It’s interesting. Wedding trends change constantly as you know. You’d think that wedding flowers wouldn’t actually change that much. This week’s blog is all about how flower arrangements change in style depending on trends.
You only have to look at wedding photographs over the decades to see that flowers are very much dictated by changing fashions and there’s nothing that dates a wedding so fast as flowers that are out of date!
In the early 1920’s aristocratic brides would have an enormous bouquet but in the 1930’s many smart brides preferred to hold a sheaf of lilies. Britains brides were content with just a posy which was also the case in the 1960’s and 1970’s. However in the 1980’s big bouquets were back, replaced gradually by the move towards vintage style bouquets (which included buttons and jewellery).
Things are changing again and here are some tips to get your wedding flower style right by following the upcoming trends.
Pastels are really in big time at the moment. Think of pale pinks, soft blues, gentle lilacs, delicate peaches and paper whites. Roses are always perfect and never go out of style and come in a remarkable variety of colours. Peonies also fit the colour palette here too. Talk to your florist or venue stylist about what is available to you at the time of year you are marrying, try and choose flowers you love!
You can choose a bright colour like a deeply coloured rose or dahlia. But only choose blooms in a single colour, don’t mix it up. It’s very on trend to keep to just one or two tones just now. Maybe a deep coral and a deep blue, cornflowers can look wonderful.
Remember Princess Diana’s bouquet in the 1980’s, which trailed down the front of her gown? The neat and delicate posies of the last few years are giving way again to large, opulent bouquets but there is a difference this time around. They’re more likely to be made of a range of different flowers like sweet peas, stocks, delphiniums giving an English country garden type of a feel.
In fact, a wilder, looser look is very much coming to the fore in flower design. We’re seeing less of the shabby chic jam jar look and a move towards a proliferation of big arrangements of country flowers.
Instead of having single arrangements, try and think about mounds of flowers on the table or the effect of a bank of flowers down the middle of a trestle table. The trick is to try and hide the vase and make the flowers look as though they are unstructured and growing freely.
Florists and stylists can do amazing things with props and blocks of oasis, so talk to them about the look they’d like to achieve and see what they can come up with. They’ll probably be delighted to work on some new ideas in any case.
These are too structured and specific for the look on-trend brides are after right now. Instead think of decorated arches with trailing blooms and leaves. Arches are wonderful at weddings because a) you can have your photograph taken by them and b) they form a natural entranceway to a reception or wedding venue.
Nature gets it right. Flowers that sit happily together in a flowerbed will usually look wonderful together in a bouquet. So think of putting roses and lavender together or blooms that look fantastic in a herbaceous border like peonies, delphiniums, cosmos etc.
Also think about the fragrance you would like to come from your bouquet. Try and include some scented roses if possible or maybe even some herbs from the garden. Lavender is always wonderful.
Main image: Bouquet by Sabine Darrall