From bouquets to table centres, flowers are the crowning glory of any wedding scheme. We asked the experts about this season’s floral trends, and how you should go about picking the flowers for your big day.
Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler, Founders of florist WORM London, say choosing a mood rather than a theme can be a good place to start.
Couples are keeping flowers more natural now, favouring a ‘picked from the garden’ or foraged wild flower look instead of force-grown flowers with perfect stems. It’s also more achievable for someone with no formal training to create these sorts of arrangements. People are also taking flowers beyond the vase, with couples requesting more creative structural displays, such as large hanging foliage chandeliers.
Flowers are having a moment again in a big way. Young people know the names of flowers again and people seem to be filling their homes with natural wild flowers, such as foxgloves, alliums and dill. People are enamoured with the unpredictable nature of wild flowers, their imperfect stems and wild fragrances. However, in contrast, wedding underdogs, such as gypsophila and carnations, are making a comeback.
We are still getting requests for pastels but people want to combine them with more striking pops of colour, such as red with pinks, or orange with peaches. Forced colour schemes have declined a lot, and we don’t get many clients coming to us with a specific colour scheme any more – more a certain feel or mood.
Choosing the right flowers can depend on your venue. If a wedding venue feels in any way corporate we try to bring lots of greenery to soften it. Large foliage mobiles as a backdrop for photographs are popular, too. With round tables there’s usually only room for one small arrangement in the middle, so something like jasmine creates flow, with a few unruly stems sticking out to add interest. Marquees and warehouses lend themselves really well to hanging structures over the tables or ceiling garlands, but in hotels we would usually concentrate on a feature such as a staircase.
WREATHS: Fresh, Foraged & Dried Floral Arrangements by Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler is out in April (Quadrille, £14.99)