Wedding flowers can be as individual as the brides who order them. However, local florists say that there are certain colors and styles which are trending in bridal choices. There are also a couple of tricks for saving money as you plan for the big day – and a mistake or two you don’t want to make.
White seems to be the number one color for bridal flowers, according to designers from Kameo Flower Shop, the Safeway Floral Department on Fifth Avenue and Findery Floral & Gifts, all in Yakima.
Ivory, and blush tones such as blush pink and dusty rose are also popular, perhaps with hints of gray, or even a deeper red or burgundy color, said Merritt Mahre, co-owner and designer at Kameo.
“Whites, pastels, light greens, kind of a natural look, more of a garden look,” agreed Sue Goertler, manager/designer at the Findery.
More seasonal colors such as purple in the summer or burgundy and orange in the fall may be added, noted Sherry Robertson, floral manager at Safeway.
As to type of flowers, “roses are probably always going to be your number one,” said Robertson. Goertler says that she gets the most requests for peonies, lilies and garden roses, with some larger chrysanthemums and carnations making a comeback. In addition to garden roses, Mahre said, he also uses flowers such as lupine, hellebores, which are a winter-blooming flower, ranunculus, and peonies in his creations, depending on the season.
All three florists note that a handful of flowers with stems showing, secured by ribbons, burlap or other material, is a hot style for bridal bouquets.
“I hold it together with wire and then satin-wrap the ‘handle’,” explained Robertson.
Another trend that Mahre describes as "garden-whimsical" is infused with lots of textures as well as focal flowers and delicate filler flowers. This style may be more unkempt, rather large, and have a cascading style. “It’s more of a romantic look,” he added.
There’s also interest in using lots of greenery, even including some succulents, Goertler concurred. However, a traditional “roundy-moundy,” ball-shaped bouquet is still requested by some brides. Other wedding flowers may range from swags on the backs or sides of chairs going down the center aisle, to country-look mason jars holding baby’s breath on dining tables. The designers agree that “Farmhouse Chic” is very popular right now.
For larger arrangements to decorate the church or other wedding venue, silver or bronze urns or tall, see-through glass vases, mounted on pedestals, are trending now, said Mahre.
Sometimes, a more creative approach is taken, like using a slab of wood in the center of a reception table, topped by votive cups holding small flowers. Mahre is planning to build an eight-by-eight-foot structure like a picture frame which can be covered in the center with moss, featuring the couple’s initials fashioned out of roses.
All three designers said that they are willing to work with brides-to-be to save money on wedding flowers. For example, they’ll order flowers in bulk, some of which the bride’s friends or family may arrange themselves, for table decorations, for example. It’s also possible for the bride to purchase her own containers and bring them to the florist.
The florists will also help guide the bride through the process of selecting flowers which will hold up well for her special day. A few flowers, such as hydrangeas and gardenias, can fade before the vows are ever exchanged, either wilting in the heat or becoming bruised by touch.
A bride should also be cautious about getting her heart set on a bouquet that she sees on Pinterest. “There’s a lot of flowers they see that are so seasonal,” Robertson warned. Working with local flowers and greenery that are in season is much more practical, the designers agree, avoiding costly imports or finding that the flowers are simply unavailable anywhere.
One more bit of advice. Be sure that you contact your florist well ahead of the wedding, Robertson suggests. In her case, this would be at least a month ahead of time. Other florists may need considerably more time than that, especially in the popular summer wedding season. Wait until the last moment and it may cost more to order flowers on short notice, she said. Not a good way to begin your “happily ever after!”