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January 6th 2016

2016 Wedding Flower Trends

Written by
Floret

Floret&EmilyRiggsCoastalShoot_25As we ring in 2016, more and more couples are choosing to make this the year they say “I do.” According to some sources, at least one third of engagements occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day—the so-called “engagement season.” Which is followed promptly by “planning season” for many of us wedding professionals.

This month and next, we’ll all be busy working with couples to plan their special days. Based on these consultations (and the corresponding Pinterest boards) I start to notice some common threads and similar themes each season. Many of the ideas are a continuation of what we’ve seen in the past year, but some new, exciting concepts are starting to emerge as well.

Here’s a brief summary of what I predict will be some of the 2016 trends, including some of the colors, design styles and floral varieties that will be gracing the aisles this wedding season.

corson4Seasonal blooms, with a foraged, wild, woodland aesthetic: Locally-grown, seasonal flowers continue to top the wish list of style-savvy and eco-conscious couples. This year we’ll be seeing a continued interest in farm-to-table fetes where hyper-local fare fills wedding guests’ plates and table centerpieces. I predict this trend will manifest in many creative and innovative ways—reflecting the region, season and growing zone of the country. Wild, woodland-inspired bouquets with lush ferns, greens and foraged branches, in particular, have become increasingly requested.

jenwill-ryan-flynn-photography-seattle-corson-building-wedding-portraits-0012-2 2Loose, organic, and “wide” bridal bouquet shapes: The tight ball-shaped “roundy moundy” bouquets are passé and a trend of the past. There, it’s official! Today’s brides want bouquets with bulk—but rather than tightly bunched balls, the bouquets shapes take a “freshly gathered from the garden” look that stretches out horizontally. These forms offer visually interesting lines defined by arching branches, and unusual vines and foliage that cascade to one or both sides.

jennings1Out with the rustic look and in with elevated, chic, glam: For many years, I wasn’t sure I would be able to say it, but I think 2016 is finally the year we’ll see the end of “Mason jar” rustic weddings. Brides seeking a more vintage vibe or elevated farm-fresh look for their florals are able to achieve it with more interesting vases—including mercury glass and antique mismatched vessels—paired with richer textiles and accessories that feature less burlap and more bling.

IMG_0887Old-fashioned flowers becoming “new” fashion favorites: The thought of incorporating common carnations or mums into a bridal bouquet make most style-conscious brides shutter. These over-used blooms had the same effect on floral designers until they “discovered” some of the new varieties with unusual shapes and forms in beautifully, subtle hues. These “new” varieties are actually “old” heirloom varieties that small-scale flower farms are trying to rescue and reintroduce to designers and brides alike. Chrysanthemums in pastel palettes such as the delicate ‘Seaton’s J’Dore’ and ‘Apricot Courtier’ are showing up on inspiration boards and in bridal bouquets; as are frilly scented heirloom carnations, long-stemmed English sweet peas and ruffly double zindarella zinnias.

IMG_1026King’s tables with flower-filled compotes and satellites: One centerpiece per table is out; multiple floral designs per table are in—way in, especially given the increased popularity of extra-long King’s tables. The trend away from round tables means re-configuring not only the shape of the centerpieces, but also the spacing and quantity on the long tables. To provide visual interest, I’m seeing larger, longer centerpieces—typically elegant, slightly raised compotes like the terra-cotta treasures from Campo de’ Fiori — interspersed with “satellite” florals—short vases with a few flowers or even single stems.

beachBlush is back, but so is berry: Last year, I would have said that blush was on its way out, but after Pantone announced Rose Quartz as its color of the year, I expect this color trend to have a second, albeit limited resurgence. How that will manifest in florals, however, I think will trend in a couple different ways. Rather than a simple pastel pink palette, I envision the bouquets incorporating more soft peachy pinks hues, which add additional complexity and depth—especially when paired with soft sunset orange, coral, warm sherbet hues and even rust colors. In another direction, I see the blush paired with deeper, moodier colors including berry toned blooms, darker foliage and earthy merlot-browns that play off of last year’s color, Marsala.

Foliage focused backdrops: We can all agree that flower walls are absolutely stunning, but let’s be realistic: the labor and product involved make them accessible only to celebrities and the uber rich. An equally beautiful and definitely more approachable alternative involves the creative use of vines, branches, and leaves to create beautiful backdrops for ceremony sites. I keep seeing the same photos being re-pinned, which suggests that couples are eager for an alternative to the traditional arch or arbor adorned with flowers.

