From Traditional to Unique

 From Traditional to Unique

Brides are opting for more greenery and fewer flowers these daysBeth Langefels Today’s brides are incorporating their own unique personalities into their ceremonies and receptions more than ever before.

Traditional churches and rental halls are increasingly being left behind in favor of destinations like beaches, forests, farm fields and even old barns. And venues aren’t the only things that have changed. Wedding flowers and décor are moving away from what has long been more traditional to unique expressions of bride and groom’s personalities.

“We have a lot of different types of flowers that are popular with brides,” says Brenna Kesson, design floor manager at Oberer’s Flowers in Dayton. “Everybody loves peonies and wildflowers are also really big right now.”

Kesson says the color themes are trending to pastels and rarely does she see solid white by itself.

“We are seeing an orange-blush and a lot of dusty blue and mauve coming in for fall,” Kesson says.

Roses of all colors have always been symbolic of romance and love. Caroline Lisle, director of communications at the Flowerman, says roses are “tried and true” and classic for weddings.

“Roses go with all different themes,” Lisle says. “From free form to organic to classic—they fit in well.”

Rustic styles have become very popular over the past few years, not only in home decorating but also in weddings. Weddings are trending toward more casual styles, both in wedding attire and venue décor.

“Eucalyptus is very popular,” Lisle says. “The silvery sage color mixes with a lot of different colors.”

In fact, greenery of all kind is taking over everything from bouquets to garlands to table decorations. And Lisle says cost-conscious brides are opting for more greenery and fewer flowers as well as a looser, more casual style.

“Brides are wanting to do a more relaxed feel and minimal style,” Lisle says. “They like simple table decorations with little touches of greenery and mixing them with flowers like zinnias and ranunculus.”

Incorporating varieties of pampas grass is popular as well and, says Kesson, it’s “everywhere” on popular wedding websites and Pinterest. Brides like the loose, natural wispiness of grasses and other natural products.

“Shapes in bridal bouquets have also changed,” Kesson says. “They’re not very structured but more open and flowing—almost as if they are falling apart.”

Kesson also says that greenery is trending year-round with brides choosing eucalyptus and natural grasses for Christmas weddings rather than traditional evergreen.

“For the Christmas season I see more dusty miller and deep reds in flowers,” she says. “And roses—white and red. Evergreen is a bit too stiff to get the look brides want.”

Candles are popular in homes and churches, but brides are beginning to appreciate the ambience they add to ceremonies and receptions at a very low cost.

“Candles are a heavy presence,” Lisle says. “And brides like to use things they can repurpose, like vases they can use at home later on and incorporating natural items like pumpkins for the fall season.”

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