The formal wedding bouquet held daintily by the bride-to-be is passe. The popular trend for the coming year is more loose and flowing, unbound by parameters. Instead of a small, tight floral arrangement that is limited to roses and the occasional sheen of pearls, envision a wide, horizontal arrangement of assorted flowers and trailing greenery. Bouquets are cradled in the arms of the bride, not centered in front of her waist, but placed as one would hold something precious.
This year there is great interest in contrasts, both in color, and in the composition of the bridal bouquets. The shapes of the arrangements are fluid. There are no clear definitions surrounding the edges of the fragrant petals.
The coloration that is being seen on the fashion runways and in the decorating venues is an echo of Pantone’s rose quartz, their newest premiere shade. Brides are opting for the palest tints of pinks, greys, and lavenders for their primary color scheme. They are adding complementing greenery in natural clusters of moss and sage.
Some brides are moving towards the woodlands and wildflowers for inspiration; their bouquet is a combination of twigs, trailing vines, and big blooms. These arrangements have one central color for the blossoms, but they have an eclectic assortment of flower varieties. The flowers are surrounded by contrasting wood elements, like pine cones and small branches, a juxtaposition of soft and hard.
A third floral trend is bold and bright, shouting joyfully for all the world to see. Instead of the pale colors of quartz, these compositions are constructed of colors in jewel tones, all mingled together with a cascade of layers. The center of the arrangement may be a large, strikingly colored bloom, that is surrounded by smaller-petaled flowers that complement the deep shades, but are not in the same color family. For example, the center focus may be a deep purple cluster of hibiscus or roses, surrounded by brilliant orange Strelitzias, “bird of paradise” stems.
Another wedding design element that brides are requesting is a combination of textures; they are composed of vines, live plants, flowers, fruits, and assorted formal glassware mixed with Mason jars to adorn the tables. In the midst of the formal and the casual is the bridal bouquet, the crowning jewel of bridal accessories. This bride has chosen a solid bouquet of only one color, but the arrangement is comprised of living succulents that she and the groom can plant in remembrance of their special day.
Table decorations are as varied as the bouquets but there is a definite preference for more natural elements of ferns, creeping vines, variegated greens, and large leaves to form the foundation of the arrangements. The secondary layer of flowers are scattered across the surface, with posies and small formal groupings amongst the leaves and ferns. The final centerpiece is a compilation of jewels, plants, big clusters of showy blooms and tiny stems of common wildflowers.
Weddings this year will be a feast for the senses. The beautiful bride is complemented by the extraordinary elements of nature. Her wedding reflects both the romance and the reality of love, filled with fantasy yet firmly grounded at the same time.