Dried flowers are still very popular and on trend. They are also more accessible and sustainable which is very important in this day and age.
Back in the day, when someone said ‘dried flowers’ people automatically thought of Grandma’s bunches of lavender (not that there is anything wrong with Lavender as I love Lavender!) or flowers in potpourri but they have managed to dust off their old-fashioned reputation and have made a floral revival.
I love to forage for dried materials that can be used in wreaths and arrangements. I think it’s more about appreciating the beauty of what you find in nature. Seed heads, pods and grasses are among my favourites. I love the large sculptural spheres such as alliums down to the tiny, delicate grasses.
Although dried flowers are often associated with a vintage/boho style wedding I think they also lend themselves to a contemporary wedding. They are so versatile with their variety of colours and textures adding to the maximum wow- factor for your guests. While they can be less colourful and fragrant than fresh flowers they have many other other qualities such as longevity and they are lighter which means they are perfect for floral crowns and maybe bouquets for younger members of the bridal party.
Personally, if I’m designing a wedding bouquet I prefer to use ‘pops’ of dried grasses, seed heads or flowers in a floral design so it is important to achieve the right balance. The combination of fresh and dried flowers can look stunning if designed correctly. They can also look amazing when incorporated in floral installations. As they are much lighter than fresh flowers they are easier to hang and they also last longer which means designs can be made in advance.
Here is a list of some dried materials I like to use:
- Grasses – pampas grass, purple fountain grass, wheat, sedge and bunny tail.
- Leaves – eucalyptus, ivy and chrysanthemum .
- Branches – lunaria (honesty plant), cotton, tallow berry and pussy willow
- Plants – craspedia, gomphrena and artichoke flowers
- Seed heads – poppy seed heads, physalis, eucalyptus globulus and lotus seed pods
- Dried flowers – hydrangea, delphinium, limonium, amaranthus, gypsophilia lavender and protea.