As a professional in the wedding industry it is my job to find out what the latest trends are and to let my prospective clients know what is “hot” and what is “not”. Although flowers can be quite a personal aspect of a wedding it is important to note that adhering to your budget is important and know that it is best to order flowers that are in season.
If by chance you are one of those “lucky” brides with an unlimited budgeted…..go for it! Below I have noted a few things to consider when choosing flowers. I’m certainly not an expert in this field by any stretch, however as I am more often than not the “go to” person when it comes to weddings, I feel it is necessary to be able to at least have an idea of what direction the bride/groom wish to go and closely liaise with a “professional florist”.
Rich hues, unique vases, and unexpected elements are just a few of the hot trends in autumn wedding flowers.
Choosing flowers for spring and summer weddings is a no-brainer: There are so many varieties in season, and any sweet pastel or bright and sunny colour scheme feels appropriate. But if you want wedding flowers that reflect the autumn season in a chic and intriguing way, it’s a little more challenging. Here are some of the latest trends in autumn flowers. The good news: Your options in autumn are as gorgeous and stylish as ever.
Think Textured Wedding Flowers
The hottest trend in autumn wedding flowers is lush, richly hued arrangements with lots of interesting texture. Instead of using just two or three types of blooms in your centrepieces, try a wide mix of flowers coordinated with your colour scheme. For a distinctly autumn touch, deep purple or burgundy calla lilies add visual depth and a dramatic element that announces that summer is over.
Classic Wedding Flowers in Rich Hues
Although texture is key, classic flowers still rule for autumn weddings. Tailor them to the time of year by choosing more deep and dramatic shades than you would in the summer — opt for classic autumn hues or go with more unexpected colours like aubergine, burgundy, copper, and forest green. Of course, roses will always be popular and are available in any hue you need for your autumn colour scheme. Also hot for autumn weddings: antique hydrangeas in greens and purples.
Pick a Polished Wedding Bouquet
Loosely tied bouquets that look like they were just gathered from an English garden are a natural choice for many brides during the spring and summer, but for autumn weddings, bouquets can be more structured. Instead of leaving stems exposed, trend-conscious florists wrap them in textured fabric, velvet sashes, or ribbons. The groomsmen boutonnieres can be similarly polished — instead of a bare stem, choose boutonnieres wrapped in satin or grosgrain ribbon for your wedding party.
Use Plants as Reception Centrepieces
Succulents are a hugely popular landscaping trend right now, and stylish brides are working them into their centrepieces too. They’re seasonless but come in deep, autumn-appropriate hues like rich purple, cactus green, and pomegranate. Since their leaves look like petals, succulents mix easily with flowers.
Bypass Boring Glass Vases
For centrepieces, while classic glass vases may feel right in summer, for autumn, style-conscious couples are using everything from eye-catching copper pots to silver trophy cups and gold-leaf vases, or going earthy with containers made of wood or covered in lichen. Mismatched antique urns or pots from the markets are also popular. Use a collection of pots in different sizes — as many as five per table — that your guests can take home at the end of the evening. If you decide on glass vases, you can add a distinctly autumn feel by using wheat berries or grain as a base for the flowers.
Eco-conscious couples and their florists are focusing on using locally grown organic flowers. One eco friendly-wedding tip for your flowers: Stick to flowers grown near the wedding site, which lessens your environmental impact, rather than flying flowers in from another continent. Organically grown blooms spare the earth (and your guests) from exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. It’s also a great way to support nearby nurseries and celebrate the local region.