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Today's wedding floral designs are not just about complementing a space — they're about merging a couple's personalities and styles. With a long list of flower arrangements you'll need for your wedding (bridal bouquet, floral centerpieces, boutonnieres, etc) choosing the right signature flower is no easy task. To help you find the perfect florals for your special day, we talked to lead designer of La Petite Gardenia Alison Franchi — who shares her top tips for pulling off the latest wedding flower trends with ease.
Tonal shades of green are making their way from farm to table — literally. Various shades of green and natural wood, including moss, bay laurel, magnolia, maidenhair fern, jasmine vine, and fiddle fern, are a great place to start. Add in textures of plants in garlands that trail down the table, swags hung from chairs, and whimsical statement pieces hung from rafters or the ceiling, and you can redefine wedding florals altogether. La Petite Gardenia loves to hang floral chandeliers, too, to make a true statement and create a great focal point in any room.
Advice: Don't forget to add warmth and romance with accents of candles
Voluptuous and fleshy, these exotic species are adored for their longevity, resilience, and beauty. Pair them with traditional petals such as garden roses, peonies and ranunculus for a pretty juxtaposition and textural eye candy.
Advice: Keep in mind the desired color palette when choosing the right bloom and shape. Go with a softer silver hue when paired with pastels. Also, choose blooms with soft features. No one likes sharp lines and spiky plants — especially in a wedding centerpiece!
Mauve! Raspberry! Violet! Eggplant! Jewel tones are especially hot, as are earthy neutrals. We welcome color, especially when dressed on dark wood tables or with the perfect linen.
Advice: If you like bold colors but are afraid to take the plunge, start by choosing three colors, and work in monochromatic shades that create mass and harmony.
Actual fruits, yes! Accents of citrus add bold colors to any floral arrangement and are especially inspiring when paired with tropical foliage. (Think: blood oranges and kumquats.) Fruits can be incorporated into the composition or the palette of an arrangement, and can be used whole or sliced open to reveal the fragrant inside of the fruit. Citrus slices can also be used to fill the bases of glass vases, to add an extra splash of color and vitality to any table.
Advice: If you choose to fill the bottoms of glass vases with fruit, use a little heavy-duty cellophane and Oasis Rainbow Foam to help hold the stems in place, as you don't want to see the stems behind the citrus slices. Low cube vases or round cylinder vases seem to be the best choice for this design.