All the wedding floral trends you need to know about for 2018
Wedding flowers are just as subject to trends and fashions as the dresses are.
We’ve been seeing a lot of wild or informal flowers lately, but will that trend continue, or is another style about to take over? This year’s Chelsea Flower Show gave us an idea of the general floral trends of the moment, and they will gradually filter into weddings too. From ethical flowers to blooms in the Pantone colour for 2018, here’s everything you need to know about the big upcoming floral fashions.
Stylish and sophisticated floral tiaras and bracelets
There is a distinct move away from the visually heavy and flower-stuffed floral crowns and chunky floral wristlets. These new floral accessories will be finer in detail and more delicate in construction. Made to resemble floral jewellery they contain small feminine flowers like waxy rosebuds, jasmine trails, stephanotis flowers and delicate fluffy astilbe all wired into the shape of a peaked tiara or delicate chain link bracelet.
British and seasonal
The discerning bride will want to select flowers which have been locally grown, ethically sourced with a low carbon footprint and minimal water consumption. Buying British flowers ensures they are at their optimum in freshness and at their seasonal best. This is also sensible for budgets as British flowers are often less expensive and capture the moment in time when the wedding takes place.
Wedding flowers should ooze succulent fragrance. Their aroma should drift through the air during the ceremony, the reception and of course from the flower bouquets themselves. Select succulent garden roses, Yves Piaget, Miranda and White O’Hara are my favourite varieties. Other fabulously fragrant blooms include tuberosa, lily of the valley, pinks, lilac, philadelphus, sweet pea and freesia.
A flash of feathers
Brides are again interested in the addition of feathers and a few dried flowers included within their wedding bouquets and buttonholes. Feathers add frivolity and fun, from speckled guinea fowl to stripy pheasant feathers or maybe more ostentatious ostrich or marabou feathers, as these are fun and flippant.
Dried flowers create images of dusty basket arrangements and garlands over kitchen cupboards, but the new age brides are revisiting this trend with a fresh eye. The inclusion of a few dried flowers adds texture, interest and contrast. Look out for seed heads from poppies, aquilegia or nigella and combine with dried larkspur, achillea ‘the pearl’ and rhodanthe. This look is great for the fashion for hosting weddings in agricultural barns and boho-style teepee’s.
Natural and unstructured
Brides will celebrate the natural beauty of twisted stems, crooked branches, flowing grasses and fabulous foliage. Choose creative florists who celebrate working with these naturally inspired meadow-style flowers and foliage This will result in a wild, free-form flowing bouquet that is more a-symmetrical, loose and untamed. Look out for flowers like amaranthus, miscanthus grasses, campanula and thlaspi.
Pretty in purple
The bride who dares to be different should go for the rich colour palette of plums, mauves, purples and lilacs. Ultra Violet is the Pantone colour for 2018 and there is a host of flowers to work with in these shades of colour. Vanda orchids, calla lilies, eustoma and roses like Ocean Song, Deep Purple and Blueberry. This colour scheme works perfectly with silver foliage like senecio, eucalyptus or cineraria and choose polished chrome or metallic containers for the table decoration.
Hanging floral installations
Create the wow factor at your reception by choosing a floral hanging display. These can be adapted to follow the theme of the wedding from a wild woodland look, with birch twigs or twisted willow all dripping with woodland style flowers like foxgloves, boughs of blossom and crisp green fern leaves. Or maybe choose a hanging floral chandelier, suspended decorated chairs or even a series of hanging flower hoops. This look is fun, high impact and also space-saving as it frees up much needed room on the tables.
For a fun and effective look choose herbs both within the bouquet and also for the table centrepieces. Fragrant herbs like rosemary, marjoram, mint, oregano, lavender, chives and thyme are great planted in simple pots or grouped across the centre of tables with mosses, lichen covered twigs and feathers. Include these as mini posies for buttonholes and within the hair. Wrap stems with natural jutes and twines for a simple rustic look.
Original post from MetroUK
Publication date: May-31-2018