Excitement is mounting as we are busy talking to couples planning their wedding flowers for this year. There are definitely some trends emerging from what my clients are requesting. Here is my guide to what’s trending in wedding flowers for 2018.
We saw a trend for more foliage last year and it is set to stay for 2018. Brides are asking for more loose natural style bouquets with plenty of foliage.
You can see in the photo above how Ella (the bride) chose to have lovely silver eucalyptus foliage in all her bridal bouquets. She asked me to create her bouquets with a natural loose style with an elegant and classic look.
You can see more of Ella’s Wedding Flowers on our featured weddings page.
Eucalyptus is increasingly popular, it’s a pretty soft greeny grey and smells wonderful. It works in all wedding flower arrangements and is particularly good in churches as it’s a lighter shade and stands out.
You can see here (photo above and below) how I’ve used lots of different types of foliage and white freesias to create this ‘Woodsy’ style arrangement for an outdoor wedding ceremony at Ettington Park. I incorporate twigs and moss to fit with the natural theme.
As the guests walked across the lawn and up to the Long Gallery their path was marked by candlelight. This included these beautiful cascading floral arrangements (photo below) that I created on the staircase. The couple wanted foliage that was rich and textured that fitted with the grand style of the venue décor.
Having met with lots of brides this January, one thing that is coming up time and time again is texture.
Three particular flowers that brides have chosen are Astilbe – the white fluffy flower you can see in the bouquet above and the pink one in the ceremony arrangement below. Astrantia – also known as pincushion flower, give a natural country feel and are the smaller white flowers in bouquet above. Still remaining popular is Gypsophila, that you can see in abundance packed into the arrangement below.
All three of these flowers will add texture to bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements.
Last year we were working with lots of pale blush colours and classic ivories, this is also set to stay for 2018.
You can see how I created Gemma’s stunning bridal bouquets (above) and wedding centrepieces (below) at Hampton Manor below in this colour theme. You can see all of Gemma and Olivers wedding flowers on our featured weddings page.
Like many of our brides, Justyna (seen here in the photo below) also went for the soft blush colour theme for her wedding at Warwick Castle. The creams and hints of peach worked perfectly with the soft gold of her bridesmaids’ bouquets. As this was a spring wedding she chose the popular peonies in blush pink and ivory. I combined these with hydrangeas and roses to give a very elegant look.
See more photos of Justyna’s Spring Wedding Flowers.
I’ve been really enjoying creating new designs to fit with the trend for table runners. You will see lots of designs online that run down the centre of tressel tables. These are stunning if you are going for that type of table set up, however the majority of our couples are still choosing round tables. So I’ve been creating table runners to go along the front of the top table.
As top tables can be really quite long, the budget for a full solid table runner can be prohibitive so above you can see how I’ve created a similar look by using flower clusters linked with trailing ruscus leaves.
For a looser more natural look I created the one you can see here (above) that has a lots of different foliages twisting around mini hurricane vases and trailing down the front of the table.
This seems to be the buzz word in wedding colours as we start the year with an emphasis on purples coming back into fashion. So we’ll see if this comes true. I’m definitely seeing flower colour choices fall into two distinctive categories either the blush and neutral or the deep rich purples and red so there might be something in the predictions.
It’s always wonderful to see patterns and trends emerging from our clients and we always like to stay ahead of the fashions. But don’t be a slave to them, go for colours and flowers that suit you as a couple and fit with your look and style of wedding and I look forward to helping many of you achieve your perfect wedding flowers this year.
Cindy is a professional wedding florist, with the experience of working on 100's of wedding throughout Warwickshire and the Midlands. Find out more here