The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and our winter parkas are being rightfully exiled to the far backs of closets… translation in the floral world? Wedding season is near!
If summer 2017 is going to be host to your special day, you may be on the lookout for some floral inspiration. Callingwood Flowers is here to help! Here’s a list of 5 floral trends that are currently burgeoning in the bridal world, with a few pictures of things we’ve done that are along the same lines.
1. Textured Greens
This trend really flips things upside down! The focus here is on all those greens and foliage that would normally be playing the supportive role in your bridal florals. The key for making this counterintuitive design to work is variety: you want to find a mix that offers diverse shapes, textures, and earthy hues to keep all the green stuff from being boring.
Think long and full garlands down your tables made of tied salal, italian ruscus, eucalyptus or ferns. Gnarled pieces of wood, moss, or ivy can take things into a more organic forest feel, or using some funky rounded pieces like poppy seed pods or berzillia can provide a quirky focal point. Some couples may even wish to add a few flowers into the mix, like a small white potted phalaenopsis orchid, for example, to help brighten your tables. Bridal bouquets should look large and loosely structured to reflect this wild but low-key theme.
Similar to the textured greens look, this look lacks that tightly structured look of some of the more traditional bridal floral schemes. Dissimilarly, however, this look calls for TONS of colour; it strays far from monochromatism right into bright punches of flowers that seem as if they were haphazardly plucked from the ground and tied together. Bridal bouquets should be as large as they are wild; oversized and bold is the boho goal. The fun thing about this look is its lack of rules. For example, you can use an eclectic assortment of vases; whatever you have hanging around would fit the bill.
If you want something small to tie the look together, use a consistent ribbon accent colour in your bouquets, leaving them long and hanging down low. Gold tends to look great, but really it could be any colour of your choosing, boho chic has no rules!
3. Rustic Farm/Cottage
This third trend is another that seems to be striving for a style that’s more casual than classy. Mason jar vases decorated with twine, chalkboards, jute, and burlap fit this look, along with flower types that you would see growing in your local garden. Sunflowers, delphiniums, lavender, dahlias, blue thistle (eryngium) and various types of branches or moss would all fit the bill. To take the farm look further you could decorate small wooden or faux-rusted metal birdhouses, wheelbarrows, or wooden pick fences with your florals. This theme, of course, is ideal for outdoor weddings.
4. Clean Vintage
This trend reflects the clean retro lines of the 1950s, typically done either in soft pastel tones or corals paired with teals. It’s steps away from the more wild and eclectic previous 3 looks, offering more symmetrical bouquets and arrangements that are clustered, tucked-in, and neat. Short and round flowers like dahlias, roses, ranunculus, and peonies work great with this style, as well as succulents, which can be found with a pinkish tint to their green fleshly leaves that really ties in nicely. Milk glass or hobnail vases work great with this look, as well as pearl or lace accents.
5. Elegant All-White
When most people think wedding florals this is probably the look that comes to mind: few to no greens, just white, white, and more white flowers. It’s a classic for a reason; this look never fails to make a statement. It’s romantic, elegant, and classy as hell, looking best in those kinds of snazzy indoor venues with draping chandeliers.
Flower types that fit would be roses, orchids (phalaenopsis or cymbidium), peonies, and hydrangea. Suited accents are silver or gold, both of which can be displayed by beautifully shimmering mercury glass vases.
A modern tip for tablescaping is to stuff each individual arrangement with only one type of white flower. When you put the different arrangements side-by-side, it will really show off each flower types’ individuality and offer a clean and neat look to the eye.
Visit the talented and professional floral designers at Callingwood Flowers today! Located at The Marketplace at Callingwood shopping centre in West Edmonton, 6655-178 Street.