Set the Mood: Wedding Floral Trends

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Floral creations reflect your personality and leave a lasting impression on your guests. This year’s floral design trends range from classic to vibrant, monochromatic to bursting with colors, minimalist to extravagant. It’s less about tradition and more about personal expression and creativity.

Sustainability, local sourcing, textures, bold color palettes and unexpected inclusions give brides and designers a no-holds-barred opportunity to express themselves. An emphasis on supporting local growers reflects a broader societal shift toward responsible consumption. This trend is driven by growing awareness of the environmental affects of mass-produced, imported flowers, which can involve systems for growth, storage and transport that consume massive amounts of energy.

Lively and Bright
In 2024, brides expect to use high-impact, eye-catching, vibrant colors. Guests will see a lot of vibrant pinks, oranges, yellows, purples and electric blues. Designers can create a bold look with rich colors such as emerald green, burgundy, dark blues and dark purples, adding a touch of sophistication and drama to your wedding. Dahlias, peonies, ranunculus, fuschias and anthuriums all fit this profile.

If your vision is to break away from the balanced, rounded bouquet, centerpieces and backdrops, think about a free-form design. Florals, greenery, succulents, even additions such as small branches, weeds, herbs, grasses and fern fronds can give your display the impact of an organic creation.

Dramatic and sculptural floral elements are expected to make an appearance, with large quantities of single flowers grouped together creating fantastic statement pieces.
This approach shifts the focus away from the micro design elements, and the eye sees the overall shape of the design.

Asymmetry combines with a minimalist approach using unique elements such as dried flowers or herbs intermixed with fresh blooms. Natural-looking bouquets and arrangements with wildflowers and unusual foliage move away from traditional roses and eucalyptus. Soft lines and floral cascades contrast with firm lines provided by twigs or succulents and provide new texture.

Imagine thistles, succulents and air plants that create an interesting visual effect and bring your vision to life. Mix different textures together in single arrangements or use them as accent pieces throughout your venue. Dried elements such as lavender or wheat stalks provide a rustic touch, larger-than-life dried palms give a modern boho twist. Dried banana leaves have a contemporary sculptural feel.

The unexpected, such as berries, fruits and vegetables used as seasonal accents, introduce a fresh element.

Statement Pieces
A trend gaining traction is using floral arches, chandeliers, hanging and floating arrangements composed of fresh blooms cascading from a primary element of your venue design. Combined with this trend is the use of minimal, carefully designed table centerpieces that complement the statement piece. It can create a dramatic, fairy-tale atmosphere that surprises and photographs exceptionally well.

The Classics
Favorites such as peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses and lilies will remain popular choices; more modern blooms such as cosmos, chamomile, ornamental kale, scabiosa and tiny textures will be added. Not to be left out are lilies, tulips, orchids and hydrangeas. All are timeless blooms that provide a touch of romance and sophistication.
To be truly eco-friendly, consider using potted plants in your décor. After the wedding, they can be taken home, gifted to guests or replanted, making for a sustainable, zero-waste floral solution.

She’s endured for 60 years; thanks to the movie, pink will be around for the foreseeable future. If you’re embracing the color and trend, there are almost limitless options for wedding floral design. Pink comes in a world of hues and shades, from the lightest, most pastel iterations, warm peach tones, watermelons and corals to vibrant magenta and deep, almost purple tones.

Think about using different shapes and textures of pinks and pink-colored leaves, such as caladiums, rex begonias, arrowhead plants and all the rainbow of pink-tinted succulents such as echeverias. Pair with cymbidium orchids in a deeper shade.

Repurpose and Donate
Extend the joy of the wedding by donating your floral arrangements to a charity, hospital, care home or homebound individuals. Brides who have church weddings frequently leave their florals for a later worship service.

Chances are your city has a business or nonprofit that will organize repurposing your flowers. Forget Me Knot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, started after Leona Davis planned her daughter’s wedding and asked, “What happens to our flowers?” Following the wedding, the family divided the flowers into bouquets and delivered them to a local nursing home. “When we saw the residents’ faces upon receiving the flowers and hearing the bride and groom’s love story, our hearts erupted with love and gratitude. It was clear that we couldn’t stop with this wedding!” she writes on the website.

No matter what your wedding theme is, choose flowers that you love and that represent your personal style and vision.

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