Ikebana-Inspired Floral Style for a Unique Wedding – Is It For You?

Wedding couples often research on wedding themes when planning their wedding decor. And your personal style preferences can often inform the wedding theme you wish to adopt on your special day. 

If you’re a fan of the simple, minimalist aesthetics in interior design such as Japandi (Japanese-Scandinavian interior style) pictured below, then the ikebana-inspired floral style is perfect for you.

Minimalist-Style

In this post, I’ll briefly touch on what the ikebana floral style is about, and discuss which wedding themes and venues complement this modern minimalist aesthetic.

An ikebana-inspired floral style is one that is influenced by the Japanese art of arranging flowers. The style could be either one or a combination of the following:

  1. One that takes inspiration from nature, or
  2. One that allows personalisation, including incorporating something meaningful to you and your partner, or
  3. One that inspires curiosity or intrigue, and can even be considered fine-art or artistic.

In short, it will mean your wedding will be like no other because it’s tailored for you!

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Which wedding themes are a great fit with the ikebana-inspired floral style?

Ikebana-inspired wedding floral designs are great for any one of the following wedding themes:

  • Modern Contemporary
  • Industrial-Inspired
  • Simple Chic or
  • Off-Beat and Eclectic.

Eco-savvy couples will also appreciate the ikebana floral style as the techniques applied often embody the values of sustainability. For instance, we stay away from using floral foam, which is harmful to nature and human. Instead we use alternative floral mechanics like chicken wire and floral frogs.

So what is ikebana? 

Firstly, what is ikebana?

Ikebana is a Japanese word translated to mean bringing life to flowers. Floral materials such as blossoms, leaves and stems are thoughtfully arranged to create something even more beautiful. The artist/designer closely studies the colour, line and form of the materials to bring out their best qualities.

That’s why this floral style is great for those who appreciate the beauty of nature!

And the designs can range in size and composition; for instance it could be a single flower being showcased in the most beautiful manner. In contrast it could be a large stunning composition of branches, blooms and foliage.

The end result is often striking. And it can be deeply meaningful because one is “working with nature in an individual and imaginative form” [Source: Sogetsu Ikebana NSW].

I also share more about my personal observations about ikebana in another post.

Ikebana-inspired Floral Style
Ikebana-Inspired Floral Arrangement

Wedding Style and Venue Ideas for The Ikebana Floral Style

Modern Contemporary

As ikebana arrangements are usually minimalist and structural, this design style is suitable for a couple who wants a modern contemporary theme. This means clean lines, unique wedding flowers and an unconventional wedding setting that is modern and chic. For example an art gallery or a wedding venue like Ovollo Woolloomooloo in Sydney, NSW.

Industrial-Inspired

Industrial Style Wedding Venue

An industrial space such as a converted warehouse venue or industrial brick building will provide an amazing backdrop to ikebana-inspired arrangements. For instance, the Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery. Imagine floral designs that creatively combine flowers with raw textures and materials such as aged timber and metal!

Simple chic

Japanese inspired Wedding Flowers Sydney
Wedding Reception Flowers (Image by Kevin Du Photography)

Minimalism has become a popular wedding style based on the concept that there is beauty in simplicity. The clean look is intentional.

The couple selects the elements they wish to include in their wedding. These elements then become the focus in the styling.

As a result the overall styling develops into something more meaningful to the couple. More than just the aesthetics. 

And ikebana personifies the concept of less is more beautifully. Which is why an ikebana-inspired floral style is so suitable for a simple chic wedding style.

Offbeat and eclectic

The offbeat and eclectic wedding style gives the couple freedom to express their personalities the way they want. Read: non-traditional. This style is fun and edgy. It will certainly add personality and uniqueness to your wedding. 

You might be surprised to discover ikebana arrangements can be made fun and quirky too. 

The floral designer achieves this by either combining florals with unconventional materials or using flowers in unexpected ways. It requires resourcefulness and thinking outside the box. Simply great for an eclectic couple!

Minimalist Wedding Centrepiece
Minimalist Wedding Centrepiece.

What flowers can I use for an ikebana-inspired floral style?

Any flowers that you like, really. But the true beauty of the ikebana style comes from appreciating and accentuating the natural forms of floral materials.

Therefore, the floral designer incorporates negative space in an arrangement – flowers can “breathe” and show off their beauty.

For instance, a large single bloom such as a peony or a stem of phalaenopsis orchids can be strategically placed together with a branch as a statement piece.

The focus is on natural forms and graceful lines of the materials.

In addition, different floral choices can inspire different feels. For example, if you select soft-petalled flowers such as lisianthus, ranunculus or delphiniums, you evoke a romantic feeling.

On the other hand, orchids, magnolia blooms, and tropical leaves such as monstera and philodendron lend a more modern, contemporary look.

What colour schemes work with an ikebana-inspired floral style?

Any colour scheme would work with this style.  A monochromatic colour scheme is great especially for an ikebana-inspired floral style. You can read more colour schemes in this blog post here. The outcome won’t be boring due to the use of different textures and creative placement of materials.

Moreover, you can keep your wedding costs down with the ikebana-inspired floral style (subject to the scale of your arrangements of course!). This is because you can maximise the benefits of buying in bulk by limiting your floral choice.

Will the wedding style end up looking oriental?

No. Although ikebana is originally a traditional Japanese art form, the styling does not end up looking oriental at all. 

It certainly is not about using Japanese lanterns as décor. Nor do we only use foliage typically favoured in Japanese arrangements like bamboo leaves or pine branches.

Rather the focus is more on the value of “less is more” (minimalism vs maximalism). So as a result, the floral arrangements can often appear modern and sculptural.

Want to know more about this ikebana-inspired floral style?

If you’re interested in this minimalist wedding floral style and are looking for a wedding florist in Sydney, Blue Mountains or the Lower Central Coast, check my availability now.

I’ll be more than happy to discuss your floral needs.

Read this article by one of our clients who shared her wedding experience on the Polka Dot Wedding Blog, including why she chose the ikebana-inspired floral style.

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I’m a qualified floral designer who is passionate about helping those who love the minimalist aesthetic celebrate their special moments with flowers inspired by nature and ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arranging.

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