2018 Wedding Flower Trends

Over the last year I have seen a lot of Pantone-inspired greens with mixes of blush and these colours still continue in popularity; however for 2018 weddings, these colours are going to be taken over by mauve, plum and violets – the Pantone colour of 2018 being ultra-violet.  For 2018 weddings expect to see lots of purple flower inspiration; as well as wedding invites, table décor, wedding jewellery and bridesmaids’ dresses.  Ultra-violet is a lovely rich colour for weddings and particularly looks fab with the metallics, such as gold, copper and silver.


Ultra Violet Florals


Flowers suitable for the ultra-violet theme for your wedding could be; deep purple calla lilies ‘Purple Heart’ or the darkest purple possible such as ‘Hot Chocolate’, purple lisianthus ‘Corelli’ or ‘Violet Vixen’, hydrangea with various purple tones like the plummy ‘Purple Prince’ or ‘Verena Classic’, vanda orchids ‘Blue Magic’ and more lilac tones of scabiosa ‘Clive Greaves’, lilac freesia ‘Blue Bayou’ or lilac roses such as ‘Ocean Song’ or ‘Purple Haze’ – any of these flowers work great with the silver tones of senecio, populus or cinerea eucalyptus.

As metallic continues to be popular, iridescent will also be growing in popularity; personally I can’t wait to see more of this colour, think pearlescent or oyster shell, it works on so many levels!


Ultra Violet Wedding Flower Trends 2018

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Botanical Vibes


The botanical theme continues with lots more ‘all foliage weddings’; from the bridal bouquet to the décor; this is most likely due to the popularity of outdoor wedding ceremonies, and this wedding theme of 2017 is not going anywhere, but just evolving.  There will just be tweaks and fresh interpretations.  Bouquets will be getting larger than ever, and cascading bouquets are making a strong comeback as well, with lots of seasonal blooms and plenty of foliage; this style being perfect for the bride wanting something loose and unstructured.  Together with the foliage heavy bouquets, there will continue to be lots of lovely texture, which is always important to consider if you choose a mix of foliages of the same colour.

More brides are asking for British-grown flowers with the free-form bouquet style, which not only can keep the costs down a little, but also help them achieve the relaxed, whimsical look they’re aiming for.  Good foliage examples to consider could be asparagus fern or umbrella fern, palm leaves, bear grass, wispy fountain grass, seeded eucalyptus and herbs such as rosemary, sage or apple mint, also the flowers ‘Large White’ astrantia, white veronica ‘Tissington White’ and the gorgeous ‘Green Bell’ also known as ‘Thalaspi’ is a lovely foliage and a great choice to add some texture. With the more foliage-heavy bouquets, we will also see more trailing silk ribbon, but also simple velvet ribbons included in the bouquets, buttonholes and corsages creating a wonderful feel of opulence.


Greenery Botanical Wedding Trends Flowers 2018

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Flower Archways


Popular wedding ceremony arrangements continue to be archways at the top of the aisle; sometimes with the addition of chiffon to soften, or just a lovely ornate metal arch with groupings of flowers.  Another new archway style are wedding wreaths or round arches, which are gigantic hoops covered with mostly foliage and sometimes flowers.  I have also seen embroidery hoops hanging from walls, partly covered with mosses and ferns.  Also the traditional – but still very popular – archways positioned outside the church entrance adding an ideal frame for the confetti shot, or positioned on a church lynch gate, is always a stunning arrangement to request from your florist.


Wedding Flower Backdrop Arch Trends 2018

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Hanging Installations


2018 brides have been requesting other amazing installations from the hanging foliage or flower chandeliers from venue ceilings or marquees, to arrangements on hanging planks over top tables.  Another popular theme – which has its origins in the USA – are pampas grass archways – bit of an unusual foliage for a wedding you may think, but, if you scan Pinterest you’ll find some truly amazing arrangements with these grasses – giving a lovely soft fluffy effect.


