GUEST POST - Foam-Free Floral Design Ideas from Sabine Darrall

22nd May 2019


Today, acclaimed floral designer, Sabine Darrall, talks us through some key elements of wedding venue decor, all constructed without the use of floral foam.

Foam-Free Floral Design Ideas from Sabine DarrallFor over 60 years, floral foam has been the mainstay basis of floral arrangements. However, despite the evolution of foams with enhanced biodegradability, growing concerns over its potential risks to health as well as the environment have prompted many conscious floral designers to go foam-free. Sabine Darrall proves that this is no limitation to one's creativity - quite the opposite, in fact! By adopting different methods of construction, the results have an organic, untamed looseness that speaks to everyone who dreams of a natural wedding.

So what are the alternatives? Luckily, there are many solutions for the typical areas where floral foam might be used to construct wedding day florals.

Arches and Garlands

Foam-Free Floral Design Ideas from Sabine DarrallUse reusable chicken wire armatures, branches or small trees as uprights. Garlands can be made from bunches of foliage on a base of reusable natural fibre rope, with flowers added in reusable test tubes (or even wrapped in water-soaked cotton wool, sealed in a biodegradable nappy or doggie poop bag!). For larger designs such as ceiling hoops, a chicken wire base can also be used.

Foam-Free Floral Design Ideas from Sabine Darrall

Pedestal Arrangements

Foam-Free Floral Design Ideas from Sabine DarrallOnce again, chicken wire is your friend for this kind of construction process. Here it is in more detail (note the moss, which is used to prevent spillages - it's natural and reusable, too!):

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Table Centres

On a smaller scale, table centres can make use of chicken wire, too. Tape can be used to create a grid, or purpose-made transparent plastic inserts (which are reusable and recyclable) can provide a study base.

Foam-Free Floral Design Ideas from Sabine DarrallMy thanks to Sabine for sharing some of her tips with us; see more of her inspirational work here.

If you are a floral designer looking to kick floral foam, I hope this has inspired you to experiment further; and if you're thinking about your wedding flowers, why not choose a floral designer works without floral foam, or maybe you can be a changemaker and inspire your florist to give it a go?!

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MORE OF SABINE'S FABULOUS FOAM-FREE CREATIONS!


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