Cool-Girl Wedding Flowers: Ikebana and Japanese Minimalism Are Taking Over the Floral World

All the cool florist kids are getting in on this

Updated 05/18/17

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For the bride who isn't quite into the ever-popular wedding flowers—fresh-from-the-garden flower arrangements; lush, loose, abundant bouquets; and overflowing centerpieces—the newest floral trend may be just right. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arranging; all the cool florist kids are using the signature structural and organic branchy minimalism to create the prettiest centerpieces (and even some ikebana-inspired bouquets!).

Some floral designers are using more traditional ikebana methods, with only a few flowers or leaves, resulting in the minimalist bride's dream come true. Others are creating more lush arrangements and incorporating bits of the sculptural elements into the wedding flowers, giving you more-modern negative space, like you get from traditional ikebana.

Here are some of our fave ikebana-inspired Instagrams to give you some real eye candy (and ideas to bring to your florist!).

Who said things look better in odd numbers? This arrangement from Fox Fodder Farm makes a pair of flowers mixed with some subtle white orchids and branches look perfectly imperfect.

Super-low centerpieces paired with tall and winding stand-alone anemones feel whimsical for this table for Erdem by the florist Fjura.

Peartree Flowers has figured out a way to make tropical flowers (Ahem! Birds of paradise!) look chic. What a fun wedding palette this would be!

Orchids, calla lilies, and a single rose in the most dreamy of candy-colored, cascading arrangements (by Brrch, naturally for Glossier). We can almost imagine them as bridesmaids' bouquets...

Who needs to mix flowers? Monofleur is really working here, thanks to these insane sweetpeas in a copper color.

Meandering branches wind so perfectly, they almost look fake. Imagine having these line your bar or having one large and a couple of small on each of your tables.

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