Flowers may not be at the top of the list of priorities for a lot of couples, but they really can make a venue and enhance the day quite phenomenally. There have been lots of interesting and beautiful wedding flower trends over the decades, but the new roaring 20s have plenty more to offer and we’re going to look into those today.
Read on for our wedding flower ideas.
White and Green
This classic, chic look is a winner for any white wedding as it's so understated but can have such a wow effect. We see lots of hydrangeas, avalanche roses and even bleached ruscus for those wanting a hint of white foliage. Eucalyptus is the perfect choice for white weddings, as it often has very pale leaves, so it doesn't detract too much from the white theme.
Here are a few more suggestions for your white wedding:
- Calla Lily
- Dendrobium Orchid
- Lily of the Valley
This gorgeously scented foliage has played a large part in a lot of 2019 weddings and there's no chance of it leaving the limelight in 2020 - there are so many varieties of the stuff (30+ to be exact), you can create so many different looks! Anyone fancy an all-eucalyptus bouquet this year?
Our favourite eucalyptus varieties for wedding arrangements are:
- Eucalyptus cinerea - large round leaves
- Eucalyptus parvifolia - small teardrop-shaped leaves
- Eucalyptus stricta - long thin leaves (draping)
- Eucalyptus dalrympleana - larger crimped leaves (draping)
- Eucalyptus robusta - large teardrop-shaped leaves
We don't think pampas is going anywhere, especially as we head into the summer months and bohemian style weddings are back at their peak popularity. This statement grass is ideal for large scale arrangements - adding a wow-factor and easy height to centrepieces, arches and even a bouquet. You can also get pampas in a multitude of dyed colours - making an even bigger statement to your wedding flowers.
Go Big or Go Home
Huge floral arrangements and installations are on the rise and we're predicting even bigger things to come - oversized blooms and tons of foliage will be making plenty of appearances in 2020! Large elaborate hanging installations will be gracing many-a-wedding this year, just make sure they don't hinder your guests from seeing one another across the table or take up too much room in a smaller venue.
Some of the flowers with larger heads which are available are:
- King Protea
- Chrysanthemum bloom
A bit of every colour and more will be appearing in this new decade. A cacophony of contrasting blooms - varying in texture as well as colour. Look to the colour wheel and even paint colour cards from your local DIY shop to build your ideal scheme. Just be aware that flowers are naturally unique, so certain colours cannot be guaranteed to be exact Pantone matches!
Pantone Colour of the Year
Speaking of Pantone, their colour for 2020 is Classic Blue, so we might be seeing a rise in the number of blue weddings happening this year. Blue is a tricky colour to achieve in the flower world as there are limited blooms with this true hue - some are a little more purple than blue. Here are some great options for anyone wanting to achieve a stylish blue wedding this year:
- Thistle (Eryngium)
- Himalayan Blue Poppy
- Sweet Pea
No, we're not talking miniature mouse-sized bouquets, we mean small-headed flowers or filler flowers as the florists may say. Gypsophila and Limonium will be making themselves known in 2020. These flowers are all multi-headed so still give plenty of impact in wedding designs and they'll give your bouquet more of a "just picked" look.
A few more small-headed, “filler” flowers include:
- Feverfew Daisies
- Lily of the Valley
- Queen Anne’s Lace
- Sweet William
- Wax Flower
Grasses and Dried
Dried flowers have been working their way into 2019 weddings and they've caught on quite nicely. There is such a variety of options when it comes to dried, and it means that you can keep a hold of your bouquet for years to come since it's already dry for storing. Grasses often play a large part in these wedding designs as they add dimension and movement - dried flowers do not have the flexibility of fresh, so fuzzy grasses can add more of an ethereal feel to your bouquet.
Some flowers which are often available to purchase pre-dried are:
Locally Grown Flowers
As the environment and eco-friendly ideals are playing such a huge part in our lives at the moment, it could be a great idea to consider locally grown flowers for your wedding. This cuts out the carbon emissions from flying flowers from overseas and supporting local businesses is obviously a winner.
There is a chance you could end up paying more for British grown, but you will not be disappointed with some of the stunning blooms that grow here. Take a look at this local flower farm map to spot your local farm and start planning for an eco friendly wedding.
We've all seen petals down the aisle, but we're talking aisles lined with a myriad of flowers. Flower hoops, vegetative arrangements, geometric glass containers, lanterns… you name it, you can line your aisle with it! You can go as ‘statement’ as you like, just make sure everyone can still get a view of you tying the knot and of course, you need to be able to still get down the aisle without tripping over blooms!
More and more brides are looking for scented flowers and foliage to add another level of beauty to their bridal bouquets - carrying around something that smells beautiful can really add to the perfect day atmosphere. We've briefly touched on one element of a scented bouquet - eucalyptus. This is the ideal foliage choice for a fresh scent down the aisle, but there are loads of great options:
- Garden Rose
- Lily of the Valley
Adding fruit to your floral wedding arrangements can really be quite gorgeous - they add a pop of colour and visual interest in any floral design. A mix of many foliage types with clementines, lemons, pomegranates or berries, all look wonderful and we predict lots of fruity additions to 2020 wedding flowers.
Your florist should be able to advise but here are some more options just in case:
- Brunia Berries
- Flowering Kale
This is already quite a trend for destination weddings and it gives your wedding centrepieces the look of a classic still life painting - how chic?!
We’re living in an age of “anything goes”, so if you want to set your own trends, then really, go ahead! The wedding day should be all about showing who the couple is and should really express their personalities more than anything.
Flowers can set the scene, enhance the dresses, make the venue smell amazing and can double up as gifts at the end of the day - we really do love a good flowery wedding!