Updated: Apr 9, 2020
We all like to see what's hot on the fashion catwalks each season or flick through design magazines for the latest interior design trend. Wedding flower trends work in the same way creating new looks year on year for brides and grooms-to-be to take inspiration from.
Wedding flower trends come from lots of different places. Current fashion and interior trends definitely have an influence. Past eras and history also have an influence, with vintage trends becoming fashionable again. Social influences also play a big part; like Royal Weddings - more on that later!
Every year a Pantone Colour of the Year is released and much like catwalk fashion it takes a year or so to filter through and become a popular mainstream influence.
Greenery and Foliage
In 2017 the Pantone Colour of the Year was 'Greenery' - a fresh and zesty green. The following year saw the Royal wedding of Harry & Meghan which was packed with lush greenery and reflected this colour perfectly. The wedding of Harry & Meghan had a huge effect on the wedding market with inspiration directly from their wedding still seen in lots of weddings today.
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We have seen lots of green and white wedding palettes which will continue to be popular, especially mixed foliage creating a beautiful display of different textures. The love of foliage will remain for many years to come; but trends are moving towards the introduction of more colourful palettes.
The Pantone Colour of the Year in 2019 was announced as 'Living Coral'. In 2019 we didn't see this colour used very much in wedding palettes, but now it's becoming much more popular. There are some lovely palettes now using blends of vibrant coral, hot pink, orange and lemon tones.
This shade of pink works equally well for a more delicate palette with whites, creams, blushes, apricots and vanilla. We predict this shade will continue to rise in popularity in colour palettes as we see it filter down to sources of wedding inspiration such as Pinterest and Instagram.
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Ice Cream Colours
Shades of pale blush pink have been a firm favourite for a number of years now and we're sure will be for some time to come. The pink palette is coming back into fashion now with many different pink tones being blended together rather than pairing with white as it used to be years ago. A palette of different pinks such as a blush pink, strawberry pink and hot pink mixed with vanilla and cream shades can create a warm and beautiful summer vibe especially when mixed with the golds and silvers.
Gold, rose gold and silver are stunning compliments to wedding flowers and this can be in the form of vases, candelabra, tealights or even hand painted leaves. In past years we have usually chosen only one of the metallic colours but this year and moving into next year the blending of all of those tones together is becoming more popular. Tealights placed together in gold and silver and clear glass create quite a magical collection.
We're all becoming increasingly conscious of our effects on the environment and we've seen a real shift in couples asking about our sustainability efforts and how they can keep their designs eco-friendly. At Bird Events we create each and every design with sustainability at the forefront of our minds to keep our footprint as small as possible. There's a huge amount to say about sustainable designs and techniques, so keep your eyes peeled for a post on this topic coming very soon!
The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 has been announced as 'Classic Blue'; a decadent rich shade of blue. It's unlikely to be until at least next year that we see this colour taking effect in the wedding world, but there are some fabulous ways of incorporating this tone into your wedding flowers.
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Finding Your Palette
Colour trends are fascinating and can be a good starting point if you don't have a particular palette in mind for your special day. Pinterest is the most popular source of colour palette inspiration; we recommend starting a Pinterest board and as you explore, pin anything that grabs your attention. after a while you'll be able to look back at everything you've pinned and see a trend developing.
We've written a handy Flower Guide to help you too and you can get your free copy HERE!