Bridal Bouquet Trends 2017

Having been a wedding day florist for quite some time, I can say with a deep-level of certainty that classically structured bridal bouquets aren't leaving us, or the wedding aisle, any time soon. However, I am loving this year’s dreamy interpretation on bridal florals which errs on the side of non-traditional yet still feels luxe and wedding day appropriate.

Below are the top 5 bridal bouquet trends you can expect to see in summer 2017:

Tropical-Ethereal

Photography: Channing Sees

Photography: Channing Sees

Think traditional wedding bouquet meets Havana-inspired florals. This year’s bride is ditching structured wedding flowers for a loose assortment of proteas, asparagus ferns and monstera leaves. This look, when paired with wedding day white, can add visual interest and just the right amount of whimsy.

Pocketful of Posies 

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Flower Allie

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Flower Allie

While wrist or pinned corsages are classic and beautiful, this year’s honorary guest may be seen carrying, instead of wearing, a simple bouquet. The use of three blossoming peonies or cabbage roses are lightweight enough to hold with one hand and are an elegant take on an otherwise traditional wedding day staple.

Flower Jewelry and Crowns

Photography: Abby Lorenz

Photography: Abby Lorenz

This year’s bride and her maids are all about flowers as jewelry. Simple hair combs or half halos, comprised of delicate florals, can perfectly accent romantic bouquets. While, oversized floral crowns, fixed with sprigs, berries and greenery, may be used in lieu of or in addition to coordinating wedding day florals.

Green with Envy

Photography: Katie Noble Photo

Photography: Katie Noble Photo

After Pantone announced "Greenery” as its “color of the year,” it’s no surprise that we’re seeing foliage and shrubbery really inspire this year’s bridal flowers. The use of layered, leafy greenery as a romantic statement piece adds dimension and volume to a bridal bouquet and allows for the flowers to really stand out in such an elegant way. When tied together with wedding day ribbon, you have such a fresh, ethereal look.

Harvested By Hand

Photography: Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio

Photography: Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio

The “just picked from the garden” bouquet is something that many brides are looking for these days. Long gone are the days of just selecting "matching" flowers that may be in season. This year’s trend is all about working with flowers from a nearby garden or farm to be used in a bouquet to give that fresh from the farm feel. As a farmer-florist, I grow and source the fresh, organic flowers so that the bridal bouquets I design are harvested by hand, often, the morning of the wedding!

For information on any of these trends and to explore harvesting your wedding day flowers together, please contact Bittersweet Gardens here.

These aren't your Grandmother's daffodils

One of the first flowers to bloom for us on the farm are our daffodils.  Not just the standard canary yellow any more, daffodil colors can range from white to pale yellow, a touch of orange or pink, and even green!

Owning the latin name, Narcissus, there are 13 different divisions of daffodils - large cup, small cup, double (my favorite), and trumpet, to name a few.  

 

4 main reasons I love daffodils:

1.  Deer have a distaste for the them, unlike my poor tulips.

2.  Many will naturalize for you and spread from year to year.

3.  They are low maintenance as long as they are planted in a fairly sunny spot with good drainage.  Daffodils planted in too wet a location will rot.

4.  Fragrance!  

 

Tips:

When cutting your daffodils to bring their beauty indoors, make sure to only cut the stem, and not the foliage.  This will ensure ongoing blooms in future years.  The leaves need to remain on the bulb to continue to photosynthesize, thus delivering stored energy back to the bulb for next year.

Lastly, I always condition daffodils for 24 hours separately from other flowers after I cut them.  This allows the daffodil sap in the stems to drain out into the water, as the sap can interfere with other flowers' ability to hydrate.   After that, they are safe to mingle with other flowers in an arrangement, bringing their beauty to your table!