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January 9th 2015

2015 Wedding Floral Trends to Watch

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been busy meeting with clients to discuss their wedding flowers. It’s so much fun to listen as brides-to-be share all of their hopes and dreams for their big day and beyond. We talk flowers, colors, fabric choices, special touches and the overall feeling that they want their wedding guests to experience. And because our flowers are grown just a few steps from the design studio, I am able to draw upon and incorporate the very best of what is in season on their special day.  After a few meetings at the start of each wedding season, I always notice that patterns begin to emerge. Here’s a brief summary of what I’m seeing on the horizon for 2015, including some of the colors, styles and floral varieties that will be gracing the aisles this wedding season.

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Local, seasonal, and foraged flowers: Fueled in part by Martha Stewart Weddings’ recent feature on farmer-florists, and the popularity of farm-to-table weddings, “locally-grown” is defining not only what’s on wedding guests’ plates, but also what adorns the table centerpieces. Locally-grown, seasonal, ephemeral and foraged flowers will continue their meteoric rise to the top of every style savvy, eco-conscious couple’s wedding wish list this year.

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Natural design shapes: Brides are moving away from the perfectly rounded balls packed with commercial flowers and instead are seeking designs the have a freshly-gathered-from-the-garden-feel for both handheld bouquets and site decor. Large in size, these non-traditional forms may take ‘L’ or ‘V’ shapes and reflect brides’ unique style. To achieve this look, we’ll see more subtly arching branches, graceful gestural elements and free-form cascades of vines and foliage.

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Edible-infused designs: Riding on the coattails of the local, seasonal flower movement and appealing to foodies and locavores alike is the increasing interest in incorporating fruits and other edibles into floral designs. We’ll see more herbs and fruiting vines such as thornless raspberries and unripened strawberries tucked into bridal bouquets, adding texture, style and sophistication. Meanwhile romantic centerpieces featuring tiny pears, baby apples and other seasonal fruits reminiscent of Dutch masterpiece paintings will grace more and more tables this wedding season. And keep an eye out for other nontraditional edible elements, including petite vegetables and mini heirloom tomatoes which will sneak their way into food-ie focused floral designs.

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Deeper, richer color palettes: The blush bouquets that have dominated design blogs for the past few years are making way for richer, more complex color palettes. In one direction, we’ll be seeing designs incorporating moodier, heartier colors including deep raspberry, merlot, and earthy wine-browns that play off of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala. In the other direction, we’ll see variations on sherbet tones, including warmer, saturated palettes of soft orange, peach, coral, and rust colors.

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8359295092_8ea8f4d7fc_hBranches, vines and foliage: Large foliage-focused installations will take center stage at ceremony and reception sites this year. We’ll start to see more lush urns, arches, garlands and focal elements that “bring the outside in.” Indoors forests, flower walls, arching branches of leafy greens, vines and interesting foliage will be used to create this luxurious, verdant look.

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Wearable flowers: The large, lush floral crowns of the past two years are evolving into more subtle garlands and delicate floral headpieces in 2015. Flower-adorned hair combs, clips and pins will turn heads and I think we’ll see more creative use of flowers in jewelry—specifically necklaces, rings and intricate floral wristlets in lieu of traditional wrist corsages.

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Trailing ribbons: The abundant, trailing bridal bouquet design style is being applied to ribbon wraps and finishing touches as well. We’ll see more layering of ultra-luxurious ribbon in natural plant-dyed silks, and long fluttery tails of ribbons in subtle, complementary color palettes. My favorite source for hand dyed ribbon is Silk and Willow.
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Are you witnessing any of these trends too?  I’d love to hear more about what’s popular in your part of the world!

20 Comments

  1. FRIDAY FINDS – The Impatient Gardener on

    […] Know someone who is getting married this year? Erin at Floret Flower Farm lays out her 2015 wedding floral trends and I have to say they are a refreshing change of pace from the packed-tight ball of roses that was […]

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  2. Alison Higgins on

    We are starting to see some of these trends in Hawaii. In 2014 the main color tones we got asked for were coral, and tangerine. Lots of brides still are asking for the rounder hand tied style, but a few of them are looking at these newer natural forms and I am LOVING designing them :)

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  3. Mary LaBella on

    TEXTURE! VARIETY!! FREE FLOWING!!! LOVE it ALL!! Love the 2015 Trends!!!

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  4. Carol Kruel on

    I love your beautiful free flowing style and I enjoy the mixtures of color and texture you put together. I am old school designer-retired and remember occasionally adding my unique creativeness to enhance bokas. Not well accepted by shop owners of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. “Everything had to look alike”. So happy to see florists and designers who step out! I did to but on my own. Amazingly I had clients who loved the softened free flowing look. Enjoy! And Keep it Up.

