What would a wedding be without flowers? Bringing a burst of fresh color and perfume to the celebrations, they can transform a venue and complete the perfect wedding dress. Here’s our edit of the most fashionable floristry options for the year ahead to help you to make a blooming marvellous choice.
From bouquets to tablescapes, foliage has moved from supporting role to spotlight. Part of the wider trend towards a more wild, woodland aesthetic, these all-green arrangements are dominated by ferns, branches and vines. Instead of traditional blooms, florists are layering different textures of foliage like lotus pods, ivy and green amaranthus, sometimes offset by simple white wild flowers. It is no coincidence that Pantone selected “Greenery” as its 2017 Color of the Year – a zesty, lush shade representing hope and renewal.
All that glitters
Copper might just be the hottest hue of 2017. Along with rose gold and brass, it’s gracing many a stylish wedding feast table as an accent shade, adding depth and contrast to statement whites or soft champagnes. Expect to see subtle metallics in everything from bouquet ribbon ties to vases; even the foliage itself is getting the Midas touch with hand-painted petals.
Bring on the umbrella drinks! Florists are forecasting a tropical flower trend as modern brides look for an alternative to roses and peonies. Vibrant fuchsias, sunshine yellow and oranges, even a dash of electric blue all look remarkably fresh against the usual sea of Pinterest pastels. Consider dramatic varieties like dendrobium orchids, red ginger, protea or Fuji mums. We haven’t seen such an exotic bunch since our last trip to the Botanic Park.
Raising the Game
Apparently living walls are passé, and instead the floral “chandelier” is set to star at fashionable weddings this year.
Suspended above dining tables, dance floors or even the aisle, these eye-catching canopies really add the wow factor. They can either adorn actual chandeliers, or flow from hanging baskets, garlands, shelves or lanterns for a more rustic look. Cascading florals such as amaranthus and orchids do well by trailing elegantly towards the table centerpieces.
We always liked succulents as a low-maintenance way to bring a bit of greenery to the home, but now they’re set to become a quirky favorite at weddings thanks to their striking rosette forms and eco-friendly aspect (they can be replanted after the big day). Exhibiting a myriad of colors, from deep russets to dusty lilacs to fiery orange-tipped yellows, they look amazing in bouquets or can be planted in hollowed-out tree trunks for a contemporary table centerpiece. Take home pots for guests are a nice extra touch.
Forget tiny round bouquets or even single stems – it’s all about loose, cascading handfuls of flowers that look as if they were gathered en route to the altar.
According to Interflora’s expert florists, brides-to-be are requesting free-form trailing and teardrop shaped bouquets for their 2017 weddings, harking back to the 1980s. Large country garden flowers – think hydrangeas, lily of the valley, poppies and gardenias – are the perfect match for these tumbling arrangements. To complete the handpicked feel, bouquets are tied with coarse twine or flowing silk ribbon.