After a year of uncertainty and weddings on hold, 2021 is shaping up to be the year to Say I Do. Wedding Floral Designer’s calendars are filling fast, with some new and exciting trends in Wedding Flower Designs emerging.
So here are my predictions: SIX WEDDING TRENDS FOR 2021
Wedding Trend ONE: The MICRO WEDDING
People will go bigger in smaller ways in 2021.
One thing 2020 showed us is just how romantic it is to elope or to have a Micro Weddings with just your nearest and dearest (think 30-50 people). Imagine a wedding day without the stress and financial burden. The focus returns to the couple and what is important: the marriage, their family, and close friends.
With less formal weddings comes less formal gowns. The choice of venue widens with couples hosting weddings in the family home or have a fine dining experience at an amazing restaurant. And we now seem to have discovered WEEKDAY weddings
Image: Spring bouquet from PSF Advanced Wedding Design
What does this mean for floral design at a Micro Wedding?
The non-traditional wedding Venue will need to be transformed into a wedding celebration and nothing achieves this better than an abundance of beautiful flowers.
With less guests and less formality, there will be budget left to make some drop-dead, gorgeous florals. While the wedding is smaller in size, the couple will still want it to be a celebration opting for an abundance of florals that will bring life and gorgeous colour to the event.
And with the non-traditional wedding gown means the bride can opt for quirky, non-traditional bridal bouquets. Think bold colours or exotic blooms.
Wedding Trend TWO: The MACRO WEDDING
Go big or go home!
The bigger the better and nothing, not even a pandemic, is going to stop this wedding party. And it needs to be only the best for the couple who had to hit the pause button on their wedding plans.
Well pause no more, it is time to celebrate. And it needs to be glamourous and amazing. Designer gowns, butterflies, candles, crystal chandeliers and elegant venues transformed with masses and masses of flowers.
Lavish flowers with a sense of theatre
To make the magic happen requires a florist with an eye for detail but also experienced in building large scale sets. The effect must be theatrical, unique with the flowers front and centre when the couple walk into their wedding venue for the big reveal.
The flowers themselves will represent luxury. Roses, orchids, hydrangea will be front and centre.
To pull off these amazing weddings is a real craft, often guided by seasoned Wedding Planners and only the best of Florists.
(Image of Pearsons + John Emmanuel Masterclass)
Wedding Trend THREE: The ECO WEDDING
A considered approach to hosting a sustainable, environmentally friendly wedding means that couples will be sourcing flowers that are sustainable and choose florists that use recyclable materials and techniques in creating their floral designs.
Florists can introduce sustainability by:
- Using flowers that are in their natural season. They are at the best in quality and lowest in price. Allow the florist to work to a colour scheme of flowers rather than a specific list of blooms.
- Go plastic free when creating the floral arrangements and avoiding floral foam. At Pearsons we showcase techniques that are foam free and beautiful
- Using Op-Shop Props like old vases, old mirrors, doors, timber, or frames.
- Use living plants to decorate the venue that can be gifted to guests and families. The perfect, living memento.
- Re-purpose the flowers are the wedding: some couples will pay for the florist to BUMP out the wedding flowers and pre-purpose some for to give to guests as they leave
- Re-cycle the flowers at the end of the wedding. All part of the bump our fee and plan
Image: Foam Free Installation from PSF Creative Installation Masterclass
Wedding Trend FOUR: DRIED, DYED + TIED.
One of the hottest trends in Floristry is long-lasting dried flowers.
First dried: to remove the moisture without losing their inherent shape and beauty
Then dyed: bleached first, then dyed to add colour and impact to any design
Then tied: to create stunning floral decorations
Their resurgence from the 70’s reflects the earth-mother in all of us and offer up a range of colours and textures that add a touch of creativity to a wedding party.
What does this mean for wedding flowers?
Dried flowers can be mixed with fresh flowers are used as a feature on their own. Dried flowers offer a great way to add colour and texture to a floral design. Wedding posies can use natural materials like dried grasses for a fabulous boho look.
Large scale clouds of flowers featuring massive, dried palm leaves or floating clouds of rainbow coloured babies breath. The scope for creativity is endless.
Image: Featuring Dried Palm Leaves PSF Creative Installation Masterclass
Wedding Trend FIVE: THE TRADITIONAL BRIDE
A new sentimental is an emerging trend. A desire for calmer, more feminine times. Soft, fresh colours, classic gowns, and veils.
How is this reflected in the FLOWERS?
Perfectly paired with the classic gown and long veil is the timeless cascading wedding bouquet. Each bloom is wired and taped and then delicately arranged to form an elegant waterfall. This is old school perfection and created in a timeless tradition that allows delicate blooms like lily of the valley to combine with garden roses.
For the ceremony think of a beautiful church with classic urns filled with flowers. On the table are candelabra with golds and soft pastels.
Timeless and romantic and classic.
Image: Classical fully wired cascading bouquet. PSF Certificate III
Wedding Trend Six: Extreme Colour
Gone are the muted tones of peach and coral, the next trend will be BOLD, EXPERIENMENTAL COLOUR COMBINATIONS. Think colour, lots of colour.
With a nod back to the 70 and 80’s think:
- Think Powder Blue and Cherry Red
- Electrifying Pink
- Sunshine, yellowly orange
- Emerald green
- Think Space Shuttles and Major Tom
What does this mean for your flower choices?
The new season florals are strong and bold. They break with tradition and the past. They show strength and character. They reflect intense emotions, fun and vibrancy.
Popular Flower Choices:
Anthuriums, Gloriosa, Caladium leaves, Gerberas, Cattleya Orchids, hot-coloured roses, dried Caspedia globosa, bearded Iris (Ok – I dare you to look these up online. You will be hooked!)
Image: @pearsonsflorist Spot the Billy Buttons (Caspedia globosa)
And now here is my Pitch… FLOWERS TURN ANY PARTY INTO A WEDDING.
Flowers make the theme; they show your unique style. They are beautiful, opulent and nature’s way of saying everything will be just fine! Flowers tie all the elements of a wedding together. They are carried by the bride, couples marry under floral canopies, and flowers are lavished around a venue to add warmth and colour.