Designer Trends

Sarah Sylvester ~ The Little Shed Flower Company

When it comes to floral design trends, there are so many aspects to consider beyond just settling on a colour palette. Textures, floral varieties, vessels, overall aesthetic and vibe, styling props and textiles all have an influence on how your design comes together. How do you articulate to your floral designer what it is that you want? Maybe you're not sure what it is that you want at all! Social media inspiration can be incredibly overwhelming, throw in opinions of friends and family and it starts to feel like the walls are closing in! Not to worry loves, the seasons ahead are boasting some major gorgeous trends, and I've simplified them for you here.

Bleached and Dried Floral, Foliage and Grasses:

We've all recently seen the gorgeous and enormous pampas grass arches, arbours, aisle way features, and beautiful bleached bridal bouquets literally everywhere in the last few seasons, and let me tell ya, they're here to stay. Designers are using bleached, lightened, dried and colour enhanced ingredients to elevate their designs, and make a statement. These elements can be incorporated into virtually anything, but look absolutely amazing in hanging installations, floating like texture filled clouds over feature tables and ceremony areas. Try using bunny tail grass, dried palm leaves, bleached greenery or spray painted baby's breath alongside neutral toned fresh flowers for a Boho brides dream come true!

Foraged, Local and Eco-Friendly:

More and more floral designers are searching for and sourcing locally grown fresh flowers and foliages. Seasonally inspired designs; like my own are becoming more and more sought after by today's wedding clients. Earth tones, ethically foraged foliages and greenery, fruit and eco-friendly design mechanics for large and small scale designs are trending. These locally grown flowers, branches and even grasses lend a natural and artful appearance to any floral, and can act as a beautiful way to bridge colour palettes. Try incorporating fruit into your guest tablescape, or gnarly, twisted ethically foraged branches and vines into your floral decor.

Smaller Sized, UK Posey Inspired Bridal Bouquets:

We all know that I love a massive bridal bouquet! Editorial style floral bouquets are gorgeous, and certainly a statement for any couple, however the trend seems to be moving toward a more UK inspired hand-tied posey. Smaller sized bridal and bridesmaid bouquet styles are beautiful, feminine and lend an opportunity to really showcase specific floral and foliage ingredients. Consider dainty floral choices, like sweet pea, berries, lisianthus or butterfly ranunculus in the summer months, while hellebore, specialty tulips or flowering fruit branches are perfect for spring. Have your floral designer order a beautiful botanically dyed silk ribbon for the handle and you're on your way to the perfect ethereal bouquet.

Matte Black Elements and Animal Print:

That's right, animal print is having a moment. Paired with lush greenery, leaves and brightly coloured tropical florals, leopard, cheetah or zebra print can make a real statement. Consider asking your paper goods designer to incorporate a subtle animal print in your stationary, menu or signage for the day. Gorgeous black velvet table linens, matte black cutlery and black glassware and candle accents kick up the drama factor, especially next to a classic white or nude floral palette. Still too much? Gift your bridal party a gorgeous animal print or black robe to lounge in while hair and makeup takes place on your big day.

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