With spring wedding season creeping up on us,
we are starting to take notice of a few wedding trends that are starting to sprout up like spring bulbs all around us. The biggest trend so far is the continued evolution of Bohemian elegance, but Bohemian elegance doesn’t have to just stop at the dress, it also translates into the wedding florals and décor as well.
One of my favorite parts of this trend is the reimagining of floral crowns for the modern bride; now I know what you’re thinking, when a designer thinks of floral crowns your mind harkens back to 20+ years ago to the days of producing endless amount of baby’s breath halos with loops of satin ribbon for every wedding that walked through your door, but modern floral crowns are so much more than that. Gone are the days of a solid, evenly covered ring of baby’s breath; now it is all about playing with shape, size, and texture to create a stunning work of floral art. From large open blooms of roses, ranunculus, and even succulents to smaller clusters of wax flower, spray roses, and seeded eucalyptus, there are plenty of combinations to satisfy any bride.
Before you can get started
with your flowers, you first need to lay down a foundation of greens to serve as a backdrop and accent your bride’s choice in blooms. Using greens like eucalyptus, ruscus, plumosus, and pittosporum are a safe choice; they are neutral and will hold up to the test of time.
If playing it safe is not your style try using dusty miller; it provides a soft fuzzy texture and the sliver blue color will help to highlight the florals and provide a clear definition between the crown and the bride’s hair. I also love to use bay leaves in flower crowns because the elongated leaf blades and their arching shape, they provide drama and a wild flow to a flower crown. Mixing different types of greens will provide a fantastic opportunity to play with shape, color, and texture to create a strong floral foundation to build off of.
The modern adaption of floral crowns are all about the big blooms, blooms that grab attention and make a powerful statement. Use bigger blooms for a bride that wants a lot of personality in her wedding flowers, I like to let these flowers open up all the way so that way they make a lasting impression, this will also cut down on the amount of flowers you need and also help cut down on the weight of the crown. Traditionally I like to use roses and garden roses for this just because I know they will hold up for the entire event, but you can also use ranunculus, anemone, peony, and silver brunia as well, you can also use succulents for a bride that wants a more edgy feel too.
For brides that want an understated floral crown it is super easy to tailor these designs to their tastes. Using a more petite bloom and stretching them out into a thinner more linear structure will still give you a lush, Bohemian accent but it won’t take away from the bride or any of her bridal party. Small blooms like spray roses, stock flowers, wax flower, matsumoto asters, and dendrobium orchids are just a sampling of the many varieties of blooms you can use to create a unique piece of floral hair art. Mixing and matching is all part of the fun, playing with a balance of color and texture helps to elevate even the most simple of flower crowns to new heights.