Posted by johnna-patton on July 15th, 2015
Trend #1 The It Flower
The hottest wedding bloom right now? Anemones. These scentless flowers come in a wide range of jewel-toned colors. Though they’ve long been prized by brides for their bright petals, the most popular ones right now are those that are white with a black center. They give centerpieces an ultra-bridal look yet are very modern at the same time. If they’re out of season — or out of your budget — opt for cream-colored gerbera daisies with dark centers.
Trend #2 The Classic Twist
Instead of traditional red roses, unique variations on classic flowers are now popping up on reception tables. Though phalaenopsis orchids are always popular, Mokara orchids are now on the bridal radar. These orange and pink flowers are especially desirable because, unlike phalaenopsis orchids, which grow in a slender line along their stem, Mokaras grow in all different directions. This creates a fuller stalk of blooms, meaning you need fewer to fill out your centerpieces — saving money on your flower budget. Carnations are also making a comeback. New varieties in beiges and grays (one of the hottest wedding colors for 2009) are a far cry from the prom corsage-style blooms you might remember. As a filler flower, they’ll help make brighter-colored blooms stand out, or they can add texture to your tables as part of a grouping of small arrangements.
Trend #3 Bold Color
Brightly colored napkins and table linens are being used to play up even brighter floral arrangements. Though you might think that fuchsia flowers wouldn’t need any help at all standing out against a white tablecloth, this daring combination of bright-on-bright creates a stunning, eye-catching contrast. Hot jewel tones — think magenta, persimmon, peacock blue or royal purple — will give you a rich, luxurious look, especially when teamed with bold blooms like orange dahlias, yellow gerbera daisies and purple orchids.
Trend #4 In the Clear
A new element that many floral designers are excited to work with is Plexiglas and Lucite. Shelving or cubes made with these modern materials can be used to create levels within each centerpiece. Each level can be filled with a different material, like sea glass, river rocks and hydrangeas. This type of centerpiece is great for a wedding in a contemporary loft space or a modern art gallery. Or give guests something unexpected and draw their eyes upward. Suspend Plexiglas pieces from the ceiling for a dramatic display: You can hang clear, tray-like containers filled with flowers so it appears like they’re floating. Or hang glass chandelier-inspired shapes draped with strings of orchids (hello, wow factor!).
Trend #5 Saving a Tree
Tree-like topiaries and potted plants are popular because they give receptions a warm, garden-y feel and add height to the room. Baby spruce or tree-like topiaries can serve as centerpieces, while larger ones — birch trees or lemon trees are favorites — can decorate your entrance or the edges of the dance floor. This trend can be combined with flowers in lots of ways too. Ask your florist to scatter your favorite petals around the base of each plant or attach petals to the branches of taller trees.