Floral Trends and how to use them in events
Our clients are always asking us to help ensure their events are fresh and exciting. One way to do this is by incorporating the latest flower trends. We spoke to some of the talented florists that we work with and asked them to predict the key floral trends.
This year you can expect to see lots of bright orange and yellow and shades of coral as the influence of Pantone’s Colour of the Year (Living Coral) takes hold, featuring bright sunshine flowers and base colours of white and ivory. The flower markets are full of dried pieces (think tall pampas grass) and we expect to see these combined with muted and earthy tones of bronze, copper and ivory. More natural structures and misshapen bouquets create a relaxed informal feel, with touches of greenery. Read on to see what the leading florists of London are looking forward to this year.
Hayford & Rhodes
This year expect to see a return to bright colours. 2017 was very big on white flowers and green foliage, and whilst 2018 had more colour, 2019 will be colours galore! Pantone’s colour of the year is Living Coral. Not our first choice (we think yellow would’ve been a better choice!) but grouping together coral, yellow, pink, lilac will brighten up floral designs for 2019.
At weddings, massive table vases aren’t great for encouraging and enabling people to talk to each other. Some range in height gives depth and adds atmosphere to the tables, but low-lying tablescapes are ideal for banqueting-style tables.
Taking inspiration from our Kensington Palace wedding showcase creative concept, wild and wonderful is the way forward for 2019 rather than manicured and neat. Think bringing the outside in with tall foliage and plants, trailing, rangy grasses and different heights of flowers.
Ricky Paul Flowers
2019 floral trends are going to see an increase in dramatic stand-alone installations. Think hanging floral displays, cascading staircases and dramatic entrances. We have seen some amazing floral displays in 2018 such as Harry and Megan’s wedding and the amazing floral exterior displays adoring the boutique shops of Chelsea during the flowers show.
The key colour trends we have seen during the festive period have included lots of bright and vibrant colours and sprayed flowers and foliage and I think we will see this continue into 2019. We also had an increase in dried floral arrangements making a comeback in 2018 and I think will be a huge trend, especially for weddings during 2019.
The key colour for 2019 will be orange and coral tones; picture gorgeous coral peonies and vibrant orange berries, teamed with delicate pink and nude tones.
I think this year is going to see some amazing and creative floral ideas coming to the fore front and being a super creative floral studio we will creating some amazing installations in 2019 so watch this space!
Amanda Austin Flowers Ltd
We have noticed a huge uptake in wild and asymmetric flowers and bouquets for weddings, with simplicity and abundant greenery everywhere, often with beautiful statement flowers used as simple focus points thoughout the day. The bridal bouquet which is always where we start the designs, seems to be either a simple romantic trailing look, asymmetric with colour, or just a simple caught bouquet of flowers as in the one we did recently at Kent House Knightsbridge, with lilac and lily of the valley.
We’re also doing a lot more single statement pieces, such as this garden folly which can be used as a photo booth, bridal arch, chuppah or sweetheart table. Instagram and Pinterest mean that brides now come armed with so many ideas that our initial meetings involve much more discussion and input from everyone which is such a help with ideas going back and forth. It has made designing weddings one of the joys of the job.
Princess & Ko
We’re seeing more demand for natural design styles using a wider variety of flowers and materials and we expect this to be a key floral trend in 2019. An array of flowers with lots of colours of flowers that create textural interest are more popular than simple or common flower combinations. Dry installations are getting more and more creative and the artificial flower industry is growing.
People are looking for ways to express themselves through their flowers and we’re seeing more requests for unique blooms to reflect people’s individuality, this can make for customers who are very specific in their requirements but we love rising to the challenge. In terms of key colours for 2019, we hope to see lots of oranges, yellows and reds but that might just be us holding on to the summer.
Our best advice for anyone when buying flowers? Keep your expectations seasonal and you can’t go wrong.
We are very grateful to be working with some of London’s most talented florists. If you’d like more information about any of the florists featured here you can click on the links below.
With thanks to Hayford & Rhodes, Ricky Paul Flowers, Amanda Austin Flowers and Princess & Ko.
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