This article appears in Bride 2019 magazine.
When it comes to wedding floral trends, engaged couples are making up their own traditions with everything from more-organic bouquets to floral statement walls.
“Bouquets have come a long way, and now people are choosing to go bigger with more elaborate flowers and bouquets that are so large they almost cover the whole dress,” said Audra Danzak, owner of A Garden Floral in Las Vegas. “With their own personal style, brides can throw tradition to the wind.”
On the other hand, some brides are taking a note from the smaller bouquet Meghan Markle carried as she married England’s Prince Harry, said Diane Joyal, owner and head floral designer at Bowerbird Flowers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“Bouquets have evolved from tightly bound to a more organic free-flowing style featuring greenery,” said Danielle Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Blooms by the Box, an online wholesaler of wedding flowers. “Dahlias and ranunculus are both on the rise, and with good reason. Dahlias come in wide variety of colors, from vibrant solids to a softer pastel, which makes them universally popular no matter your color palette. Ranunculus adds whimsy and romance with their paper-thin petals.”
Greenery and arches
Something on-trend right now is bouquets with only greenery as opposed to flowers, said Samantha Rodgers, in-house florist for Vegas Weddings in downtown Las Vegas.
“Everyone is looking for oversized, boho-style bouquets with loose arrangements. When it comes to details, lace ribbon is the most popular and on every bride’s must list,” she said.
“When it comes to color palettes, pastels have returned in place of blush. I’m seeing floral designers using a range of pastel colors to create a soft, but impactful, painted effect in bouquets,” Joyal said.
Also of-the-moment is fern greenery in garlands, bouquets and boutonnieres, and to add texture to any tablescape, Gonzalez said.
“Wreaths are a perennial favorite, but now they are coming at us in an unexpected way: Think mini wreath boutonnieres for the guys,” she said.
Circles are a symbol of eternal love, and a ring or hoop of flowers brings this message to life.
“If you truly want to make a statement, this is the pièce de resistance. A ring or arch of flowers makes a beautiful focal point, a great conversation starter and a photo backdrop everyone will be lining up for,” said Vito Russo, vice president and artistic director at Carl Alan Floral Artistry in Philadelphia.
“An archway dripping in layers of flowers and greenery, used for the ceremony and then moved to a reception space, is a wonderful way to create a photo op for your guests while getting more bang for your buck,” Joyal said. “If you’re all about a statement wall, using tropical foliage in a living wall is something that will really impress.”
— Don’t forget and order flowers at the last minute, Russo said. Florists and bridal experts recommend at least a month for basic bouquets, and up to nine months before the wedding for intricate, large-scale designs.
— Keep in mind what flowers will be in season so that you don’t break your budget. Ever-popular peonies can be sourced in fall and winter, but you will likely pay a premium, Gonzalez said.
— Be realistic about your budget. Do your research into floral designers and pick one whose work resonates with you, Joyal said.