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  5. Unique Roses on

    These flowers are amazing, we have been researching flowers for many years and have finally come up with a technology to emboss direct on to the flowers. Making any occasion more exciting. We Print On Fresh Flowers. Visit: http://www.uniqueroses.ca/corporate-events/

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  6. Holly Faye Edman on

    Yes! I am a florist and wedding planner as well and many of my consults have had these topics brought up in the decision making process. We live in lush pine tree covered mountain area and the outdoor weddings I do tie in with these ideas very well. Found the article quite helpful.

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  7. Roiann Ridley - Mackenzie's Floral on

    Mother Nature is always right—and you do such a masterful job of keeping her front-and-center!! I appreciate your talent and inspiration and am influenced by all you do. Thanks to social media and @FlowerMagazine, Kentucky is not so far away from your fields.

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  8. Lisa O'Connell on

    So agree, even here in our little country town in Victoria, Australia! However at my little farm Wallingford Flowers, we have the added stress of searing heat! I have been experimenting creating the more open whimsical look with baby apples and quinces as many of the beautiful field flowers you use just wouldn’t cope with the 45+ temperature here. I am adding each year having great success with locally collected seed from old gardens, more than seed purchased from milder climates! Love your photos! Thanks for being delightfully inspiring. Lisa

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  9. Mary's Flower Works on

    I love love these flowers you have featured, and I HOPE that the trend is soon picked up by the brides in my area. I have tried talking several brides into these lovely free flowing bouquets, but sadly, the ball shape is still popular. Here’s to hoping!….

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  10. Dawn Adams on

    It’s such an exciting time to be a floral designer! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the direction I am taking as a designer and the direction the floral industry is taking as a whole. I am personally glad to see the tight ball shapes fade into the past, with the more natural, interesting, and artistic nature of the flowers and botanical materials being highlighted. Thank you for inspiring me to challenge myself and learn on a daily basis again.

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  11. Kim Mills ~ The Pollen Mill on

    Yes! Horray! I am loving the transition toward deep, rich tones and requests for large installations made of greenery. The long dancing ribbons on bouquets sure make a good excuse to spend more time in fabric & antique shops (hehe).
    Counting the minutes until the August intensive workshop to play with your gorgeous dahlias.

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  12. Monique Wilber - A Special Day Designs, Placerville, California on

    Yes! Sacramento, California has positioned itself as the Farm-to-Fork and Farm-to-Table capitol, and I’m seeing more opportunities for floral designers in the Sacramento and Sierra foothill region to find local and organic flowers, and to team with organic caterers. I have been doing natural garden style for over a decade, while others were all doing the compact roundy-moundy bouquets and centerpieces. I am happy to see progress towards more eco-consciousness and more natural design.

    Thank you for the lovely blog post!

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  13. Denise McHugh- Petals Flower Boutique on

    Yes, I have seen the trends and I love the natural garden style. My shop is in a small town across the water from you in Port Townsend and I am excited to to visit your gardens and studio. I have been following your work and I love the selection of flowers you have.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  14. VillageKid on

    Even in our little corner of rural AK we saw the desire for the darker, richer tones of the forest and tundra when people asked for flower bundles (we do not do weddings at this time but do supply flowers for DIY).

    As we are naturally, just due to our rural surroundings and ethnic ties, are pulled to the desire to include things that make our events more Alaskan…which does include these nature elements.

    Thanks again for some things to stretch us even farther

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  15. Gretel Adams on

    All of these trends are getting there in Ohio. There are still some blush weddings, but they are adding in some dark contrast too, working towards the darker, richer tones. I’m just glad with the help of social media that we aren’t that far behind the times. Seems like it used to take a few years for the Midwest brides to catch up with yours on the coast. Yay local flowers and being able to use fun, foraged items to keep things interesting!

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  16. tobey nelson on

    As usual, Erin, you are right on! Gorgeous bouquets, with all the components so many of my brides are asking for!

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  17. Andrea Gagnon - LynnVale Studios on

    Yes! Yes! Yes! we can’t dream, seed, divide, and plant fast enough and it’s only January. With spectacular DC venues as backdrop to “secret garden” and ethereal foliage inspired woodland enclaves we are so excited to delight our brides this year. We are going and growing “big” in “little” whimsical touches we know our designer clients will be clamoring for – be it fruit, vine, herb, bud, bloom, branch or leaf 2015 is going to be game changing at LynnVale! Thank you Erin!

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  18. Emma Sousa on

    Yes already started seeing these trends in the UK last year. Especially excited by all the rich tones coming through and the amazing use of colour we are seeing for weddings. It’s also refreshing that the trend has definitely moved towards natural, foraged, seasonal blooms etc. I love your page and thank you for sharing with us. Emma, London UK

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  19. Hilary Curtis - Flowers by Hilary on

    Yes! All of these apply to the brides I have lined up this year! I am especially excited to see the lush greens indoors and the color change from blush to vibrant. We are using some Frou Frou chic & Silk and Willow ribbons as wraps tomorrow as well as experimenting with in-house plant dyed silks! Excited for 2015’s trends to take off!

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