Dried Flowers For Your Wedding Day: Wedding Ideas
Words by Ruth [Daisyshop]
Looking for wedding flowers with a difference? Try dried flowers! You might be surprised to hear that dried flowers are making a huge come back, and have [thankfully] moved on since the dusty orange monstrosities of the 1970s. Answer yes to any of these questions and dried flowers might just be the thing for you:
• Planning a country-style, vintage, natural or eco style wedding?
• Looking for something a bit different or less formal than a regular wedding bouquet?
• Want to have your bouquets made and ready to use weeks before the big day?
• Would you like to save your bouquet for a keepsake afterwards?
• Planning a destination wedding and not sure how to organise the flowers?
• Want to Buy British, out of season?
• Want to save a bit of money on your wedding flowers?
Dried flowers can be used for your bridal bouquets and buttonholes, in fact, they can be used for your whole wedding party… including table decorations, place settings and matching wedding favours and confetti.
Dried flower confetti was where the whole trend for dried flower arrangements came from! About ten years ago, wedding venues began refusing paper confetti over fears of littering. Natural and biodegradable confetti was soon the next big thing, with dried petals becoming available in every imaginable colour and a kaleidoscope of pretty mixes.
Savvy British farmers started diversifying into flowers, and a whole new range of possibilities became available. At the same time, barn and country weddings have become more and more popular, with the new generation of dried flowers satisfying a need for a more relaxed and informal style. So from the initial demand for real petal confetti, we have now evolved right through to wedding bouquets and decorations.
Natural wedding favours such as lavender bags, make lovely gifts and can be sourced from as little as £1 each. Organza bags also come in almost any colour, so can easily fit in with your colour scheme. And lavender not only smells good, but can be used under your pillow as a sleep aid, or to freshen up your linen.
Dried flower table decorations come in the form of large freestanding lavender- or wheat- sheaves, or smaller informal dried flower bunches placed in jugs. Use mini bunches as napkin decorations or individual table settings.
Dried flower wedding bouquets have some great advantages over fresh flowers with cost being a factor: dried flowers are generally less expensive than fresh. But it doesn’t stop there – brides tell us that they also like the thought that wedding flowers can be ticked off the to-do list well in advance of the wedding, with delivery typically three weeks beforehand. And of course the bouquet will act as a keepsake afterwards.
If you’re getting married abroad, dried flowers travel surprisingly well and can be packed carefully into a suitcase or posted direct to the venue. Buying dried also enables brides to support British growers without needing to adhere to the narrow season of availability.
At Daisy Shop they source flowers for bunches and bouquets from four or five British farms, buying from outside the UK only to fill availability gaps.
Check out their boards too on Pinterest for loads more dried flower inspiration!
Want to see how dried flower bouquets might look on your wedding day? Check out this gorgeous wedding where the bride had a dried flower bouquet and this uber dreamy lavender wedding inspiration!