Floral Designers often see trends growing as they receive inquiries from brides and couples, sometimes months down the road. At Katie's kind invitation, I'm going to share just a few notes that may help you make some decisions if you're in the process of planning a wedding or elopement.
By far the most popular request that I have been getting (and hearing from other floral designers and flower farmers) is for lots of greenery, rather than flowers. Perhaps this is influenced even further by Pantone's announcement that 'Greenery' (a bright, almost tropical green) is one of their colours of the year for 2017.
At first blush you might think "Well, that doesn't sound very pretty!" But read on, dear reader, greens do not have to be boring, or dull, or, indeed green.
The key to making an all greens bouquet work well is to choose greenery that has at least three distinct and different sizes to its leaves - just as you would with blooms - so that your bouquet has visual interest and a good rhythm for the eye to move over. You can also vary the shades of green themselves. Some greenery is a very vivid, bright green, like monsterra leaves, others can tend towards a beautiful silvery green, like eucalyptus or dusty miller. Some kinds of eucalyptus, like gunnii, have lovely pale pink tips and terracotta-coloured stems, which can pick up beautifully other details in the wedding, like perhaps a sash or ribbon on the bride's dress. Adding pods, seeds and vines can make a really stunning all-greens design. Some 'greens', like begonia leaves, even have gorgeous red, bright pink or chocolate tones in them and can really make a design sing!
Another upcoming trend, as reported this year by Debra Prinzing, author of many books on floral design, creator of The Slow Flower movement and The Slow Flower Podcast (she really knows her stuff), is for bringing in tropical elements to bouquets and designs. This can work beautifully with a greens-focused palette. A design doesn't have to be all tropical to work well and in fact a few pops of tropical interest, like using anthurium flowers, can work beautifully in an otherwise non-tropical design.
I hope this sparks some interesting ideas for you that will help your wedding flowers be really memorable and extraordinary!
Susanna Luck is an English designer working in Portland, Oregon. She is the owner of Nettle Textiles and Susanna Luck Flowers, producing plant dyed luxe silks and modern, unstructured floral design with a focus on locally and sustainably sourced flowers and materials.