Flower arrangements are a huge part of most wedding decor. From delicate baby’s breath to bold and sensuous orchids, there’s a wedding flower for every wedding venue or theme. There are plenty of blossoms that have stood the test of time and are perennial favorites. For this post, though, we’ll focus on some previously overlooked flowers that are poised to trend big throughout the year. Here are what florists say are the up-and-coming blossoms for 2015.
I’m guessing you already know what a rose is and how it smells, and whether it would smell the same if you called it by any other name. They’re the classic romantic-gesture flower, red or white, a double-layer of petals wrapped around each other. English roses, though, are something else entirely. They tend to have many layers of petals, big full blooms that look more like magnolias than the roses we’re used to. They’re big and bold, with a big and bold scent to go with them.
Speaking of big and bold, the vibrant colors and enormous blossoms from the peony bush are perfect for a reception decoration. Their layers of petals make a flower that’s so overstuffed it’s almost spherical. It’s probably not the right choice for a bride’s bouquet, but float them in water and they do make great centerpieces. Just make sure to shake them gently before putting them in water. Peony buds open when ants eat the sugars holding them closed, and sometimes a few hitchhikers remain on the blossoms.
If the English roses and peonies are a little too round for you, dahlias might have the edge you’re looking for. They’re round, sure, but not spherical–the blossoms are flat, with layers of petals arranged in an almost geometric fashion. It’s as close to a Fibonacci sequence that you’re going to get in a flower. Dahlias aren’t known for their strong scent–in fact, many of them don’t have a scent at all–but they’re as gorgeous as they are unconventional.
Sure, it may sound like an unpleasant disease you might catch, but the ranunculus blossom is gorgeous. If y
ou’re looking for something truly unusual, look no further than its overlapping spirals. It looks something like a rose and something like a dahlia, with flat layers of petals stacked on top of each other. They have an almost Tim Burton-y look to them, with their slightly off-center spirals. They are the perfect choice if you want to create spectacular centerpieces with various items like cheap wedding sparklers, lollipops, or other creative items that your guests won’t be anticipating.
Greenery and herbs–Ivy, Rosemary, Dill
The latest trend in wedding flowers doesn’t involve flowers at all. More and more brides are turning to lush, leafy greenery for their wedding bouquets. You can go for the deep green leaves and tendrils of ivy vines, or go for a different set of scents than usual with herbs. Rosemary, dill, and even basil are beautiful in addition to sweet-smelling, and are a great addition to your wedding decor.
Whether you go for classic blossoms or the latest floral trends, flowers can be an integral part of your wedding decor and a way to express you and your partner’s personality on the day. Pick the blooms that appeal to you, and see what you and your florist can put together.