Want to do something fresh and new for your wedding flowers and decor? Something aside from the same old centerpieces and garlands running down long tables (which are still gorgeous, don’t get us wrong)? Well we’ve got you C-O-V-E-R-E-D. Whenever a fashion week comes around, there’s something besides the new collections that we’re falling over ourselves to see. Season after season, the genius set designers and florists manage to amaze and inspire us with their over-the-top, fantastical runway designs (see: the iconic Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 Couture show). And of course, all we can see when we look at said runways are ways you could take these whimsical ideas and turn them into something unique for your wedding! From floral pillars to “rambling rose hedges,” prepare to get inspired.
Calling this a “lush urban dreamland”, The Putnams (at this point NYFW floral royalty) created this sweeping display—a juxtaposition between manmade industrial grit and delicately winding natural beauty for the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2019 presentation. Have your floral designer create little areas of life amongst your reception space if you’re getting married in an indoor urban space that feels a little “old factory from the turn of the century that’s been abandoned for years but now has been revived and is cool” (the whole flowers growing in concrete deal). You know, that vibe.
This monochrome aisle of mod, 70’s inspired florals (to match the tone of the Zimmermann SS19 show) makes us want all shades of white (no greenery here!) flowers all year long, not just in the winter which is usually when people choose to use them. Besides the tone-on-tone, the anthuriums help to keep these arrangements fresh and cool (as they’re one of the flowers du jour amongst the cool kid florists).
Although the Rodarte SS19 show did have a garden-like set design, we would be remiss to not mention the abundance of florals that were on the actual models gracing the runway. Just as baby’s breath began popping up everywhere after Rodarte’s incredible SS18 show, we expect brides to be inspired to get a little more heavy-handed and incorporating roses (and plenty of ’em) into their looks. And we’re not talking flower crowns here, we’re talking a tumbling cascade of buds.
There’s something that’s become very cool, in the past couple of years, about what were once considered tacky, or low-brow florals. For instance these red roses and white lilies—a few years ago these would have been scoffed at as “bodega” flowers, or “basic” (are we still using that word?). Put into play correctly, however, and suddenly they are effortlessly cool and the opposite of what used to feel fussy and trite. Tips: show your florist this photo (the stems must feel un-arranged and yet very much arranged), and make sure your venue is one that will play to the it-girl, effortless (and possibly blank), space.
Don’t we all secretly want to exchange vows under a dense jungle canopy? Even if you’re getting married indoors, with a big enough space the forest can come to you, like in the Savage x Fenty SS19 show. And honestly that geometric jungle gym/Bio-Dome vibe (yeah, we said it) is something we can get on board with too.
The Putnam’s never cease to amaze us with their crazy-creative, lush, modern designs and this is no exception. Try using simple square pillars as aisle markers and having your florist create much smaller versions of these down the aisle. Bonus points for color-blocking as shown here.
Absolutely dreamy, this runway was created by Miranda Brooks (a contributing editor at Vogue), using thousands of pink carnations. We don’t want to say we told you so…but…we told y’all carnations are cool now! Not only that, they’re one of the most cost-effective flowers you can use, and make an impact when used en masse. Translate this to your wedding by having your florist create a mini garden of carnations (not by planting, but by placing in foam) as a ceremony “structure,” with an empty circle in the middle for you and your partner to stand and exchange vows.
Having potted trees at your wedding is nothing new, but we love how these are clustered in a very modern space, and the sheer volume makes you feel like you’re in a chic enchanted forest. Try bringing orange trees en masse (if you can afford it!) into a blank, white loft venue for that fun juxtaposition of modern and traditional. To make the trees pop even more, try having all-white everything else in the space (linens, plates, flowers, chairs).
Another amazing Putnam installation—but who’s surprised? They’re masters of their craft! We like to think of this as the new, cooler, and more organic way to pull off a flower wall—and it doesn’t have to be something that’s created by a florist necessarily. Find a venue that already has a cascading and climbing variation of flowers against one of their walls, and use it for your formal portraits—or even set up a photo booth and use it as the background!
Raf Simons always kills it with the set-design game (too many amazing Dior shows to count), so we weren’t surprised to see another magical runway. Like an abandoned dinner party of our dreams, this dreamy runway incorporated fruit, flowers, and wine bottles to create an atmosphere worthy of the Old Dutch Masters (and maybe even a little Hieronymus Bosch?!). Create a similar vibe by having your florist incorporate grapes, pomegranates, and even veggies like artichokes into lush, romantic flower arrangements.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened to those 14,000 carnations in the Tory Burch show, the amazing Lewis Miller used them in one of his Flower Flashes (beautiful flash-installations he does on the streets of NYC, usually in trash cans).