Wedding Floral Aesthetic
Article by | Tamara Menges
“A few of my favorite key blooms that I love to use are roses and ranunculus. Both of these flowers come in an expansive rainbow of colors, especially roses. Just ask a florist how many ‘pink’ roses there are!” – Tamara Menges, Owner, Founder, & Florist, Tamara Menges Designs
There are many ways to evoke your personal style and aesthetic in your wedding – the time of year, typography in your stationery suite, linens and textile choices – and my personal favorite, your floral.
There are certain types of blooms and foliages that lean more towards a certain overall feel, but a lot of the time floral designers can use some of the same key ingredients in their floral recipes.
Adding additional textures or creating a different silhouette can take the overall look from classic and timeless to rustic or even ultra-modern. A floral designer can also simply change the color palette and suddenly it feels like the overall design leans more toward a certain season or specific style.
For example, roses are timeless and classic, but if the outer petals are folded back and the blooms are sticking out a bit further in a whimsical way from the other floral in an arrangement, then they would look more modern. Tulips are another great example of a spring and classic bloom. But, if you group tulips a certain way, they can also give you a more modern feel.
Springtime blooms and color palettes can be garden-inspired, whimsical, ethereal, or even give a Texas wildflower feel. And finally mixing darker-tone roses alongside neutral tones, and adding the right type of foliage and texture, can instantly take timeless roses to a very rustic or bohemian-inspired design. So whatever your style is, or if you desire to have your floral blend well with the season in which you are getting married, you can easily achieve this goal through which floral choices you request.
But keep in mind, as much as florists deeply desire to achieve all your floral dreams, there are some factors that are outside of our control – such as weather, farm shortages, and international distress. There was a window of time very recently that roses were hard to source due to political unrest in South America, which caused farms in those areas to not be able to get flowers to the airport. Covid also shut down many farms worldwide because so many weddings and events were canceled.
toffee, and beige roses
Pampas grass (for texture)
So give your florist grace and trust that they (we) are doing their best! It is far less stressful when couples just give a color palette and overall feel with some inspiration images, than when they request specific flowers and specific shades of certain flowers to “match” dresses or ribbon. One bunch of light blush roses (which is 25 stems) may have slight varying tones – some may be lighter and some may be more concentrated in the blush and lean more mauve – but all are the same rose variety. Just chat with your florist with an open mind and trust their expertise, and you will be sure to have a more joyful and less stressful wedding day!
- Color palette of all white, with dark rich greens
- Maybe a mix of lighter, muted-tone greenery like silver dollar eucalyptus
- Overall pastel or softer colors
- Free-flowing and loose design
- Lush and overflowing greenery
- White and an accent color like blush or lavender
- Pair 2-3 soft colors together
- Use several colors to create a “just picked from the garden” feel
- Bold and vibrant
- Think dark fuchsias and pinks, oranges, bright yellows
- Greenery might be tailored, but a fresh bright green
- Can also be wild and free with wildflowers
- Typically more moody and darker tones with some balance of beige, cream, and neutrals
- Rusty oranges, mustard yellows, burgundies