The ins, outs and how-tos of emerging flower trends from Kansas City’s floral TikToker

Historically, flowers have belonged to the colorful seasons of spring and summer. But according to Kansas City TikToker and florist Lexi Nardini, there are some fall flower trends starting to emerge for the upcoming season.

Nardini graduated from Mizzou last year with an event management major, a plant science major, and a floral design certificate. Soon after, he opened the floral division of Platinum XP, a pre-existing event planning business focused on corporate events. Now, Nardini is renaming the division to focus entirely on weddings, his greatest passion for flowers.

Nardini had a sequel on TikTok. She is most popular for her “day in my life as a florist” vlog style videos. She shares videos of herself driving flower boxes around town and arranging beautiful arrangements and also gives a glimpse into her life as a young man living downtown. From creating a bouquet to documenting her nightlife in the city, Nardini truly is Kansas City’s florist.

What is the reason for the emerging obsession with fall flower arrangements? Autumn weddings.

When the pandemic hit in 2020, wedding planning was one of the many industries to take a punch. With many of those spring and summer weddings canceled or postponed, it seems like the opportunity to get married at that time of year has also diminished.

Wedding planners are finally starting to book events regularly and their most popular season isn’t spring or summer, it’s autumn.

“It is usually spring, but autumn is fully booked,” says Nardini. “Everyone wants a fall wedding, which I understand because the color scheme is really pretty, the warm tones.”

Fall is the new wedding season, Nardini says, regardless of whether the color palette matches the classic autumn reds, yellows and oranges or approaches a more elegant black and white look.

Another surprising floral trend that resurfaces: the return of the baby’s breath. Nardini says she, like most florists, can’t stand the delicate filler flower, but it has been a popular request all summer and she doesn’t see it changing. Nardini says that she is preparing for the approach of the baby’s breathing trend. “I recently had a wedding and it was just a baby’s breath with white roses,” she says. “It was actually very nice and modern.”

Nardini offers some tips on how to create the perfect composition yourself. “It’s about all the prep work,” he says.

Start by stripping the stems of all additional leaves, especially downwards – this creates a more elegant look. Then, she cuts the stems to the desired length. A common mistake, Nardini says, is to cut the stems too short. Ideally, a large arrangement has a variety of flowers in a variety of lengths.

When choosing flowers, Nardini recommends taking a large flower, a couple of accent flowers, and a filler. The larger flower is usually something popular like a rose or peony. Accent flowers should be smaller. The filler, often baby’s breath, is used to fill in the gaps. As we move into September, with the autumn air almost at hand, she thinks of adding a floral arrangement as a centerpiece. With new trends like fall palettes and baby’s breath emerging, there’s an easy project to follow. If you can’t figure it out, you can always switch to Nardini’s TikTok (@ lex.n.lilacs) for some floral ideas.

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