click to enlarge Bride Lauren Brown chose a Bohemian-style clutch made up of a king protea with thistle, brunia, peonies and roses. - PHOTO BY KARA EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo by Kara Evans Photography
Bride Lauren Brown chose a Bohemian-style clutch made up of a king protea with thistle, brunia, peonies and roses.

Wedding flowers follow fashion trends.  Today individuality, rather than convention, is in style.

Today’s wedding florals are more personal than ever. Brides are choosing styles from classic white formal designs to unique custom designs featuring brightly colored flowers.



For the bride, there are several different types:

• Cascade – Most often used in formal, traditional weddings.  They are generally voluptuous and have flowers that extend beyond the main point of the bouquet.

• Hand-tied – More casual, particularly nice for garden weddings and brides who like the feeling of an unarranged gathering of flowers.

• Nose gays – A round cluster of flowers that can vary in sophistication. These can be very trendy and are a good choice for any style of wedding.


• Bohemian hand-tied – This style has been very popular the last couple of years. It has a loose, organic feel and tends to be a larger bouquet but can be designed in a size desirable to the bride.

As for the shape of the bouquet, the florist will work closely with the bride, giving her the floral design of her dreams, whether it is a gathered bunch of blooms or a cascade of flowers.

click to enlarge Bride Kaitlin Dietrich had a clutch bouquet with a waterfall in front. The flowers include peonies, hyperricum berries, roses, cushion mums, seeded eucalyptus, Italian ruscus and olive foliage. - PHOTO BY KARA EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo by Kara Evans Photography
Bride Kaitlin Dietrich had a clutch bouquet with a waterfall in front. The flowers include peonies, hyperricum berries, roses, cushion mums, seeded eucalyptus, Italian ruscus and olive foliage.


Vintage-inspired fashions will continue to show up with soft colors and shapes.  Those brides who relish tradition and choose gowns reminiscent of the past may follow suit with this choice of wedding flower design. Soft blush and beige tone flowers lend themselves to this vintage feel and are likely to be trending for years to come.

There are many factors that can play a role in the final choice and style of your florals such as your gown style, venue and the possible theme or feel the couple is trying to create.  A florist can help blend floral styles based on certain time periods with trending ideas, creating a timeless look and feel to any wedding.


As far as trends, florists in the northern part of the United States are seeing a rise in the use of purple and lavender tones. In the south, florists are reporting a decline in the rustic and vintage motifs.

In our area, we have seen an increase in bringing the outdoors in with lots of tailored greenery replacing the use of flowers in centerpieces.

Green, emerald, merlot and champagne will be popular colors into 2020, along with the blush and neutral beige tones.

Centerpieces will vary from very minimal to tall and over-the-top.

Natural products – both dried and preserved – will be making a huge comeback.  You will see a variety including pampas grass, fluffy limonium and even reeds and pods.

In addition, you will see an abundance of hanging florals, arbor sprays and greenery installations.  In the Springfield area, the Boho-chic wedding and those with a vintage feel are popular, and this looks like a trend that will continue.

Michelle O’Neal-Babicky is the owner of Petals and Co. in Rochester and has worked in the floral industry since 1982.

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