22 Ways Pressed Flowers Can Elevate Your Wedding
If you take a close look at today's biggest wedding trends, you'll notice that the '70s are back in a big way. From bridal flower crowns to macramé décor, big-day bohemian motifs are often at the top of brides' must-have lists. As for the latest '70s-inspired trend to hit the wedding world? Pressed flowers. The vintage practice has been reinvented as a whimsical, romantic floral décor option that offers tons of versatility. We’ve seen florists, bakers, and event planners alike use pressed flowers to elevate invitations, seating charts, place cards, table settings, and even cookies and cakes. We love how these papery blooms can bring the beauty of the past to the weddings of modernity, whether they're rustic, vintage, or garden-themed.
Pressed flowers are also an easy DIY take-on for any couple looking to get creatively involved in their wedding preparations. The process is simple: Once you’ve chosen the flowers you wish to press (avoid ones that have had recent contact with water), place the flowers between two pieces of parchment paper and leave them under a heavy book for 10 days. Once completed, they can be used in so many unique, inspired ways.
Before you decide how to display your pressed blooms, however, you'll have to choose the varieties that work best for your big day. If greenery is the main focal point of your wedding, for example, focus on ferns, lupin leaves, cedar, and other greens—these types offer a more masculine feel, especially in pressed form.
Ahead, get ready to discover some of our favorite pressed flower ideas seen from real weddings, like this mod Lucite menu designed by Sandcastle Celebrations with calligraphy by Fete and Quill, which would be a fit for a retro-inspired event. The rest of these unique options are sure to change your perspective on your big day's fresh flower palette. Click through for more ways to use pressed blooms on your own big day.
Vegan Round Cake
Framed Seating Assignments
Rustic Table Numbers
Cherry Blossom Events utilized pressed flower placemats to add to the outdoor sanctuary feel of this spring wedding.
Gold Leaf Invites
These elegant invites by Design by Laney featured pastel-colored leaves and petals, sweet pink floral accents, and gold leaf detailing to complement matching calligraphy.
This three-tiered white cake with pressed wildflowers throughout made by Bees Bakery was an ideal option for any minimalist bride.
Romantic Gothic Invites
Wildflower Seating Chart
Wedding planner Rebecca Marín Shepherd of The Wildflowers manufactured this stunning seating chart by placing pressed wildflowers between a tablecloth and plexiglass and pasting assignments to the top.
Elevate your invites by stuffing envelopes with pressed petals that reference your future wedding's color scheme. J.RoCro did just that with these feminine invites, which displayed the couple's big-day shades: pink and blue.
Mr. and Mrs. Coasters
Where The Ribbon Ends used pressed flowers to display an array of colors diagonally across this white-frosted three-tier cake.
Contrasting Blush Placemats
Kacy Hyder sprinkled crushed pressed petals onto this two-tiered cake. The result? Floral confetti.
All About Events created personalized table settings by pressing dainty petals and small sprigs of baby's breath onto appetizer plates that featured styled calligraphy.
Twine Events garnished simply cut sugar cookies with pressed petals for a Malibu garden wedding.
Golden Flowered Cake
This romantic, natural confection by Sugar Euphoria referenced the golden hues used throughout the rest of the wedding's décor.
Feminine Acrylic Invites
These acrylic, music-themed invites created by A Good Day Inc. displayed white script over cassette graphics and pressed pink Michaelmas daisies.
Southern Bloom Press posed the bride's engagement ring alongside her vows and pretty, pressed purple sweet pea buds to create this dreamy flat-lay.
Secret Garden Table Numbers
The design team at Lustre Events framed calligraphed table numbers inlaid with pressed wildflowers and greenery at this modern secret garden wedding.
Floral Sugar Cookies
Baker Jessica from Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott dressed these rustic sugar cookies up by placing edible pressed flowers at the center of each one.