Flowers are a classic feature of any wedding. Whether you use fresh or faux, in billowing bouquets or simple table vases, flowers are always going to be the choice for many couples to decorate their ceremony and reception space. But while flowers are always going to be in style, the flower choices and arrangement trends can change on a dime—just like any other trend in the wedding industry.
Here’s what floral trends we’re seeing as hot in 2019—and what is guaranteed to sweep your guests off their feet when they walk into your wedding.
Wreaths have been huge in wedding trends the last few years, and it looks like they’re going to continue to be on-trend for 2019. No longer relegated to your front door, wreaths are a subtle way to introduce some natural and green materials into your wedding decor and can look great adorning the chairs or the pews down the aisle, or placed on the doors of your reception site.
You can incorporate your wedding flowers into wreaths—like peonies and roses—or opt for a more natural, green wreath filled with juniper or eucalyptus. You can either cinch it with a bow or let the plant speak for itself.
2. Floral Garlands
If you scroll through wedding pictures on Instagram, you’ve likely seen a floral garland or two—either casually draping the sweetheart table, hanging from an archway, or sectioning off the family seats in the ceremony space. Floral garlands will be very on-trend in 2019 and can make a big statement, but usually are made with simple evergreens like huckleberry, eucalyptus, or ruscus.
3. Green and Textured Bouquets
Green is really having a moment in the wedding industry. Although flowers aren’t being completely ditched—we’ll always have a soft spot in our hearts for roses, peonies, and hydrangeas—brides are craving more earthy, natural looks for their showstopping bouquets. Instead of the flowers taking center stage, bouquets this year will look a lot more like a slightly tamed jungle, featuring textured plants like eucalyptus, fern, succulents, rosemary, rucus, and lamb’s ear.
In other words: Don’t be afraid to play with several different textures, types of plants, and even completely leaving the flowers behind for your bouquet, if you feel so emboldened.
4. Lily of the Valley
Like many other wedding trends this year, you can place this lily of the valley trend squarely on Duchess Meghan Markle, who carried a simple but pretty bouquet consisting of lily of the valley, forget-me-nots, and sweet pea down the aisle. This sweet, white flower is perfect for the bride who doesn’t want too much fuss and wants the flowers to stand out on their own. A small bouquet incorporating lily of the valley would be appropriate for any kind of wedding—whether it’s a destination, courthouse, or even if you’re marrying a prince in a televised wedding ceremony!
5. Tropical Leaves and Brightly Colored Florals
Even if you’re not headed off to Aruba for a destination wedding, tropical leaves and brightly colored florals are still sparking a huge following for brides in 2019. For the greens, think leafy ones found in paradise like fan palms, elephant ear, monstera, bird of paradise, areca palms, fern fronds, and papyrus fronds. Mix in some brightly colored florals like yellow calla lily, orchids, and ginger flowers, which will give a stark contrast to the tropical greens.
6. Single Statement Stems
Another big trend in bouquets this year is the single statement stem. This floral trend will not only save you some money (bouquets can get pricey), but it will also help spotlight your dress.
7. Peonies, Peonies, Peonies
Brides just can’t seem to get enough peonies in their bouquets these days—so look for this luscious flower to be big once again in 2019. Peonies are a wedding flower staple, and it’s easy to see why. They’re soft, they’re romantic, and they’re perfect for a spring or summer wedding. Peonies are also very symbolic and are said to represent prosperity, good fortune, and happy marriage. Who wouldn’t want that symbolism in their wedding bouquet?
Peonies come in all sorts of shades—from whites and pinks to even darker shades like deep purple or mahogany, so you can customize your bouquet to fit whatever wedding colors you choose. They also mix well with other flowers and greenery.
8. Coral Florals
“Living Coral” is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, so it’s no surprise that coral-colored florals will be an extremely popular statement in this year’s weddings. You can find many flowers in coral shades—including roses, hydrangeas, tulips, mums, dahlias, and gerbera daisies. Try a stunning monochromatic coral bouquet or mix it up with other trends from this year such as tropical leaves, textured greenery, or just a single stem.