From fern-covered chandeliers to wild vine bouquets, the latest wedding floral designs are growing in popularity
Photography: Heather Payne1 of 12
We've all seen wedding trends come and go (here's looking at you, mason jars!), but the best flower trends get reinvented time and time again, always with a fresh spin and a new perspective.
In the fashion world, trends pop up and get squashed down at a rapid-fire pace. But in the world of weddings, trends tend to have staying power. Wild vine bouquets that are anything but subtle, lush greenery used on everything from the walls to the ceiling, and the use of tropical plants to add an exotic touch to your gathering no matter where you’re getting married are just a few of the concepts we've seen on trend in the past few years.
We also hit “like” when we saw fern fronds woven into lighting fixtures, floral leis used as curtain backdrops, and tropical banana leaves hanging from tent ceilings.
Here we take you through a dozen cutting edge designs and trends that talented pros have created for recent weddings.
Greenery garlands have been everywhere lately, whether decorating the ceremony aisle or on the railing of a long staircase. This rustic barn gets a shot of glamour when decorated with a generous garland of leafy greens and white flowers courtesy of White Magnolia Designs.
Photography: Ryan Ray2 of 12
Wild Flower Vine Bouquet
Arranged by Bows + Arrows for a Texas bride, this bouquet's scale and wild beauty is totally on trend. A perfectly arranged collection of peonies, honeysuckle, passion vine, sweet peas, clematis, and scabiosa looks stunning paired with this farm setting.
3 of 12
Welcome bags stuffed with thoughtful items (local maps, sightseeing brochures, homemade cookies) are always popular with out-of-towners but the welcome floral wreath is a truly memorable way to make guests feel appreciated. The designers at Munster Rose created this welcoming beauty whose message is loud and clear.
Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography4 of 12
Floral Lei Curtains
Leis have long been popular at Hawaiian weddings, but who says the idea can't work on the mainland? Floral designer Mindy Rice came up with this floral lei drapery to line a chuppah at a fairy-tale theme wedding in Carmel Valley, California. The cascade of flowers and greens adds a romantic elegance to the setting.
Photography: Shewanders5 of 12
Centerpieces with Citrus
This orangey, kumquat-filled arrangement by Annette Gomez is a sunny nod to the citrus wedding theme, whose popularity is still going strong. (Did you even know kumquat is a citrus fruit and can be eaten skin and all?) Other much-loved citrus fruit that work well in centerpieces are (think small) lemons and clementines.
Swipe here for next slide
6 of 12
Photography: Cambria Grace Photography7 of 12
Textural Greenery Bouquet
Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy8 of 12
In this creative take on the hanging greenery trend, fern fronds were attached to chandeliers and hung above the dining tables, a beautiful way to bring the outdoors in.
Photography: Max & Friends9 of 12
Floral Photo Op
Traditional photo booths are still fun but a custom-designed booth? Even better. Today many brides and grooms are opting to create photo ops that feel like part of their wedding setting, and they're including florals in the design. This clever installation, built by Moon Canyon to look like a tepee, is so Instagram-worthy, we're pretty sure every guest hopped in for a pic.
Photography: Emily Wren Photography10 of 12
Unexpected dark hues set against pale tones have found their way into wedding palettes. Here, the design team at Sullivan Owen devised this high-contrast color combination (deep garnet, pink, and white) featuring peonies, scabiosa, and blushing bride protea.
Swipe here for next slide
11 of 12
Tropical Plants and Flowers
Ask any floral designer what they're seeing as the next big thing and they're quick to say "tropical plants and flowers." The floral designers at Tara Guérard Soirée are all about this rising trend. But rather than depend on structured boxwood hedging to define a space, they came up with a more natural tropical look instead.
Photography: Nina Westervelt12 of 12
Floral Hair Designs
Flower crowns have been all the rage the past few years and, while they'll likely continue their run, some brides are revolting against bulky crowns and going with a lighter look. This bride, whose wedding was held at a summer camp, chose to accent her low twisted updo with petite wildflowers.