Flowers are often the central décor element in weddings, and lucky for us, florists are brimming with creativity. Here’s what’s blooming in wedding flower trends, hopefully it’ll give you some floral inspiration.
Photos Left and center: Melissa Oholendt Photography, Right photo: Tinge Photography
PINTEREST INSPO: FLOWERS OF ALL SIZES RULE
You know those large and bountiful bouquets you see all over Pinterest? They have started a trend in wedding flowers themselves. Large round arrangements will never go away but in an effort to stand out and personalize, couples are requesting big asymmetrical shapes with cascading greens. Less “put together” and more natural styles are what bridal parties are carrying more and more, to give a less strict and formal air, and keep the vibe casual and cool. “Trailing flowers are big, whether in the bridal bouquet or trailing off the tables or ceilings,” says Summer Harsh-DeMers, of Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry.
Photos above, left: @erikahartphotography, right; @katiekopan
And because anything goes when it comes to your own personal choices in wedding design, Christi Poppler, owner of Studio C Floral tells us that “Trending for next year, are smaller bridal bouquets, but much more detailed in design. We are seeing a lot of small and delicate flowers being used, and especially blooms that aren’t so common.”
Harsh-DeMers, of Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry agrees, “I have been getting requests for smaller, slightly more tailored styles. It’s about finding a balance of a natural organic shape and something a little polished.”
TRENDS IN WEDDING FLOWERS: PAMPAS GRASS
Melissa Stratton, Owner & Creative Director of Sadie’s Couture Floral is noticing a trend with the use of pampas grass. “Our favorite wedding floral trend of the moment is pampas grass! Whether it is paired with clean, contemporary white floral and bleached greenery or mixed in with pops of neutral color, it is a sure way to bring in a natural, soft palette to any wedding decor. “
Sadie’s Couture Floral created the bouquet above of pampas grass, white phalaenopsis orchids, white anthurium, bleached italian ruskus, and sweet escimo roses.
MODERN OR TRADITIONAL AREN’T YOUR ONLY CHOICES
With couples, designers and their vendors getting more creative, so are the descriptions of what they want in everything from gowns to cakes as well as flowers. A bride can be “boho chic”, “woodsy” or “whimsical” no longer only choosing between being super modern or utterly traditional.
CHOOSING THE FLOWER NOT THE SEASON
One of the best ways to stay within your budget when it comes to flowers is to pick blooms that are in season. That means they don’t have to be flown in from some far-away place because they are growing naturally during the time you need them right near home. But couples, in their desire to stand out and have individual looks at their weddings, are forgoing that and choosing blooms you might not expect for the season of their wedding, so says Meghan Ryks, lead designer at Joy Unspeakable Flowers. For the adventurous (with a larger budget) think peonies or hydrangea in winter, when those are usually reserved for spring or summer.
COLOR IS MAKING A COMEBACK
“Traditional” brides often have an all-white or mostly white bouquet, but now we’re seeing requests for more color in floral accessories. Rather than blend into their gowns, brides are using their bouquet to make a statement, or really just to add a pop of color to many photographs. For bridesmaid bouquets, color is also taking over. Requests of solely white and green flowers is fading, and what’s taking the lead now are colors that complement bridesmaids’ attire, whether it be in neutral tones or darker colors. Christi Poppler, of Studio C Floral, is seeing brighter color palettes. “Our clients are looking for a fun and lively vibe, and are looking to have their décor reflect that. Painted foliages, and dyed blooms are being shown everywhere as well, and it’s fun to have some color and texture variety in what we can offer in floral.”
Summer Harsh-DeMers, of Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry, agrees, “To my surprise I have had multiple requests for bridal bouquets with little to no greenery or foliage. They are looking for a more saturated and dramatic color scheme and green doesn’t always fit in. That being said, I definitely see a lot of colored foliage or bleached foliage making an appearance. Blush and champagne will always have a place but we are now mixing them with deep contrasting colors such as rich berry tones. This gives a dramatic contrast that still feels warm.”
Left Photo: Melissa Oholendt Photography, Right photo: Tinge Photography
BUT…SOFT TONES AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE
Couples that prefer a more subdued color scheme are still on-trend as well, as Melissa Stratton, of Sadie’s Couture Floral told us, “Another trend we love right now is the focus on big, romantic and soft-toned blooms. From Spring to Winter, a mix of neutral cream, beige, grey and soft blush tones can be the perfect complement to a range of romantic palettes.”
Sadie’s Couture Floral created the above bouquet of white peonies, white ranunculus and roses.
More and more couples are choosing flowers based on sentimentality (perhaps the same flowers in the bouquet that their mother had) or a wrap with special meaning. Joy Unspeakable Flowers gets special requests for bouquet wrapping that might include specialty ribbon, jewelry, or items memorializing loved ones who have past. This is a lovely way to personalize your wedding and make it unique, whether you want to follow trends in wedding flowers, or not.