Making up 8 to 10 percent of your overall wedding budget, flowers are an important piece of the wedding ceremony and reception. But if you're not into the traditional rose bouquet, you may be feeling a little lost when it comes to picking your petals for the big day. To get your creative juices flowing, Mpls.St.Paul Weddings spoke to Sarah Pitts, a floral expert from Bachman's, who shared a handful of fresh options for 2014.
1. Refined Woodland: This is a new twist on a lingering trend. While couples are still very interested in the rustic theme, they're starting to move away from Mason jars and cowboy boots. Instead, think magic and whimsy, with fur, moss, ferns, and mushroom accents sprinkled throughout the decor. Greens and grays are popular color choices for brides who are fans of the woodland theme, and their gowns may play up the trend as well, with lace trims, fur-tufted shawls, or floral embellishments.
2. Old World Opulence: Halter dresses, neutral colors, and pearls define this Gatsby-meets-Grecian trend. Instead of the structured, small bouquets that we're so used to seeing, brides are opting for larger, cascading arrangements. To really play up the opulence, Pitts says to wrap the stems in metallic ribbon and scatter crystals throughout the bouquet.
3. Geometric: For the modern bride, the geometric trend is right on point. The clean lines and bold patterns can easily be incorporated throughout the stationery, decor, and cake, as well as floral elements. One centerpiece suggestion from Bachman's is to line the vases on the guest tables with waterproof paper that boasts a geometric design. To really make the patterns pop, try using bright colors, such as yellow, pink, lime green, and orange.
4. Watercolor: DIY weddings aren't going anywhere, and if you're the type of bride who enjoys handcrafted elements, this trend is right up your alley. Instead of the bright hues that define the geometric trend, watercolor is made up of softer, monochromatic hues. Above all, make sure that your flowers—as well as the rest of your wedding—represent you and your husband-to-be. "Trend is taking on a whole new meaning," says Pitts. "Everything has become so personalized. There's not really a formula that people need to follow, it’s all about them."