A few trends that we saw last year, that will continue into 2016:

Succulent jewelryWearable floral accessories: We’ll see lots of delicate floral headpieces and subtle vines woven into wedding day hair styles this year and less of the extra large floral crowns from years past. Flower wearables will definitely continue to turn heads and I predict we will also see more creative use of flowers and succulents in accessories—specifically necklaces, rings, and floral bangle bracelets in lieu of traditional wrist corsages, like those pictured above created by floral artist Susan McLeary of Passionflower.

IMG_8856Long, layered ribbon accents: We’ll continue to find lots of long, fluttery ribbons flowing from bridal bouquets, especially multiple layers in complementary colors. Look for ultra-luxurious natural plant-dyed silks from Shellie Pomeroy of Silk and Willow to be used alongside other subtle finishing touches on handheld bouquets.

union5 Foodie-inspired designs: Herbs, fruits and other edibles will continue to play a supporting role in seasonal floral designs fueled by an interest in infusing unique fragrances and textures into bouquets. Look for fruiting vines like thorn-less blackberry, actual fruit such as pears and pomegranates, plus other nontraditional yet edible floral elements (kale and baby carrots anyone?) to make their way into haute design and food-ie focused wedding florals.

What wedding floral trends are you seeing in your area?  I’d love to get your thoughts in the comments below.

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35 Comments

  1. Ren on

    That succulent necklace! Wow that thing is amazing! I love that succulents are being used more and more these days!

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  2. Carol Klimek on

    Great site! I am a floral designer in Vermont –loving the lush,
    Wild bouquets! Sign me up.

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  3. Beth Gomez on

    Great tips and learnings worth sharing to the brides to be and event planners. Keep updating us with current floral trends that we apply back here in the Philippines. Relevant ideas and remarkable statements aptly attuned to what consumers may be looking for. Kudos!

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  4. Martha Lojewski on

    I have always loved mixing edible elements into floral designs. Seems so natural, and yet often overlooked. My favorites are usually anything with peony, ranunculus and wild, unruly bits sticking out here and there. Pleased to see the trends. Thank you for the tips and beautiful photos.

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  5. ceiling on

    Girl and flowers. Both are so cool. Love it.

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  6. kathryn cronin on

    thank you so much for a beautifully written and really interesting set of predictions. Just starting out here in the UK but totally agree that foraged “garden style” is totally in, with vintage containers of cut glass and copper. I feel there is the demand for grown not flown here but the reality is that it is challenging to source although I am researching like mad to do that – even started growing my own! The Dutchman obviously wishes to retain his business. I am hoping to see a huge resurgence in British grown blooms from specialist growers who can figure out the optimum ways to reach designers and customers alike.

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  7. Sam Wilson on

    Your post will turn out to be happier with 2016 Wedding Flower Trends. They assembled into ageless beautification of everlasting greenery.We also contract in wholesale Flowers for Wedding.

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  8. Thomas Hegarty on

    Weddings are some of the most awaited and most exciting day of our lives. Oftentimes, brides already have the vision of the perfect wedding bouquet, from the type of flower right down to the charm that will be tied onto the ribbon. The flowers were absolutely beautiful, stunning and what the brides are really after.

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  9. Wedding Venues Sheffield on

    Love the long table arrangement! One thing that we’re encouraging our couples to do this season is tie their cocktail hour suggestions in to their floral arrangements and colour schemes. The pink blush colours that are predominant throughout these displays might work well with a blush sparkling wine reception.

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  10. Kathy Horn on

    I am curious about the vases/containers that hold these lavishly horizontal arrangements.
    Urns and compotes can be very pricey to source. What are you using? And where are you sourcing them? Do you include the cost of these in the arrangement or loan (ie rent) them out? And if they are rented, do you pick them up or have customers return them to you?
    As you can see, I would like to see some sort of tutorial on the mechanics and practicalities that are required for these wild, linear arrangements! Anyone?

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    • Floret on

      All great questions, Kathy, thanks for your feedback. I’ll add that to my list of post ideas for the future. Stay tuned!

  11. Sadie Beauregard on

    I’m hearing a lot about “jewel tones” this season, along with abundant greenery and lots of textures.

