Flowers are an important part of weddings, and several local florist said the latest trend for the big day includes smaller bouquets and simple colors.
In Beverly, Blossom Village owner Sally Phares said since Prince William and Catherine Middleton got married, it inspired brides to carry smaller bouquets, but not less expensive flowers.
"They don't necessarily want her bouquet, but the smaller look," Phares said. "When brides choose smaller and sleeker dresses, they choose those types of bouquets."
She said the most popular flower at her shop is the calla lily, because of its unusual shape and numerous color options. She said brides are choosing to go with more colors in their flower selections.
"Another trend is having receptions in historical venues and going for a vintage look," she said. "The vintage look is more of a garden look. They are using the vintage look to complement the historic venue."
In Elkins, Jo Jo's owner Joe Pennington said one of the big trends he is seeing includes smaller and unique themed weddings.
Couples are doing "smaller and more personalized weddings," he said. "Calla lilies are popular. There are (many) colors and they fit with the colors of the dresses."
He said another popular option is for the flowers to match the dresses of the bridal party.
"There are variations of shades of the flowers," he said. "You try to piece the flowers around that to get what the bride is looking for."
He said many brides also are looking to do "pick-up" weddings, which he described as the brides purchasing the items for their wedding at various places and doing the decorating themselves. He said florists can easily help provide whatever a bride needs for pick-up weddings.
"People are being more practical," he said. "You can pick up all your pieces for the wedding and decorate the church yourself."
Roseann Rosier, owner of Rennix Flowers in Valley Bend, said most of the brides she is working with are asking for clusters of roses.
"I think the most popular flower is roses so far," she said. "Smaller bouquets are also popular with 12 to 15 roses. Some brides prefer something smaller than that. You don't want the bouquet to be wider than (the bride's) waistline as they come down the aisle."
She said the most popular colors are off-white and ivory roses.
"The days of the crazy colors are out now," she said.
In the end, local shop owners agree that they enjoy working with area brides to help plan the perfect wedding day, tailored to the individual couple's taste.