It seems only fitting that after last week’s look at bridal design throughout the decades that this week another fabulous art form gets the historical treatment: floral design.
Floral design is often the wow factor at a wedding and one major trend for weddings now, next year, and hopefully into the future is the old world look. Luckily I’ve just finished reading through the Wedding and Event Institute chapter on the European influence in floral design and they gave a pretty amazing break down that I’ll share with you here.
After Europe emerged from the Dark Ages there was an amazing burst of creative energy in the Renaissance. Floral motifs were everywhere!
Today, the tell-tale signs of the Renaissance influence can be seen when fruits and vegetables are grouped in with flowers and foliage for a still-life effect. To go even more Renaissance use the vessels that were popular at the time: classically shaped urns and vases, tall and highly decorated compotes, or woven baskets.
The baroque period saw floral arrangements becoming increasingly ornamental. The look is blustery with big branches shooting out with warm colored leaves mixed with large flowers and it was all placed in huge metal, porcelain, or glass containers. This style of centerpiece is definitely having a major resurgence in popularity right now and I love it!
After the big and blustery Baroque period things took a more feminine turn. Floral design during the Rococo period was influenced heavily by aesthetics in France whose goal was the conveyance of prettiness and charm.
Floral arrangements were tighter, denser, and unlike the Renaissance and Baroque periods, height was emphasized over width. Roses and hydrangea were popular at the time, especially in delicate pinks!
Floral design during the Georgian period remained very similar to the Rococo style except that Wedgwood urns and tureens were in vogue and the range of flowers used in design expanded to include more vibrant color palettes.
The Victorian period saw a miniaturization of things. Tiny flowers like posies, nosegay, or forget-me-nots (or artificial flowers, which became popular at this time) and little trinkets like feathers, shells, or figurines were often placed under glass bell jars and used for centerpieces at dinner parties and decor around the home.
In the absence of bell jars and a popular way to translate the Victorian floral design style today is to group together single stems in bud vases along with little bunches of flowers in a central position on the table.
Mahalo to The Wedding and Event Institute for all of this wonderful information. I’ve really been enjoying my online courses. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a stylist or entering the wedding industry – check them out! Be sure to read other posts I’ve written about my coursework here.