With design theme names such as Mediterranean Chic and Positively Posh, 2018's wedding flower trends are all about the wow factor, and brides' style choices will be limited only by their imagination and budget. Here is the forecast for those wanting to go all out, shop for ideas online and then scale back the budget, or tailor the trends toward the traditional.
*Four Main Themes
In a November feature for Oasis Floral Products, writer Sharon McGukin presented four 2018 themes identified by International Floral Distributors Inc. and accomplished floral designer and trend forecaster Michael J. Skaff of Savannah, Georgia.
--Mediterranean Chic: McGukin says: "Floral designs exude a natural, freeform look when vines, fruits and greens are arranged in formal pedestal vases or placed against structured patterns. Sunlit yellows, light blues and attractive teals mixed with blushing peaches, pinks, purples, vibrant reds and oranges create the look."
--Earth Elements: "Inspired by European tradition," McGukin notes, "natural browns, greens and whites give a modern edge to classic wedding decor and embellishments that fit naturally indoor and out."
--Positively Posh: Express romance and "posh feminine flair" with a combination of vibrant, delicate and subdued tones including fuchsia, silver, pink and plum to create "a look fit for royalty."
--Folk Art Reinvented: This fresh look splashes bold oranges, hot pinks, reds and yellows throughout textural greens for a "repurposed garden" look that says "hippy style meets country chic."
*Tips for the Trends
Skaff's forecast for specific trends that wedding planners should expect to see this year including the following:
--Multiple small designs will be replaced by large focal pieces that can be repurposed.
--Tiaras will replace crowns, and designers will use small, delicate flowers to craft floral necklaces, rings, bracelets and cuffs.
--Dresses will show a little skin, and "soft beige and nude will upstage traditional white for a stylish modern vibe." Dresses and flowers will complement each other, as with a Grecian goddess dress to complete the romantic, lavish Mediterranean Chic theme.
--Gold is the resounding metallic of 2018. Copper, bronze and mother-of-pearl accents add strength or an elegant finish to this year's fashion-forward looks.
Brittany Ulman of Hillcrest Garden broke down some of IFD and Skaff's other observations in her October Florists' Review feature.
--Use calming living-greenery bouquets made of succulents, eucalyptus leaves, jasmine, dusty miller and more for eco-friendly style that reflects the serenity of nature.
--Replace "compact cookie-cutter bouquets" with free-form bouquets, eclectic flower combinations and updated color palettes.
--Whether effortlessly elegant, wonderfully whimsical or fantastically flamboyant, archways, wall decorations and floral chandeliers will assert brides' "individuality ... and leave an everlasting impression."
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Collections range in color from saturated jewel tones like plumeria and rich custom peach; to "mystical" azalea and custom teal; to "glam" custom navy, cream rose, white and a custom forest green. It also offers a "tranquil" moody yet calming and fresh nature-inspired palette; a "twilight" group of sandy neutrals and teal blues; a "tender" collection of peach, periwinkle, ivory and white; an "ethereal" bunch with carnation, pink, pale lavender and minty green; and many other combinations for summer, fall and winter. These groups are so pretty and inviting that whether or not there's a 2018 wedding on your calendar, this site would be a fun starting point for your next interior design project.
*The Language of Flowers
Art, style, tradition and sentiment all meet when selecting wedding flowers and colors. During initial brainstorming and creative concepting, check out the Old Farmer's Almanac website for a list of traditional meanings of flowers, herbs and other plants at https://www.almanac.com/content/flower-meanings-language-flowers. The finished designs will boast symbolism that it special to you and your partner.
Flowers are one of the many beautiful details that pull together to create a wedding theme. The sky is the limit this year, so get creative and make a splash.