FLOWERS: Green wedding flower trends for 2016/2017 | Green Union Weddings
28th April 2016
Photo: Floret Flowers
I don't know about you but I think flowers are one of the most important ingredients of a wedding day, I think they embody the wedding with romance and poignancy. Wedding flower trends come and go, and sometimes I'm not convinced but right now, I totally LOVE what’s happening in our world of flowers ...
Bringing the Outside In
With the meteoric rise of farmer-florists, the rejuvenation of British flower growers and the ever green wedding trend of farm-to-table weddings, ‘locally-grown’ now not only defines what your wedding guests eat, but the whole look of your wedding. Locally-grown, seasonal, wild and foraged flowers will grace every savvy, eco-chic couple’s wedding this year. Fresh-from-the-garden, lush and relaxed florals with natural textures and deconstructed foliage pile together in an altogether generous way to portray a gloriously secret garden.
Hanging Flowers and Flower Chandeliers
Also referred to as canopies or installations, the trend for hanging flowers and flower, or foliage, chandeliers is set to stay with us for some time. Hanging centrepieces command pride of place in large open industrial spaces and giant tipis and tents, these dramatic installations also bring the outside in to green weddings.
Made up of long strands of foliage like jasmine, ivy and sweet pea stems, the garlands appear to have entirely overgrown the table. Eco savvy brides use them to drape over chairs, grace long banqueting tables (now taking the place of round tables) and twine around frames. Easy to make, just twist the fronds together loosely, adding more strands to achieve your desired length, then decorate with bunches of wild flowers till you get a thoroughly sumptuous effect.
Old Fashioned Flowers
The rise of the flower farmer has put ‘heirloom’ flowers on the agenda helping to bring them back from the brink of extinction. The flowers include unusual shaped dahlias, chrysanthemums, zinnias and carnations in subtle hues. Highly scented long stemmed sweet peas and ruffled and frilly old fashioned pinks are being asked for by eco savvy brides.
Bigger Bouquets - a Dramatic Floral Statement
Bridal bouquets of loose, organic wider shapes are officially the new must have! This year’s brides are asking for bouquets with bulk, but not those rather passé tightly tied balls. With a “freshly gathered from the garden” look these are often wild, woodland-inspired bouquets of lush ferns, greens and foraged blooms with visually interesting lines defined by arching branches, vines and foliage that cascade about them, often asymmetrical in shape. For added softness a trailing hand dyed silk ribbon completes the look.
Out with the Rustic
The long running trend for jam jars and burlap at weddings looks set to wane in favour of more eco chic glamour. We’re seeing the farm-fresh look being uplifted by the use of more interesting vases like mismatched vintage vessels, antique vases and mercury glass along with richer textiles and accessories with a bit of subtle ‘bling’.
Bolder, Bohemian Colours
Wedding flower colours are getting bolder with purples, blues and yellows pushing out the pastel and blush tones that have be around for a few years. A subtle mix of big bright Bohemian flowers colours reflects the general fashion trends. Also deeper, moodier shades of berry tones, with deep hued foliage and earthy merlot-browns reflect a generally more 'industrial' and sophisticated trend in wedding flowers.
Green Wedding Florists
I've put these trends together in collaboration with some of Green Union’s handpicked florists and flower farmers:
Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers specialises in creating beautiful, naturally styled wedding flowers using entirely British grown seasonal materials. Rachel grows heaps of flowers herself in the walled garden at Doddington Hall and sources the rest from flower farmers around the UK.
Organic Blooms is a social enterprise that specialises in growing all their own flowers and herbs on their four acre site in South Gloucestershire. They can supply you with the most fantastic, informal cottage garden flowers, many of which are not available on the high street.
Bouquets and Butterflies grow their own, and source other naturally beautiful seasonal British grown flowers, using them to create beautiful, relaxed, country style bouquets and wedding flowers for that rustic “just picked’ look that are perfect for vintage, eco chic, country style weddings.
Organic Blooms bouquet: Emma Stoner Weddings
Hanging Flowers and Flower Chandeliers: Jasmine Jade and Sarah Lauren Photography with Brompton Buds and Blue Fizz Events for World Inspired Tents
Bringing the Outside In: Florence Kennedy at Petalon Flowers via The Garden Edit
Garlands: Saipua and Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty
Old Fashioned Flowers: Catkin Flowers
Bigger Bouquets: Saipua
Out with the Rustic: Claudia Rose Carter
Bohemian Colours: Bouquets and Butterflies
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