Dried Florals - So IN right now!
There are few design elements that make as big of an impact on your wedding as your flowers will. After all, they play a leading role in the look of your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and may even influence other details like your fashion choices, stationery, and color palette. While many would agree there's no substitute for fresh flowers I encourage my clients to challenge that belief—or, at the very least, embrace some alternative options, too. Here, I’ll explain why incorporating dried flowers, leaves, and grasses into your day makes for wow-worthy décor.
They're unexpected — Though dried flowers are becoming more widely available, they're still not as popular as fresh, which makes them a striking detail in a larger floral design. The inclusion of dried elements is a little avant garde, they’re a touch of something unique. Dried florals, including baby's breath, pampas grass, lunaria, maple leaf, and hydrangea, offer a variety of textures and shapes that complement fresh blooms and greens. And since they are not usually used as the main flower they act as an accent and without overwhelming the look.
They'll add edge to classic arrangements — Dried florals can also give traditional floral designs a more cutting-edge feeling. If given the opportunity to include dried florals in a centerpiece or even a bouquet, I want to go with really classic stems so that the dried floral is the edgier inclusion — to me, it's a modern touch within a classic piece.
They're colorful—in their own way. As flowers dry, they trade their just-bloomed shades for a palette that's unlike anything you'll come across from fresh florals. Although not many types of flowers are offered dry the ones that are provide color accents that are not often found in live flowers and work for dusty color palettes. If you're going for a neutral palette, there is no better way to achieve that vintage-inspired look. But I do caution: using too many dried blooms can take your wedding vibe from romantic vintage to straight up Grandma’s Place. I would not encourage a bride to do all dry flowers unless they wanted to focus on these as the theme because too many of them can give a dead appearance and not enough contrast, texturally or color wise.
They're enduring — Since these flowers are already dried, they offer a several benefits over fresh blooms. They're often easier to source, and are a practical choice for arrangements that don't allow for keeping the blooms in water, like boutonnières or hanging installations. For designers in extreme heat, they can breathe a little easier too! Feeling sentimental? Ask your florist if they can incorporate dried flowers with special meaning to you and your partner. Roses will work the best, whether they're from your grandmother's garden, the first bouquet your partner gave you, or your own backyard.
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