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2023 Spring Floral Inspiration

Alright, friends. Believe it or not, longer days and warmer weather is just around the corner here in the Midwest, and in the wedding world we all know what that means… time to buckle up for SPRING and the wonderful weddings and floral details the season brings! In honor of the changing of the season and the celebration of new life, we went ahead and rounded up some of our collective favorites both online, and from our previous wedding seasons as the ultimate inspiration!

For the Fans of: Wedding Whites

Florist credits from left to right: Blossom Bay Design / Kohler Floral / Briar Loft / Pinterest

As a bride, you truly can never go wrong with a timeless, all-white palette. As you can see from the examples above, however, styles still can vary! Whether you prefer a daintier profile of Lily of the Valley, Astilbe and Campanula, the more classic look of a bouquet of Peonies and Garden Roses, a more modern, effortless aesthetic using more “wild” whites such as Scabiosa, Freesia and Spirea, or the ultra-hip, uber modern exposed stem, reflexed roses that are so hot right now, just know that an all-white palette can still make an incredible impact!

For the Fans of: Neutrals

All images from Pinterest

The clear front-runner in the design realm these days is to opt for a neutral-yet-non-white palette – one which still allows the focal tones of the day to sing, yet expertly blends the overall design aesthetic into cohesion via a “muddied monochromatic” look. This overall look can best be achieved by truly letting your florist take the key inspiration (what we call the “hero image”) and running with it! They will know best which flowers (and from where) to source – you focus on simply being fabulous!

For the Fans of: Pleasant Pastels

Florist credits from left to right: All Briar Loft

For the brides who are ready for a bit more color to peep its way in – this section is for you!

Remember to let your florist know those key tones (i.e., bridesmaid dress colors, napkin selections, even tie or wax seal choices) and then… let them run with the rest! If you’re in the camp of “liking a little bit of color but not going for bright or vibrant,” then the key to this type of prompt is a) reminding your florist of this choice, b) providing the key tones of the day (outside of creamy whites and neutrals, of course) and then c) letting them go with it!

Quite honestly, the absolute BEST designs we’ve accomplished have been borne out of trust, solid vendor choices, and clear communication – once that is established, rest assured that your wedding flowers will be everything you have ever desired!

For the Fans of: Vibrant Tones & Statement-Makers

Florist credits from left to right: Briar Loft / Florklor / Britlyn Simone / Flowers for Dreams

For the brides who crave color: Bravo to you! This means that your wedding day will be FULL of personality, your guests will appreciate the overall vibrancy of the event, and your vendors will have FUN with the overall design!

Many of our brides, however, struggle with the inclusion of vibrant tones – thinking that bringing in a saturated pink, orange, red or green suddenly makes the entire wedding design suffer. We are here to dispel this rumor once and for all – color is BACK and color is oh so welcome!

A bit of a disclaimer here, though: you can absolutely go bold – you simply need to allow the bold to blend with its best design friends: muddies and neutrals. As long as you are okay with allowing your florist to bring it where it truly matters (yet paring it back as needed throughout the rest of the design), that is how the true magic really comes together.

For the Fans of: Romantic Arbors & Installations

Florist credits from left to right: Briar Loft / Pinterest / Briar Loft / Pinterest

Okay, we’ll admit it: as wedding designers, we have a pretty strong opinion here: a focal floral installation is key to a cohesive wedding design. Yep, we said it.

What we mean by this is, to put it simply: bouquets and centerpieces are clearly an integral piece of an overall wedding design, make no mistake. However, once a full floral installation is incorporated into the design (be it a ceremony arbor, statement table, stair, fireplace or ceiling installation, escort card display, stage design, etc.), that is where a wedding or event goes from incredible to unforgettable! If you have the funds and wish to explore a statement piece, ask about ways to repurpose elements of it around the rest of your design – chances are, your florist or planner has an idea!

See more floral inspiration in our previous Blog Posts!

2022 Summer Floral Inspiration

2022 Fall Floral Inspiration