While past years have brought us a constant stream of soft greenery and airy, ethereal arrangements, the 2019 wedding flower trends are all about a return to vibrancy and color, while also embracing tradition and a sense of practicality (could this be the end of over-the-top flower crowns and mega-sized bouquets?). In 2019, we'll be obsessing over flowers that bring us back to the basics, from monochromatic white arrangements to small-scale bouquets and locally grown blooms. If you're getting hitched this year, prepare for some major wedding flower inspo ahead!
Check out our must-see 2019 wedding flower trends below.
Grasses & dried flowers
Be gone, basic greenery! When it comes to decorative accents for your floral arrangements, two of the biggest 2019 wedding flower trends are ornamental grasses and dried flowers. Pampas grass — a feathery plant that’s light brown in color — is a trend you can expect to see everywhere this year, from crazy decorative ceremony backdrops to bohemian-style centerpieces and bouquets. Other grasses, such as wheat stalks, bunny tails, and fountain grass, will all be popular alternatives to the everyday wedding greenery.
Dried flowers are another up-and-coming detail that we expect to see more of this year. Once reserved for vintage and rustic wedding styles, dried flowers are gaining traction when it comes to bohemian, minimalistic, and even classic aesthetics. Dried lavender, baby’s breath, and daisies are just a few options you can use to dress up your floral arrangements. Another way to jump on board with this trend? Collect and press flowers throughout your engagement, then use the dried blooms as decorative accents on your stationery, escort cards, or table numbers.
I think we can all agree that greenery at weddings isn’t going away anytime soon. While it started as a trend, greenery has now become a staple for weddings of all kinds, whether it’s used in garland form, as a bouquet accent, or to decorate a wedding cake. Leafy silver dollar eucalyptus and dusty miller have been some of the most popular greenery types to date, but in 2019, we’re planning to see lots and lots of ferns! These woodsy plants go along with the earthy, boho-chic forest wedding aesthetic that’s continuing to fill our Insta feeds and Pinterest boards. Consider ferns as the new eucalyptus for 2019.
As the trends shift toward sustainable wedding decor in 2019, couples are thinking more consciously about their wedding flowers. The overall mindset for wedding flowers will be “quality vs. quantity” — choosing a few statement blooms to make your arrangements pop rather than going all out with elaborate (and often expensive) flowers. Floral decor will be repurposed more often throughout the wedding day, with couples opting to reuse details like floral ceremony backdrops and bouquets for reception decor and centerpieces.
Seasonal & local flowers
Seasonal flowers are also on our radar as one of the biggest 2019 wedding flower trends. By using in-season flowers, especially those that are grown locally to your wedding venue, you can cut down significantly on cost and unnecessary waste. Plus, seasonal flowers will never look out of place on your big day! Luckily, some of the most popular wedding flowers, including calla lilies, hydrangeas, orchids, and roses, are easily available year-round. Other fave blooms, such as peonies, anemones, and ranunculus can be more difficult to source depending on the time of year. Foraged plants, wildflowers, and backyard-inspired blooms (flowers you'd find in your mom's garden, like clematis, lilacs, and irises) are all ways to incorporate a bit of local flair into your floral arrangements.
Between hanging centerpieces and amazing backdrops, floral installations have become some of the coolest ways to personalize your wedding. Creative floral installations will continue trending this year, with stunning floral aisles stepping into the spotlight as one of our fave 2019 wedding flower trends. We’re not talking petals and floral runners, but rather lush rows of blooms strategically placed along the aisle to create the illusion that you’re walking through a field of flowers. Now doesn’t that sound romantic? Long-stem flowers, like lupines and delphinium, are excellent for recreating this look.
As gorgeous as they may be, it was only a matter of time before oversized wedding bouquets met their match, and it looks like 2019 will see the return of classic, modest wedding bouquets. Instead of those perfectly round arrangements of early aughts fame, however, you can expect to see sized-down versions of loose, garden-style bouquets with asymmetrical shapes and a touch of greenery. One bouquet we’re crediting for this trend: Meghan Markle’s bouquet of astilbe, forget-me-nots, astrantia, sweet peas, myrtle, and lily of the valley. The best part about smaller bouquet styles? They're fabulous for showing off your wedding dress!
Speaking of Meghan Markle, her bouquet was on the forefront of another 2019 wedding flower trend: all-white arrangements. Thanks to the minimalistic wedding trend, which is all about neutral color palettes with a focus on textural details, couples are skipping colorful blossoms in favor of monochromatic flowers instead. With an all-white arrangement, you can add visual interest through greenery and dried elements (like pampas grass!) or colorful ribbons to personalize the look — just be careful not to go overboard so that you’re still on par with this back-to-basics trend.
We know monochromatic blooms don’t work for every wedding style, so for couples who are daring to go bold with their floral arrangements this year, we’re expecting the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year to have a major influence (as seen in the trendiest wedding colors for 2019). The color, called Living Coral, is a cheerful pink-orange that’s easily incorporated into bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral decor. Coral charm peonies are a perfect match for this vibrant hue, but roses, calla lilies, dahlias, snapdragons, poppies, tulips, and ranunculus are just some of the other coral-hued flowers available.
Even if this bright pop of color isn’t quite up your alley, you can still use the orange undertones of Living Coral to inspire your wedding flowers. Peach roses offer a softer alternative, while burnt orange and rust-colored flowers (cymbidium orchids, dahlias, terracotta sunflowers) provide a toned-down approach to orange.
If you love proteas, anthuriums are the next big thing. We're calling this tropical wedding flower "the new protea" because even adding just one to your wedding bouquet or centerpiece makes a statement. Anthuriums are a natural fit for bohemian or beach wedding arrangements, but you can also pair them with traditional flowers, such as roses and lisianthus for a classic-meets-modern look.