This is the third in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art (see the full set here). She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. In this post she’s focussing on colour combinations for your bouquets :)
Hi Cwtch fans – I’m back with another post, yay! This week I’m talking about about colour!
Pale and interesting, soft feminine colours will always be bridal classics and single colour themes continue to be popular for floral decorations, bouquets and buttons, but a trend has been arising for mixed colour themes and eclectic textured mixed bouquets. We’re going to explore some of those in this post – let’s go!
Mellow yellow with gorgeous greens
Clashing and eclectic, a dramatic colour palette for a May wedding, you can use Vuvuzela roses, acidic greens, coral-like Celosia & yellow pom poms of craspedia for a fun textured look (with special thanks to Creative Apertures for the use of some of these images www.creativeapertures.com).
Paired with wrist corsages for bridesmaids in clashing colours & lime green vibirnum opulus this can brighten up a rainy spring day with a splash of sunshine.
Blocks of colours work well in a flower-heavy display. You could incorporate orchids or roses in hot clashing colours to create a dramatic look for a bollywood inspired exotic theme. Glittered seed pods add a touch of luxe!
A more relaxed style with informal flowers also works well with a bold colour scheme. Meadow fresh eclectic posies in bright clashing colours create a bold statement. Incorporating textures, unusual plants and even buttons and twigs and moss can help to create a dramatic look.
Colourful country garden style with UK grown flowers
These posies are designed to clash with orange dahlias, red crocosmia, alliums and purple michelmas daisies, with yellow brights from solidago and quirky pom poms of yellow craspedia. Your guests definitely wouldn’t miss this bouquet! :)
Walk on the wild side
Using grasses twigs and seed pods will add texture and seasonal interest. Ears of corn from the family farm for a rustic wedding paired with flowering mint, nigella & delphinium, lavender from Breacon all set off with hessian and twine. Colourful bottles and containers can also add a touch of colour to table centres & venue decorations, so start saving your empty wine bottles and repurpose them into centrepieces!
Bold colour statement with red dahlia and green chrysanthemum
We used feathery grasses to soften this look. You can always use dahlias to offer similar rich colours and bold shapes – these are a great choice for late summer brides when the range of colours and shapes available are largest & availability is good.
Autumn is coming
Think red autumn leaves, orange and red crocosmia, oversized blowsy chrysanthemum, hot orange colours from ranunculus, cooler green hydrangea, hypericum berries and jewel like rose hips mixed with pheasant feathers to create texture and colour for an autumnal theme and a quirky individual feel. Use something with a unique shape, like kangaroo paw or protea to keep this look fresh and vibrant.
It’s all in the details
We recently created some table centre pieces which included over 60 miniature gourds for place settings & a harvest feel. Autumnal trimmed welsh birch hearts also made a beautiful keepsake for flower girls :)
Incorporating seasonal flowers, foliage or colours in your bouquet will make your flowers even more special as the time of year will always remind you of your wedding!
Making a comeback with colour pop trends
Once only likely to be found on the petrol station forecourt (and possibly suffering from a little bit of an image problem!) carnations have crept back into favour for their fabulous texture and colour – even making an appearance on the Chanel catwalk! Look at this gorgeous frilly pistachio green – perfect for a retro feel vintage theme with its shape and ice cream colour, as well as holding its own in a rainbow coloured posy.
Massed together globes of carnations look lavish & textured & come in velvety colours like peach, pistachio, yellow, burgundy & bright pinks: ideal for a more contemporary look and a touch of luxe in stately urn vases :)
I really hope you enjoyed that little insight into the colour trends and how much you can do when you set your sights high! Don’t be afraid to ask your florist to experiment (or go out and pick some wild flowers to experiment with yourself :) )
I’d love to know what colors you’ve chosen for your big day – are you matching your colour scheme? Clashing? Going for something completely different?! :D
I’ll be back in a fortnight to talk you through the world of buttonholes – looking forward to it!