Pressed flowers may have had their heyday in the 1970s, but they are back along with dried flowers. The latest revival sees the pretty, papery blooms—as well as greenery like ferns and vines—incorporated as wedding décor. And trust us, these pressed flower wedding decoration ideas are chic and stylish (not dusty or fuddy-duddy—we promise!).
Pressed-flower wedding details are a wonderful way to help bring Mother Nature indoors, especially if you are not able to have an alfresco celebration. Choose your favorite flowers or match blooms that your florist is planning on featuring in your wedding-day arrangements. Or, for a more modern feel, try drying out ferns and more architectural flowers like Queen Anne's Lace and astrantia.
To preserve your own leaves and blossoms for these pressed-flower decoration ideas, take an encyclopedia or another heavy book. Line a page with parchment or wax paper and arrange the flowers face down so they don't overlap. Close the book and leave it untouched for seven to ten days. Once all the moisture is gone and the flowers have a papery texture, display these beautiful, preserved blooms between panes of glass or in picture frames as table numbers or seating charts at the reception. The options are endless!
To help get you inspired, we've picked out our favorite ideas that are making us want to grab our heaviest, thickest books and start drying flowers, stat. Read on for 19 stunning wedding details with pressed flowers to inspire your own.
A Blooming Invitation Suite
With a bright-pink hue and pressed petals imprinted onto the card stock, this invitation suite is blooming with femininity. We love the way these pressed flowers match the rest of the design's aesthetic.
Seat Assignment Window Panes
At this enchanting wedding in Florence, guests found their seat assignments on panes of glass, which were calligraphed and decorated with pressed flowers. We can't enough of this natural look.
Embroidered Handkerchiefs Tied With Flowers
In preparation for emotional vows, one bride handed out embroidered handkerchiefs to guests at the ceremony. She made them even more special by tying pressed flowers to the fabric.
A Neutral Welcome Sign
Welcome your guests to your spring wedding with a pretty acrylic sign sprinkled with pressed petals. We love the Victorian vibe of this work of art.
Pretty-in-Pink Escort Cards
We can't get enough of this light and airy look. Plus, this escort card display can double as favors for all your guests.
Bar Signage With Spring Florals
We love the sweet way blooms were incorporated into this bar signage. What a pretty way to display the name of a signature cocktail!
Favors With Ferns and Pansies
For a more bohemian feel, use pressed greenery instead of blooms. "Our hope was that the ornaments would make their way back to the guests’ homes to be put on their Christmas trees as a memory from the weekend," says the bride who incorporated these floral-pressed mini window panes.
Menus With '70s-Inspired Flowers
For a pretty dinner menu, jot down the meal on an acrylic sheet and add hand-pressed wildflowers for a '70s feel. This font matches the vibe perfectly.
Charming Petal Placemats
Pressed flower placemats are such a unique spin on this décor idea. Plus, it's a fun way to add acrylic into the mix to complete a dreamy tablescape!
Bridal Table Signs With Pink Florets
While you're setting the table, mark your places with pressed-flower signs. We love the way a rose-gold frame pairs with pretty-in-pink blooms.
Acrylic Invitations With Floral Accents
Acrylic invitations can make such a statement on their own. But adding dried blooms can truly take these unique wedding invitations to a whole new level.
Welcome Flower Sign
With bright blooms and a sunny feel, this welcome sign is perfect for an outdoor summer celebration. But with a few tweaks, this concept could be used for any type of soirée.
Wildflower Escort Cards
At the cocktail hour of this Wyoming wedding, guests found their seats via pressed-flower escort cards. The couple’s invitation suite, created by Stephanie Fishwick, also featured stunning wildflowers.
Edible Floral Cake
If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy cake moment, let us introduce you to this charming dried floral confection. We love this wild, organic look!
Pretty Petal Cookies
Did you know there's a long list of flowers that are actually edible? Offer guests pretty flower-pressed cookies, like Harley Viera-Newton did at her creative celebration.
Invitations With Bold Blooms
We love how pressed flowers are incorporated into the dusty hues of this moody color palette for a mature, romantic look. Plus, the envelop liner was designed to match!
Budding Table Signs
Bring the outside in by decorating your tabletops with pressed-flower signs. We love the idea of adding simple, sweet messages paired with pretty blooms.
Natural Bar Decor
At one South Carolina wedding, Easton Events gave the celebration tent a more natural feel by arranging a wall of pressed greenery behind the bar. Talk about a gorgeous way to make an organic statement.
Framed Leaf Table Assignments
One couple found the perfect way to incorporate botanicals into the reception at their San Francisco wedding. We think these framed, pressed botanicals, which were finished with guests' names and table assignments, totally fit the bill.