckia totally took me by surprise in 2020. If you've never heard of rudbeckia, you're not alone! Typically, they are associated with the black-eyed-susans that grow wild all over the country. But these beauties go far beyond that prairie look! I had never really grown them, but planted 100 feet of them, and used almost every single stem. I was so impressed, that last summer, I even wrote a love letter to rudbeckia hirta. I grew several mixes, but they were super easy to group by color depending on the wedding palette. And I’m obsessed with those chocolate centers - it’s rare that we get to use a flower with a dark center. They also come in a ton of fun shapes, from frilly double-petaled flowers that almost look like mums, to sparse petals that stick straight out. I asbolutely love the way they look with more blushy, muted flowers on this list. For example, rudbeckia added so much boho attitude to this centerpiece! They are really at their prime in August and September, and I love using them for weddings with more earthy palettes.

an overhead shot of a table with boho wedding flowers

Photo: Ariena Photography

SCABIOSA

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Photo: Missy Palacol Photography

Don’t let the ugly name fool you! Scabiosa add perfect airy, light details to any wedding floral design. Inserted correctly, they float above other flowers and add bounce, movement, and lightness to designs. One of my favorite design mentors considers “air” to be an ingredient in any balanced design, so these are the perfect flower to add some air and play with negative space. In the photo above, you can see small white scabiosa flowers floating over the middle and left sides of the bouquet. In addition, scabiosa come in a huge variety of colors, from dark burgundy to pure white, and have surprisingly strong stems for how small they are. If left uncut, they also form amazing seed pods that can be used to add texture and whimsy. One variety, scabiosa stellata, makes these amazing grey pods after they flower. How cool is that?! I love using scabiosa to make a design feel more magical, no matter what form they are in.

scabiosa stellata pods on a wooden backdrop

AMARANTH

bicolor green and bronze amaranthus on a wooden backdrop
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August is the height of summer, when everything explodes into bloom, including these amazing heads of amaranth. Surprisingly, amaranth is actually a grain similar to quinoa, and edible! But we use it for its textural interest and beautiful drape, especially in more boho designs. It comes in two forms, the very drapey form, and the “upright form,” but both add movement when placed correctly. They are a huge favorite because they come in a wide variety of colors, from bronze to green, and coral to burgundy. And August is when the seed heads are looking their best, without shedding any edible grains all over your wedding!

boho wedding ceremony with vintage rug and large floral urns to create an altar

LISIANTHIUS

a 'brown' lisianthius bloom at Everyday Flowers Farm in Stanwood WA

Can we get lisianthius other times of the year? Sure. However, nothing comes close to the lisianthius that our local growers are harvesting in August. These incredible flowers really shine this month, and we try to include them in every wedding from August to September! The flowers shoot out multiple branches per stem, giving you a wealth of fluffy, romantic petals in every bunch. We love how effortlessly beautiful they appear, gracefully floating over more compact flowers with their copious ruffles. We also love that we can manipulate the petals for a more frilly or more open look, depending on what we are going for. And finally, we love the color choices we get with local lisianthius, because they play so well with wedding palettes! From pure white to champagne blush and a dusty mauve “brown” (pictured above), we often use lisianthius to soften and bridge other colors in our palettes.

PLANNING YOUR SUMMER WEDDING DESIGN

Your florist should know what flowers are locally available and in season for your wedding month. (And if they cannot answer this…RUN!) After a full season of flower farming in 2020, we are more dedicated to local flowers than ever, especially as we continue to witness COVID’s impacts on the global supply chain. During the pandemic, florists relying on cheap imported flowers have routinely been forced to scramble, substitute, and use inferior products due to these issues. Prioritizing local flowers means that we can always make sure our clients have the best of what is available that season, that month, or even that week! And we work closely with dozens of our farm friends to make sure we can execute your vision beautifully and ethically.

GETTING MARRIED IN AUGUST?

We know wedding planning can be overwhelming, with so many flower choices and inspiration images. That’s why we love helping our couples articulate their vision so they can have the wedding of their dreams, and give their guests an experience they won’t forget. And our books are now open for August weddings in 2022! If you are ready to have the lowest stress you can possibly have when it comes to flowers, let's chat! You can click below to inquire and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. We can't wait to meet you!

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