Top wedding flower trends for 2023
After you’ve decided on your wedding venue and appointed key vendors, it’s important to decide what you want your floral decor to look like for the day. From bouquets and buttonholes to ceremony aisle arrangements and reception centerpieces, flowers used throughout your wedding help enhance your overall beauty and enhance the overall experience for you and your guests. If you’re ready to start choosing flowers for your wedding in 2023, the latest trends are the perfect place to draw inspiration.
According to experts, there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to wedding flowers this year. Bright, bold color palettes, unique center bowls, and statement-making hanging fixtures are all available upon request. Unexpected flowers, individual varieties used en masse, and architectural arrangements will also be big this year. You’ll also see a lot of locally grown, seasonal flowers at weddings in 2023, but this is largely out of practicality and preference, and not a new trend: “As always, the focus needs to be on seasonally appropriate flowers to be appropriate,” says Maxine Owens. , owner of Max Owen Designs: “At its peak and more sustainable.” “In season is the best!”
What should you do if your chosen floral decor is not displayed here? Whatever you do, don’t feel pressured to make any drastic changes to your plans. At the end of the day, your wedding should be a reflection of you and your partner, and if these trends don’t align with your personal style, they don’t deserve a place on your wedding day.
Meet the expert
- Maxine Owens is the founder of Max Owen Designs, a floral and event design company based in Dallas, Texas.
- Whit McClure is the owner and designer of Whit Hazen, a Los Angeles-based floral design studio.
- Sophie Felts is the founder of Sophie Felts Floral Design, a floral studio located in Maryland.
- Lauren Anderson and Rachel Bridgwood are the co-founders of Sweet Root Village, a wedding, event, and branding floral design studio based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Unique color palettes, less greenery
If there’s one thing to expect from weddings in 2023, it’s color. Our experts say this is especially true when it comes to flowers. “Fashion-driven color palettes” will be king this year, says Whitney McClure, owner and designer of Whit Hazen. “Bright, bold pinks had a big moment last year – think Valentino’s fall/winter 2022 collection. That will continue this year, especially with Viva Magenta being Pantone’s color of the year,” she says. “Unsaturated jewel tones, especially blue, olive green and rust, will also have their moments.”
Lauren Anderson and Rachel Bridgwood of Sweet Root Village say purple, yellow and green will have their moment in 2023. “Shades of purple have been popping up left and right along with a particular love of drawing,” they explain. But if you like warmer colors, don’t worry: experts say these colors are still very popular for the new year. “We’ve also seen a huge focus on warm, saturated colors—shades and tints of red, orange, pink, and every variety of the three,” Anderson and Bridgwood add. “We’re feeling inspired by the color palettes (this year). (We’re) loving the lavender and yellow color palette but throwing in some unexpected colors like red/orange or deep blue.”
Professionals say that as more couples will rely on bolder color palettes, the use of greenery will decrease significantly. Owens expects to see much less green space used in 2023, especially for centerpieces. “(There will be) little to no greenery in the floral arrangements. If foliage filler is used, it will have a color that complements the wedding palette,” she explains. “I like peach yarrow, golden fern, flowering jasmine or clematis, white spirea, or dark foliage like begonia or heuchera for this effect.”
Complete and dynamic festive paths and backgrounds
Think of it this way: Your party is the opening to your day, and treating your guests to a wow moment as soon as they arrive sets the tone for an amazing evening to come. That’s why, our experts say, statement party decor will remain a major trend for 2023. “Front-page-worthy party flowers are everything to us now!” says Sophie Felts of Sophie Felts Floral Design.
Key details? Corridors and backgrounds. According to Owens, the couples plan to do their best in these categories. “We’ll continue to see a lot of dreamy corridors, arches and backdrops.” For McClure, focusing on the trail itself — not just the background — is exciting. She’s looking forward to many “key arcade moments instead of just bows and chuppahs.”
Architectural styles will also be preferred. “Full floral aisles are always more dynamic,” Anderson and Bridgewood say. “We’re also seeing interest in unique background shapes and layered arches. Anything that embraces the architecture or creates new architectural elements in a ceremony (will be popular).”
Single flower varieties used collectively
Variety may be the spice of life, but it’s certainly not everything, when it comes to wedding decor. Our experts are excited to work with fewer types of flowers in 2023. “We love the trend of using fewer types of flowers in arrangements, and grouping one type of flower en masse for greater impact in larger installations,” says Felts.
As for the types of flowers you can expect to see most often, our experts have seen one type top their clients’ lists: baby’s breath. “Baby’s breath has seen a huge resurgence, especially en masse,” Anderson and Bridgwood explain. “Honestly, almost anything en masse, whether colorful or huge stems, seems to generate a lot of noise.” Other types of flowers our editors have seen couples using en masse recently include hydrangeas, roses, and anemones, but it all depends on your personal preferences.
Unconventional and graphic central vessels
Move forward, mercury glasses and compote vases: The pros say these once-loved vessels are on the way out, and cool new options are taking center stage. “I think the black bowls will stand out more on tables for an elegant look,” McClure says. Anderson and Bridgwood see this too, noting that “unique bowls and colorful candlelight” are major trends for 2023.
The general form of the arrangements will also change. “Some of our customers break away from the traditional round centerpiece and bring a lot of variety to their tables — from vintage table lamps to six-foot trees to whimsical ornamental gardens,” says Felts. “We enjoy the multi-faceted and layered look compared to a standard single vessel filled with a designed arrangement,” Anderson and Bridgwood add.
Smaller, more impactful bouquets
Huge, full wedding bouquets have been popular for years, but experts say this style is on its way out. This is good news for wedding budgets And People carrying bouquets – Large, cascading bouquets can be very heavy and difficult to carry for most of the day. “Wedding bouquets will continue to move on a smaller scale,” says Owens. “The goal is to overpower or move away from the design of the dress, while highlighting it tastefully.”
Felts is seeing this trend too, adding: “Our brides are all about loose, airy bouquets and many are opting for a smaller size.” “While bouquets are still very popular, we’ve seen a lot of preference toward smaller bouquets,” say Anderson and Bridgwood.
Fresh cut flowers are beautiful, but experts say couples in 2023 plan to reduce their collective carbon footprints by bringing in plenty of floral options and live greenery. “For an aisle treatment, we love dense single-flower arrangements, potted plants, grass clusters, or other aisle-inspired plants lining the aisle,” says Felts. Owens adds that using potted plants and live trees throughout the wedding means the couple can enjoy them for years to come. “They can then be grown in their homes, which is good for the earth and great for lasting memories,” she explains.
There may be simple and simple bouquets, but that does not mean that couples will choose to be meticulous with all their flowers. Experts say there are big dramatic combinations in 2023. “The elements that I love,” says Owens.
Where will you see these facilities? Says the pros to look for! Hazen says she has several dance floor installations on her agenda, which will define and emphasize the party space. Felts adds that “wreaths with unusual flowers such as lilies and orchids that can add a whimsical touch to the tree or ceiling” were popular questions.