Flowers, colors and the overall experience are what couples discuss with their florist when planning the big day.
This summer will see an explosion of color with a renewed focus on a muted scale, said head floral designer Bill Trautman of Coleen’s Flower Shop in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Subtle tones will be blended with vibrant pastel blooms and foliage for a delicate and creamy color palette.
“We’ll be seeing pale pinks, blush apricots, peaches, violets, whites and forest greens in wedding flower arrangements, centerpieces and bridal bouquets,” he said.
Luxe or wild
Brides-to-be are diverging, with about half choosing sophisticated romantic luxe and the other 50 percent opting for a wild garden, picked-from-the-backyard effect.
Romantic luxury is trending with brides inspired by celebrity weddings and high flower content.
“Big blooms like peonies, hydrangeas, garden roses and ruffly lisanthia bring the height of romance,” Trautman said.
Brides with a budget will avoid foliage and any exposed leaves, stems and branches to attain an excessive floral look.
For a more rustic, natural wedding, flowers will mirror a modern garden with Queen Anne’s lace, spray roses, tulips and green-gray foliage like dusty miller, Trautman said.
The trend can continue with table decorations set in mason jars with a touch of burlap or bridesmaids carrying a baby’s breath bouquet wrapped in gold, Trautman said.
“Burlap is huge right now and we’re seeing it all over, from wrapping the bride’s bouquet to table decorations,” Trautman said.
For a modern garden feel, flowers will be soft and unstructured.
Tones of champagne, plum, blush-pink, moss and mineral blue softly blend to create a casual earthy atmosphere. Garden blooms such as roses, clematis, stock and veronica mix with textural greens like lamb’s ear and succulents to provide a natural beauty.
Instead of perfectly rounded balls of flowers, non-traditional forms are taking center stage this summer and reflect a bride’s personal style. Bridal bouquets and site decor may be L- or V-shaped, or feature free-form cascades and graceful, hanging flowers.
Why just carry your flowers when you can wear them?
Large, lush floral crowns or even just a delicate bloom clipped into a bridesmaid’s hair are some of the ways creative types are bringing a gorgeous vintage vibe to their weddings.
“Gardenias or orchids work as well as, of course, roses,” said Trautman.
For a more traditional and sophisticated look, white is the way to go. Classic and clean, a basic bouquet in white or ivory continues to be a popular and elegant choice, Trautman said.
Simple doesn’t mean basic. Try grouping many stems of the same flower together like Polar Star white roses to create a sweet eye-catching bouquet.
For brides on a budget, Trautman advises big blooms like hydrangeas to bulk up the arrangement. Even better, give your florist a bit of freedom.
“After discussing the color scheme and the feeling and style the bride wants, give us some leeway to work within your budget,” Trautman said.