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How to mix dried and fresh flowers in your wedding

May 27, 2020
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Whether you’re a creative bride looking to DIY your wedding flowers or are on the hunt for a little eye candy to send to your floral designer, these ideas from MJM Design and Amy Caroline Photography sure make a good case for adding dried flowers to your wedding design. And guess what? It’s totally something you can work on right now, since it’s best to start collecting and drying early: In this time where the world has stopped, drying and pressing flowers is something a bride can be active about knowing they won’t go to waste. Let’s get inspired…

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How about a dried flower comb for a hairpiece? Details like this or the boutonnieres could be kept in a shadow box after the wedding to display for years to come.

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The team wanted to offer brides a take on how to be less wasteful in the wedding world. Fresh blooms were used sparingly to soften the arrangements, and dried and pressed flowers, plus appliqué like in the Alexandra Grecco dress and shoes, to continue the theme.

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Floral Designer Mandy of MJM Design tells us you can channel the dried wedding flower look in two ways: use elements you’ve dried on your own to personalize the arrangements and reduce some floral costs. Or, ask your florist for dried elements to add into your wedding flowers and then use as keepsakes from the big day!

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We wanted to create wedding inspiration that reused and really mixed the idea of old and new. Dried flowers often come across dark, and sometimes edgy, and we knew there was a way to make them so elegant and romantic. Adding in touches of handmade paper, hand-embroidered shoes, and rough-cut diamonds, we wanted things to feel raw, and less “perfected”. So many of these details could be framed and kept forever, and we loved how long-lasting that felt.

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There are so many beautiful ways to use press flowers in your wedding, too! Ridgely Calligraphy made such lovely paper goods.

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Mixing fresh and dried flowers gave such an amazing textural look to our inspiration shoot. There are also bleached flowers and foliage to create another look. We used dried ranunculus blooms, dried strawflower, dried bunny tail grass, bleached Italian rusus, and bleached baby’s breath. Of course, most flowers that are dried are fragile, so a gentle touch is needed in drying as well as designing with the bloom at this stage.

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Can’t forget dried flowers on your wedding cake!

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Take a peek at our inspiration gallery below for more dried flower wedding ideas:

Thanks to the team below for showing us how it’s done!

Cakies, see more dried wedding flowers here.

Photography: Amy Caroline Photography / Venue: Denver Photo Collective / Florals: MJM Design / Hair & Makeup: Smash Beauty / Paper Products & Calligraphy: Ridgely Calligraphy / Tabletop Goods: World Market / Cake: Whole Foods decorated by MJM Design / Wedding Gown: Alexandra Grecco from Anna Be Bridal / Shoes: Bella Belle / Ring: Sarah O Jewelry / Model: Melanie Daoheuang from Wilhelmina Denver