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  12. Stow Greenhouses on

    We have 17 weddings booked for next season and nary a mason jar in sight! Brides are asking for fresh-from-the-garden, organic, lush yet relaxed florals. The trend of multiple small vases seems to be trending out. Most brides are still leaning toward the blush color palette but several are going with a bolder palette – primarily purples. Gold is replacing silver as the preferred metallic. Dahlias and peonies are still the number one requested flowers. Love reading your insights and of course, looking at the photos. Thank you!

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    • Floret on

      Barb–That’s fantastic! I hope you have another great growing season–thanks for your sharing your insights from wedding trends in your area!

  13. Tania Cubberly on

    Can we all stand up for No More Mason Jars!!! Pleeeease!

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  14. Summer on

    In Bend, Oregon couples are loving the more organic, garden-inspired florals. Color palettes range from blush and ivory, to darker jewel tones. Our brides are loving mismatched vintage-inspired containers and mercury glass used in centerpieces. For larger centerpieces couples are requesting compotes and wooden box planters, with lots and lots of foliage and textural elements including succulents, which people around here LOVE(!). Silver as an accent is downtrending in favor of rose gold, gold, and bronze. The floral varieties most brides are requesting are local seasonal blooms, garden roses, dahlias, and peonies (of course), along with vines such as passion flower and jasmine vine to give the florals more of a wild, over-grown, romantic, appearance. I find myself educating brides about the new heirloom carnation varieties after they insist they don’t like them. Afterwards, they are totally in love with them. I’m loving being a floral designer with all of this beauty happening right now. And to be honest, I still love a more French round bouquet as much as I love a wild organic bouquet, which many of my more traditional brides are very much in love with. Thank you sooo much for your thoughts. I’m going to share this post on my FB page. :)

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    • Floret on

      Thanks so much for sharing these trends, Summer!

    • Christy on

      Ah. Summer I was reading through the comments and I also still love creating French round bouquets as do some of my bride’s. I am in WNY and maybe one of the only flower farmers for at least 60 miles. The trend hasn’t quite hit here yet and I am excited to open a whole new door for this area. I have 20 weddings for 2016 already and Woohoo to only one asking for mason jars. Lol ps. My husband and I make wooden boxes out of reclamed barn board and that is one of my favorite centerpieces to do as most of my bride’s have outdoor or barn receptions. Here’s to 2016 and a fabulous flower filled season.

  15. Bethany, Orlaya Flowers on

    This is fabulous information, especially in the midst of choosing seed varieties! I’d love it if someday you could do a post or a series on how you manage the weddings side of your operations: planning, consultations, designing, transporting the flowers…
    Does anyone have specific recommendations for flowers to grow that are blush/peach/berry?

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    • TJ Montague on

      Bethany,
      I don’t know your growing region well, but here in the Seattle area I have had luck growing peach hypericum, dahlias (the Floret site would have great info. on variety names) as well as peach foxglove. Just a few, but they add loads of texture and interest.

    • Bethany, Orlaya Flowers on

      Thanks TJ! I’m in Canada, so I’m not sure about hypericum, but I’ve been thinking of giving dahlias and foxglove a try. I’ll keep an eye out for these shades. Is it the ‘Apricot Beauty’ foxglove that you grow?

    • Floret on

      Hi Bethany, if you go into the SHOP section of our site, on the lefthand side you’ll see the option to refine choices by color. Click the colors you want and you can find all of my favorites!

    • Bethany, Orlaya Flowers on

      Oh lovely! Those ‘Mollie Rilstone’ sea peas are breath-taking. :)

  16. Kim Watson on

    Made great reading and couldn’t agree more but in the UK I think we will still be seeing metallics and lots of floral accessorie, even wedding dresses for the brave bride.

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  17. Hannah on

    Yay! It’s here! I loved this post last year! One of the most exciting and fun post for a wedding and floral obsessed nut like me. I agree with all of these predictions…. Now if only someone could shout out “MASON JARS ARE OUT” from the top of our local shops that would be great. Still getting requests daily for a “rustic, country, mason jar theme” Curious if you tell people no to any of their requests? For corsages? Or flower trends you think are far behind the trends?

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    • Rita on

      Ha, Ha…Hannah! I agree with you. Please leave your mason jars at home in your pantry!

    • Fiona on

      I love mason jars, used bottles, burlap so I still want these stuff for my wedding this September.

  18. L S on

    Organic and Loose Bouquet is what I wanted 36 years ago … but NOT to be had then. These Gorgeous Masterpieces may make me want to have an Anniversary Vow Renewal Ceremony, also start painting Foral Still Lifes.

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