When it comes to trends in wedding flowers, we constantly have our ears to the ground, looking for the coolest up-and-coming trends for each upcoming season. This winter (and frankly, for about the last year) we felt a shift in the air—a feeling that the aesthetic environment that the top floral designers were working in was changing more dramatically than it has in the past few years. Of course, as with all trends, these big changes start as a rumble and slowly, delicately seep into popular design—so don't necessarily bank on seeing them at every wedding you go to this spring.
So what kinds of shifts, exactly, are happening with florals for the upcoming spring season? We asked one of our all-time favorite (and all-around super cool) florists, Doan Ly of a.p. bio about the trends she sees on the horizon for spring wedding flowers (and beyond). There are some big changes happening folks, so get excited!
On overall trends
"I think there is a general movement away from the organic look, though that’s still very prevalent and dominant in design. But there’s more experimentation and a sense of playfulness, and a response to that ever-so-popular garden aesthetic."
Dried, spray painted, color blocked
When it comes to specific trends, Ly compares what was and what is trending to two distinct artistic movements:
"What was Dutch Masters is now graffiti and color field, from Vermeer to Frankenthaler, if we loosely liken it to art. There’s more color blocking, not as much blending. There’s manipulation of the product itself. You’re seeing a lot of dyed, spray painted, and dry materials. This is all more editorial and showroom based, while weddings remain largely lush and organic." (And as we know, what starts as more editorial usually trickles down to weddings after some time!)
Modern, minimal designs
Besides the specific types of materials being used, Ly says that floral designs are getting much more contemporary, especially when it comes to form:
"In terms of shapes, we are seeing more minimal, spare designs, more playing with repetition, and more graphic elements versus textured. An example of this is Ikebena. And freakebana. Miminal, gestural, juxtapositions of unrelated elements is what it's all about. Not only that, but there is now more than ever more of an emphasis on the shapes and types of vessels that are used in these sparse arrangements. While organic shapes overwhelm(ed) with overflowing florals, the more minimal styles are more about showcasing the vase.
Vessels become art. You’re also seeing designs with no vase—for instance clusters and islands of flowers floating around on surfaces, hanging, etc."
Uncool flowers of yesterday = cool flowers of today
You heard it here first folks, all those flowers we've all been turning up our noses at are now the cool-girl flowers.
"Designers are embracing baby’s breath and carnations (although quite honestly some variations can be very expensive), but also re-appropriating it through dying and spray painting."
So the long and short of it, Ly says, is: "Basically the trend seems to be moving away from a romantic garden look and more towards improvisation of shapes, and even materials." That, combined with a more minimal and daring approach are making for some interesting trends that we can't wait to see pulled off in forthcoming spring weddings! But don't fret, if these new minimal trends aren't for you, we think there will always be room for the lush, romantic, garden-y look. It is, after all, your wedding!