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All You Wanted To Know About: Dried Flowers

A few years ago, the mention of dried flowers might have conjured up thoughts of that old bowl of potpourri at your granny's house. Well, times are changing, and dried flowers are officially IN. They're interesting, stunning to look at, and they're bringing something new to the floristry game.

Being based at New Covent Garden Flower Market, we've watched as dried flowers have become more and more widely stocked by our suppliers. There is a hugely diverse selection to choose from; everything from the classics such as dried lavender, to preserved foliage, dyed in riotously luminous shades.

Dried flowers have become particularly popular for weddings, proving themselves to be hugely versatile. Flowers change in colour and texture during the drying process; casting familiar favourites in a new light. Classic flowers such as lavender and craspedia take on a faded sepia tone which is perfect for creating a vintage look. White flowers (and those bleached in the preservation process) take on a dreamy and ethereal look, perfect for creating romantic and floaty arrangements. Statement tropical flowers and foliage shed their bright colours and instead become ideal for a bohemian style.

Another great thing about dried flowers is that they last. They don't need water and won't wilt, which opens up some fantastic design opportunities. You can also keep them long after your wedding day is over. The gorgeous buttonholes pictured below are made entirely from dried flowers and foliage; they are the perfect keepsake to be taken home and treasured.

Sustainability is at the forefront of every person's mind (once Covid-19 has passed us), and dried flowers are viewed as the conscious choice. Their sustainable perception is because they can be used again and again, unlike fresh flowers which we only have for a little while. For us, it's no coincidence that the revival of dried flowers and the rejection of throwaway culture is happening at the same time. We think a new age of reusable flowers could be dawning!

Of course, we're not saying you have to ditch fresh flowers entirely (we'd never do that!). Our team of flowery experts can suggest the perfect combination of fresh and dried flowers to create your wedding look. The bridal bouquet below uses a combination of fresh and dried flowers and foliage. These elements contrast each other perfectly; the softness of the fresh with the statement shapes of the dried (and the colour palette is a dream too!).

This beautiful table wreath also uses a combination of fresh and dried elements to achieve the perfect romantic style.

Image credit - Emma Russell Photography

Venue: Hampton Court Palace

Dried flowers are a great way to achieve a unique look for your wedding. Get in touch with our team of flower experts today to see how they can work for you!

Peace out and flower power,

The Pinstripes & Peonies Team

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