You may have seen from various social media posts, design houses and event planners, that we're all in love with cherry blossom this season. Hailing from Japan, and also known as Sakura, this dusky pink wonder is one of those simple yet jaw-dropping floral touches that has, what we like to call in the industry, 'The Power of 3'- colour, height AND impact.
Rather romantically, 'Hanami' is the centuries-old Japanese practice of picnicking under a blooming Sakura tree. Growing in popularity, Hanami festivals are hosted far and wide to celebrate the beauty of the cherry blossom, and for many are a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful view.
Events can easily be overhauled by the clouds of pink, think swathes of pastel and cherry wood stems at every turn but let's take a look at the more practical applications of blossom as a design feature:
- A cherry blossom walkway makes for an impressive and luxury bride and groom venue entrance (and guarantees your guests will take a selfie or two underneath it)
- Use it to give height in table centrepieces, sometimes up to 3 metres or more
- Fill those bare corners of larger venues with cherry blossom trees, there are some great faux trees available on the market for hire or purchase
- Submerged branches in water provide a more modern approach to event floristry
- Or simply place a sprig on a burlap napkin for a more natural and understated use.
It was event spotted in Sky One's recent hit, Delicious! , adorning the hotel's dining room for an intimate, dream-like experience. If you're a venue that would like to try this- let us know as we're keen to roll this idea out!
The most simple and practical, benefit of cherry blossom is that it gives you height with delicacy, something that an event stylist is always so desperate for when styling a venue.
Cherry blossom can be ordered in by your trusty floral wholesalers but be warned, they are sensitive to temperature and harvests vary from year to year.