Flower Trends for 2016

The year in review...

Recent years have seen brides rush to recreate their version of the royal wedding or something straight off a Pinterest board. But as look at 2016 in review, it is becoming clear that brides have been much more interested in going down the aisle their own way. We've seen plans become a lot less rigid and increasingly more relaxed; this is particularly true of wedding bouquets and flowers...

Couples have also found ways in which to incorporate personal elements into their weddings that hold special memories. These have been meaningful flowers, colours and arrangements.

Below is a list of 2016 trends in the flower realm…

Blush...

Peach and nude tones were big for 2016. Blush came out on top for the most wanted colour. In fact Pantone (the official proprietary colour space) named rose quartz, a blush pink the colour of the year. Actually, for the first time ever the colour of the year isn’t one, but two hues; some might suggest these two colours are actually a 'blending' to be more precise. The second colour is Serenity, a periwinkle-esque blue. These two colours blend perfectly and have the ability to show the inherent balance between a warmer rose tone and a cooler tranquil blue. These two colours are particularly prevalent in 2016 with many parts of the world experiencing a gender blur as well as same sex marriages becoming legalised in many countries!

This combo can be easily mixed with a number of other shades such as light purples, pastel colours or even taupe or a smoky green for nature-inspired wild themes. Our Offley Conservatory is decorated in a sage green which complements the blush very nicely.

Why not ask your florist to choose three to five different flowers in the same shade, this slight colour variation helps to create a monochromatic ombré effect. Furthermore, choosing one colour creates intensity and focusues on the beauty of each individual flower and all the charm it brings to the bunch.

The muted blush of Rose Quartz can help to add a little glam to your theme when paired with a metallic shade for example, a copper or a rose gold.

Blush is back, but so is berry...

The rich warm tones of berry can look impressive on your big day and really creates a statement bouquet. Berry tones work very well during the late summer weeks, where autumn is beginning to creep in. The shades of red complement the turning of the leaves and the pink skies at night.

Wild...

The vintage wedding has been a popular choice in recent years and to complement this style, brides have been asking for natural looking bouquets with the ‘just-picked’ look.

To create this look, these bouquets are loosely put together with organic and wild picks, rather than tightly structured and ball-shaped designs which are quickly becoming a trend of the past. These wild flowers help to achieve a more natural and relaxed style.

Foliage is an alternative to large flower arrangements. They create a chic and organic look for your wedding. There are so many varieties to choose from and so many different combinations that you can really create something unique, bespoke and budget friendly. Many favourites include Mediterranean olive branches and eucalyptus, as well as a variety of succulents.

Chic, glam...

Many brides are overlooking the rustic look and opting for the chic, glam style instead. Silver as an accent is downtrending in favour 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. Table arrangements coupled with a sequined table cloth in a rose gold, with copper accented décor can automatically create the most glamourous wedding of the season!

Old fashioned...

There are some flowers which simply do not go out of fashion. Dahlias and peonies are still the number one requested flowers; they are timeless and elegant and can be suited to match any theme.

Old-fashioned flowers are quick becoming the new fashion favourites, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Sweet Pea, English Primrose and Hydrangeas.

Cascading bouquets are also coming back. This style originally became famous in the 1980's as a result of the Royal wedding of Charles and Diana. The trend became popularised in the 1990's, very much in the same way lace dresses are presently the 'in-thing' after the Alexander McQueen dress fashioned by the Duchess of Cambridge!