Combining lush, fresh blooms with dried flowers is an easy way to create striking, modern floral decorations unlike anything your wedding guests have seen before. But the pros agree that choosing the right moments to incorporate dried blooms, and picking the right flowers for each element, requires careful consideration. Here, florists Victoria Ahn, owner of Designs by Ahn, and Megan Chandler, owner of Vero Designs, share their favorite ways to bring dried flowers into your wedding décor. Learn how to strike the perfect balance with their advice.
In Personal Flowers
"Dried flowers are not only visually interesting in addition to fresh flowers, but are also amazing for pieces that have to be out of water all day," says Ahn. "I love to use them in boutonnières and flower crowns so there are fewer pieces that can wilt!" She suggests thistle, hops, craspedia, and lavender for the men, and straw flowers, gomphrena, poppy, rice flowers, and roses for women. Adding dried baby's breath to a bouquet of mosly fresh flowers is also one of Chandler's favorite techniques. "I like the idea of including both to take you to a really soft and beautiful place," she explains.
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One of the benefits of using dried product for large-scale floral pieces—like wreaths, chandeliers, or garlands—is that you don't need to worry about how to keep them watered. "I love using dried flowers in hanging installations and wall décor," says Ahn. "This creates a more lived-in effect and also works since the flowers would need to be out of water anyway." If you want something unexpected, Chandler says you have a few options. "Pampas grass is still having its heyday," she explains, and adds that dried hydrangeas in garlands are another showstopper.
Table flowers may offer the most flexibility for incorporating dried product. "Centerpieces are an anything goes area to me," says Chandler. She suggests lunaria, dried maple leaf, skeleton leaves, grasses, or lotus pods for maximum impact. "What I love about the incorporation of dried floral is the ability to bring in a texture that is rarely seen," she says. "I like the idea of playing with unique elegance or timeless creativity."
…But not everywhere
Like everything else in life, moderation is best when it comes to incorporating dried florals. "Wedding flowers can completely change the aesthetic of the event," says Chandler. "You want to walk into an experience. Going with a completely dried floral approach would certainly be an experience, but it would eliminate the softness and beautiful of a very natural product that can totally take a space and make it something different." In other words, just like you and your fiancé, dried and fresh flowers are better together.