The New Year brings new trends for wedding floral arrangements. So what are 2009 brides asking for?
When it comes to bouquet styles, the round clutch retains its popularity. But cascade and hand-held bouquets are making a comeback, this time in simpler forms than in years past. Cascade bouquets have been unpopular because of their cumbersome extravagance, especially during the 80s. No one wants a bouquet that touches the ground or outweighs the bride, but the basic cascade shape can be a beautiful and elegant choice if you keep it simple. Simplicity is key — don’t complicate things.
Today’s brides are choosing a single flower type such as a rose, an orchid or a daisy to use throughout their wedding. It is popular now for florists or wedding planners to help the bride choose a flower that fits their unique personality. For example, the romantic summer bride might choose the deep pink stargazer lilies to base her theme around. The modern bride who wants a fresh, clean look might choose a white cymbidium orchid, which is timeless in any season. The dramatic winter bride may select a beautiful deep purple dahlia. Pastel-colored bulb flowers — like pale pink tulips or lavender freesia — are always a classic for whimsical spring brides. Lastly, the eclectic fall bride might choose a deep orange rose or calla lily with fall colored accents.
The silk bouquet shown here demonstrates realism of today’s silk floral alternatives.
If you want a wider variety, try incorporating two or three bold colored flowers that pop. You might also try adding some greenery or small accent flowers. There are endless varieties to choose from. Your florist will know what best compliments the flower you choose.
Don’t rule out other silk alternatives. Silk flowers are a better option now than ever before. They look real, require no care and are the perfect answer as a keepsake. It’s virtually impossible to distinguish today’s silk flowers, even from a short distance (see bridal bouquet shown at right).
Whatever you choose, keep it simple. You will save yourself added stress and a thinning pocketbook. Simplicity often costs less while still maintaining the beauty and quality you expect.