Choosing the right flowers for you and your partner on your wedding day is one of the most important decisions to be made. Our designers at Garden Party Flowers recognize this and aim to make it a simple, seamless experience. We offer guidance for what’s trending as well as what best suits your style as individuals coming together to celebrate your love, and we make the process fun.
As wedding dessert trends rise and fall, so do florals, both in variety and arrangement styles. From bouquets and boutonnières to ceremony arrangements and reception centrepieces, here are the 2023 wedding flower trends the team at Garden Party Flowers is seeing this Vancouver wedding season.
Contrasting colours. As floral design trends evolve, we’re seeing a shift toward weddings filled with visually compelling flower selections. The opportunity to build up a floral recipe is a huge part of why we love floral design. Making each flower's unique colour gradient blend into the next, creating a full colour story, channels creativity and style. More bridal parties are coming to us requesting contrasting colours like purples and orange, blue and peach, or pink and yellow. Choosing two colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel gives each shade their opportunity to shine, resulting in an unmistakable and unique design. We have some fun colour palettes coming up soon and are excited to play with some bold varieties.
White. Fresh, pure and clean, white is in. Within a white palette there are a lot of options. White calla lilies or phalaenopsis orchids can offer your reception an elegant and glamorous feel, while white anemones create an interestingly striking contemporary vibe with their unique blue-black centres. David Austin garden roses are another great way to elevate your wedding flowers, with their luxurious, fragrant petals that leave a lasting impression on your guests. Entirely white wedding flowers can really enhance other aesthetic aspects to your wedding: the tableware, drapery, or the venue space itself! Photographing beautifully, white weddings will and always have created a timeless, dreamlike atmosphere.
Single element bridesmaid bouquet. If you’re not looking to adhere to traditional wedding flower trends, single element bridesmaid bouquets may be for you. Simple, elegant, single element bride and bridesmaid bouquets are a new way to embrace individuality within your bridal party and allow for each bouquet to speak for themselves. Selecting one feature flower like quicksand roses for your maid of honour, while another bridesmaid has peach pompom dahlias topped with a beautiful hand tied ribbon makes classy bouquet options for bridesmaids or the bride themself.
Baby’s Breath. Not to be compared to your mother’s bridal bouquet from the 70’s, with baby's breath stems, red roses and a blue ribbon! Instead, we have seen an increase in demand for a more modern and minimalist take on this often underrated flower. Monochromatic arrangements with fluffy, dimensional cloudlike qualities are trending. Wedding parties are dreaming of ceremonies and receptions filled with baby’s breath’s delicate, dreamy buds. In a venue with rich colours, or an outdoor wedding, abundant little white buds are gorgeous. Full transparency, while baby’s breath has previously been thought of as a cheap filler, it is not. It takes a lot of volume to make these tiny buds pop!
Bud Vases. Small, narrow vases holding either a single or few buds are popular table florals this season. Depending on your flower of choice, a bud vase can beautifully highlight the quality of each single stem. We love creating these feature arrangements but offer fair warning, depending on the size of your wedding, you may need many, which can add up with costs for feature buds and vases. However, bud vases can also double as a gift for guests.
Broken Floral Altar Arches. Cost and style both play a factor in the trend we’re seeing around broken altar arches. Floral arches are a spectacular backdrop at a wedding altar but a full arch is no longer what brides and grooms have in their vision. We’re being asked to create non uniform broken arches and we love the asymmetry. Broken arches photograph beautifully offering pops of colour and dimension. We can often design these pieces to be re-used elsewhere in the wedding reception once the ceremony is over.
Fresh and Natural. Thank goodness we haven’t been asked yet this season to dye flowers. With such an abundance of beautiful seasonal flowers in greater Vancouver and around the province, we aren’t fans of painting or dying flowers, in fact, we generally just don’t do it. This is why we love the trend of fresh, natural, local blooms. Freshness brings the outside in or amplifies the outdoors, complimenting natural flora. No matter your colour scheme or style, we have growers who can supply us with blooms that will bring your vision to life. Throughout the year and as the seasons change, we love working with everything from roses, peonies, dahlia, delphinium, lisianthus, and so much more.
Trends come and go and we love them while they last but if classic or a unique floral direction is more your style, our designers can match your vision. We’re booking weddings now for summer 2024. Get in touch and book a consultation, we’re excited to hear about your wedding style and thoughts on 2023 summer’s trends. To get the most from your consultation, check out our tips for working with your wedding florist.