Wedding Floral Trends for 2018 + Upcoming Events
I just want to start this post off by introducing myself - I’m Ally! I recently joined Carla and the CF team this year and I’ll be writing the majority of the content you’ll be seeing on this blog. I wanted to kick this off by saying that if you guys have any ideas of content you’d like to see from us or something you’d like to see more of, please let us know! This blog is for all you beautiful brides-to-be and flower enthusiasts so if there's a way to make it a more enjoyable morning read for all you lovely ladies, we’re all ears! You know where to find us, Instagram, Facebook, or email - you know the drill!
Since we’re just starting to ramp up to the start of the 2018 wedding season, what better way to get back into the swing of things than by taking a look at some of the trends we’re seeing in the wedding florals industry.
Last year we saw a demand for a more garden-inspired style of florals, and we don’t except that trend to be going anywhere, anytime soon. Our brides are coming in with visions of cascading, organic bouquets that break all the rules of traditional floral design - but hey, rules are meant to be broken, right? Less structured centerpieces and bridal bouquets with lots of greenery create an effortless, romantic aesthetic that we’re seeing all over Pinterest and Instagram.
One easy way that we see this style coming to life without breaking the bank is through garlands. They can be draped over alters or used as table runners on long, family-style tables. Garlands are a fun alternative to traditional centerpieces and are a cost-effective way to incorporate more luxurious flowers, like ranunculus or garden roses, because you won’t need as many flowers.
Another way of incorporating that romantic, garden-style look into your centrepieces is by using a collection of bud vases on each table. Again, because you don’t need as many flowers, bud vase centrepieces are a good way to stay within your budget without sacrificing your wedding floral vision. Use three or four different sized vases with a variety of flowers and greens, maybe add some candles and you’ve got some beautiful centrepieces.
Floral installations are becoming an increasingly more popular addition to many couples wedding florals wishlist as well - think floral walls, backdrops, hanging greenery over tables at a reception. Grand floral installations are the epitome of what floral dreams are made of - at least they are in my dreams, and they can really tie a space together to create a cohesive look.
Blush and burgundy might as well be the Pantone colours of the year because it seems like every other couple we talk to has a blush and burgundy colour scheme for their wedding. Not that we’re complaining, they’re beautiful colours. Some of our favourite blush and burgundy flower varieties are Burgundy Wine ranunculus and Mother of Pearl roses. They give a nice balance of light and dark to a colour scheme and play very well with the effortless vibe that a lot of brides are going for.
As the wedding season starts to pick up, we’re taking part in a few other events around the city that we wanted to share with you guys as well. Starting April 18th and running through until the 22nd, we’ll be participating in Fleurs de Villes. Their Spring 2018 Mannequin Series is a cross Canada tour that will be stopping at Ottawa’s Bayshore Shopping Centre. The event combines high fashion and fresh flowers in an artistic display, showcasing local florists across the country and we couldn’t be more excited to take part! So be sure to stop by Bayshore to admire the beautiful floral-fashion creations of some of Ottawa’s very talented florists.
You can also find us at Soiree this spring, from April 29th to May 28th at the Terrace on the Canal. Soiree is an art and garden dinner pop up event where guests can enjoy their four course meals crafted by Michael Blackie and the NEXT restaurant team, under the stars in beautifully designed garden domes. Half of the domes will be styled and decorated by us(!) and the other half by the team at Wild Roots Floral.
Our vision for the decor at Soiree is reflective of what we’re seeing becoming more and more popular at our weddings. Effortless and romantic - what you would expect to see at a classy garden party. Bud vases with single blooms, a lot of greenery and potted plants. This way, we hope to really compliment the simplicity of the garden domes without taking away from views of parliament hill and downtown at night.
If you’re in the area, be sure to swing by some of the events we’re taking part in this spring! I hope you all enjoyed my little run down of wedding trends for 2018!
Until next time!