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The biggest wedding flower trends for 2018

The biggest wedding flower trends for 2018

Written by Katie Byrne

Starting the search for your perfect bridal blooms? We’ve got the inside scoop on this year’s most magical floral trends, freshly picked by the experts



“I think the 1980s trend for over-sized, dried-out arrangements meant there was a huge movement against dried flowers for a long time. However, the younger generation did not encounter this, meaning they can appreciate the new-look dried flowers for what they are: bohemian, delicate and gorgeous when mixed with seed heads and feathers. In 2018, we’ll see them in subtle colour palettes, meaning shades of white, cream and buttermilk.” Heather Gorringe, The Great British Florist


“We’re increasingly being asked to create arrangements that look less structured and more whimsical, with cascading silvery and sage green foliage used to enrich the natural beauty of the flowers. Roses will still be used heavily but as we head into spring ‘18, these will be complemented with ranunculus, frilly tulips and exquisite anenomes. Colour palettes will be richer: think deep shades of plum and burgundy, mixed with a splash of cream and soft pink.” Jamie Aston


“Bouquets will be bigger than ever in 2018. Brimming with seasonal blooms and botanical elements, they are perfect for brides wanting something unique and unstructured. A word of caution though: wild bouquets aren’t for everyone. They can be overpowering, especially if you’re petite. You don’t want to feel swamped by your
flowers, so take time to think about the style of bouquet that’s right for you.” Simon Nickell Design


“Frosted fruits, plants and even vegetables will be increasingly incorporated into bridal arrangements. Big Savoy cabbages, for example, look great mixed in with flowers and foliage. Brides often want ‘architectural’ flowers and plants and at certain times of the year – such as early spring – there can be very few around. So cabbages can make a great alternative! They’re like huge peonies and can look incredible with dusted with frosting powder. Colourful zesty fruits can also look great nestled in foliage.”
Sue Barnes, Lavender Green Flowers

Image: Fanton Photography


“Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a lot of Pantone-inspired blush-and-green palettes. For 2018, the pinks will be swapped for mauves and violets, with hints of grey completing arrangements.” In Water Flowers


“Mixed-neutral colour palettes are going to be very popular for 2018. Where the bride would have perhaps previously wanted an all-white or white-and-green colourscheme, we’re seeing combinations of white and cream and almost nutty, taupe tones. Roses that epitomise this colour scheme are ‘Vendella’, ‘Quicksand’, ‘Cafe Latte’ and ‘Cappuccino’. Metallic styling details – such as vases and candlesticks – will really lift this colour palette. In contrast, another big trend will be arrangements of bright, bold blooms, mixed to create playful colour schemes. The unique shapes of flowers will also be used to evoke fun with wedding designs: wiggly-stemmed Icelandic poppies and delicate snapdragons are amongst our favourites.” Emily Mathison, McQueens


“For many of our 2018 weddings, we’re seeing a move away from ‘traditional’ bridal towards richer colour palettes – and with less of a focus on hydrangeas and roses! We’re increasingly being asked to create foliage-rich bouquets, with an emphasis on texture. All-foliage weddings – from the bouquet to the décor – are becoming more and more popular. I think this is owing to a rise in outdoor wedding ceremonies in woodland locations.” Joules Wrigley, Willow & Thyme

And what do the experts at Pinterest predict will be big in 2018? We asked them to tell all...

• The search term ‘wild wedding flowers’ has seen an 85% rise over the past year

• The rustic theme is as in demand as ever, with popularity almost doubling over the last 12 months (that’s a 90% increase in pinning!)

• Anyone for something blue? Searches for blooms in shades of cornflower, baby and azure have risen by 115%

Autumn looks to be a popular season for couples to say ‘I do’, with seasonal flower searches increasing by 65% in 2017 

Image: Hayley Savage Photography


Main image: Jason Mark Harris


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