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Mar 27, 2017

We already know Greenery is the hue to have at your wedding – but here to help you go literal and fill your wedding with flowers the stylish way, is Kerry Ashby of Cottage Garden Weddings.

See Kerry’s tips below on all the trendy ways to include nature on your big day, then come meet her at ours – at BoShow Festival in Milton Keynes.

1. Bringing the Outdoors In

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The biggest trend for 2017 is bringing the the great outdoors inside, especially after Pantone announce their 2017 Colour of the Year as ‘Greenery’ – the colour predicted to play a leading role in this year’s weddings.

Oversized foliage is used to create a very natural look, and in fact, an abundant use of lush greens will become a key player of all aspects of wedding decor – from ‘foliage only’ bouquets, loose and draping tablescapes, to textured pew ends and buttonholes.

2. Think Big

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The year will be about arches, hanging flowers and flower chandeliers – also referred to as ‘canopies’ or ‘installations’. The trend, set to stay with us for some time, sees hanging centerpieces commanding pride of place in large open industrial spaces, as well as giant tipis and tents, and are a great way to bring the outdoors inside.

Garlands made up of long strands of foliage like jasmine, ivy and sweet pea stems will be popular, and brides can use them to drape over chairs, grace long banqueting tables (now taking the place of round tables) and twine around frames.

3. British Flowers

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With the rise of British flower growers and the ever-green wedding trend of eco-friendly weddings, locally-grown, seasonal, wild and foraged flowers will take precedence at weddings this year.

Right now, a fresh-from-the-garden feel, using lush, abundant and relaxed florals with natural textures and deconstructed foliage are seen uniting in glorious ways. Use yours to portray a wonderful secret garden for your wedding.

4. Bridal Bouquets

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Bridal bouquets with loose, organic wider shapes are going to be big this year with brides thinking about bouquets with bulk, and substance.

The ‘freshly gathered from the garden’ look involves wild, woodland-inspired bouquets of lush foliage and foraged blooms that are defined by arching branches, vines and cascading foliage. They’re often asymmetrical in shape, and for added softness, a trailing hand-dyed, silk ribbon will complete the overall look.

5. Bolder, Bohemian Colours

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A bohemian ambiance is one of a free and natural design, with a variety of shades and colours used to create warmth and texture, and exude a well-balanced feeling.

With this trend, wedding flower colours are getting bolder with berry, red, blues and green pushing out the pastel and blush tones. Also deeper, moodier berry shades, mixed with deeply-hued foliage and earthy merlot-browns reflect a generally more ‘industrial’ and sophisticated trend in wedding flowers.

6. Out with the Rustic

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The long-running trend for jam jars and burlap at weddings looks set to decrease. Instead, there’s an increase of ‘eco chic’ glamour. Metallics are also on the rise and adding a sophisticated style to weddings, with gold, silver and pink trending at the moment.

We’re seeing the farm-fresh look being uplifted with the use of more interesting vases too. Try mismatched vintage vessels, antique vases and mercury glass along with richer textiles and accessories with a bit of subtle ‘bling’.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for wedding florists, ideas and inspo for your big day, or want to do a DIY Flower Craft Workshop to create your own bouquets and flower crowns, make sure you join us on our BoShow Festival tour.

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