We are visual creatures. We crave beauty in all things – people, places, and things. In fact, we don’t just crave beauty, we create it! Sometimes we mimic nature in paintings and architectural design, and lately, more often than not, we utilize nature’s abundant offerings for aesthetically pleasing touches around the home, office, and everywhere else.
Yet, few occasions call for nature’s spectacular beauty than weddings do. A celebration of unique and timeless love calls for a backdrop of nature’s unique and timeless aesthetic. Flowers are an integral part of every wedding’s design, and with wedding season nearly upon us, it’s the perfect time to ask the experts which floral trends we can expect to start seeing this wedding season. For all the lovely brides to be, if you haven’t yet settled on your floral choices, one or more of these upcoming trends may be just what you’re looking for!
Time to Consider These Magnificent Wedding Floral Trends
Pantone’s Color of the Year
To start off discussing floral trends, it’s important to mention that Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, announced that the 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery. Greenery is a bright, springy green, and compliments the general “green” movement we’ve been seeing lately!
In General, a Heavier Emphasis on Floral Features
For many decades, flowers were used mostly for bouquets, table decoration, and not much else. Lately, though, flowers have transcended small details and have become popular to utilize in much grander ways.
Dennille Austin, the owner of The Village Green Florist Weddings & Events, explains a few of the incredible trends she’s already been experiencing in 2017. “The lantern with a floral/greenery ring around it for centers. I feel like this has always been around, but literally I have about eight brides inquiring about them! I also read an article about floral hoops… so cool!! I am hoping to put together a photo shoot and showcase one of these. Also, big, lush greenery arbors/backgrounds are SO in right now too.”
According to Alison Ellis of Floral Artistry, floral table runners have been trending for a few years now, as well as “wearable” flowers, i.e, floral crowns, bracelets, and more. Both trends are predicted to hold strong in 2017. “With Pantone declaring that green is the ‘color of the year,’ we’re sure to see more greens and textures sharing the spotlight with classic feature wedding flowers such as peonies, garden roses, freesia, and hydrangea.”
According to the floral experts at Creative Muse Floral Designs, the concept of free-flowing, big blooming flowers is a design theme this wedding season.
“Keep an eye out for designs this season which feel “free.” Big, blousy blooms as a dominant focal flower including peonies, dahlias, and garden roses continue to capture the hearts of couples. Trending designs include combining these show-stoppers with natural foliage and locally-sourced garden flowers for lush arrangements with lots of natural movement. We’ll see bouquets and centerpieces featuring horizontal lines and asymmetry, both design techniques that create a lush, natural aesthetic and are perfect for pairing large statement blossoms with flowing textural elements and foliage.”
Looking to truly “wow” your wedding guests? Then consider elevating your floral arrangements!
“Couples who want flowers to be a significant design element are opting for elevated statement designs,” says the team at Creative Muse Floral Designs. “This includes suspended designs, ceiling installations, elaborate arbors and entrances, and tall centerpieces. Again, these designs are versatile and can create looks that range from Woodland to Glamorous to Zen.”
Floral Choices to Influence The Wedding Mood
When searching through Pinterest or looking through wedding magazines, what is that makes a fairy tale wedding look, well, fairytale-esque? The flowers! Your wedding flowers can create or enhance the wedding theme or mood.
“Flowers help create the ambiance and there’s a perfect floral combination out there for everyone,” remarks Alison Ellis. “Whether you like over-the-top elegance or more casual, rustic and seasonal blooms a professional floral designer can guide your flower choices to reflect the feeling and overall mood of your event.”
Keeping up With Sustainability
As our society strives to be more “green,” the trend of sustainability has been permeating every occasion, including weddings! For many couples, making sustainable wedding choices is essential, and that definitely includes the flowers.
Sustainability is still on the minds of many couples as they plan their wedding.
“From the venue to the food, to the flowers, and beyond, making decisions that are sustainable for the environment, the economy, farmworkers, and more is not only a trend, but I believe a shift in thinking about the way our consumer behaviors impact the world around us,” explains the team at Creative Muse Floral Designs. “Ask your floral designer about options for locally sourced flowers and botanicals, Veriflora certified growers, recycled containers, and other ways you can make decisions that reflect your social and environmental values.”
The Use of Color
When a couple is willing to incorporate color, wedding floral designers are able to truly embrace their creativity and create unique or unexpected combinations of blooms such as snapdragons, delphinium, dahlias, lisianthus, salvia, and sweet peas, explains Alison Ellis.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to choosing color? Once again, our expert floral artists have some helpful ideas for you!
- For a classic, elegant style a palette of whites and greens will never go out of style. To this basic palette, you can add yellows and oranges for a bright, springy feeling, or choose deeper plum tones with shades of pinks for a richer tone. – Alison Ellis
- For a summery style, you can explore multiple colors for a more “wildflower” feel; purples, yellows, blues, reds, oranges, yellows and raspberry pinks represent a bold summery palette like one might find in a farmer’s field. – Alison Ellis
- Blush. The blush palette is still in. Whites, off-whites, taupes, tans, barely-there pinks, blush tinged champagnes – this palette remains the go-to for many couples this year. Paired with natural wood elements for a rustic edge, or sparkles and metallics for something more glam, we’ll continue to see more of these colors this season. Talk to your floral designer about ways to make your blush vision uniquely “you.” – Creative Muse Floral Design
Be a Trend-Setter!
The Creative Muse team feels passionate about giving this piece of advice to all couples to be:
“The next trends are coming, and someone will do it first. Don’t be afraid to walk away from Pinterest and explore ways in which your wedding can be a true reflection of you and what you love – even if that means doing something that’s not trendy.”
Each of the incredibly talented floral designers who provided key insight on floral trends are located in Vermont. Known for it’s vibrant and lush forested natural landscape, Vermont is a wedding destination come true. A great variety of flowers are native to Vermont, meaning it’s simple and fun to incorporate Vermont flowers into your floral designs!
Furthermore, Vermont features some of the most elegant and romantic wedding venues in the nation, namely The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. With three distinct and gorgeous venues within the resort itself, diverse and robust culinary options, and excellent wedding planners, The Essex is a dream come true.
Shana Farer-Feld, The Essex’s Wedding Sales Manager and Emily Ellis, Wedding Sales Coordinator leave us with these final insider tips:
“As wedding coordinators, we try and assist the clients by sharing ways in which you can repurpose floral.”
- A Bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets can serve as centerpieces or decorative for bars, bathrooms and incidental tables like the gift and card and escort card table.
- At the Ponds, we will take a floral display from the Arbor and use it inside on the mantle.
- You can take hanging mason jars from the ceremony chairs and place them on cocktail tables when the ceremony concludes.
- As for trends: I have found brides incorporating moss and succulents into floral centerpieces, cake design, and bouquets.
- For brides, they may attach pendants, rings, and other personal items, usually the “something old” to the bouquet.
To learn more about having your wedding at The Essex, visit here. We hope your flower choices turn out as beautiful as you desire on your wedding day! But no matter what, the most beautiful part of the wedding will always be the blushing bride.