Flower Trends 2018 Wedding Installations Hanging

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Pastel Tones


Pastels continue to be popular for weddings, such as soft turquoise, lavender, sage green and grey; these shades really create a suitably romantic feel for a wedding.  But we will also see bursts of stronger deep colours mixed in – such as deep burgundy or dark blues – into the more soft and elegant colours. For 2018, other popular wedding colours will be dusty rose – the new blush pink perhaps? – mauve and dusty blue, these colours work great with either neutral colours, navy blue or with the metallics – silver, gold or copper – as an accent colour.  Flower varieties for the pastels are wide and varied with the most popular choices for weddings currently being ‘Sweet Avalanche’ and ‘Quicksand’ roses, ‘Bombastic’ spray roses, pale pink sweet pea, pale blue hydrangea, ‘Sky Blue’ delphinium, the soft pastel David Austin varieties such as soft peach ‘Juliet’, and ‘Miranda’, also the soft peach/pink rose ‘Angie Romantica’, not forgetting a continued favourite of brides the exquisite dahlia ‘Café au Lait’.


Pastel Wedding Flowers Trends Bouquets 2018

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Rustic Woodland


Woodland and rustic continue to be a popular theme for 2018, and some ideas which work well with this are the bell jar or terrarium, adding leaves, moss or foliages inside, resting on the ever popular tree slices.  The rustic wedding bouquets will continue to include pheasant feathers with dried flowers which completes the look.  Table wreaths are making a comeback avoiding the ‘I can’t see you across the table’ issue and so brides are becoming more cautious about the height of the wedding centrepieces, opting more for low and long.  Regular requests for foliage garlands – ideal on long banqueting tables – continue for 2018 as well.


Woodland Flowers Ideas Trends 2018

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Industrial Chic


For the industrial chic theme – expertly blending modern with the old – or minimalist weddings then the chosen wedding décor is likely to be copper containers with geometric angles and shapes, metallic accents and sleek modern colours.  So, what exactly is industrial chic? well, think whitewashed brick walls, structural metal beams, benches, or a warehouse venue.  And so, for this sleek look, all you need are maybe some foliage garlands and glass containers – and instead of jam jars – brides will be looking to source more unusual and quirky glassware.  Succulents worked really well with this style of wedding and for 2018 the cacti plant is the next big thing – maybe along banqueting tables or wedding aisles as opposed to bridal bouquets!


Industrial Wedding Flower Trends 2018 Ideas

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What’s Out?


The massive trend of white gypsophila weddings – also known as Baby’s Breath – will begin to fade out – including the mason jars and burlap.  Instead of those giant balls of gypsophila, we will still continue to see this pretty flower, but just mixed in with more traditional flowers cropping up in larger arrangements such as longiflorum lilies and orchids.  Incidentally, if you are already having gypsophila for your wedding in 2018, and lots of it – then ask your florist for the ‘Mirabella’ gyp, this tends to have a sweeter scent than the less smellier varieties; which leads me onto the importance of scent in a wedding!  An evocative fragrance from the wedding flowers is becoming more thought about by our savvy brides and grooms, particularly with the popularity of the British blooms, which are more scented that the commercially grown Holland flowers.  So, we recommend some of the following scented flowers to consider for your wedding: lilacs, garden roses, lily-of-the-valley, freesia, jasmine, sweet pea, peonies, gardenia, lavender and hyacinth.


Weddings are becoming more creative than ever and the results are becoming ever-more dramatic to create that wow factor effect.  The biggest and continued wedding trend in 2018 is definitely foliage – which will continue to play a very big part – giving the modern wedding a suitably whimsical twist! However, these trends and ideas are just here to help you, chose a theme and style that YOU want, which complements the venue and is a reflection of you both as the happy couple!


*This is the forth in the flower feature series from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings expert contributor and florist extraordinare Flowers by Suzanne Randell*

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