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Wedding flower trends for 2018

Find out what's going to be big in the flower world in 2018...

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Wedding flower trends for 2018
What's hot in florals for 2018? Image: Two by Two

Having providing flowers for some of the most high profile celebrity and society weddings this year Lavender Green Flowers shares the floral trends they predict will be big at weddings in 2018/19...

1. British grown flowers
We have launched a special section in our Chelsea shop with only British grown flowers on display as more and more brides are asking for them. Couples are generally becoming more invested in supporting local growers and buying according to the season as you can really set the scene. It is also often more economical to buy in season and not have to pay to have flowers flown in!

Home-grown flowers mean it is even easier to keep it natural with ‘wild’ arrangements and lots of really stylish foliage and fragrance. Think cherry blossom, freesia and daffodils for spring, dahlias, peonies, stocks and sweet williams for summer and juniper, anemones and snowdrops for winter. All those nostalgic names that are classic and timeless.

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2. Glass marquees
There were so many high profile weddings that featured wow-factor glass marquees in 2017 (ahem, Pippa Middleton) that we envisage it will be a real trend for 2018! The décor for dressing a PBI marquee is so important and should centre around softening the main iron pillars so that it doesn’t seem so much like St Pancras station! Getting the entrance right is important and large displays, an arch or simply trees hung with candles in glass globes can create an enticing effect. Creeping trees or large displays will soften the space, edge the top table and frame the speeches.

With a larger budget, designs hung from the ceiling of marquees look incredible and the more you do around the room, the less need there is to produce huge table centres – sometime low table centres with large displays around the perimeter of a room looks better than tall table centres, costing the same amount of money and causing no sightline issues.

3. Lifestyle weddings
Themed weddings have definitely had their day. 2018 will be all about the ‘lifestyle’ wedding where couples can celebrate their individuality. We look into a couple's lifestyle and what they want to project, everything then stems from that idea and from their character e.g. countryside, urban, romantic, magical, dreamy. Generally we find that people’s weddings are toned down versions of their character and this is only going to become more and more obvious. 

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4. Surprise weddings
This summer we were commissioned to do the flowers for a 'secret wedding'! Guests were invited to a 'garden party' and had no idea at all that they would actually be attending a wedding! The couple sent out their invites and ensured all guests knew that it was going to be a really special fun day and that they had to be there! It wasn’t until guests arrived at the venue that they saw a sign announcing it was actually a wedding that they all found out, the couple even had a video camera recording everyone’s expressions as they entered!

The energy and atmosphere you create by incorporating this element of surprise for guests on the day is beyond unique. It also means you don’t have to talk about the wedding to friends and family endlessly beforehand, there is no countdown or leadup to the wedding! This also means that couples can make it a much smaller affair! We envisage a lot of couples choosing to be a bit more low key in 2018.

5. Fragrance
As well as considering carefully how the wedding flowers will look, the fragrance journey that the couple and their guests take on the day is a very important to consider too. Couples are becoming more savvy and more creative by creating memories for their guests which stem from scent, not only through visual effect!

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6. Plant arrangements
We see the trend for having your floral arrangements live on and having life after a wedding being very popular. We have produced incredibly beautiful and graphic centrepieces that were actually mini herb gardens and either guests can take a herb home with them as a favour or the couple can create a herb garden in their garden after the wedding! 

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