Wedding flowers become larger than life | Communities
Snohomish County couples who are getting married prefer a more organic look when choosing flowers for their wedding.
“We have brides who want a more natural look of going to a field and picking a bouquet,” said Jodi Sugg, owner of What’s Bloomin Now, who has been in business for nine years and operates in the Smokey Point area. She sees a lot of brides wanting to see a fuller bouquet with fewer flowers and more greenery.
Couples also use arbor-based pieces that feature eye-catching details such as wooden arches.
Instead of a long piece of fabric as a table runner, Sugg said she would hand-tie greenery, like eucalyptus that has a pleasant aroma, along the length of the table. These natural-looking details often help complete the wedding venue. “A lot of places are so beautiful to begin with.”
A traditional cascading bouquet remains popular, Sugg said. These bouquets feature bolder colors and jewel tones such as purples and blues. During the holiday season in December, she designed a Christmas-themed bouquet with reds and greens.
Since the start of the pandemic, she’s seen smaller weddings with couples sometimes having two ceremonies; the first is a small ceremony in front of a justice of the peace and the second being larger.
Sugg encourages couples to “not think about individual flowers, but individual looks.”
Like other industries, during the pandemic, Sugg said the floral business is experiencing supply chain issues and it’s unclear what flowers are available.
The flowers the bride and groom choose and how they decide to display them can say a lot about the couple’s style. Many modern couples opt for statement pieces with their flowers to compete with the big and bold ideas they incorporate elsewhere into their occasions, such as in cakes and clothing. In fact, floral designer Tom Uberuaga says traditional hurricane vase centerpieces are outdated and only focus the eye on the middle of the table. He prefers that guests walk into the wedding and have their senses stimulated by the flowers from all angles. Large floral installations, as well as flowers that pop up in unexpected places, are some of the hottest trends for couples.
There’s no need to worry about centerpieces or flowers getting in the way of photo moments. Thanks to hanging flowers and floral chandeliers, flowers literally soar into the world. Hanging floral pieces can add instant drama and make a big visual impact. Florists can hang flowers from beams above tables to increase visual impact, whether as individual baskets, single stems or floral garlands. Hanging floral chandeliers are spectacular but understandably expensive. Think of a large installation that compels guests to gaze out to a sea of greenery and flowers. The smell and the sight can be breathtaking.
Why should wreaths only be reserved for front doors and holiday decoration? A welcome wreath can be placed near the entrance to a chapel or reception hall with a heartfelt sentiment that shows guests how much they are appreciated.
fairy tale flowers
A floral curtain of hanging flowers can line a chuppah or drape the altar in beautiful flowers. Couples who want a fairy tale entrance can also make their couple debut by stepping through a curtain of flowers at the reception. Martha Stewart Weddings says a cascade of flowers and greenery can be romantic and elegant.
The dance floor is blooming
Who said flowers had to be overhead or on a table? With a dance floor made of Plexiglas or another transparent material, the flowers can be underfoot, creating a magical floral carpet.
Brides don’t need to wear their bouquets, instead they can wear ethereal and whimsical floral pieces around their necks or around their waists.
Sugg said couples should have an initial meeting with a florist about six months before a wedding.
“I like to see what their thought process is,” Sugg said. Couples should prepare for the meeting.
They should bring photos of what they like to have as well as samples of their wedding dress and tuxedo to see what colors complement the wedding wardrobe.
She said there are instances where couples have worked together to decide on flowers. “A few grooms helped pick the flowers,” Sugg said.