Floral designers are pushing themselves harder than ever in 2013, competing to create one-of-a-kind statements. Over the course of a month I scoured the country to find the best designers and the best designs for the coming year, and found out what inspired them. I sorted through tons of submissions, looked at countless wedding flowers, and spotted the patterns and trends.
Here are my 2013 predictions for wedding flower trends, and the trends that will continue to rise throughout the year. I love each of these designs for their originality and forward thinking in wedding floral design. Hopefully this broad collection of wedding flowers — from ceremony to reception — will inspire you, whether you’re getting married, are married, or just love looking at beautiful things.
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2013 Floral Design Trends
In 2013, we’ll see a lot of florals adorning everything from the dress, to accents, to the bridal party. Brides, especially nontraditional ones, may want to have flowers, but not necessarily a bouquet. Flowers will adorn attire and accessories in creative ways.
Floral hat by Tailored Twig .
Photo by Susan Jeffers.
Flowered skirt by Sayles Livingston Flowers.
This parasol is a perfect alternative to a bouquet, especially for a funkier bride.
Parasol by Per Kristi of Bloomed to Last.
We saw a lot of wildflower bouquets last year; a hand-picked from the garden look. This year we’ll see more tightly-made, textured bouquets featuring jewel tones in deep rich colors. Flowers like protea, lotus pods and scabiosa pods will be used to create an exotic feel.
Flowers by Elegance and Simplicity.
Lots of deep purples, plums, and monochromatic color schemes will be the highlight of wedding flowers in 2013. We’ll see the switch from pastels and vibrants to deep, rich colors.
Flowers by Entwined Design.
We’ll again see flowers shift from a carefree, wild nature back to structured lines — a modern design with lots of defined angles in both the ceremony and reception centerpieces.
A great example are these stands, which are timeless and also really creative. So many times we see white stands with arrangements, and these stands really bring a wow factor to the ceremony.
Flowers by Lisa of Ixora Floral.
Last year we saw a lot of creative ways to present escort cards, including lots of wood risers, window panes, and corkboards. This year we’ll see florals not as accents in bud vases, but as the backdrops themselves.
Flowers by Celebrations expert Shawn Rabideau.
This bride wanted a grand entrance, so this backdrop not only provided a lush entryway for the bridal party, but also the perfect place to take photos.
The florist used 75,000 flowers in total for this wedding. You can tell by the backdrop alone that the lush, creative florals really made the wedding come to life. You can view the whole gallery here.
Flowers by BLOOM by Anuschka.
For the bride that still loves a rustic feel, but wants something a bit different than previous years, we’ll see mums, which are affordable and textured, put to use in everything from bouquets to centerpieces. Beware that these flowers don’t love the heat.
Flowers by Eden’s Echo .
Photo by Bend the Light.
For those having their reception at home or by a pool, flowers in the water can really make this area pop. Generally pool flowers can be boring — same old initials or rose petals. In 2013, we’ll see florists getting creative in pools too, adding in lots of exotic flowers and texture and creating original works.
Flowers by Christopher Confero .
Photo by Armosa Studios.
Floral chandeliers for ceremonies, often seen hanging from an arch or Chuppah, have been trending for the past few years. This year we’ll continue to see this trend, but in a new light. Hanging flowers will be seen in the reception to tie in the centerpieces and make a bold statement piece.
Flowers by Rachael Rollins of Rachael Kasie Designs.