Dried florals are such a unique and interesting trend in the wedding sphere. In 2020, couples really began moving toward smaller and more intimate weddings. These means couples were really looking for more unique pieces. Often this also meant couples had a bigger floral budget and a smaller space so we could really fill it! Because of this a lot of couples started moving toward more unique features, such as dried florals.
Like anything for your wedding, there are pros and cons to using dried florals in your wedding. The pros are that they are unique and provide really interesting texture. They can also last longer than fresh flowers, and are more durable in certain weather conditions.
However, the cons include the fact that they can be kind of hard to source. A lot of florists work with fresh flowers so they may have to ship dried flowers in. You may also have to shop online for them which means they will have to be shipped. Now there’s nothing wrong with shipping! This is just related to the second con, which is dried flowers are very delicate. They can crumble very easily. However, don’t let this discourage you from using them. In my opinion the pros far outweigh the cons! I believe the gorgeous texture and interest they add is so worth it!
There are many different ways to include dried florals in your day! Dried grasses make for great, easy ways to add texture. These kind of grasses are large and very impactful, so we often use them in arch pieces, bridal bouquets or to line the aisles.
Also, one of the pros of dried flowers is you can bleach them, which means you can really get that modern, luxe all white look that’s so popular right now! This is great for bridals, boutonnieres or even floral crowns. Or, if you don’t want to commit to all white, hints of bleached white look so pretty mixed in with fresh florals.
You could also commit to using only dried flowers for your day. It is possible to make almost everything from dried flowers. From flower crowns to bridal bouquets we have done it all! In fact, I love using only dried flowers. I think their texture is so unique and gorgeous, and many of them dry beautifully. Additionally, we dry almost all of the flowers we use for our arrangements in our shop! We like to think of it as a great way to reduce and reuse!
Dried flowers are also great, because as I said, with proper care they can last a long time! if you use pre-dried flowers in your wedding arrangements you can take them out and display them. You will just want to be careful to keep them from getting wet and from direct sunlight. Dried flowers in direct sun might accidentally bleach!
You can also dry your fresh flowers after your wedding for the same reason! If you dry your fresh flowers after your wedding, you will still be able to enjoy them for years to come. I always recommend the hanging method to dry, as it is quite easy! You just choose the flowers you want to dry, wrap them in wire and hang them in a cool, dry place for a couple weeks. Flowers also maintain their shape well when using this method. You could also choose to press your flowers and arrange them in a frame after your wedding. However, this can get kind of tricky as it is easy for the flowers to grow mold using this method.
Your florist can help you determine what flowers dry well, but a good rule of thumb is if they are hardy to begin with they will be pretty easy to dry. Roses, baby’s breath and greenery all dry really nice. Things like calla lilies and other delicate flowers tend to be more fragile and smaller when they dry.
As I’ve said, dried flowers can sometimes be sort of hard to source. A lot of florists don’t use them! Or they have to special buy them for you. Etsy is usually a great place to look! Much of what is sold on Etsy comes from small businesses, and if you are judicious can be of very high quality. In fact, we actually have an Etsy shop where nearly everything in this post is sold! As I also mentioned, we dry almost all of our own flowers in our shop, so if you’re interested in using them in your wedding, feel free to reach out! If you are looking for more dried flower inspiration, you can also check out our Pinterest here!