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8 Floral Design Trends: Spring Flowers 2017 – What’s Hot and What’s Not?

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This week, Kyla guides us through 8 hot floral design trends for the 2017 Spring wedding season…

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This year winter has been quite cold with lots of rain, so the idea that spring is just around the corner is uplifting to say the least. It is lovely to see spring flowers and blossom popping up throughout my neighbourhood.

For me, winter is a time to spend planning for the upcoming wedding season, chat with couples, finalise choices and flower orders, stock up on sundries and organise my studio. For wedding-floral designers there are only two seasons, wedding planning season and wedding season. So, this week I thought I would give you an insight into upcoming spring design trends, what brides are requesting and what’s hot and what’s not.

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Spring Flowers | Floral Design by Lilla Bello | Image by Jodee Debes Photography

1 – Classic Choices

Classic blush pink roses particularly David Austin roses and peonies continue to be a popular choice. I really can’t see this ever changing and why would you want it to? These blooms are classic, pretty and feminine, perfect for your wedding day. Growers are meeting this demand with new beautiful varieties of roses becoming available and peony season seems to extend every year. November is still the best time in Australia for peonies but if your wedding is in October or December you may be in luck.

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Blush Pink Rose | Floral Design by Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Image by KT Merry Photography

2. Grey Is the New Green

Just like in interior design where grey is a fantastic base, neutral colour, grey is becoming a must have in floral design as well. It works well with most colours particularly the aforementioned blush pink. White and yellow or lemon also looks amazing paired with grey. Foliage in this palette includes dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, olive leaf, succulents and brunia berries.

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Grey Foliage | Floral Design by Ivy Flowers | Image by Katie Grant Photography

3 – Wild, Carefree Style

Wild, carefree bouquet style is definitely hot and is being requested more than the previously popular traditional round posy. Instagram is full of large, lush, loose and overflowing bouquets that have an organic shape to them. It is the ‘just picked from the garden’ look but on a large scale. It is boho, gypset, relaxed and carefree.

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Bohemian Bouquet | Floral Design by Philosophy Flowers | Image by Finch and Farrow

4 – Heirloom Flowers

Garden or heirloom flowers are used to create wild and carefree bouquets and their popularity is due to several factors. Firstly, their beauty and fragrance, also they are often a cost effective option when sourced locally rather than imported and this is also better for the environment which many couples are conscious of today.  Beautiful heirloom flowers include cosmos, larkspur, foxglove, sweet pea, sweet william, scabiosia, queens annes lace and more.

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Heirloom Flowers | Floral Design by Jennifer Pinder Flowers | Image via Pinterest

5 – Filler Becomes the Focal

Blooms once referred to as ‘filler flowers’, like chrysanthemums and carnations, are becoming the focal. In the past when liaising with brides I was always unsure whether to even mention some filler varieties and how they can work well in floral designs. I was always ready for the concerned response and then preference for more ‘premium’ flowers. But brides are now embracing all varieties of flowers, seeing the beauty in each one, which in my opinion is the best approach, because all flowers are beautiful!

6 – Foliage Garlands

More and more brides are turning away from round tables and rather choosing long rectangular tables either side by side for their guests in the reception space or if space allows the extra long king’s table is on-trend. Foliage garlands, of seeded eucalyptus and blue gum are by far the most requested item for table decoration at the moment. Often with candles scattered through to line the table, this look has a lovely refined fresh farmhouse vibe.

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Foliage Garlands | Floral Design by SHARLA FLOCK DESIGNS | Image by Jose Villa Photography

7 – Hanging Arrangements

From lush flower chandeliers to giant floral halos, hanging arrangements continue to grow in popularity, especially for weddings and events. They create wow factor moments in any space and they also free up the table for more food!

Floral Chandelier

Floral Chandelier | Floral Design by Lilla Bello | Photography by Ether & Smith

8 – When in Doubt, Go with Gold

Every girl loves a little bling. Bling used to mean diamantes and sparkle but now it means metallic accents. Metallics can be incorporated into centrepieces, I’m using gold textured pots to fill this brief, or it can be added with table styling like gold cutlery and candle votives.

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Gold Accents | Raquel Lovern of RLove Floral Designs | Image by Elisabeth Carol Photography

Remember there are no rules when it comes to floral design, trends are just popular styles that are emerging, not a set of rules that need to be followed.  If you are planning your wedding and you see a trend that you love and suits your personality and style, go for it.  But why just to follow the crowd? You can be your own trendsetter too, after all, it’s your wedding day! For floral designers, what are your brides in love with at the moment and requesting? I would love to hear of styles that are trending in your area in the comments below.
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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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