Flower Fashion & Fundamentals

Brides need not worry about matchmaking when it comes to wedding flowers. From the bridal bouquets to the boutonnieres, wedding flower trends include diversity of choice, boldness of color and distinctiveness of design, according to a leading expert.

Floral and interior designer Rebecca Cole is author of Flower Power, co-host of Discovery Channel’s Surprise by Design and a regular contributor to the Today show. She describes top trends in wedding flowers. “Wedding flowers follow fashion trends,” Cole said, “and today, individuality, rather than convention is in style. No longer do the bridesmaids’ bouquets need to match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and centerpieces.” In some cases, each bridesmaid may have a different bouquet, according to Cole.

Colorful blooms, in contrast to traditional white, also are en vogue, with lavenders and plums beautifying bridal parties. Bold and powerful arrangements dominate over the traditionally romantic. “Modern, Zen and even monochromatic designs featuring only one flower or color will in many cases replace traditional delicate mixes of flowers headed down the aisle,” Cole said.

When it comes to dramatic and distinctive design, hand-tied French twist bouquets incorporating bold ribbons and pearls will make a striking statement. Cascading bouquets, a current popular selection for brides, will continue to add drama. And, table decor will become even more of a central focus.

“The containers that hold the flowers and what surrounds them, the candles, are attracting significant attention from brides,” Cole said. “Even for smaller, more intimate weddings, flowers can make a big design statement, on any budget.”

Think Outside the Bunch

Beyond the most established uses for wedding flowers – room and table d�cor and corsages – flowers of all varieties are being used to enhance the special day in many non-traditional ways. For example:

  • Welcome gifts for out-of-town guests and members of the bridal parties
  • Thank you gifts for those people who make the bride and groom’s day special
  • Rehearsal dinner and wedding brunch decor
  • Decorations for the wedding transportation
  • Floating arrangements for ponds or pools
  • Accessories for the bride’s hair, in some cases replacing the more traditional veil

The Society of American Florists, the trade association that represents thousands of U.S. florists and other members of the floral industry, wants every bride’s day to be perfect and offers helpful advice for brides-to-be.

Some key pieces of information brides should share with their florists include descriptions of the wedding dress, bridesmaids dress colors, church and reception rules and pictures of arrangements they like and don’t like.

“Seeing your personal style will help your florist translate your concepts into workable floral designs that will make your wedding day look like you’ve always imagined,” said Jennifer Sparks, vice president of marketing for the Society.
The organization also suggests some questions brides should ask during a floral consultation, such as:

Do you have any pictures of your work at my wedding/reception location?
Will the newest floral varieties be available in the colors I have chosen?

“Flowers are one of the most important elements of your wedding day,” Cole added. “They set the mood and tone for the event and will remembered for years to come.”

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