Invitations by R Squared has rung in the New Year, and we are super excited about all the weddings slated for 2016!
More and more couples are getting engaged every day, with plans for either a hometown wedding or a variety of fresh and fun destination weddings this year.
Whether rustic chic, vintage, cowboy wedding, fun and quirky Vegas wedding, or an exotic location for a beach wedding, flowers always play a part in all of these fabulous events. You’ve already selected an amazing venue – possibly a destination wedding location. You’ve maybe even already chosen and sent out your Save the Date cards, and your invitations are at the ready. If you’ve not gotten quite that far, do stop by our shop here to check out the wedding stationery suites, available in traditional and LGBT offerings … something chic and awesome for every couple.
Our team has spent much time in communicating with a number of florists, known to be trendsetters in the wedding trades. We started to notice some common threads and similar themes. Many of the ideas are simply more of what we’ve seen in the past year or two, but some new, exciting concepts have emerged as well.
Here’s a summary of 2016 trends we’re hearing are going to be HOT:
Locally-grown, seasonal flowers continue to top the wish list of style-savvy and eco-conscious couples. This year we’ll be seeing a continued interest in farm-to-table fetes where hyper-local fare fills wedding guests’ plates and table centerpieces, whether it is a hometown do, or a destination wedding event. This trend is going to manifest in many creative ways – reflecting the region, season and growing zone of the country. Wild, woodland-inspired bouquets with ferns, greens and foraged branches, in particular, have become increasingly requested.
The tight ball-shaped bouquets are passé and a trend of the past, so says Julia Atkinson, of La Fleur Bouquet, an Oregon floral professional. There, it’s official! Today’s brides want bouquets with bulk—but rather than tightly bunched balls, the bouquets shapes take a “freshly gathered from the garden” look that stretches out horizontally. These forms offer interesting and unique lines defined by arching branches, and unusual vines and foliage that cascade to one or both sides.
The thought of including common carnations or mums into a bridal bouquet make many style-conscious brides-to-be shudder. These over-used blooms had the same effect on floral designers until they “discovered” some of the new varieties with unusual shapes and forms in beautifully, subtle hues. These “new” varieties are actually “old” heirloom varieties that small-scale flower farms are trying to rescue and reintroduce to designers and brides alike. Chrysanthemums in pastel palettes are showing up on inspiration boards and in bridal bouquets; as are frilly scented heirloom carnations, long-stemmed English sweet peas and ruffly zindarella zinnias.
One centerpiece per table is out; multiple floral designs per table are in, especially given the increased popularity of extra-long King’s tables. The trend away from round tables means re-configuring not only the shape of the centerpieces, but also the spacing and quantity on the long tables. To provide visual interest, we’re seeing larger, longer centerpieces, interspersed with “satellite” florals—short vases with a few flowers or even single stems.
Many of us thought that blush was on its way out. Now, we’re finding something much different. How that will manifest in florals, however, we think will trend in a couple different ways. Rather than a simple pastel pink palette, we’re hearing that the bouquets incorporating more soft peachy pinks hues, which add additional complexity and depth – especially when paired with soft orange, coral, warm sherbet hues and even rust colors. In another direction, we’re also see the blush paired with deeper colors including berry toned blooms, darker foliage and earthy merlot-browns that play off of last year’s color of the year, Marsala.
A few trends that we saw last year, that will continue into 2016:
We’ll continue to see lots of delicate floral headpieces and subtle vines woven into wedding day hair styles this year and less of the extra-large floral crowns. Flower wearables will definitely continue to turn heads and the predictions are that we will also see more creative use of flowers and succulents in accessories—specifically necklaces, rings, and floral bangle bracelets in lieu of traditional wrist corsages.
We’ll still be seeing lots of long, fluttery ribbons flowing from bridal bouquets, especially multiple layers in complementary colors.
Herbs, fruits and other edibles will continue to play a supporting role in seasonal floral designs fueled by an interest in infusing unique fragrances and textures into bouquets. Look for fruiting vines like thorn-less blackberry, actual fruit such as pears and pomegranates, plus other nontraditional yet edible floral elements to make their way into haute design and foodie focused wedding florals.
Finally, don’t forget to check out our inspiration boards here at Pinterest. The team has put together a ton of gorgeous and fabulous images from all over to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. You’ll love what you see there.
We’re always thrilled to hear of an engagement or wedding, and we know that 2016 is going to be a stellar year for weddings of all kinds.