A wedding floral trend we’d love to see in 2023: pressed flower tattoos

Guest post by Cillia Marion of Marion Matrimony Events
 | Photography by Kelly Mour

We saw Offbeat Wed vendor Cillia of Marion Matrimony Events show off her new flower tattoo idea on Instagram, and we're hoping it'll be the hottest new wedding floral trend of 2023! This idea is so unique, especially for soonlyweds who don't want to hold a bouquet but still want to incorporate florals in their wedding. We'll let Marion tell you all about this new wedding floral trend!

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Photo by Kelly Mour

An innovative idea turned gorgeous alternative to appropriation

Flowers are a staple in the wedding rituals of most couples. We have seen visions big and small from American clients, African clients, Indian clients, and everything in between. The one thing that never changes is that flowers can provide balance, texture, and romance to a design plan at any event. We often like to take the floral plan and turn it on its head by hanging the flowers from somewhere unexpected, reshaping arrangements, or incorporating unique vessels to really bring in the spirit of the couple.

This journey to personalized wedding flowers led me to connect with Sue McCleary of Passion Flower Sue. I am always looking for innovation and how I can turn the latest trends into something that feels right for our clients. Sue shared a genius idea for wearable flowers with me and it sparked an idea for my American clients who love henna.

In Sue's original design, the flowers are created in a way that looks 3D. They are lush arrangements made on flexible material that adheres to the skin. Many of my American clients have expressed a love of the natural beauty that they see on Indian brides with their vibrant colors and intricate henna art. However, we do not simply appropriate the sacred traditions of others because they are beautiful. I started talking to Sue and some of my clients about an idea for flowers that could be arranged directly on the skin with lots of negative space in swirling patterns. Something that looks like the flowers have been nearly engraved into the skin. I wanted the flowers to still be real flowers, nothing silk, dyed, or artificial.

The solution: pressed flower tattoos.

Here's how we did it:

We select appropriate blooms based on size, style, and color palette of the design. We press those flowers and bring them to the client's suite on wedding day. We then adhere them directly to the skin being sure to follow the curves of the body and creating dynamic lines. The resulting tattoo will last 24 hours and can be removed anytime with soap and water.

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I did a few prototypes on myself (and my very patient family) and showed the results to clients as a wedding jewelry or bouquet alternative. The living art was a hit and we began ecstatically planning to execute this for our clients immediately.

The first official bride to use this flower medium has received her bridal portraits and we are enthralled! We cannot wait to get more professional photos back. We predict this wedding floral trend will be adored by our clients and extend into parties, music festivals, and photoshoots shortly.

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We hope so too, Cillia! Who else is down to try this new wedding floral trend? Let us know in the comments below!

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