Well it’s that time of year where we look at the trends from the past 12 months and discuss what’s going to make it over the line and live to tell the tale. Last year we fell in love with bright pops of colour matched with monochromatic textures. The good news is – this trend is all set to continue throughout 2014, particularly as we pay homage to the Pop Art genre, and include bright geometric patterns with our traditional stripes and spots.

We’ll be talking colours next week in Part 2, but for now we’re going to take a closer look at the way flowers will be predominantly used in 2014.

Baby’s Breath

Mention baby’s breath to any 90’s bride and you’ll get a visible shudder. Every bouquet was studded with this weed-like filler (also known as gypsophila), which often accompanied trailing bouquets of roses. By the time the mid-2000’s came along, baby’s breath had been long forgotten in favour of long stemmed blooms such as calla lillies and tulips. However, the last 5 years have brought us a return to all things retro and the new buzzword: Vintage.

Everything old became new again, which means we’re now seeing the triumphant return of the inexpensive, long-lasting and hardy gypsophila posy and this time, she’s flying solo. I have to admit that I adore the simplicity of the pure baby’s breath bouquet. It gives off that “I picked these on the way to being married” vibe and I think it’s gorgeous.

Use it in bouquets, boutonnieres or flower crowns – but don’t be afraid to be adventurous and use it to create chandeliers and pomanders, wreaths and garlands. It also makes fantastic escort card drawer filler!

 

Source: Coby Neal

Source: Coby Neal

 

Flower Crowns

Aren’t these just the prettiest alternative to tiaras and headpieces? Traditionally for the earthy/hippie bride, flower crowns can offer simple understated feminine elegance, no matter what the wedding theme may be.

Flower crowns have been a hit on the red carpet with Katy Perry, Kirsten Dunst, Lana Del Ray, and Keira Knightley sporting them on the red carpet throughout 2013.

The trick to the perfect flower crown is to choose flowers that will complement the bride’s hair and makeup as to not draw too much attention away from the face or the dress but to still keep within the overall aesthetic.

 

Source: ASOS

Source: ASOS

 

 

 

Succulents – Here To Stay?

Are you tired of succulents yet? Me neither! There isn’t a day that I see a wedding with these babies and don’t swoon.

Using succulents is a beautiful way to bring natural elements into the look and feel of your wedding day. Whether you mix it with classic decor to add a touch of modern or incorporate it into an outdoor affair to create a rustic vibe, these darling little plants will be as popular as ever in 2014. Expect to see them during the colder months here in Australia because they’re seriously hardy in all seasons, which makes a welcome relief from the paranoia of wondering if particular flowers will be available during our shifting climate.

 

 

Source: Cactus Creek

Source: Cactus Creek

I personally adore succulents because there are such a wide variety (literally hundreds) and seem to feel at home no matter what the style of the event. Perhaps this is why they’ve really lasted the distance – there are so many varieties, that we simply just haven’t tired of them yet!

From formal black tie affairs to smaller, rustic shindigs (think exposed brick, and raw timber!) – succulents will add a subtle eco-friendly splash of green without clashing with the rest of the palette.

 

We’ll be back next week when we dive deeper into the 2014 Flower Forecast and discover the four “official” flower and matching colour trends for the rest of the year. You won’t want to miss it!

 

 

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