Over the past few weeks, I’ve been busy meeting with clients to discuss their wedding flowers. It’s so much fun to listen as brides-to-be share all of their hopes and dreams for their big day and beyond. We talk flowers, colors, fabric choices, special touches and the overall feeling that they want their wedding guests to experience. And because our flowers are grown just a few steps from the design studio, I am able to draw upon and incorporate the very best of what is in season on their special day. After a few meetings at the start of each wedding season, I always notice that patterns begin to emerge. Here’s a brief summary of what I’m seeing on the horizon for 2015, including some of the colors, styles and floral varieties that will be gracing the aisles this wedding season.
Local, seasonal, and foraged flowers: Fueled in part by Martha Stewart Weddings’ recent feature on farmer-florists, and the popularity of farm-to-table weddings, “locally-grown” is defining not only what’s on wedding guests’ plates, but also what adorns the table centerpieces. Locally-grown, seasonal, ephemeral and foraged flowers will continue their meteoric rise to the top of every style savvy, eco-conscious couple’s wedding wish list this year.
Natural design shapes: Brides are moving away from the perfectly rounded balls packed with commercial flowers and instead are seeking designs the have a freshly-gathered-from-the-garden-feel for both handheld bouquets and site decor. Large in size, these non-traditional forms may take ‘L’ or ‘V’ shapes and reflect brides’ unique style. To achieve this look, we’ll see more subtly arching branches, graceful gestural elements and free-form cascades of vines and foliage.
Edible-infused designs: Riding on the coattails of the local, seasonal flower movement and appealing to foodies and locavores alike is the increasing interest in incorporating fruits and other edibles into floral designs. We’ll see more herbs and fruiting vines such as thornless raspberries and unripened strawberries tucked into bridal bouquets, adding texture, style and sophistication. Meanwhile romantic centerpieces featuring tiny pears, baby apples and other seasonal fruits reminiscent of Dutch masterpiece paintings will grace more and more tables this wedding season. And keep an eye out for other nontraditional edible elements, including petite vegetables and mini heirloom tomatoes which will sneak their way into food-ie focused floral designs.
Deeper, richer color palettes: The blush bouquets that have dominated design blogs for the past few years are making way for richer, more complex color palettes. In one direction, we’ll be seeing designs incorporating moodier, heartier colors including deep raspberry, merlot, and earthy wine-browns that play off of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala. In the other direction, we’ll see variations on sherbet tones, including warmer, saturated palettes of soft orange, peach, coral, and rust colors.
Branches, vines and foliage: Large foliage-focused installations will take center stage at ceremony and reception sites this year. We’ll start to see more lush urns, arches, garlands and focal elements that “bring the outside in.” Indoors forests, flower walls, arching branches of leafy greens, vines and interesting foliage will be used to create this luxurious, verdant look.
Wearable flowers: The large, lush floral crowns of the past two years are evolving into more subtle garlands and delicate floral headpieces in 2015. Flower-adorned hair combs, clips and pins will turn heads and I think we’ll see more creative use of flowers in jewelry—specifically necklaces, rings and intricate floral wristlets in lieu of traditional wrist corsages.
Trailing ribbons: The abundant, trailing bridal bouquet design style is being applied to ribbon wraps and finishing touches as well. We’ll see more layering of ultra-luxurious ribbon in natural plant-dyed silks, and long fluttery tails of ribbons in subtle, complementary color palettes. My favorite source for hand dyed ribbon is Silk and Willow.
Are you witnessing any of these trends too? I’d love to hear more about what’s popular in your part of the world!