Wedding trends vary by region but one trend that’s popping up at ceremonies, receptions and more all around the country? Greenery.
“Greenery has been present at literally every wedding I’ve done for the past three or four years,” said Karen Powell, owner of OK Florist in Summerville, South Carolina. “It’s huge! We’ve used it about every way you can imagine — accenting bouquets, running down the aisle, hanging from a bannister or the ceiling and especially in garlands, which brides want whether they’re sitting at a captain’s table for 20 or a sweetheart table for two.”
The demand has become so high that Powell recently purchased a garland-making machine.
“I’m still too chicken to try it on silver dollar eucalyptus because it’s super expensive,” she said. “But so far it handles magnolia, evergreen, lemon leaf and ruscus beautifully.”
Midwestern brides are equally enchanted with greenery.
“These days, they’re specifically asking for foliage in their bouquets,” said Adam Havrilla, AIFD, PFCI, owner and creative director of Artistic Blooms in Chicago. Fellow Windy City florist Walter Fedyshyn, AIFD, PFCI, of Kehoe Designs, has created lush, cascading bouquets dripping with vines and transformed ballrooms into forests with groupings of trees.
“The concept is definitely spreading to all areas of a wedding,” he said. “One look I especially love is tucking clusters of herbs into guests’ napkins.”
Plants, too, have become bigger players in nuptials. Last fall, Martha Stewart Weddings published a slide show featuring urns of ivy, fern, pampas grass and topiaries, declaring potted plants along ceremony aisles “one of the most predominant wedding trends of the year.”
Get more tips and trends in the March issue of Floral Management.
Katie Hendrick Vincent is the senior contributing editor of Floral Management.