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We're not fortune tellers, but after 20 years in the floral business, we can spot a trend seasons in advance (no crystal ball needed). Whether our team is browsing indie flea markets for up-and-coming decor or chatting with brides real-time about a Pinterest bouquet, we're in the know. Here's what we've heard through the grapevine...
Word on the Street: Destination Weddings
The flights are booked, the weather is perfect, your flowers are stuck in customs...not ideal. Let’s face it, real flowers just don’t travel well. But before you have a Bridesmaids moment and get kicked off a plane, there are other options.
“We traveled to Jamaica with five bouquets and two large arrangements for the ceremony arch. The flowers traveled perfectly and looked stunning against the Jamaican background,” says Afloral bride Jennifer. Artificial flowers pack well, travel internationally, and can be used for all your last minute wedding decorating needs.
“We got married on a 4-day cruise, so it was important that our flowers were compact so everyone could put them in their suitcase,” says Afloral bride Nicole. “The artificial flowers were very easy to arrange and the colors matched our theme perfectly. We had really no input on the design of our wedding cake, so we trimmed the flowers and gave them to the bakers to arrange," she says.
Versatility is key, especially in a remote destination or aboard a cruise ship. As for your dream beach wedding, bundles of dried florals and preserved grasses are the new bouquet. Sprinkle artificial stems and dried sprigs together to create an effortlessly breezy look. Find inspiration from our styled shoot with @southerngirlweddings. Our advice - stress less! Pack a few extra stems just in case and bon voyage!
What's New: Planters
Simple switch: Save time and go faux. Fill your favorite planter with artificial plants and flowers that will last all season (we love UV protected). Indoor, outdoor, or your tiny sunless apartment - these blooms look market-fresh forever.
Tis the season for tulips, cherry blossoms, and all things light and bright. Buy blooms that don’t expire - or break the bank.
Up and Coming: Dried Florals, in Pink!
Wild. Whimsical. Pink. These are few of our favorite things, and apparently we’re not the only ones! Dried & pink florals are popping up all over the event scene. Spotted everywhere from Mandy Moore’s bohemian backyard wedding to Jackie Oshry’s (The Morning Toast) extravagant celebration. We even DIY’d a dried baby’s breath floating cloud - we're obsessed, we know, but so is everyone else.
Try gathering preserved bunny tail or pampas grass together for a whispy bouquet or centerpiece arrangement. Keep the stems long, tall grasses draw the eye up and add dimension to any decor. If you're not sure how to style it, just try! Dried florals are effortlessly beautiful - no green thumb needed. Remember...it's just dried grass and we're here to help.