Trends for wedding flowers are similar to last year’s, with many 2016 brides-to-be selecting rustic, natural and simple floral designs.
Rhoda Moore, owner of Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop, said many brides are still decorating with burlap and lace this year and selecting simple but elegant flower arrangements.
“They are wanting garden roses again, and peonies,” she added. “They are going for table centerpieces of Mason jars with just baby’s breath. That’s the big, big thing and then they are running lace and burlap down the table.”
The trend this year also is to be married in an event barn or outside in a garden setting.
“I would say that most of the weddings we are doing are gardeny,” Moore said. “We have a big wedding in April at the (Simple) Blessings Barn, which is a wonderful barn. They are doing different types of vases and then dropping a hydrangea into a vase, and on another table they might have a garden rose or a peony.”
Moore added that this season hydrangeas are also popular, as are peonies.
“Peonies are so expensive, they are kind of hard to use, but we can certainly do it,” she noted.
To schedule floral arrangements Moore suggested couples should contact the shop about three months in advance of their wedding date.
“Even if they come in earlier and book the date, we can talk,” Moore said. “Of course, now everybody has it on their phone.”
The strategy for planning wedding flowers has changed dramatically over the years.
“It’s not in their head, it’s something they have seen on their phone or on Pinterest,” she added. “It’s so different from when they came in and we’d stand and look at books.”
Moore said popular boutonniere trends this season have moved away from the single rose or carnation.
“Boutonnieres are more simplistic now too,” she said. “A lot of them will do a baby’s breath boutonniere or a hypericum. I like what’s easy and looks nice and holds up really nice.”
Hypericum berries and greenery make a striking, but uncomplicated boutonniere.
“They come in several colors and it makes a simple boutonniere,” Moore said. “The seeded eucalyptus is another big thing. The trend has changed from everybody having a rose or carnation for the men. A lot of the men are not even wearing jackets now, they wear a vest or we pin it on their shirts.”
Seeded eucalyptus can also be used in flower arrangements or draped over a wedding arch. It has a milder scent than standard eucalyptus.
Moore said a new and “big trend” is future brides creating their own flower arrangements.
“They will come in and maybe order baby’s breath, I think that’s wonderful,” she added. “Think of the money that they save. Then maybe as they get older, maybe they will want to have flowers in their home.”
Brides-to-be are also beginning to buy succulent plants for arrangements and boutonnieres. Moore said they have done two weddings using succulents. Succulents are often used in spring weddings.
Moore’s has also used ornamental plants for weddings.
“It’s been several years ago, but one of the coolest weddings we’ve done was with lamb’s ear,” Moore added. “We put that in with pinks and whites, that was gorgeous.”
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.