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There are two contrasts in wedding flower trends for 2022: go big or focus on the more minor details. As the current trend for intimate weddings is likely to continue, couples want to trade up and go all out with their wedding flowers while making every guest feel special even after the pandemic. From bold colors to soothing neutrals to soft pastels, 2022 is looking to be a mix of trends, with the following four still going strong:
• Dried flowers
• Bold colors
• Sustainable/eco friendly
• Modern neutrals

Remember, wedding flower choices can elevate even the most spartan space. So whether your Outer Banks wedding will be surfside casual or Sanderling spectacular, your flowers will be sure to enhance your wedding vibe.

Some prefer designs that lean toward more romantic and less designed, with a more significant focus on individual flowers instead of mixing and matching. Others are all about the mix.

There are some easy-to-follow guidelines to keep in mind.

For starters, beach wedding flowers don’t have to be super beachy. Some brides think that beach wedding flower arrangements have to be covered with seashells and starfish from top to bottom. That is not the case. If that’s your taste, you can, but you don’t have to. You can accent your arrangement with a few seashells here and there, or you can have absolutely zero beach elements.

Some will prefer designs that lean toward more romantic and less designed, with a more significant focus on individual flowers instead of mixing and matching. Others are all about the mix. Finding the perfect inspiration for wedding flowers can and should be fun, but choosing and coordinating your stems can be a bit overwhelming. However, some easy-to-follow guidelines are sure to keep you smiling through the process.

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Picture yourself walking through a glorious garden with every flower at its peak. Which flowers would you choose for your wedding? Beach brides continue to embrace their love of the great outdoors and its calming beauty through flowers that are both stylish and eco-friendly.

As your plans evolve, ask yourself these questions: Is your ceremony going to be indoors, outdoors, or online? Will there be a chuppah, arbor, or canopy that needs to be constructed as well as decorated? Are you suiting out the entire bridal party with bouquets, corsages, or boutonnières?

It’s always good to look back at what trended in the past year because it affects future trends. And a lot of these trends are sticking around, with just a few tweaks here and there. So here are a few trends we think will be a hit in 2022.

While color will play a significant role in the 2022 wedding flower trends, couples are also going back to the basics for their bouquets, centerpieces, and other arrangements. Using all-white flowers in a natural, organic fashion seems to be gaining popularity. The color white represents balance and peace, so it makes sense that couples are embracing this calming hue. In addition, many are combining black and white color palettes with earth tone nudes and accents. For extra effect, use flowers in various shades of white or ivory. Then, add texture using greenery and other botanicals, like pampas grass or bunny tails. Speaking of green, this trend is not new. Fresh greens are the perfect touch for any wedding. They can tie together a theme, especially for beachy or boho weddings. From bouquets to centerpieces to ceremony décor, greenery will be prominent.

Minimalism and micro-weddings are on the rise. Smaller and Zoom weddings are here to stay, at least in the near term, but that doesn’t mean couples will skip out on gorgeous floral designs. Over-the-top arrangements may be one of the most popular 2021 wedding flower trends since they’re a great way to enhance a celebration not only in person but also on camera and video.

There’s a time, and a place for the traditional tightly bound centerpiece and bouquet, but it’s not 2022. Whimsical floral is here to stay. Textures like eucalyptus or pampas grass, bleached ferns, and sweet blooms channeling your favorite wildflower are making their way into more and more wedding florals as we see designers inspired by loosely-gathered centerpieces and bouquets.

Flowy, cascading bouquets are ever-popular, as are garlands for arbors, canopies, or other structures. The nature-inspired look remains a popular trend. The push toward sustainability continues with many couples opting for locally grown and in-season flowers. Some incorporate longer-lasting plants like succulents, topiaries, and even trees into their wedding décor.

While thumbing through bridal magazines, remember this: flower colors are rarely exact and often look different in person than they did in a magazine. Therefore, don’t be tempted to make selections solely based on how flowers look on the page. Instead, let a professional florist help you understand the undertones of different varieties; for example, red ranunculus has orange undertones that stand out when paired with unique colors.

When interviewing potential florists, show them a photograph of your wedding attire and perhaps a swatch of fabric for the bridesmaids’ dresses, along with any pictures from magazines that have captured your imagination. Your florist will guide your selections so that the flowers you choose will be in season when the big day rolls around. They will be more than happy to work with you to convert your vision into a stunning and affordable reality. But be open-minded. Let’s say you have your heart set on white tulips for a July wedding or lily of the valley in August – be flexible when your florist tells you that the flowers you love are not in season then. There are many flowers available year-round, like roses, hydrangeas, carnations, callas, and orchids, to name a few.

You want your wedding flowers to be beautiful – and so will your florist. Here are a few tips for making that happen.

Know your budget
The very first thing to discuss with your florist is going to be the budget. A good florist won’t try to upsell beyond what you can afford – they genuinely want to work with you to create your vision within the limits of your pocketbook. If you are on a tight budget, focus on your bouquet, and make your attendants’ arrangements smaller and more straightforward – and therefore less expensive.

Choose your inspiration
Pick one thing you love – a specific color, a unique photo, a swatch of antique lace, or a cherished brooch that belonged to your great-grandmother – to give you and your florist a starting point.

Then, find a florist you really love
When you have that initial meeting with a florist, enjoy yourself! You want your florist to be as excited as you are about finding the perfect flower arrangements for your wedding day.

Where wedding flowers are concerned, it can be hard to know where to begin. Your florist will have ideas about design and color but don’t be shy about asking other vendors, photographers, banquet managers, hair stylists and wedding gown salespeople about weddings they have seen with memorable flowers.

Even though some weddings will take different shapes and forms this year, flowers are still a major part of many celebrations. From bouquets to backdrops, your flowers will surely breathe life, color, and energy into your wedding day.

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