We recently reached out to some of our favourite wedding vendors to hear what they’re predicting for wedding styling and florals in 2019. And as it turns out, just about anything goes. If you’re looking for some direction however, here are some tips to get you started.
1. Think intimate and personal
This one we love. It’s your day, so make all parts of your wedding – styling and florals included – a reflection of you. Seriously, take everything you see on social media, magazines, wedding blogs (included ours) with a grain of salt. We’re in the business of helping inspire you and that means showing you other people’s visions. Take from them what you like and discard the rest in favour of creating a look that represents you and your partner’s own personal style.
Wild Blue Studio, a bespoke NSW event styling company, explains: “In today’s world of inspiration overload via Pinterest and Instagram, the challenge isn’t finding ideas but narrowing down the look that you want. Rather than chasing pigeons and aspiring to the latest ‘on trend’ thing you see, start with your own individual style and reflect that in your day. It doesn’t have to be a typical look, it can be anything you want! We’re seeing a rise in really creative, highly personal wedding styling.”
Bloom and Bush, a floral business from Victoria also tell us: “Couples are placing more emphasis on creating a more personal, intimate experience for their guests regardless of how large the guest list is. It’s no longer the colour palette or tradition driving all of the decisions but more about the mood and creating a memorable experience with each couple’s uniqueness and personality shining through in all of the little details.”
For Prunella, a floral duo that also owns Churchill – one of VIC’s most unique wedding venues – circular ceremonies are all the rage.”We’ve hosted several gorgeous, memorable circular ceremonies over the years and we’re watching this gain momentum as it’s a beautifully inclusive, non-traditional take on an ancient ritual.”
2. Combine different textures
When you think about it, everything has a texture – soft, smooth, crunchy, rough, silky, slimy, waxy – and together they create some serious eye candy. Knowing how to integrate different textures however, takes a certain type of skill (ie. an expert) or it can end up looking like a hot mess. Our tip? Outsource it to someone who does this stuff for a living.
“Soft, fluffy icing and drizzle wedding cakes with fresh flowers and foliage; chunky timber tables draped with soft, luxurious fabrics and textured handmade paper menus; fluffy pampas grass mixed in with soft roses and silky phalaenopsis orchids in bouquets, smooth silk with a beaded bodice wedding dress…it’s all about texture. Texture adds depth and interest to designs, a smorgasbord for the eyes!” says Bloom and Bush.
“As much we adore all things florals, we are loving the current trend towards styles that are wild and full of texture. Think gum nuts, Geraldton wax and all layers of foliage! It’s a great way to play with natural, earthy colours and textures and also a fantastic base for bringing out splashes of colour”, adds Wild Blue Studio.
3. Pops of bold colour are coming back in a big way
Flowers are one of the most effective ways to add interest to any space and to accessorise yourself on your wedding day. Quite frankly, we love anything that our WedShed-recommended florists do, but here are some insights into what direction they’re seeing wedding florals move to.
“Bold, bright, deep colour is one of our faves at the moment, whether it is deep burgundy and bright bright coral, hot pinks or shades or grey. Bucking the all white trend is such a good thing as it means your florals are totally customised to YOU. Add trailing ribbons for extra punchy colour and for some super pretty fun!” says Ash of Clementine Posy, a top Sydney florist.
“Brighter colours are definitely featuring more this season”, agrees Bloom and Bush. “Muted shades and neutrals are still popular but we’ll see pops of colour such as fuchsia, teal, violet and citrus tones in designs.”
4. Opt for statement styling pieces
If you’re looking for that ‘wow factor’, statement pieces are where it’s at according to these top creatives. Think hanging floral installations, enormous floral backdrops, neon signs etc. And this is great news for couples, as it means you’re investing in something that will really be showstopping and that guests will notice vs. spending money on lots of little bits here and there (which probably won’t have the same effect).
“Not a new trend but a trend all the same and one that isn’t going away, is framing your ceremony with a spectacular floral arch”, says Clementine Posy. “We love them when they are also accented with an unexpected fabric, giving the whole ceremony a super romantic vibe. Your ceremony may be quick, but it is heavily photographed so why not invest a little more into making it look incredible and then the arch can be used afterwards as an incredible backdrop for photos!”
According to Wild Blue Studio, “creating a unique, eye-catching feature shows your individual style and creativity, as well as being a great conversation piece for your guests.”
“Think dramatic floral arrangements featuring citrus branches and fruits, olive leaves and bay, plus an abundance of old fashioned roses”, says Prunella.
5. Wild, unstructured bouquets are here to stay
This trend has been around for a while and we’re hardly surprised. This style of bouquet is always a winner and so well suited to modern bridechillas who want something relaxed, attention-grabbing and seasonal.
“Bouquets will be less structured in shape and more organic, airy designs full of garden blooms, texture and greenery. Emphasis is on seasonal blooms with an effortlessly, hand gathered, just picked look”, says Bloom and Bush.
Prunella agrees adding, “Dramatic, wild, seasonal bouquets. They’re spectacular in photographs and even more spectacular in person, particularly when scent is incorporated. Our motto? Bigger is better!”
Clementine Posy has also noticed this trend, telling us, “Natives and wildflowers are a really big trend, and so are phalenopsis orchids and roses, so why not mix the two together and take it to a whole new level of gorgeous?! The contrast of textural wildflowers alongside the smooth or fluffy textures of classic peonies and orchids is amazing!”
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