Create an organic floral arrangement in 4 easy steps
Wedding trends are constantly changing, especially when it comes to the floral design aspect. From the rustic babys breath in mason jars, to the roundy moundy Hydrangea arrangements, to now the very popular organic styling, theres no denying every couple of years we see an abundance of changing trends. I personally love to design all of my arrangements more organically with lots of movement and texture to mimic what we see in nature. This allows my work to remain timeless despite the ever changing trends. While this more organic and wandering style looks effortless, it can be intimidating to design, so I’ve put together 4 easy steps to help you achieve the same organic garden inspired floral arrangements.
Step 1 - Prep your vessel
Begin by choosing a vessel for your arrangement. A footed vessel works well so you are able to drape some of the greenery and flowers, creating that organic and natural look. Next, prepare the mechanics for the arrangement. There are several different mechanics you could use to design an arrangement like this. In this particular one I used a floral frog that was attached to the base of the vessel with green florist tack, and a ball of oasis wire on top of that for added stability. You could also use Oasis floral foam to create the same look.
Step 2 - Create your shape
Always begin your arrangement by creating the shape with your foliage. I see a lot of times people will add the greenery in last but then it looks like you were just filling in the gaps as oppose to being intentional with your placement. Beginning with the foliage also will allow you to frame out the size of the arrangement so you have a good idea of how many blooms you’ll need. I typically like to use anywhere from 3-5 different types of foliage when designing these types of arrangements to create interest. Begin by inserting your first type of foliage on the outer parts of the vessel leaving the center of your arrangement empty (Don’t worry, we will fill this in later). Then follow up with the remaining foliage, layering the pieces, and creating your shape. Get creative! The amount of different shapes and sizes you can create is limitless!
Step 3 - Add your flowers
This is the fun part! Once all of the foliage is in place and you have the shape and size of your arrangement, you can begin adding all the beautiful blooms. There are so many different ways to add the flowers, here is my order of placement:
Add your textural flowers first. In this piece I used white Astilbe. Some other great flowers for texture would be Queens Anne Lace, Blushing bride Protea, any type of berry, and many more.
Next, add in your bigger focal flowers. These will also help you further define your shape, and fill up your arrangement. In this piece I used garden roses as my larger bloom. Some other great focal or larger flowers would be Dahlias, Peonies, and standard roses.
Lastly, add in your smaller more delicate blooms. I like to call these flowers my “dancers” because they have so much life and movement. Your dancers should stick out the furthest in your arrangements, and are great for draping off of the vessel. In this piece I used Ranunculus (my favorite!), and small pink strawflower. While the placement of all the flowers is important, in my opinion the dancers play the biggest role as they create interest and movement in your piece. Some other great flowers to use would be Sweet pea, Butterfly Ranunculus, Cosmos, and many more.
Something to remember: When adding your flowers, insert the stems at different lengths, and layer your blooms. This way you create depth, and visual interest.
Step 4 - Finishing Touches
The last step in the process is to fill in any gaps, and make any final adjustments. This is where you can add more foliage to the center of the arrangement, and make sure the lip of the vessel is covered as well. If you are creating this arrangement for a wedding or event, it helps to set it at a table and sit next to it so you can see exactly what the guests will see and make adjustments from there. This is also a good time to take some photos of your beautiful arrangement!
I hope this was helpful! Leave any questions you have in the comment section below, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!